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Superfly Does The Philippines (PR-BKK-MNL)  
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
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Last month I went on a weekend getaway to The Philippines since we had a three day weekend in Thailand. I didn’t really plan this trip out other than buy a ticket to Manila and back for the 3 day weekend.
I took the redeye flight from Bangkok which unfortunately is just an A320. The 747 and A340 flights were earlier in the day and I didn’t want to take off work for this short trip.
The ticket on Philippines Airlines was only 1000 baht less than Thai Airways so I figured I’d give Philippines Airlines a try.
Check in went smooth and the flight was only 20 minutes behind. No big deal.

All the passengers except me had TONS of carry on bags! I had never seen so many bags in one place at the same time. I was beginning to wonder if everyone and their bag would make it on the flight. Then it occurred to me that they were probably Christmas shopping in Bangkok and bringing gifts back home. So I guess I was going to be on an A320 filled with more 100 Santa Clauses.

We board the flight and it was packed to the gills!
Everyone was scrambling to find a place for their bag and there were no empty seats. The flight was 100% full.
The plane pushed back and began to taxi and yet passengers were still finding their seats, finding places to store their bag and negotiate seat changes as we taxi out to the runway.
Two ladies sitting opposite of me sat with their knees up at their chins because they had two huge bags on the floor in front of their seats.
This went on all the way until we arrived at the runway. The last flight attendant standing took her seat as we began our takeoff roll.
This was the longest take off roll I’ve ever experienced. We used every inch of the runway and the takeoff roll was similar to an IL-86.
It was a very gradual climb.

In flight service begins. The food came before drinks. The chicken dinner was decent. Then come the drinks. What do I see on the galley cart? Cans of Colt 45 malt liquor!
In the United States, you usually have to go to the roughest parts of town to find this beer. It has a reputation as a street thug, gangster beer. I of course had one anyway just for the novelty of drinking a ghetto beer on an airplane. I took a picture of it and the flight attendant ended up giving me 6 more of them throughout the flight!   


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When the flight attendants collect the beer cans and soda cans, they step on them crushing the cans with their feet in the aisle. This is to fit them in the trays easier. I must say that I was amused. I had never seen an airline do this.


We arrive in to Manila on time which was very early in the morning. Took some pictures of the Christmas display at MNL.

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Looks like baby Jesus is holding his finger up saying we’re #1.



I was going to spend the first night in Manila but there had been a change in my friend’s schedule that I was going to see in Manila after she got off work. I didn’t want to waste time wondering around Manila looking for a hotel that would allow for early check in so I decided to take a bus trip up to the old Clark Air Force base near Angeles City.
The taxi ride to the bus terminal and bus ride through Manila was a real eye opener. I was surprised to see the level of poverty throughout Manila. It was a reminder that I was visiting a poor country. The road through the city was very bumpy so it was impossible to catch up on sleep.

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I did at least enjoy the scenery of the country side north of Manila.
A friendly guy on the bus could tell that I was new to the area and ask where I was headed and what I was looking for. Luckily he knew of a good hotel that allows early check in near all the attractions in the area.

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I ended up riding in a Trike to the hotel I stayed at. I am way too big to ride in those things and the loud high-pitched exhaust was blaring in my ear. Still a fun and adventurous experience.


After catching up on sleep that morning, I rented a moped to get around and see the place on my own. I was starving and settled on Shakey’s Pizza. Yes I know that isn’t the ideal first meal when visiting a country but I was not in an experimental mood at that particular moment. That would come later.

I liked seeing all of those military jeeps dating back to the 1940s still going strong. A very cheap and efficient way of transportation. I rode in those a few times as well.
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Notice the Playboy sign on the side of this guys Jeep.
I have my doubts about him really being a Playboy.

Tasted a lot of the local cuisine which was mostly chicken. I was hoping to get some Lechón and tapsilog on this trip but that will just have to wait until my next trip there.


Motorized Chicken
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The Philippines answer to Kentucky Friend Chicken.
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More Jolibees
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Jolibees was everywhere!
It was almost like a bad dream
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More motorized chicken.
These guys were throwing up gangster signs as they grill chicken.
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Angeles City was interesting and I even meet a few pilots that were US expats. Very friendly and interesting set of folks there. We drank lots of beer and talked about airplanes. It was almost like an Airliners.net meet.
One guy invited me up in his homemade kit airplane. As cool as it may sound, I’m a bit uneasy about flying in a homemade aircraft. I would hate to go out like John Denver.

One thing that had taken me by surprised was that so many guys walk around carrying guns. Some big, some small. One guy had a huge semi-automatic rifle strapped on his back as we rode his moped. He wasn’t going to combat; he was stopping to buy some chicken from the stand I was eating at. Doesn’t bother me as long as none are pointed at me.

Look, more chicken!
Chicken adobo, garlic rice and San Miguel. The ideal meal to have in the Philippines.
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Headed back to Manila to catch my flight.



Streets of Manila.
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The hotel I stayed at provided a van service all the way back to the airport. It was worth the $40 bucks verses the trike, rickety bus ride, then taxi to the airport.



Goldilocks Bakery is a popular chain in The Philippines and they also have stores in California. The one here at the MNL terminal was OK but my favorite is in South San Francisco on Gellert street. That one just so happens to be in the flight path from SFO which Philippines Airlines 747 & A340s fly over en route to MNL.
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Check in went smooth since I only bring a carry on bag.

The return flight was on an A330.
I was lucky enough to be in the one seat that was stuck in the recline position and was a window seat too.
Lots of bags on this flight as well but not as bad as the flight going.
Not sure why but this aircraft really had a banged up interior. As we taxied to the runway, the interior sounded as if it was breaking apart and the center overhead bins were bouncing as if they were about to fall from the ceiling.
We began our takeoff roll and the plane got airborne much faster than the A320 flight going.
Manila skyline
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The in-flight entertainment was a snowy screen with a barley visible image and no audio. Not sure what the cause of that is. It wasn’t dirty VHS tape heads as I know what that looks like. Most likely a bad connection from the VCR to the television.

In-flight, I had more chicken!
Just what I needed!
At this point, I was totally chickened out!   
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The wine served was Volupta wine. It comes in a plastic bottle.

One thing I like about traveling is hearing other people’s stories. They guy I sat next to was from England. He had cut his trip there short. He had a bad experience. He mentioned going in to a back alley to gamble with some locals.
That is something you just don’t do! The folks in the Philippines like to gamble and they’re good at it. PAL has flights to Las Vegas. When I mentioned that to him, he was shocked. He had lost 1000 British sterling pounds gambling in a back alley in Manila.
YIKES!

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Nuts!

Even though this was a mid morning flight, there were a lot of people sleeping. For what ever reason, it was mostly men towards the back where I was sitting. They were all sleeping and they were all snoring, very loud.
Didn’t bother me because I was well rested before the flight. It did create a strange chorus of snores. When I walked to the back to the lavatory, it got even louder. I was glad that me & the British guy’s conversation didn’t wake them up.

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Despite Philippines Airlines shortcomings, they still have some cute flight attendants and they provide good service.
The service was good as they could make it within their means. In many ways, Philippines Airlines reminded me of Aeroflot.
I’d probably fly them again when I return as long as it’s cheaper than Thai Airways.

Next time I go to The Philippines, I’ll plan things out better. Perhaps meet up with some A.net members there and I insist on eating, tapsilog and Lechón.
Perhaps I’ll return during Easter or Good Friday and seeing and experiencing more culture events. However, I won’t go as far as re-enacting crucifixions. I don’t like pain. I hear that is becoming a popular ritual around Easter in The Philippines.

Over all, a fun trip.

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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2065 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11593 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Cans of Colt 45 malt liquor!

  

It's amazing the random beers I have encountered on flights in Asia. I recently flew MU in F from FOC to SHA and the only beer they had in F was Bud Ice   

Great photos of the chicken, made me quite hungry!

Cheers
Coal



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11518 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 1):
It's amazing the random beers I have encountered on flights in Asia. I recently flew MU in F from FOC to SHA and the only beer they had in F was Bud Ice


Bud Ice?
Didn't even know that was still made. That reminds me of Zima and all the other 'gurly' beers of the 1990s.
Random beers are always a treat but there almost always decent beers. Not the gutter beers.
I'll actually glad that Philippines Airlines serves Colt 45. It's the strongest beer I've ever had at 35,000 feet.
Turbulence feels much more pleasant after a few of these.  



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11372 times:

Nice to see the pictures after hearing about your adventures!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 10740 times:

Great TR! So you're the Mr. Quickie! Like that pic.

OK, enough frippery. A.net wants to know, who's the fairest of them all? Indonesians, Filipinos or Thai? What's your pick?

One more thing - how come you didn't catch any Filipino cover bands, given your music bent?

Happy trails.


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 10612 times:

Nice report Larry.

The F/A in the picture is well cute if I may say so! 

See you next month hopefully!  



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8181 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 10372 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Not sure why but this aircraft really had a banged up interior.

Dude, it's PAL. Come on now  

Yes inquiring minds would like to know what you were actually up to in MNL. Something tells me it wasn't just Angeles Fried Chicken...there's another Angeles, no?



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1300 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 10329 times:

Glad you had a fun trip, sounds like it tasted good anyway.

Quoting Coal (Reply 1):
Bud Ice
Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Bud Ice?
Didn't even know that was still made.

I didn't even know that stuff existed until the other night when I was doing my tours (I work for security), and I found a big can of it in a kitchen in another building. It was opened, mostly empty. Looking at how Coal feels about it, that was probably for the best.

-J.



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User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1459 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 10314 times:

Hey Superfly, great little TR! I had to comment on this one since I'm a Filipino-American and I can totally relate to your trip! I also went to the Philippines last summer, I wasn't and will never be a fan of Manila - it's dirty and noisy, I love the islands and provinces of the Philippine way better!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
All the passengers except me had TONS of carry on bags! I had never seen so many bags in one place at the same time. I was beginning to wonder if everyone and their bag would make it on the flight. Then it occurred to me that they were probably Christmas shopping in Bangkok and bringing gifts back home. So I guess I was going to be on an A320 filled with more 100 Santa Clauses.

LOL. Tell me about it! Most Filipinos don't really travel light  
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was surprised to see the level of poverty throughout Manila. It was a reminder that I was visiting a poor country. The road through the city was very bumpy so it was impossible to catch up on sleep.

I agree. But I have to admit that although most Filipinos are in poverty, you'll still see them smiling all the time!  
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I ended up riding in a Trike to the hotel I stayed at. I am way too big to ride in those things and the loud high-pitched exhaust was blaring in my ear. Still a fun and adventurous experience.

LOL. Yes, they are very very small and it's really loud. We rented a Jeepney in my granparent's province for a day (PHP500 which is roughly $10.00!) And it was an awesome experience - although we smelled like smoke by the time we got home 
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was starving and settled on Shakey’s Pizza. Yes I know that isn’t the ideal first meal when visiting a country but I was not in an experimental mood at that particular moment. That would come later.

Ahhh, Shakey's. We went to Shakey's Boracay, pizza + pasta + sunset + beach = perfect!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Notice the Playboy sign on the side of this guys Jeep.
I have my doubts about him really being a Playboy.

You could see a lot of those in the Philippines, especially in Jeepneys lol

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
More Jolibees
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Jolibees was everywhere!
It was almost like a bad dream

One of my favorite restaurants, I agree, they're like McDonalds and Starbucks - they're lterally found everywhere you go. Even here in New York City! And you could see dozens of Jollibees in California...

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Goldilocks Bakery is a popular chain in The Philippines and they also have stores in California. The one here at the MNL terminal was OK but my favorite is in South San Francisco on Gellert street. That one just so happens to be in the flight path from SFO which Philippines Airlines 747 & A340s fly over en route to MNL.

I love Goldilocks, have you ever tried a "polvoron"? Taste really good!


Excellent trip report, I love it! Brings back memories of my home country, hopefully I'll be back there soon!  



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26598 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 10248 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

There is a single Jollibee in L.A. in what is called Historic Filipinotown. The funny thing is that few, if any Filipino's still live there, as the original population was mostly killed off during a TB epidemic or something of the sort.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
What do I see on the galley cart? Cans of Colt 45 malt liquor!

That is hilarious. Was Billie D. Williams the Purser?  
Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was starving and settled on Shakey’s Pizza. Yes I know that isn’t the ideal first meal when visiting a country but I was not in an experimental mood at that particular moment.

So random that they have Shakey's. That is one chain from home I would go to, simply because they are rare in their home market anymore.

Quoting Coal (Reply 1):
Bud Ice

I thought they stopped making that stuff? Maybe I'm thinking of Bud Dry.  



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 9927 times:
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You report was really amusing and literally made me laugh at loud    You are a funny guy. The trip was short, sweet, funny just like your trip!

User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 9892 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 4):
One more thing - how come you didn't catch any Filipino cover bands, given your music bent?


I saw a few but they weren't a tribute band. They were just singing covers of various artist.
Lots of Carpenters covers which I was very happy to hear. I'm a huge fan of The Carpenters.
I even picked up a copy of the Carpenters Christmas Collection CD. The previous release had deleted the best tracks on the CD mix. My LP and 8track collection is still back in the US and I'm realizing many CD reissues have been compromised and doesn't have all the original songs.

Quoting comorin (Reply 4):
A.net wants to know, who's the fairest of them all? Indonesians, Filipinos or Thai? What's your pick?


Thai.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 5):
The F/A in the picture is well cute if I may say so!

See you next month hopefully!


Yes she was very sweet.
Should be fun to meet up.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
Dude, it's PAL. Come on now


I had no idea Philippines Airlines was like this. Funny, I was expecting Philippines Airlines to be on par with Singapore, Thai, ANA and Cathay Pacific.
However, I still like Philippines Airlines because they still offer great service, has cute flight attendants, they don't skimp on the booze and they don't nickel & dime you like a lot of US carriers. I'd still take Philippines Airlines over Delta in a heartbeat.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
Yes inquiring minds would like to know what you were actually up to in MNL. Something tells me it wasn't just Angeles Fried Chicken...there's another Angeles, no?


Not too much in MNL other than take a taxi to the bus terminal and then I left MNL for Angeles City. I know that there is a former US Air Force base there still being used as an airport. Perhaps do some spotting a maybe see some rare cargo planes that we don't get in the states. All I saw instead was Cebu Pacific A320s.
It was there when I found out that MNL is the only airport in the Philippines with a runway strong enough to take a AN-124 and 747. Has anyone ever heard this?
Angeles City has a lot pilots and you can walk in to just about any bar and strike up a conversation about airplanes.
Oh and by the way, I assume you wanted to know about the other activities there? Just the same ole, same ole - women with lots of miles on them in their late 30s & 40s with 3 kids, smokes like a chimney, has stretch marks pretending to be teenagers. That's what those servicemen go for.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
I had to comment on this one since I'm a Filipino-American and I can totally relate to your trip! I also went to the Philippines last summer, I wasn't and will never be a fan of Manila - it's dirty and noisy, I love the islands and provinces of the Philippine way better!


I don't mind dirty and noisy big cities. I'm aware of the nice resorts in The Philippines but I wanted to stay away from tourist oriented resorts. Didn't want to go to The Philippines and hang around a bunch of drunken Aussie and European tourist. I like to get a taste of the local flavor and meet locals.
I met a Filipino guy that is a student pilot and is also a aircraft mechanic. He told me some stories about how some mechanics cut corners on aircraft. Something to keep me at ease on my flight back.   

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
LOL. Tell me about it! Most Filipinos don't really travel light


My Filipino friends back in Daly City, CA told me this. Isn't this why PAL has a scheduled stop in Honolulu and Guam?
The 747-400 and A340 can do SFO-MNL non-stop but not fully loaded with strong head wind.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
I have to admit that although most Filipinos are in poverty, you'll still see them smiling all the time!


Well they have nice beaches, beautiful women, lots of chicken and Colt 45. I'd be smiling too! LOL!  
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
Ahhh, Shakey's. We went to Shakey's Boracay, pizza + pasta + sunset + beach = perfect!


Nice!
I met a cute girl that works at Shakey's. I may see her again on my next trip over there.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
One of my favorite restaurants, I agree, they're like McDonalds and Starbucks - they're lterally found everywhere you go. Even here in New York City! And you could see dozens of Jollibees in California...


The one downtown San Francisco just closed. The one in Daly City was the one I'd go to but the food wasn't as good. The best Filipino food near SFO is in the diner at Lucky Chances Casino and Fil-Am restaurant.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
I love Goldilocks, have you ever tried a "polvoron"? Taste really good!


No I had Lechón, chicken adobo, tocino and lumpia Shanghai.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
the original population was mostly killed off during a TB epidemic or something of the sort.


On no, that sounds horrible. When did that happen?

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
That is hilarious. Was Billie D. Williams the Purser?


LOL!
I was thinking the same throughout the flight!  
This was the closest thing to Soul Plane.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
So random that they have Shakey's. That is one chain from home I would go to, simply because they are rare in their home market anymore.


The last time I had ate at a Shakey's Pizza was in Merriville, Indiana back in 1984. Went there after seeing the movie Footloose at the movie theater.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 9884 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
You report was really amusing and literally made me laugh at loud You are a funny guy. The trip was short, sweet, funny just like your trip!

Thanks man!
You should tag along with me on a trip.
I always meet fun and interesting characters.  



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9571 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Look, more chicken!
Chicken adobo, garlic rice and San Miguel. The ideal meal to have in the Philippines.

That does look good.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Cans of Colt 45 malt liquor!

That is the best part of the flight. It would be sweet if they gave you a paper bag to put it in.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Streets of Manila.

I like all those modified Jeeps

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
they still have some cute flight attendants

She is cute!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was starving and settled on Shakey’s Pizza

I haven't had that in ages. I didn't know any of those were still around.

Looks like a fun trip. It looks like a exciting place to visit. I think I would enjoy going there.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
I thought they stopped making that stuff?

They still make it. The store by my house sells 40oz bottles of it.



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User currently offlinegunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3508 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9260 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The food came before drinks. The chicken dinner was decent. Then come the drinks. What do I see on the galley cart? Cans of Colt 45 malt liquor!

Please tell me this is part of a broader trend in the industry..."the new face of Y" or something to that effect.

Quoting Coal (Reply 1):
I recently flew MU in F from FOC to SHA and the only beer they had in F was Bud Ice

Forties of Old E would have been much more appropriate if you're paying an F fare.  

Great trip report Superfly, looks like a hell of a nice way to get out of town for a weekend!

What's up with "Mr. Quickies" creepy little elf mascot?   



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9167 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
That does look good.


It was delicious!

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
That is the best part of the flight. It would be sweet if they gave you a paper bag to put it in.


LOL!   
That would be awesome!
Actually Nok Air does serve brown paper bags (that will be my next trip report) but it's just water & a pretzel.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
I like all those modified Jeeps


If you like to see 'creative' ways to keep vehicles running, The Philippines has lots.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):
Looks like a fun trip. It looks like a exciting place to visit. I think I would enjoy going there.


You'd love it over there. Lot's of jerry-rigged vehicles, cheap beer and lots of guns for sale.

Quoting gunsontheroof (Reply 14):
Please tell me this is part of a broader trend in the industry..."the new face of Y" or something to that effect.


I wouldn't have a problem with it. At least they're not charging you for it.

Quoting gunsontheroof (Reply 14):
Forties of Old E would have been much more appropriate if you're paying an F fare.


LOL!   
The flight attendants wouldn't have to get up and serve you as frequent.

Quoting gunsontheroof (Reply 14):
What's up with "Mr. Quickies" creepy little elf mascot?


If you look closely at Mr. Quickie, he has two guns. He's supposedly quick at whipping out his gun and shooting.
It's a play on words.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8970 times:

PAL A330s badly need a refurb. And the older A320s - I flew RP-C3227 that was transferred to 2P - totally beat up inside.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Just the same ole, same ole - women with lots of miles on them in their late 30s & 40s with 3 kids, smokes like a chimney, has stretch marks pretending to be teenagers.

You obviously didn't go to the big Fields Ave bars like Crystal Palace, Atlantis or Forbidden City.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8841 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 16):
You obviously didn't go to the big Fields Ave bars like Crystal Palace, Atlantis or Forbidden City.

That is exactly where I went. Bunch of old beat up retreads.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 16):
PAL A330s badly need a refurb. And the older A320s - I flew RP-C3227 that was transferred to 2P - totally beat up inside.

I agree. It seemed like they were excellent planes at one time. I really like the fact that they have footrest in coast seats.



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8701 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
That is exactly where I went. Bunch of old beat up retreads.

I never met a dancer much over 30 there. Waitresses yes. The Koreans are spoiling the place with idiocy - it's a common sight to see a Korean buying 8 waitresses a "large drink" at Dollhouse group bars costing P250 each. Then they start throwing money on the stage etc etc... And then they pick up a P3000 "model" after that. Yikes.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
I agree. It seemed like they were excellent planes at one time. I really like the fact that they have footrest in coast seats.

RP-C3227 seemed to be in its original European charter layout - most uncomfortable A320 I've flown. 180-seat Air Asia jets seem like luxury compared to that. I'm glad you don't seem to have flown on a PAL 747 - the cabins were falling apart at least on N751PR and N752PR (RP-C7471-7472 now I guess) before refurb. I once felt like sitting on an auto-reclining steel frame on CEB-MNL.

Apart from the free Colt45, I prefer Cebu Pacific, but these days they are often more expensive than PR.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8620 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
I'm glad you don't seem to have flown on a PAL 747


I was hoping to get on a PAL 747.
I don't really care much for the latest & greatest IFE.
The 747 is an awesome aircraft regardless of how nice or beat up the interiors are.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
Apart from the free Colt45, I prefer Cebu Pacific, but these days they are often more expensive than PR.


I'm usually partial to national carriers over newer upstart airlines.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
I never met a dancer much over 30 there. Waitresses yes. The Koreans are spoiling the place with idiocy - it's a common sight to see a Korean buying 8 waitresses a "large drink" at Dollhouse group bars costing P250 each. Then they start throwing money on the stage etc etc... And then they pick up a P3000 "model" after that. Yikes.


They're still decent tourist that are respectful and they don't get drunk and belligerent like a lot of the Russian tourist found in Phuket and Pattaya.
I met a nice lady at Shakey's Pizza and went to a go-go bar to talk about airplanes with pilots.   



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8092 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Lot's of jerry-rigged vehicles, cheap beer and lots of guns for sale.

Sounds like Taylor, Michigan......



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User currently offlineTomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 884 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7616 times:
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Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 18):
I'm glad you don't seem to have flown on a PAL 747 - the cabins were falling apart at least on N751PR and N752PR (RP-C7471-7472 now I guess) before refurb. I

I flew home MNL-SFO last week on ship 7472. Nice IFE and clean, well maintained interior. One of the lavs in the back was the exception.

I had not flown on PAL in many, many years, but was pleasently surprised at the warmth of the service. Very attentive cabin crew and announcements. Meal service fairly generous even in Fiesta (Economy) class.

Even though the trip over on BR through TPE was on a new 77W, with what seemed like a dozen beautiful crew in each cabin, the service seemed almost robotic compared to PR. .

Mabuhay Filipinas!

Tomas SJC



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7613 times:
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Hi,

Great read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Amazing to see Colt 45 & Coors on the plane, you would expect the local brews!

Not been to the Philippines yet to enjoyed your 'local' pix.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7354 times:

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 21):
Even though the trip over on BR through TPE was on a new 77W, with what seemed like a dozen beautiful crew in each cabin, the service seemed almost robotic compared to PR. .

I'll take friendly service and unlimited cheap booze over the latest high-tech IFE.
Surprised to hear about EVA being robotic. I haven't flown them yet but will try them out at some point.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Amazing to see Colt 45 & Coors on the plane, you would expect the local brews!

I was surprised that they didn't have San Miguel.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Not been to the Philippines yet to enjoyed your 'local' pix.
Great read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Yes you should go. It's certainly an 'interesting' place to visit.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25737 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7252 times:

Nice mini weekend report.

Being in Asia now, you do have the opportunity for many such quick 2-3hour weekend hops. Many of my collegues that are based in Asia make good use of lots of cheap fares to experience new places on regular basis.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
All the passengers except me had TONS of carry on bags!

Famous Filipino balikbayan box luggage. LOL

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I was surprised to see the level of poverty throughout Manila. It was a reminder that I was visiting a poor country.

Yes indeed. Quite a shame to think about it that back into even the 1970s the Philippines was one of the most developed nations in Asia with a vibrant economy. Then awoke all of the Asian tigers which ran circles around the Philippines as it sat in neutral fighting over politics and corruption. Fast forward and you are left with beautiful island with immense problems.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 25, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6956 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 24):
Being in Asia now, you do have the opportunity for many such quick 2-3hour weekend hops. Many of my collegues that are based in Asia make good use of lots of cheap fares to experience new places on regular basis.

Yes and I have a few more trip reports that I need to put together.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 24):
Famous Filipino balikbayan box luggage. LOL

I had been warned about that before.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 24):
Yes indeed. Quite a shame to think about it that back into even the 1970s the Philippines was one of the most developed nations in Asia with a vibrant economy. Then awoke all of the Asian tigers which ran circles around the Philippines as it sat in neutral fighting over politics and corruption. Fast forward and you are left with beautiful island with immense problems.

That's what I've been told. Manila kind of reminded me of Havana, Cuba. A large city in a tropical climate that looked like it was once a gleaming city over a generation ago and crumbling apart.



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