Hongkong 1993: Lost and Found in Kai Tak Airport
Our group of 5 flew from Bacolod to Mactan International Airport in Cebu on November 10, 1993 to take the PAL flight PR 0302 bound for Kai Tak Airport (this airport closed in 1998) in Hongkong for a 5 day holiday. We were not part of any tour group so that our travel agency gave us specific instructions on what to do and who to look for when we landed. During that time, there were no cellphones, so that we had to rely on oral and written instructions which were simple enough I thought.
Arriving and passing through customs was a breeze ( We were given a month's stay) and there were stands with brochures and visitor information that you can get for free. Getting our luggage was a bit intimidating though because it was the first time I encountered a large circular and fast carousel but I managed...heheh. Now, the instructions said we were to exit at Gate 10, but then as we were walking along, we saw this exit sign where the name "Holiday Inn Golden Mile" (our hotel) was included and the elders insisted that we should get out through there. Uh...but, but...oh well, to make a long story short, we stood in that particular bay area for more that half an hour waiting for our pick up. I think we were the only ones left there when from afar, I saw this harried and panting Chinese guy who approached us with a panicky voice...loksing? loksing? I tentatively said...yes??? And that let loose a barrage of words, the only ones I could decipher clearly was "gate 10, gate 10"! and told us to get moving. He said he had a van waiting for us and had to call Cebu when we did not make an appearance. I explained that it was our two older companions who made the decision to exit at that particular gate and we sheepishly apologized. It was past 7 PM when we arrived at the hotel and everyone was hungry so that after checking in, we all decided to explore the area and buy some food.
P.S. If there is one other thing I remember about Kai Tak was the really bad smell when we got off the plane. One more reason why this airport needed to be closed :)
|my brother is waiting with the baggage...yoohoo travel agent, where are you?|
|travel agent behind me: stop waving and start moving!!!|
Tomorrow: Holiday Inn Golden Mile