I booked my Taipei flight as soon as the APEC holiday was announced in July. Fortunately, out of more than a thousand flights that were canceled due to the no-fly zone, mine wasn’t. Getting to the airport was the bigger challenge due to the horrific traffic. 3.5 hours since leaving the house, the cab was still stuck in traffic at Lawton Ave. somewhere in Fort Bonifacio. With 2 hours to spare, I decided to just walk the remaining 2 plus kilometers to NAIA 3 along with others lugging their cling-wrapped luggages. Took me 30 mins and a soaked shirt.
Got my luggage safely through security (no “tanim bala” here) and changed into a new shirt. The flight was delayed due to the late arrival of the aircraft which meant arriving in Taipei past 1 am. Managed to snag an empty couch at the departure area but couldn’t sleep much as it was quite noisy due to departing guests. Woke-up at around 5 as people were arriving to check-in. Moved to the 3rd floor where there were empty couches with charging stations! At 6, finally decided to get-up and go down to the bus departure area for the ride to Taipei Main Station.