Tuesday 20 March 2012 - Back from the Philippines
Earlier this month the four of us headed to the Philippines. We booked on Emirates as they have a very generous 30kg baggage allowance (most are only 20 or 23kg) and the price was reasonable. In fact it was only £10 more for a round trip versus a one-way so it made sense to book a round trip for the others even though they wouldn't use it - in theory!
In the end we milked the baggage allowance to its maximum and then some - 103kg (only 10kg for the baby) but we weren't charged for the excess. We also had a baby car seat and a pushchair (stroller), both of which were for the baby but only one piece is allowed per minor - which includes our son, so we had two "free" additional pieces.
After 8 hours in an Airbus A380 double decker we were in Dubai where we sat for the next three hours waiting for the next flight. The first was only 75% full but the second flight was fully booked - and was another 9 hours. Not fun with a baby and a four-year-old in tow. Finally, at midnight local time, we arrived in Manila, absolutely exhausted.
We spent just over a week together but then it was time to part company for the next 2-3 months. They would stay in the Philippines with the wife's family, while I would return to the UK, finish packing, and head off to the US to get things ready for their arrival.
So another pair of 8 hour flights later, with a 4 hour layover this time, and I was back home again. To a nearly empty house. Alone. But one cannot dwell on such things, especially with so much to do. I spent the afternoon sorting the garage, although it will need another day to actually finish it. I have a vanload of black bags to take to the recycling centre along with various recyclables like wood that I'd only used bits of, old magazines we'll never read, old plastic toys, etc.
Straight back to work the following day (today as I write this) to find I'm being sent to Welwyn Garden City tomorrow and Birmingham on Thursday. Then I'm off on a social to London on Friday/Saturday followed by the parents' on Saturday/Sunday.
Things are so hectic. Gotta go!
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