Hello once again! It's been a while since I have published my first 3 reports, I did not travel much this year due to school and all. This Christmas break we've managed to squeeze in a trip to Singapore. You see, 5J brought back its flights to Singapore after 5 years (5J flies to SIN and HKG from DVO since 2008 but these were cut in 2010). The only competitor of 5J in this route is Silkair (MI), the regional arm of Singapore Airlines, which flies to Davao since the 1990s if I'm not mistaken (other airlines used to fly to SIN but then most of these did not last). Anyways, here's the report, thanks alot!
P.S. I warn you that most of the pictures are blurry, I'm experiencing sinus pain so I really couldn't focus especially with taking pictures in the air, thanks again! :-)
So in DVO, there are two security checks (5 years ago it used to be three), one before check-in, and one before the pre-departure area. Security was a breeze (although prepare ample time at the airport since there are two security checks(There used to be a time where there were three, and you have to remove all accessories including shoes at both checks)(You also have to pay the travel tax, fill some forms and proceed through immigration).This is actually my first time passing through immigration in DVO (I usually travel out of MNL, fyi). Davao actually only has a handful of international destinations like Manado and Singapore (I may be outdated with the destinations). In addition, the international wing only has 3 gates and 1 store (for drinks and snacks). There used to be a cafe in the international wing but it probably closed due to the scarcity of international flights, plus there is only a few TVs in the airport, (Fun fact: It's not for flight displays).
The comfort room is clean.
With relatively fast wi-fi, I took a corporate shot ;-)
Boarding commenced on time, Our seats were on the 6th row. The seats look clean and neat. The legroom is sufficient for a short flight for a short person.
5J recently placed advertisements on the walls; I think this was because they stopped the publication of Smile magazine.
Goodbye DVO! See you in a few days!
And so I have this to relieve my sinus pain a bit.
Let's take a look at their "new" menu, shall we?
The menu is pretty much new as they've phased out smile, which was the magazine of 5J. Their offerings haven't changed since like years ago.
We've pre-ordered meals although it seemed really strange that only two options appeared on the website(They list a lot of choices for pre-ordered meals in their website)(and to think that both of the options are breakfast meals, 5J has to improve their system), but I digress. Finally our meals were served. at first glance it looks small but to think that it's airline food it's passable. The meal overall is fine anyways. It's served with a bottle of (processed orange juice). Some people especially in western countries would find this overly sweet, but for Filipinos I think it's good.
Removing the lid
My meal was beef tapa(a breakfast meal as I've said earlier) which is beef marinated in vinegar and soy sauce. It is accompanied with scrambled eggs and garlic rice. In the ground, the eggs are usually sunny-side up so we usually mix everything together but since the tray is too small I've tried to get a small piece of everything in one spoon.
I felt peckish after the meal so I ordered a cup of instant noodles.
After that, a short game was played. If I;m not mistaken it involved Christmas songs and trivia. Only three questions were asked and I was one of the three winners(If I didn't control myself I would have got all of those questions). When I heard ube express(Ube is a famous delicacy in the Philippines made from purple yam) I thought that it is a place where you could buy all things ube, but I laughed at myself for realizing that it's a free bus ticket back in Manila (I've heard that their buses are fairly clean and new), Not that I'm not going to Manila anytime soon(Manila is full of pollution and traffic so I do try my best to avoid visting Manila) but I think it doesn't make any sense that you have a prize that you must claim at a city you might not visit during your trip. Oh well.
I take a quick nap and when I woke up I realized that Singapore is still like an hour away and my sinus pain still lingers as of that moment(I should have brought a book, oh well). When we almost landed I saw beautiful lights(obviously, if you're going to a place like Singapore you'd see many lights at night). Apologies for the pictures that look like cloud nebulas O.o .
We've landed (it's a bit bumpy I tell you) in Singapore on time. A KE 744 bound for ICN if I'm not mistaken.
Of course Changi is clean and modern. (It's an irony that Changi sounds like Tiangge(pronounced chan-ge) is a term for Flea market in Filipino.)
And here we go outside the airport. We cleared immigration and hailed a cab to our hotel Thanks for reading my report, I will include a tourist bonus for the return flight :)
Davao City - DVO
Singapore - SIN
Well, Cebu Pacific is a budget airline, so you get what you paid for. Food was ok and the entire experience was good, although the lack of entertainment(At the very least 5J should bring back the magazines) made me deduct huge points from the total rating. The Flight Attendants are always smiling (And they have new uniforms, too). The flight was somewhat uneventful but at least the plane landed on time.
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