My parents’ vacation in Oman is a dream that I have been waiting for a long time. I have been encouraging my folks for years to visit and experience Middle East. They are both in their senior years and I want them to grab the opportunity while they can still travel for long distances and across different time zones.
But before they got their visit visas, I underwent a complicated procedure to get the requirements. The Philippine Embassy is very strict in approving their supporting documents. Two months before their visit, I went to the embassy and I was advise to secure the following documents:
It took a lot of time and effort for me to get those documents and only to know that many of these documents were not inspected in the Immigration section during their departure from the Philippines.
But anyway, I don’t want to spoil my mood and spread negativity while writing this blog. Fast forward, my parents arrived in Oman on November 12, 2015 at 10 o’clock in the morning via Oman Air.
They took a direct flight from Manila to Muscat for 9 hours. It was their first experience for an international flight that took them long hours on air.
My sister and I were so anxious and excited at the same time while waiting at the arrival area of Muscat International Airport in Seeb. Before our parent took on board we kept a constant communication via social media.
After two hours from their arrival hour, my parents came out looking happy and relaxed. I ran to them and hug them tight. I can’t believe they are actually here in Oman, safe and sound! Thanks God!
Mama was smiling unceasingly, she immediately shared her funny experiences inside the aircraft and when they arrived at the immigration section. Papa told me that he knew they’re already in the Middle East because he can see the desert and varied land from below. I asked some people from the area to take a photo of us as a souvenir.
We left the airport and picked up my daughter from her babysitter house in Baushar. Mama and Vicky got an instant connection to each other.
Anyah was so happy to see her grannies! She was also surprised because we never told her about their coming to Oman.
We stayed and my parents had a good chat. Shortly we head straight to Qurum City Center for our lunch.
I just imagined that we were all hungry so we ordered Filipino dishes from Chowking.
We head home where my folks unpack their luggage that’s full of food and gifts from the Philippines.