It was exactly one year ago when I had my first flight bound from Manila to Singapore. And there was a blessing in disguise story behind that travel that only my immediate family knows about it. A somewhat interesting story to share after a year.
Let me bring you back to the 26th day of May 2008. Two days after my husband left Manila to work in Singapore. The day when I was supposed to be two hours early at the airport waiting and preparing myself for boarding. But I had only thirty-minutes left on my hand to do all the necessary things before boarding the plane. Yes, I arrived thirty-minutes before my intended flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, where Philippine Airlines’ delegated airport is located. Poor me, I thought I will arrived at the airport two hours before but because the taxi driver that was supposed to pick-me up at the agreed scheduled didn’t show-up and the night before that day our car was parked at my husband’s cousin since hubby already left. And this leaves me with one option. And option, to ask my neighbor to drive me to the airport. Which I did, early morning I was knocking at their door and asking my neighbor a big favor. A favor that I was so thankful for. Luckily my neighbor was so kind to drive me to the airport. He was even so cautious of the time that he makes it a point that we didn’t get stuck in the traffic.
We arrived at the airport safe and sound, and gives me a second to thank them for their kindness. Then I hurriedly proceeded to the boarding pass counter. While on the queue I was praying so hard that I will be able to get through the trip. I was the last person that was listed. And to my surprised the supervisor advised the ground-attendant at the counter to checked me in at the business-class. What at a business-class? I asked my self why at the business-class because for all I know I bought an economy ticket. Did I hear it right I will be at the business class? Upon receiving my boarding pass I still didn’t get it or maybe my mind is just pre-occupied with another process at the airport. Next stop, the immigration counter. After the ground-attendant handed me the boarding pass, I was advised to go straight to the immigration counter. And again I got frustrated, another long queue. I prayed again that this will just be quick. And turned-out to be just quick. I immediately proceed to the bridge and gave my boarding pass to the flight attendant and she was very nice to me. She showed me my seat and I was shocked that I was seated on a business-class area of the plane. Wow! Was the first word I uttered upon seeing my seat? I looked around and it was indeed the business class area. Then a flight attendant asked me for any drinks, a wine, juice, coffee of my choice; asks me on what reading material I want, a magazine or newspaper; asks me what meal I want; asks me if I want a blanket; and the list goes on.
My heart was so delighted with what I got. I just can’t describe the feeling. I experience a hassle and stressful start of the day and later I got a so relaxed and enjoyable trip. I only got an economy ticket but I was seating at a business-class. A first-class service is what I got from what happened the morning of May 26, 2008. It was a blessing in disguise and God’s intervention works in mysterious ways. And this proves, everything happens for a reason and purpose. Just be grateful for whatever comes your way.
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
~ Jean Luc Picard ~