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A Philippines Airline Boeing 777 taxis on the runway in the morning sunrise. Vancouver International Airport
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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!

Avisala! I'm hooome!

I literally just got back from my trip and I am sooo freakin’ worn out, just imagine traveling at 1am from Ilocos back to Manila via bus, got stuck in traffic all the way to NAIA terminal 3, my flight back home was supposed to be 3:30pm but it got delayed (like, thanks a lot Philippine Airlines), we boarded at 6:30pm and took off by 7pm and then thirty to forty-five minutes back home. Ugh! I am so freakin’ exhausted. I have a lot of catching up to do so please bear with me, for the mean time, I gotta unpack, take a long shower and hit the sack. I’ll catch up with y'all at the finale of Encantadia!

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Philippines typhoon makes landfall - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30356298

Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country’s weather agency says.

The storm knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported.

Over half a million have fled coastal villages in the past few days ahead of the storm’s arrival.

The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.

It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph).

Thousands of passengers were left stranded after Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled more than 150 flights to the central and southern Philippines on Friday and Saturday, and sea travel services were suspended.

At the scene: Saira Asher, BBC News, Legazpi

From Manila it took us 12 hours by car to reach Legazpi, a city in the south of Luzon island. Along the way in small towns we saw people stocking up on fuel, food and materials to fortify their homes.

In this popular tourist city on the coast, the streets are deserted. Officials say 75,000 people have already been evacuated.

The typhoon is expected to cross the country further north of Tacloban on the island of Samar.

This city could be feeling the full force of Typhoon Hagupit and many here are not taking any chances. Businesses are boarding up their windows and readying evacuation areas, as they prepare for the worst.

‘Massive scale’

Officials said that there had been damage in Dolores.

“There are many trees that have toppled, some of them on the highway”, police spokesman Alex Robin told the Associated Press from Dolores.

“We are totally in the dark here. The only light comes from flashlights.”

Pro Russian separatists are not allowing investigators on the MH17 crash site!!

My fingers are itching to write this. Have you ever felt furious from the inner core of your soul? Not hate but fury?

On Thursday the 17th of July a combined KLM/Malaysian airline flight MH17 possibly got shot down by a rocket missile. This flight contained people who were either going on a vacation, a business trip or going back home to their families. What I am really trying to say is that this airplane was filled with people who had absolutely nothing to do with the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Now this is what makes be furious. Pro Russian separatist’s are not allowing investigators on the crash site!!! I’m hearing various stories of them being drunk, plundering, moving bodies, toying with evidence and being aggressive against the investigators so they’ll have to leave. It’s 35 degrees Celsius in Ukraine on that specific location at the moment. And the bodies are just lying there rotting away, because let’s face it, that is the truth what happens the corpse of a deceased human being in extreme heat.

While relatives and friends from the boarded passengers all the over the world, are wondering when they can expect to have their loved ones back home for a proper last greeting. It makes me furious that once again innocent people are the victim over conflicts between two nations. It angers me that apparently they cannot let go of their grudges against each other for just a couple of days to let a team of people at least take care of the deceased and bring them back home where they belong with their families.

I’m afraid that political conflict is going to overrule this whole incident.  

I want to do something about this, but I can’t.

I feel powerless.

I want to call out to the world leaders, people with political power to end this and do something, anything.

I am aware that I’m just a tiny voice in a big world of loudmouths.

And all I can do is write this.

But I just want that:

193 people from The Netherlands

43 people from Malaysia

27 people from Australia

12 people from Indonesia

10 people from the United Kingdom

4 people from Germany

4 people from Belgium

3 people from the Philippines

1 person from Canada

1 person from New Zealand  

 Can be brought home, so that their families can say their proper final goodbye’s. 

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?

vogue.com
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.

Vogue

London, Finally! (UK)

If you’ve read one of my previous posts, you might remember that we were supposed to go to London last March. However, due to a medical emergency, we had to cancel our plans.

But thanks to nothing else but God’s amazing grace, we were able to rebook everything– yes, everything, even all the supposedly non-rebookable ones! We explained what happened to the airline company (thank you, Philippine Airlines!), the hotel booking site (thank you, Agoda!) plus all the tours (thank you, Anderson Tours!) and transportation we’ve already pre-booked and they all graciously allowed us to rebook our dates! Yup, I’m still in awe at the overwhelming kindness these big companies have shown us.

So to cut the long story short, we were able to fly to London on April and as promised, I’d like to share with you all photos from that wonderful trip! I’m gonna be sharing photos from my Instragram account for now because I still haven’t gotten around to sorting all our 4000+ photos (ack!)

My first time in London was last 2006 and we were only able to stay for around 2-3 days because it was part of a European Tour package. Though I only spent 2-3 days then, it’s been my favorite city ever since and I promised myself that I’ll be back longer next time. Well, I’m a woman of my word and 8 years later, I’m back (now with my husband!) and we gave ourselves 10 days to explore!

Of course, we went around and did all the obligatory touristy things (I can’t ever be too hipster for that) and that includes taking a walking tour around the city, watching the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, hanging around Trafalgar Square and taking a day trip to visit one of the most famous structures in the world; The Stonehenge (it was gorgeous by the way!)

One of things I love most about London is how there are so many museums and almost all of them are free! I spent as much time as I could (well, at least before Mor got bored) seeing my favorite favorite paintings, like Fragonard’s The Swing and various pieces by Van Gogh, Vermeer, Monet & Renoir at the National Gallery! Felt surreal to stand in front of a Van Gogh, that’s for sure!

We also took a day trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace; Stratford-Upon-Avon and though it was a horrible rainy day, I still had a wonderful afternoon going inside Anne Hathaway’s cottage (not the actress, but Shakespeare’s wife!)

But of course, we can’t go around exploring London without fueling up and fuel up we did! They say London’s not known for its cuisine (fish and chips, anyone?) but we had a marvelous morning walking around The Borough Market eating cheese, clams and duck confit! We also gobbled up peanut butter malt shakes and burgers at Shake Shack that Mor says are the best he’s ever tasted!

Can’t forget fish and chips and I’m a fan of fried food and fries so I enjoyed it very much! ;)

But probably one of the best things about London (at least for me) is that it’s the home of so many of my beloved shows/movies/fictional characters.

We dropped by 221B Baker Street to pay the world’s most famous detective a visit. We also spent a morning fangirling (or at least, I did) at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where they have all the props, set and other goodies from all Harry Potter films (I couldn’t resist wearing my blue schoolgirl skirt that day ala a Ravenclaw student!) And we stopped by the Doctor’s Tardis (Doctor Who, you ask?) to see if it really is bigger on the inside (which it is! *wink*) If Highclere castle were only open when we came, I would’ve paid my friends at Downton Abbey a visit, but sadly they were closed. :(

As you see, I had THE BEST time in London! The weather was perfect (rare for London, so thank you God!), the people were exceptionally nice and helpful and I was with the best person to explore it with, my husband!

Once I get all my photos sorted out, I promise I’ll give more details! But for now, suffice to say that London still is my favorite city of all time. How can you not love a city with an efficient transport system (I love you, Underground!), free museums, castles and palaces and so many places where a girl like me can geek out?

For more photos and faster updates, please visit my Instragram account. I’m oftentimes too busy to post anything else but photos and one-liners. Sorry! I try! ;)

PS. On this trip, we also spent 2 full days in Edinburgh, Scotland but yes, that’s a story for another day!