|At the Hong Kong Airport|
Anyway, we got to HK airport. We were travelling with child, so we went to the immigration officer together and he was pleasant. My son couldn't reach the counter, so the HK officer stood up, and asked my son his name, again very pleasant. What a way to great a visitor to their country.
When we went home to Pinas, we lined up for immigration counter for more than 30 minutes. It was around 4am, we didn't have any good sleep and still we had to line up for a very long time. The special counter opened up, so we moved there. My son was so tired by then, so he was sitting on my feet. The Philippine immigration officer, asked us very rudely, where my son is. I replied, he's sitting down on the feet. He answered, again very rudely "Ipatayo nyo.". Whoa! Is that how you get treated in your own country? Welcome back Pinoys! I stared at him, at his name plate so I wouldn't forget his face or name - Officer Domiguez. I remember you.
We all brag about our wonderful country. And it is a wonderful country, but our airport show a diffirent story. It's not lovable at all. We locals don't always have good experiences, what more if you're a foreigner? The airport is the first impression a traveller has of a country or a place. Why don't we improve it so travellers feel welcomed and ultimately, someday return to visit.