Everyone knows that sometimes things just don’t go as planned. My wife and I just experienced one of those things on our recent trip to Angeles City. I’d like to tell you some things about it. Most likely these things will not happen to you, but I need to do a blog post and it does have some interesting twists and turns.
First off the whole trip was going to be for only 4 days, 5 Nov to 9 Nov. The main purpose of the trip was to go to the US Embassy in Manila to get our military ID cards updated. Hers because it has expired and mine because they have come out with new ID cards and want everyone to get those instead of the old ones we got when we retired. There are some Space-A locations that require you to have the new ID cards to travel on Space-A. I don’t like complications so I was just going to get mine updated.
Since neither of us like staying in Manila any longer than we have to, the plan was to spend the night in Angeles on the 5th, go to our appointment on the 6th at the Embassy, then spend the next 3 nights back in Angeles, just enjoying being around more of the western-style food places. Plus have water that flowed in the shower instead of having to use a bucket to take a bath. They can’t see to get the water system back to normal here in Calbayog.
Everything was going almost as planned, except we had a little bit less money than we anticipated. Then the airline tickets turned out to be a little bit more than normal because we bought them so late and the price had gone up a few hundred pesos per person each way. All in all, it ended up being about P1000 more pesos just for the tickets. Then someone that Lita borrowed money from before needed their money now instead of when we normally would have paid them back. It was important, so she paid them back. To sum it up, by the time we paid everything we needed/had to, we realized that it would be too tight to try to make this trip.
I had just purchased the tickets 4 days ago, but I needed to cancel. I called Philippine Air Lines back up, the same place I bought the tickets and asked them how much I would lose. The ladies told me it would cost me P2500. We would be getting back P15k, so I decided it was our best option. I called the appointment center and canceled our appointment at the Embassy and headed downtown to get my refund. I have never canceled airline tickets before but when I got there, it turned out that we’d be losing much more than P2500. They then said that it would be about P10k that we’d be losing, only getting back 7k of the 17k. I don’t think so.
Luckily, when I purchased the tickets I sensed that we would be running short of money and I only bought tickets for a 2-day stay instead of a 4-day stay. My choices at this time were to either lose the 10k or just go on the trip and use whatever money that we had. We didn’t make the wisest of choices up to this point, at least not fast enough.
What would you do in this situation? Would you eat the P10k or use your remaining money on the trip? I’ll let you know our decision in the next post, next week.