Tuesday, January 03, 2006

From Davao to Dumaguete

Just last night I was in Davao and now I'm writing this entry from Dumaguete. What a difference a day makes!

Unlike the Christmas chaos at the Manila airport, the atmosphere at the Davao International Airport was serene. Total check-in time took under ten minutes, from the entrance to the X-ray machine to getting my ticket.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the terminal fee at the Davao airport was still at P40. It's been so long since I travelled from Davao that I've forgotten a lot of the details.

Compared with other local airports, the New Davao International Airport is by far the spiffiest and the best. I'm happy to see that its status hasn't deteriorated. It certainly makes coming and going a pleasant experience.

My Cebu Pacific flight was slightly delayed, thankfully, not as much as it was during Christmas Eve. I sincerely hope this does not become a habit with the airline.

Cebu was mostly smooth, all the way up the South Terminal where I was to take the Ceres bus to Dumaguete. The terminal is nothing to boast about unless you're looking for local color. It's crowded, smelly, and noisy. Most annoying are all the "helpful" hawkers who will lead you to your bus and carry your luggage, whether you want any help or not.

From then on, it was five hours on the bus, following the eastern coast of Cebu island. Unlike past trips, I was alert and looking about. Nothing that I haven't already seen, really, but it brought to mind again how much development the countryside really needs.

Ah, well. We must all hope.