Stuck in HK

What’s a successful trip without a little mishap?! Definitely a boring story to tell. I’ll start off with my flight to Hong Kong from Cebu. I had gotten to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport four hours before my flight. Because of this, I grabbed a quick meal inside the airport at Nippon-Ramen and I proceeded to explore the airport (bought some last minute airport souvenirs!).

My named was paged overhead, which really scared me. It turns out, my seat had been moved to a window seat! This announcement was then followed by an unfortunate announcement that the flight was delayed. Normally I wouldn’t mind – but this time I did. I had a connecting flight to Los Angeles via Hong Kong, and I only had 55 minutes to get to the gate.

Well, when the plane arrived to Hong Kong, the pilot was unable to take it immediately to the bay due to the airport being extremely busy. A fun fact: Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest airports, not only in Asia but in the whole world. When I got off, I only had 20 minutes to get to Gate 24 for my flight to Los Angeles. After rushing through security, I made it to my gate with only 5 minutes to spare – I ran through the airport like a madwoman.

AAAAAAAAND *drum roll please* they didn’t let me board the plane because my boarding pass was denied. The airline already knew about the delay and even before my plane had arrived, they already moved passengers with the connecting flight to a different flight, which was the next day at noon. Terrified and really needing to be back in California, I pleaded with the attendant and explained that I needed to get to work and that I didn’t want to spend money for a room. Luckily enough, when these things happen, they make accommodations for you! I spent the night at the Regal Airport Hotel, with complimentary breakfast as well as a voucher for a free meal at the airport.

I didn’t get to the hotel until two in the morning after having spent an hour in line to get cleared by customs. Since I wasn’t expecting to spend the night in Hong Kong, my carry-on luggage didn’t have any spare clothing – just a items I had stuffed in that wouldn’t fit into my checked in baggages and a few feminine essentials. I solved my problem by buying a new shirt in the airport when I got back the next morning.

I get stressed out easily but in this moment, I decided to look at the brighter side of things and just enjoyed the few extra hours I got to spend in Hong Kong. And I definitely enjoyed the complimentary buffet breakfast at the hotel as well as dining at Saboten again. Traumatized, I hung out really close by to the gate for my plane.

Yet again, my flight was delayed for 45 minutes. I am convinced that I am the queen of delayed flights. Three delayed flights out of five for this entire trip – how many more can I possibly take?! For the entire flight back to LA, I spent most of it snoozing, as did the people in my row. Pretty sure we had a snooze fest going on!

Sometimes, I find it hard to believe that trip was back in July. My flight back home to California was actually my first time flying solo, and I definitely got a story to tell out of it. Things I’ve learned? Have extra clothing in your carry-on, no matter what!

And to sum up my trip, I made a video. Watch in HD!

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20 Comments

  1. December 13, 2018 / 12:55 PM

    I love your post! My family is from the Philippines but I was raised in Canada and I’ve never gone because I was always told growing up how ‘dangerous’ it is there and felt very discouraged.

    I really loved your video, especially the golf bits–not something I would think about in the Philippines.

    It looks so beautiful and lush and so much to do and see!

    It’s really made me rethink things– I need to go!

    Thanks for the post!

    Trace x

  2. December 13, 2018 / 1:53 PM

    Wow, what a hectic journey home?! I’m a fellow Queen of Delayed Planes, although luckily I’ve never had to spend an extra night anywhere – so far anyway! Glad you made it home safe in the end 🙊

  3. December 13, 2018 / 6:32 PM

    I would panic too if I were in your shoes 😳 but thankfully they provided accommodations and meals for you! It may sound hectic and hard times but if we look back at it again, it becomes an interesting part of the journey that is worth to tell 🙂

  4. December 13, 2018 / 9:34 PM

    Oh gosh, what a trip! My dad had a similar situation when he was flying from Vancouver to Beijing via Seattle (I was flying from Vancouver to Philadelphia via Minneapolis). His flight from Vancouver to Seattle was so delayed that he missed his flight from Seattle to Beijing, and he was out of luck because apparently there’s only one flight from Seattle to Beijing per day by that airline. Anywho, I’m glad you got compensated (it would be super unfair if you weren’t!!) and I’m glad you arrived safe! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  5. December 14, 2018 / 2:23 AM

    Goodness me, I applaud you on dealing with that so well on your own! The thought of flying on my own makes me break out in a sweat so if anything like that happened I think I’d just crumble into a ball on the floor! That meal you had in the airport looked fantastic!

  6. December 14, 2018 / 4:32 AM

    Wow lovely, it sounds like you had such a busy bee journey to get home! Delays can really be a nightmare! Sending you all of the love and hope you have a wonderful Christmas time 💜✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  7. December 14, 2018 / 6:00 AM

    It sounded like a stressful situation to be in Eena but I am glad they sorted out your accommodation and you got some lovely food too! It’s good that you saw brighter side of things and got to spend some extra time in Hong Kong. Glad you got back safely and great photos too! <3 xx

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  8. December 14, 2018 / 6:25 PM

    I remember this incident!! You NEEDED to get home on time. Ugh, at least you didn’t need to pay for the hotel room out of pocket and they took care of you. It’s great that you got to spend some time in Hong Kong – not the ideal way but I’m happy you looked at the brighter side of things. You make me worry for international traveling but it’s all good. You got home safely!! It’s so cool to see the cars out in the Philippines! The video is so cute. I am LOVING the golf course!!! YOUR FOOD ADVENTURES THOUGH. LOVE YOU EENA. I legit got some flashbacks when I saw your brother’s DBTI jacket lololol

  9. December 15, 2018 / 2:54 AM

    Its so nice to hear that you chose to see the bright side of this situation- I have to say I’m a massive worrier and would have been super super stressed out by all of this- especially if I was travelling alone (which I’m no good at). The food you had looks amazing though!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  10. December 15, 2018 / 2:52 PM

    Gosh this sounds stressful! At least you got a good story from it. My delayed flight story was pretty bad. We were in Granada, I got an alert on my phone to say the flight back to London was delayed. We called the airline to check, they told us check in was now later. We got to the airport, check in was closed. We’d missed our flight and the next flight back to London wasn’t for 3 days. We had to stay overnight and get a flight to London via Madrid for the next day (with 20 minutes to catch it) and the whole process cost a fortune. We eventually got a refund from the airline but the whole thing was quite eventful x

    Sophie
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  11. December 16, 2018 / 8:24 AM

    Oh no, what a terrible time you had! I’m not sure I would have coped as well as you did, and you were travelling solo too. Massive kudos on seeing the good side of things and being able to enjoy a few extra hours in Hong Kong! 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  12. December 16, 2018 / 8:23 PM

    NOOO delayed flights are such a hassle! I’m so sorry you had to go through all of this – I would most likely panic too if I were in the same situation! It’s nice though that they got your accommodation sorted out and had a nice meal. All that food looks so good! <3 I'm sure that helped brighten up the situation a little bit!

  13. December 19, 2018 / 7:07 AM

    That’s such a pain but I’m glad you managed to make most of that extra time in HK! I never have any spare clothes in my carry-on but I should really change that. I have never been stuck at an airport over night but I’ve had so many flights delayed by a few hours/half a day – now I always bring extra stuff to do in case that happens. HK airport is so big, I had a layover there this summer and I honestly got lost a couple of times. xx

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  14. December 20, 2018 / 10:20 PM

    This sounds like a nightmare. I would have had so much anxiety if I was in that situation. At least the breakfast buffet was nice! lol

  15. December 21, 2018 / 11:05 AM

    OMG EENA! I was getting so stressed reading through this blog post ahhh! I also get so stressed when it comes to travelling and when things don’t go according to plan, I literally freak out SO EASILY. I’m so glad that even though there were complications, you were able to get back to the US AND spend some more time in HK. That’s pretty cool!

    I’m glad that you enjoyed your trip to the Philippines as well! 😀

  16. December 22, 2018 / 4:41 AM

    Such an interesting journey! At least you got to try the free accommodation and breakfast though you didn’t really plan it. Spare clothing would definitely be a useful tip.

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  17. December 22, 2018 / 5:03 PM

    I had a bit of drama when I flew home from Australia. I slept through my alarm and missed my first flight from Melbourne to Sydney, and barely made my Sydney to LA flight. Regardless of being stuck in Hong Kong for the night, it sounds like you made the most of it.

    I enjoyed your video! The Philippines look like a gorgeous place.

  18. December 30, 2018 / 12:05 PM

    Geez, glad you got accommodations. Airports are stressful enough without all these added delays and cancellations. Just the sound of 55 minute layover makes my stomach churn! Bet you were never so glad to see the sign for the US. Glad you made it back safely in the end.

  19. January 6, 2019 / 9:57 AM

    yeah Hong Kong Airport flies an average of 70million+ passengers each year so it’s notoriously busy — though there’s rarely any delays so it sucks that you missed your connective flight. On the plus, free food!!!

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