Thanks to Tiger Airways, I was able to grab their Piso Fare Promo last August and got me a one way ticket amounting to 700 pesos inclusive of everything. Excluding the 200 peso terminal fee, its just 500 pesos. I booked myself a room for the night at Island Stays. It was still under construction last February but was able to stay at their Cebu Branch. I figured, since this is new, I will be getting the best amenities. I will find that out later when I check in. As of the moment, I am waiting to board the plane at the Terminal 4 of NAIA.
I haven't been back here at the Old Domestic Terminal for a long time. I can see some improvements. The check-in counter feels more spacious, or probably because there are less airlines sharing the terminal. I cant help but notice Pasaway moments from fellow passengers, but I want to devote a blog entry exclusive to that.
As for Island Stay, Their room in Cebu was very compact, but just right for a Solo Traveler like me. Walls were painted white with bright orange accents. I admire their space saving features like the foldable robe hooks and counters. You're guaranteed that what they claim on the website is what you will be getting.
I started writing while waiting for boarding, and now am actually checked in to my room.
With my 950 pesos, I have an airport transfer that I missed because I was in a rush to go out of the airport and Island Stay is literally a few blocks away.
Originally, I contacted a tricycle for my city that's charging 700 pesos. I coordinated with the front desk and they booked a shared van city tour including entrance fees for 600 pesos. That's how I will spend the rest of the afternoon.
In the meantime, I'm in the lookout for a place to have lunch.