The new safety video for Philippine Airlines puts a creative spin on a normally routine and tedious time for sky bound travelers. Entertaining and visually appealing, the new video uses a mix of special effects and comedic elements to delight and keep passengers engaged all the while giving them vital information to keep them safe during their journey. Putting a twist on the traditional safety video, Philippine Airlines’ short but effective production is a must see for all who travel.
I pride myself on being the kind of traveler who can travel well on a very tight budget. I’ve taken 15-hour train rides, stayed at a house with the toilet on the floor and slept on a 24-hour McDonald’s just so I would have more money to spend on activities.
I value experiences. For me, traveling is all about trying new things and making new memories. If it means sacrificing on comfort because I have to scrimp on my airfare and lodging, that’s fine by me!
But once in a while, the plane ride (or the hotel stay) can be the experience.
Last 2013, we took a roundtrip business class flight from Manila to Vancouver via Philippine Airlines. We got our tickets at the annual travel expo where PAL was the sponsor, so the prices were heavily discounted. In fact, the amount we paid for our tickets was the amount you usually pay for economy seats! That’s a pretty good deal, if you ask me!
Mor and I decided to take this opportunity because it’s not everyday (or every trip) that you get to ride on business class, right? Unless of course you’re mega loaded and we are definitely far from that! Haha!
Also, Mor is obsessed with all things related to commercial flights (airports, airlines, lounges, etc.) so this was something he was really excited about.
It was a 12 hour flight one way so we had plenty of time to enjoy the ride!
One of the things I enjoyed a lot is having the food served to you portion by portion on a spacious table with real plates and utensils! I know it sounds so shallow but oh, the difference that small details make! It’s wonderful not to have your food all boxed up in a teeny tiny tray!
It’s also wonderful to have a fancy schmancy meal for a change, complete with appetizers, champagne and chocolates.
Yummy! We are not complaining about airline food during this trip!
People ride business class for comfort and what better way to be comfortable than to enjoy your seat-that-turns-into-a-bed and your very very spacious legroom! Ahh. Say goodbye to long flight leg cramps!
I’m a light sleeper so this is also one of those rare moments when I can actually sleep straight during a flight! I love it.
I woke myself up in the middle of my sleep so I can maximize my time on the plane (hehe). Who wants to sleep for the entire flight while you’re in business class anyway? (Oh, right, regular rich people who do this all the time do…)
I order myself a midnight snack because I read from the menu that the arroz caldo can be ordered anytime. I love arroz caldo and PAL’s signature arroz caldo is really one of the best (they also serve this at the PAL lounge)
And when Mor woke up from his long slumber (he values his sleep…haha), I invited him to a game of Monopoly Deal. We ordered some chips and got this snack pack! Mmm… I love Doritos!
Although I’m not a big airline aficionado like my husband (I’m good with budget airlines!) as you can see, I had a wonderful time riding business class. Upon landing, I felt so much more refreshed than how I would usually feel after a long haul flight. It was nice to be so comfortable.
But still, it’s not something I would get myself used to (it’s a pretty expensive experience, after all!)
You don’t need to spend a lot to be able to have a good time when you travel. But once in a while, it’s nice to save up and splurge on those rare experiences you won’t be able to do often (or again), like this one!
I recommend having at least one “splurge moment” per trip. Maybe you could book one night at a really posh hotel (then stay at a cheaper one for the rest of your trip!) Or maybe you could have a fancy dinner at a celebrity chef’s restaurant. Whatever it is, choose an activity that’s special for you; something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t. Splurge moments are there to enhance your travel experience. So might as well choose something that makes you happy!
Money can always be earned again but once moments pass, you won’t be able to get them back. Take advantage of the opportunities whenever you can! Seize the day! Work hard, play hard and most of all, enjoy living your life!
What kind of experiences would you be willing to “splurge” on?
Meet Philippine Airline’s latest fleet - the Boeing 777-300ER. This is usually used in long-haul (Manila-London Heathrow, Manila-Vancouver) and regional (Manila-Tokyo Narita, Manila-Hongkong, Manila-Bangkok) flights. This aircraft is set to replace her old and less fuel efficient sister, the Boeing 747-400 this 2016.
We were out the door at around 6 o'clock with less hassle than I predicted. One thing I didn’t predict was the knot that formed in my throat as I waved goodbye to my mom with our dog in her arms. The fact that I wasn’t going to see them for almost a month hit me. Thank god for happy music ’s ability to manipulate my feelings.
Once we got through check-in and immigration at NAIA Terminal 2, we headed to Mabuhay lounge. It was my first time entering this lounge. I vaguely remember a different lounge we stayed in when we were little. Little meaning I don’t remember most of it so this felt new to me. Everything felt new to me. Traveling to the U.S. for the first time. Taking an 11-hour flight for the first time.
Anyway, the lounge had lots of food. I mainly hovered around the desserts area where I took a bite of every sweet treat there was. Then I shamefully went around recording clips of the lounge for my airline/airplane-crazy boyfriend who I was also chatting with while waiting for boarding time.
Dad picked the seats near the emergency exit because he wanted extra leg space and that is exactly what we got. The space was a huge convenience since I could get in and out of my seat with less hassle.
So what did I do for 11 hours?
I ate. A lot. I had dinner, snacks, and breakfast. The food was superb by the way and the service was great. I also three movies: Wolf of Wall Street, Ruby Sparks, and The Book Thief. I didn’t really sleep a lot. I only slept for around an hour and a half.
We arrived at the San Francisco International Airport at around 8 in the evening. I was so surprised to see that I could still see from outside my window considering that it was technically evening. The sun should’ve been down by that time.
My first impression of San Francisco was that it was hella cold. I was sitting far from the door, waiting for us to be picked up but everytime it opened a shiver would go down my spine. And I was wearing a bulky jacket already!
I guess the day ends with me having a good night’s sleep while my dad struggled to. Hahaha. If you want a real-time view of what I went through head on over here and watch my flight vlog.
Sana piliin mong tratuhin ng tama ang lahat ng mga empleyado mo. Alam kong kahit pinto ng A320 di mo alam kung paano isara, at kahit itaya pa natin ang buhay mo, hindi mo alam kung paano mag-reserve ng kahit isang upuan para sa iisang pasahero.
Sigurado din akong ayaw mong ikaw mismo ang maglipat ng mga bagahe mula sa tarmac papasok ng cargo bay. Ewan ko kung marunong kang magpalipad ng eroplano, pero sigurado akong hindi mo kayang liparin ang 60 domestic at 45 international flights na sa ngayon ay kanselado.
Oo nga’t may naipalit ka sa kanila na pwedeng gumawa ng lahat ng ‘yan. Pero balita ko, kulang na lang 'di marunong gumamit ng radyo ang mga taong ipinalit mo. Parang hindi nila alam na hindi kailangang magbayad ng terminal fee ang deadhead cabin crew, o na obligasyon nila ang kaayusan ng eroplano bago magsara ang mga pinto.
Hindi mo sila masisisi kung magalit sila sa'yo. Oo, sa'yo sila galit, hindi sa mga pasahero niyo. Hindi ang paggambala ng biyahe nila ang dahilan ng gulong ito, kung hindi ang maling trato mo sa kanila. Akalain mo ba namang ilang taon nang nagtatrabaho sa'yo, sisipain mo lang dahil sa kulang na tubo?
No'ng hindi lumilipad ang mga eroplano, wala ka na ngang kinita, maraming naabala, nagkagulo na, nasira na ang mga gamit niyo, naglipat ka pa ng opisina. Pero sa bawat take-off na nangyari na sila ang nakatoka, nakinabang ka ng sobra sobra. Nakikita mo ba kung gaano kalaki ang pangangailangan mo sa kanila?
PS. Sabi mo, “non-core” ang services na tinanggal mo sa paraan ng retrenchment. Ibig sabihin, hindi ito ang pinakamahalagang serbisyo mo sa mga kliyente mo. Pero kung gano'n nga, bakit ka naparalisa nung tumigil sila sa pagtatrabaho?