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I love flying Philippine Airlines! They’re often overlooked and underrated, but I find their service is always top-notch. So much better than other “award winning airlines”.

One thing they’re famous for is their “arroz caldo”, which is rice porridge with chicken. Had it today for the first time and it so lives up to the hype! So simple, but their preparation is warm, comforting, flavorful, reinvigorating… exactly what I needed for breakfast after a long night out and four hours of sleep. I added fried garlic, scallions and crispy fish to mine. Calamansi extract and salted egg were two other options.

I hope to be flying PAL more often now that I know this magical meal is included in the ticket price!

Notable inmates at USP Florence ADMAX

USP Florence ADMAX Pt. II

Zacarias Moussaoui - Serving 6 life sentences without parole for his role in the September 11th attacks.

Ramzi Yousef - One of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1994 bombing of Philippine Airlines flight 434, and a co-conspirator in a plot to blow up 11 airplanes

Richard Reid - known as the “Shoe Bomber”, Reid attempted to detonate explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami in 2001.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev - Sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Tsarnaev will be held at USP Florence until a date is set for his execution at USP Terre Haute.

Ted Kaczynski - Known as “The Unabomber”, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without parole.

Terry Nichols - Serving 161 life sentences without the possibility of parole for his part in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Eric Rudolph - Known as The Olympic Park Bomber, Rudolph is serving four life sentences for a series of bombings carried out between 1996-1998. A member of the Christian extremist group “Army of God”, Rudolph’s motivation behind the bombings was anti-abortion and anti-gay rights.

Joseph Konopka - Known by his self-given nickname “Dr. Ch@os”, Konopka pled guilty to causing blackouts in Wisconsin through acts of sabotage, and storing potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide in unused portions of the Chicago subway system. Konopka recruited an army of teenage hackers and runaways that lived with him underground, which he named “The army of Ch@os.” Konopka is scheduled for release in 2019.

Robert Hanssen - The former FBI agent assigned to counterintelligence pled guilty to espionage in 2002 for giving classified information to the Soviet Union and later Russia over a period of 20 years. At the time, Hanssen’s crimes were considered the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history, and several intelligence officers were executed because of his actions.

Juan Garcia Abrego - Former head of the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest organized crime syndicates in Mexico. The Gulf Cartel smuggled thousands of tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S. throughout the 80’s. Abrego was convicted of 22 counts of money laundering, drug possession and drug trafficking, for which he was given 11 life sentences.

James Marcello - Known as Little Jimmy, Jimmy Light and Jimmy “The Man” Marcello, the former boss of the Chicago Outfit is serving life for racketeering, extortion, loansharking, bribery, illegal gambling and ordering at least 18 murders.

Thomas Silverstein - Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system, Silverstein is serving life for murdering a correctional officer. The former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang has been housed in solitary confinement since 1983, the longest of any prisoner in American history.

Spending on Value Experiences

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?
Karlie Kloss Shared Her Travel Woes on Twitter, and So Should You
The supermodel proves that sometimes a heated tweet can go a long way when it comes to air travel.
By Brooke Bobb

Karlie Kloss Shared Her Travel Woes on Twitter, and So Should You

June 8, 2016
by Brooke Bobb

America’s sweetheart supermodel had a rare public outburst on Tuesday and it happened, where else? The airport. Karlie Kloss was allegedly mistreated by Philippine Airlines staff after she missed her flight, so she took to Twitter and Snapchat to share her rage with her millions of followers. “[Philippine Airlines] has the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE OF ALL TIME. Most BUDGET AIRLINE. Rude & disrespectful. Shame on you,” she tweeted. On Snapchat, Kloss shared a photo of herself at the airline’s economy counter, covered with the red-lettered words, “No one [flies] [Philippine] Airlines … and now I know why.” While the details of exactly what went down haven’t been revealed, it must’ve been quite frustrating for Kloss to react with such fury.

The cover girl isn’t the first major name to shout their travel woes from the virtual mountaintops, especially when it comes to lamenting the TSA. Way before there was #IHateTheWait, celebrities like Rebel Wilson and Adam Levine posted their own frustrated commentary to Twitter. As Wilson voiced: “Almost got arrested at LAX for carrying an Alexander McQueen knuckle-duster purse … then I got a lecture about how it is also bad to buy fake.” She continued, “I said, ‘I know I’m Australian but I do have some cash, it’s totes real!’—then I got another lecture about not arguing with them.” Levine’s tweet was more to the point: “First time being felt up by a TSA. #uncool.” At least they had a sense of humor about it.

While we’re still waiting for the TSA to make some necessary changes, it seems like voicing your complaints to an airline or airport on social media does make some sort of a difference—particularly if you have millions of followers. Shortly after Kloss posted her assessment of the Philippine Airlines customer service, the company responded to her with this tweet: “@karliekloss Hi Karlie. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and the disappointment you felt. Please let us know your concern and your ticket details through DM.” It’s a start. In fact, more and more airlines are starting to embrace social media as their signature customer service outlet, especially in light of increased complaint volume. According to a study released last year by social media analysis software firm Crimson Hexagon, 47 percent of Twitter posts about five large U.S. airlines were negative, while positive comments accounted for just 20 percent. The airlines are pretty much now forced to respond in real time to this bubbling online anger.

So tweet, snap, and ’gram on, angry traveler. You just may get the answer, or appeasement, you’ve been looking for—even if you aren’t one of the most famous models in the world.