Day 10 – Booking hotels in the pool

Angeles, Philippines

Yeah, I did nothing today.

I met up with Wayne in the morning to grab some breakfast at Phillies and then I literally spent the afternoon wading in the courtyard pool while I did internet stuff on my laptop.

I am leaving for Palawan Island in 2 days but I’m not travelling alone.  Hanging out on a beautiful island is pretty cool – but hanging out there with a beautiful woman by your side…

Just a little bit better…

So, I invited the girl I met here last week, Methzie,  to join me for my five day jaunt over to the island.  I don’t pay any more for accommodation as I’m staying in hotels there.  So, it’s really only costing me about $150 for her flight and I’m sure there will be a little shopping here and there.  Oh, yeah, I should probably feed her too…

It’s weird because this portion of my trip doesn’t resemble anything of a backpacking trip.  Staying on an island in a hotel with a beautiful woman is a far cry from the $5 dorms awaiting me in a few weeks when I head over to the rest of Southeast Asia.

It almost feels like two trips and my “real” trip has yet to begin.

Not that I’m complaining – it’s gonna be an awesome week!

In Palawan we’ll be staying in El Nido, a resort town 6 hours north for 3 nights bookended by 2 nights in the main city of Puerto Princessa.

Booking the hotels was a bit of an adventure as I quickly realized that I probably should have done this much earlier as most of the places were already booked.

I found a place I liked for the 3 nights in El Nido and did the online booking through Agoda.  Click, click, click and I went to enter my Mastercard info.


Error!  Um… what?!?  I had let Mastercard know I was travelling over here and I had used my card here problem free.

To make matters worse – the room I was booked was snatched away from me while I was trying to figure this all out so I had to now look for a different (more expensive) place.

Turns out nothing decent was available for all 3 nights so I actually had to book two different hotels (Pure Vida Inn and Big Creek Mansion) on El Nido for different nights.

Meanwhile, I’m in a pool with a Mastercard that doesn’t work, no other credit card with me and not enough credit to call them.

What to do?  What to do?  I emailed my mom to get my Visa card number from her hoping she would get the email right away.  I then thought, well, this email looks kind of suspicious – hey, it’s Todd, can you tell me my Visa number, expiry date and that little security number on the back?  Thanks!

So I also added some stuff only I would know onto the email so she would know it was, in fact, me.

After about 10 minutes I actually called her on the phone, hoping I had enough pesos on there to basically say “hey, it’s Todd… check your email!”

The call lasted about 2 minutes as my pesos expired and my phone cut off.  At least I was able to say hi…

Shortly afterwards she emailed me the information I needed and I was able to book the hotels using my Visa card.

I also booked the Deep Forest Garden Resort for our two nights in Puerto Princessa when we arrive and then leave 5 days later.

In all, there were 4 bookings and amazingly my Visa didn’t get blocked.  Considering I never let them know I was travelling over here I was actually surprised all the bookings went through cause, honestly, it does look a tad suspicious to see a bunch of hotel booking overseas.

I also booked Methzie’s flights to and from Manila.  She is actually on a different airline than me going into Palawan leaving and arriving about a half hour before me.  Next Wednesday I’ll be flying to Cebu and she’ll be going back to Angeles via Manila.

Anyway, that was big exciting afternoon.

Tough life, I know!

At night I hung out with Wayne.  We went to Cafe D, a German eatery here in Angeles.  I had meat loaf with mashed potatoes.

Later we went to a couple of bars with some girls he had met and that was about it.

No big adventure tonight.  Just a few drinks, some Jollibees, catching up on blogging and a good nights sleep.

Tomorrow Methzie is off work and will join me here at the hotel before heading to Manila for our flight the next day.

Fun times ahead…

Asia Trip 2014, Trip Journal

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