- Written by Dan
In the Eye of the Storm: Iloilo City, Philippines
By Colton Powell
When you travel around South East Asia you are always on the hunt for the best deal.
Whether it's bargaining in markets or picking the cheapest hostel, saving money is always on your mind. This means that flying budget airlines is a must. However, with budget airlines comes obscure flight times often in middle of the night.
The next stop on our trip has us headed to visit a friend Bryan and I had gone to University with who currently lives in Iloilo City, Philippines.
Given our choice of a cheap $100 flight we were scheduled to leave Hong Kong at 2:30 a.m. Departure times seem to be a guideline rather than set in stone so the plane was delayed until 3:30a.m.
We were abruptly jostled awake about an hour later as the turbulence began.
If there is one thing I have learned it is that flying during monsoon season is a not a fun time.
As we began our descent I don't really know how the plane stayed in the sky. With shaking, random drops and heavy turbulence we came through the thick clouds to land. As we came through the bottom of the clouds we were only about 500ft off the ground and swaying back and forth through the heavy winds.
We said our blessings and decided what funeral arrangements our families would hopefully make. We circled in the rough skies for what seemed like hours which in reality was maybe ten minutes and made another approach to the runway.
My palms hadn't been this sweaty since square-dancing in high school.
I closed my eyes and held my breath as we swayed, rocked and got pushed around like clothes in a washing machine.
Our wheels finally touched the ground and the plane erupted in applause as we were finally safe.>
As we stepped out of the airport the wind could practically blow you over and it was still pouring rain. Most of the roads were flooded from the storm but it didn't seem to matter as long as we were alive and on the ground.
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