After 13 hours in the air, we finally arrived at Taipei International airport. Sleepy and tired and our flight to Manila got canceled due to Apec Summit that is going on right now in the Philippines.
We spent at least half an hour at EVA Air information counter making sure our baggage are checked in all the way to Manila. We also got issued a boarding pass for 1 am flight and that's about 18 hrs waiting time at the airport. 18 long hours with a toddler!
We have a choice to go outside the airport and get a hotel but my mom has no US passport. So for her to go outside, she has to apply for a visa and on top of that, we have to take all our checked in baggage with us. All 8 bags weighing 50lbs each plus our carry on bags, Oh what a hustle! So we decided to just stay in the airport.
Anyway, for our inconvenience the airline gave us meal vouchers that are good for lunch and dinner. I know its not their fault that our flight got cancelled, in fact the EVA air employees had been helpful assisting us. It's the Philippine Government who canceled flights coming in to NAIA in Manila. They could have diverted us to other international airport in Philippines. So what should the Philippine Government do to make up with the inconvenience and expenses to all the travelers affected, not only inbound but outbound travelers too? Stand by for my next post. We'll see if they also tax us at NAIA custom for gift items we are bringing in for our friends and family.