I finally had a reunion date with my childhood BFF, Padma, whom I’ve not seen since the 1986 EDSA Revolution. I had to use a calculator to count – 24 years! We set the date at Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo, a newly opened fine dining restaurant at the top of Session Road, right below SM City.
Hill Station is in one of the oldest buildings in Baguio, Casa Vallejo. I’m trying to go back as far as I can remember, and back then (wasn’t too long ago, heh!), Casa Vallejo housed a dance studio, some government offices, as well as the hotel. I’m not too sure if the hotel was still operational then. (I was too young to care.) Sadly, through the years, the building was neglected.
So it was great news to me when I heard Casa Vallejo was being restored and relaunched as a boutique hotel, and that a wonderful restaurant would soon open there -Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo.
Back in early November, I experienced a Cebu Pacific online booking gltich. I got triple bookings on the same travel date (is that even possible???) with Cebu Pacific because of errors that occurred during the online transaction. I checked with my credit card provider, Citibank, and the charges were reflected indeed, though still floating at that time. (Full details of my story here and here.)
Anyway, I am glad that the problem has been resolved. But largely because I took active steps. Cebu Pacific did very little to resolve the problem.
First I called Citibank to verify the status of the charges.
Next I called up Cebu Pacific’s customer service hotline. This is the challenging part, because it could get really difficult to get through. On top of the long waiting and repeated attempts to finally get through, talking to the call center agents (CCA) is soooooo exasperating. One one hand, I wished they had more common sense; on the other, I knew they could only do/say so much.
This one step alone (of calling the hotline) will test your commitment to be righted.
During the first conversation with CEB’s CCA, I was told to follow up after a week. So follow up I did. Of course, I was once again told to follow up after another week!
How safe is booking online for flights and vacation destinations?
With my recent bad experience with Cebu Pacific, I am a bit cautious now with online transactions. I’ve purchased items online many times. I do online banking. I have PayPal and Ebay. So far, everything has been safe and secure… Save for the CEB experience.
My husband, the old-school one, now finds himself shaking a finger at me: “I told you so!” He is one who will never enter his credit card details online, come hell or high water. He won’t do it – ever. He’d rather go through the hassle of personally visiting his favorite travel agency to book his flights.
How do you book your travel getaways – online or old-school?
And I’m thinking I haven’t started on any Christmas shopping yet! Every year, as I do my panic-stricken last-minute shopping, I always swear – “Next year, I will start early.” Oh, well… maybe next year.
And then there’s the Christmas holiday to plan. Every year, my family celebrates Christmas in Baguio City with my parents and sisters. A few months ago, my sisters and I were talking about going someplace else – a Christmas getaway for the whole clan. Sis # 3 suggested Boracay, but that would entail too much logistics (yeah, we’re a huge family) and money of course. And we are probably too late to plan something as elaborate as that…
I’m thinking, maybe Pagudpud. It’s up North anyway, just a few hours’ drive from Baguio. The pristine beaches, the windmills, the quaint lighthouses… The laidback attitude, the simplicity, the provinciality. Pagudpud sounds like my kind of getaway! (Hover over the links and images will pop out. Then you’ll know what i mean.)
Sisters, anyone of you reading this? Game? Let’s start planning if we want a break from our usual Christmas celebration. Email, email… 🙂
It was a lovely, sunny day to travel. The skies were glorious-blue.
We took the SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), dubbed as the longest expressway in the country. The SCTEx did not fail to impress hub and me. The ride was so smooth and scenic, it was like taking a road trip in another country. It’s awesome – how this world-class highway was carved in the middle of nowhere, at certain points cutting through small hills.
We paid Php112 for using the SCTEx, on top of the NLEX toll fee of Php174 from Balintawak to Sta. Ines. The expresways’ values are priceless, compared to enduring traffic, bumpy roads and reckless drivers at Dinalupihan. Agree?