New Bacolod-Silay International Airport (Negros Occidental)

Grace, Jandy, Cheska and  I decided to attend the 2010 Locsin Reunion in Silay City, the first for all of us.  Jandy, Cheska and I took the morning Cebu Pacific Air flight while Grace would follow in the afternoon.  Before 2007, flights to Bacolod City arrived at the old Domestic Airport.  Not anymore as we arrived via the new Bacolod-Silay International Airport, now the primary gateway to Negros Island.

New Bacolod-Silay International Airport

The airport, built by Japanese firm Takenaka-Itochu Joint Venture at a cost of PhP4.3 billion, was started on August 2004 and completed on July 16, 2007.  On September 26, 2007,  a small, 14-seater Reims-Cessna F406, piloted by Steve Gray of New Zealand,  landed at the airport, the first aircraft to do so.

Interior of airport terminal

On January 18, 2008, the airport officially opened and started operations and, that same day, a Cebu Pacific Air Airbus A319-100 (Flight 5j-473), piloted by Silaynon native Capt. Allan Garces, landed at the airport, the first commercial flight to arrive.  The first international flight to arrive was a chartered plane from Kazahkstan which landed on January 2 the following year.  

Bacolod-Silay International Airport: Brgy.   Bagtic, Silay City 6116, Negros Occidental.

Hong Kong: Chep Lap Kok International Airport to Kimberley Hotel

Summer was nearing its end and classes about to begin and we didn’t want to end it without a family vacation.  We decided on Hong Kong, a first for my children Jandy and Cheska. My in-laws, who just celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last May 25, was also joining us. So too with my brother-in-law Mark, his wife Nenette and their children Miguel and Matthew, 10 in all.

Arrival at Chek Lap KoK International Airport

We all departed Manila’s old NAIA I Terminal on the 6:30 AM (CX-905) Cathay Pacific flight, arriving at Chek Lap Kok International Airport by 8:30 AM.  After transferring to the Terminal 2 Building via MTR Airport Express, we were met by our guide Anthony from Ann Travel Agency. The 37-km. shuttle trip from the airport to the city took all of 45 mins..

Transfer via MTR Airport Express

Singapore to Bangkok

It was now our last day in Singapore and the start of the second and final leg of 8-day tour – our first visit to Bangkok in Thailand. After breakfast, I still had some time on my hand, so I visited the iconic Raffles Hotel and the nearby Singapore War Memorial.

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The iconic Raffles Hotel

The grand hotel lobby

Then I visited my UP College of Architecture friends Oliver “Papot” Venegas and Philip Carrillo at their DP Architects PTE office at the Golden Mile Complex along Beach Road before returning to the hotel.

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Singapore War Memorial

We all checked out of Cockpit Hotel before noon and were shuttled by van to Changi International Airport were we to take a Singapore Airlines (SQ-0066) flight to Bangkok.  By 12:30 PM, we all on board our plane.  The flight took one and a half hours.

Mommy, Tellie and Salve awaiting our flight at Changi International Airport

Don Muang International Airport

Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport (one of the world’s oldest international airports and Asia’s oldest operating airport), we were picked up by our Goodwind Tours representative and were brought to 13-storey Rajah Hotel, arriving there by 3:30 PM.  Come evening, we had supper at the Ambassador Hotel.

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Rajah Hotel: 18 Soi Sukhumvit 2 and Sukhumvit Soi 4 (Soi Nana), Sukhumvit Rd., Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: 02-2550040 to 55. Fax: 02-2557160.