Ibinahagi ng Korean performer na si Joshua ng K-pop boy group na SEVENTEEN ang ilang mga hindi kanais-nais na karanasan nang bumisita siya sa Pilipinas kamakailan.
Nangyari ang rebelasyon ni Joshua sa isang livestream kasama ang dalawa pa niyang fellow members ng kanilang group nitong nakaraang Linggo, October 2, 2022.
Dito inilahad ni Joshua ang kanyang karanasan nang bumiyahe siya patungong Pilipinas kasama ang ina.
Ani Joshua, biglaan ang trip na ito at hindi pinagplanuhan.
“I went on a trip with my mom recently. We were actually initially planned to go to Da Nang, Vietnam, but we ended up going to Manila, the Philippines, and a lot of things happened there,” ani Joshua sa translation ng kanyang kuwento sa SBS.
Pinag-aralan at pinagplanuhan daw ni Joshua ang trip sa Vietnam at tumingin pa sa Korean website.
Pagdating sa airport papuntang Vietnam, hinanapan siya ng visa.
Kailangan pala ni Joshua ng visa dahil isa siyang American citizen.
Nagkaroon ng biglaang pagbabago sa trip at sa halip na Vietnam, nag-book na lang ng flight si Joshua papuntang Manila.
“The closest flight with seats was a flight to Manila, so we decided to go there instead,” aniya.
“We didn’t have time to exchange our money and stuff, because our flight was taking off soon. We thought we’ll be able to sort it out once we get there.”
Paglapag nila sa Pilipinas, saka na nagsunud-sunod ang ilang hindi magagandang pangyayari na kung pag-iisipan ay maaari namang maiwasan kung talagang pinaghandaan lang niyang mabuti.
Una, hindi raw tinanggap ang kanyang card sa ATMs para mag-withdraw ng pera.
Aniya, “There were like six of them, but none of them worked. We were like, ‘Okay, then. Let’s find a hotel, then check in to it first. We’ll withdraw money near the hotel or something.’”
Nahirapan din daw ang mag-ina dahil cash-only basis ang nakuha nilang taxi.
Pagpapatuloy niya, “We went to this five-star hotel, and I asked the hotel staff to overcharge my card and give me some cash with the amount that they overcharged my card. Thankfully, they did that for me.
“The taxi driver asked for like a thousand something in the Philippine peso, and I later found out that I had paid like three times more. Gosh…”
Nadismaya rin daw siya nang humanap sila ng makakainan.
“We walked around the hotel to find a decent restaurant for dinner, but none of them looked very good.
“We ended up going to the nicest-looking one out of all, but it tasted horrible.
“It was a dimsum place, and I paid over 100,000 won for that meal.
“Following our dinner, we discovered that there was a huge mall with great restaurants only a few minutes away from the restaurant we went to.”
May pagbawi Joshua, “I’m not saying that Manila is a bad place to travel.
“I’m just sharing my own experience, and that is what sort of thing that could happen to you if you go on a trip without making any plans in advance.
“Always make plans first! Make sure to take cash with you, especially when you’re traveling to a South East Asian country as well.”
News Philippines today at https://philtoday.info/