The funny side of fun-A A +A
As I See It
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
SOME tourism officers have their official travel in September because of the Tourism Month Celebration. There is official attendance to annual conference, required presence in trade fairs, compulsory appearance in seminars on tourism laws, and even imperative participation in DILG function to represent the LGU chief executive.
Travel is fun but sometimes fun can but obviously funny if not irritating. Everything is in your valises but when you reach the airport you find out that you have left the plane ticket on top of the breakfast table. That could be solved because your travel agent has provided you an e-machine ticket. That could be traced in your plane company desk. You have a maximum baggage of 15 kilos and now you have 3-kilo excess baggage because your wife loaded a ‘pasalubong’ package for her friend in Ilocos Norte who is attending the seminar with you.
A tourism officer is surviving on a tight government budget for travel (unless your mayor, governor or congressman gives you a pocket money). If the flight is delayed he will be obliged to sip a cup of coffee at the pre-departure area. Coffee there is expensive as if blessed and bottled water is overpriced. That makes tourism class because only high end tourists can afford that ‘holy water’. After a delayed schedule, your plane arrives and every passenger is leaving up for boarding. There is another delay there because the janitors or the flight attendants are still fixing something.
After 10 minutes, you are now seated comfortably. You want to read that travel magazine provided by the airline company. You are unlucky because the passenger, who occupied the seat before you, took that magazine. You just amuse yourself looking at the beautiful flight attendant passing your way. Your travel could be more pleasant if the flight attendant announcer is speaking good English. Most flight attendants speak good English; a few need to attend review lesson in speech classes.
There are sparse complaints about the Silay airport but if you have landed in some airports in other component cities you will miss the little solace you enjoy here. Airports in other component cities remind us of the past Singcang Airport of Bacolod. I have observed that some travelers do not follow instructions. ‘Your line starts here’. Many do not start there. It could be tomfoolery or simple stupidity. I patiently told myself, “Probably some cannot understand English.” If language fails, common sense can always prevail.
A rest room is a vital facility. How can you rest comfortably in that rest room if it smells like a torture chamber? I always tell myself, “Silay airport is still better.” Thanks to Manager Mecine Reyes. In some component cities, you have to deal with tough van drivers. Overcharging is the name of the game. Foreigners cannot understand what a ‘negotiated fare’ is. Some passengers end up riding in a tricycle. The fare is still high but that could be untangled by accommodating more back riders. It could either be fun or funny. If there is accident, the insurance company will not answer for the hospital bill.
If you are attending a conference on government budget, usually you end up in not-so-popular pension house: Twilight Inn, Lovers’ Delight Inn, Venus Lodging House, Hanap-hanapin Lodge, etc. The moment you check in, the room boy offers you entertainment menu in greasy booklet. If you survive the first day you are okay. If you don’t, you can opt to transfer to a better pension house at your own expense.
Don’t cry over spilled milk. Enjoy every moment of your experience. You can always be innovative. In a trip like this, you can always consider staying in a friend’s house. A friend from your office can always make arrangement that you stay in his relative’s house. You can always ask the advice of a fellow tourism officer for the choice of a place. A bed and breakfast accommodation could be arranged for two to three days. There are always several ways to prevent the disaster. Every experience is worth writing. After all, tourism is a spice. Love your own spice.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 15, 2013.