Before the flight:
Arrival in Melbourne:
It was really stressful as it turned out that there are thousands of passengers stranded in the Philippines!
It’s like being in an unknown situation as I had flights cancelled five times in March while stranded in the Philippines. We still did not know when flights come back to normal as the situation was changing and lockdown could be longer.
To be included on the flight was like being saved from the unknown.
14 days in hotel quarantine:
The 14 day hotel mandatory quarantine, was really unimaginable.
It was a lot of struggle being alone for the first time for 14 days.
I never thought before that a 14 day quarantine would be hard… (I thought) that it was just easy.
Being there and alone will make you crazy and emotionally sick… Thinking you might have the COVID and die. You cannot go out and there are guards who treat you like you are sick and in prison. Time runs slow and i was not able to sleep.
The only thing good is that you are following the government orders and helping the COVID pandemic.
Leaving the Crown Plaza Hotel, I really felt like I am out of prison!!! I cried..
– Gayzha Davao