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Bizzysback 57F
1502 posts
12/27/2017 1:44 am
Defying Murphy's Law - My Vietnam Experience part 2

"OMG!" I thought, after all those preparation, planning, all the excitement and expenses I will be sent back to Manila airport. Not fair , not to me but to my traveling companions. They will be affected because of my lack of diligence. How irresponsible of me. It was an honest mistake, I did not have a doubt that I did not need a visa. Like we say in tagalog, "walang tamang akala." Never assume. Murphy's Law states "If Anything that can go wrong, it will -- at the worst possible moment." Could this be it?

The Vietnamese were not very accommodating, not very helpful. This guy who took my passport just kept passing by without saying a word or giving me instructions. My friends finally went through the immigration and have been waiting for me. I told them just to go ahead without me and not to worry about me. I will be sent back to Manila on the next plane. I was prepared to accept what they will tell me.

A female staff finally came to me and said I should have applied for a visa at least 3 days prior, I can't apply on the spot. She however said she will contact the airline staff and see if they can help me. A Cebu Pacific staff came to me and told me I should have not been allowed to check-in and board the plane without a visa . So it is partly their fault. Because of that he is going to help me get a visa.

I was really meant to be in Vietnam with my friends after all. Why did I say that? First, if my request for leave was not declined I would have flown from Aussie to Vietnam but I would have been stopped at the Aus airport. Second , if my friends did not find out I was already in Manila I would have checked -in on my own and I would have been stopped at Manila airport. Third, if my friends did not ask to check me in and if the staff did not allow it then I would have been asked for my visa at Manila airport. In the end with the endorsement of the airline staff and a travel agent, I was given a visa on the spot and allowed in. How lucky was that? Murphy's law did not apply, it was defied.


The end!



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Bizzysback 57F
962 posts
12/27/2017 1:53 am

Boring? I bet you were bored.

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theta2011 47F
1898 posts
12/27/2017 5:06 am

Te Che luck and fate defied it..knowing you, you'll eventually find the way thru. Happy New year to us..


bingmo24 57M
62 posts
12/27/2017 4:55 pm

are you caged your email no?whats your email no?


bingmo24 57M
62 posts
12/27/2017 7:36 pm

are you changed your email no?whats the new email no?


Bizzysback 57F
962 posts
12/27/2017 10:38 pm

    Quoting bingmo24:
    are you changed your email no?whats the new email no?
No it's the same.

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Bizzysback 57F
962 posts
12/27/2017 10:39 pm

    Quoting theta2011:
    Te Che luck and fate defied it..knowing you, you'll eventually find the way thru. Happy New year to us..
Happy new year. Hope to see you again someday soon.

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Cosmopolitan50 66M
7 posts
12/30/2017 7:32 am

Hi Bizz: seems Murphy's Law does not apply when a damsel in distress uses her charm Enjoy Vietnam to the max !


elizabethvivian2 43F
601 posts
1/3/2018 1:04 am

My date in Vietnam was almost denied boarding to our return flight to the Phil because he didn't have with him his exit ticket from the Phil. I almost had to leave him with the Vietcongs.. lol.


Bizzysback 57F
962 posts
1/4/2018 5:44 am

    Quoting Cosmopolitan50:
    Hi Bizz: seems Murphy's Law does not apply when a damsel in distress uses her charm Enjoy Vietnam to the max !
I was really meant to be there and enjoy.

“Use the quotation for the occasion; do not make an occasion for the quotation.”


Bizzysback 57F
962 posts
1/4/2018 5:46 am

    Quoting elizabethvivian2:
    My date in Vietnam was almost denied boarding to our return flight to the Phil because he didn't have with him his exit ticket from the Phil. I almost had to leave him with the Vietcongs.. lol.
I was asked that too , lucky I had it save on my email. They were strict in letting me in and letting me out.

“Use the quotation for the occasion; do not make an occasion for the quotation.”


flower_boy2014 34M
13 posts
1/6/2018 11:30 am

Carry a Philippine passport next time. That way you'll have no problems travelling around ASEAN. But oh well, even if its a lesson too late for the learning, it is a lesson learned nonetheless

Happy for you that all is well.