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"Manila, Me And The Dragon Of Hongkong"  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 16600 times:

"Manila, Me and the Dragon of Hongkong"


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301169_zps894e3fb0.jpg


Magandang hapon, dear readers,

here I am,
in Binondo, Chinatown, Manila, the Philippines.
Just arrived late yesterday afternoon:

"Manila On Four, Well, Small Engines" (by FLIEGER67 Feb 24 2013 in Trip Reports)

Some more flights to go with this story?.
Sure!:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=str-cdg-hkg-mnl&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=540x540&PM=*

Thanx to, no changes:

http://www.gcmap.com/

Well, what about the departure airports map?.
Here is MNL, counted as no. 233:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

The flights of 2013 log is also here to follow:


TRIPREPORTER 2013 auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the previous 200 departure places:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Should I stay in my hotel room,
anxiously with all these horror stories about pickpockets, slickers, crooks and consorts?.
Should I miss the Chinese New Year celebrations?.
Oh, no, definitely not!.
Breakfast is served from 6.00 am.
Ok, I´am not down at the first floor as early as 06.00 am, but not that long thereafter
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301088_zps2e782aad.jpg
The breakfast room
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301087_zps1cf3f86a.jpg
And the freshly prepared offers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301089_zps40299a26.jpg
A sunny view for the city
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301085_zpse78146ac.jpg
Manila is a well church equiped town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301086_zpsfc3ba417.jpg
The lobby
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301090_zps7e548d61.jpg
Action on the streets
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301091_zps59c264b0.jpg
All kinds of imaginable transport available
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301092_zpsb78147ee.jpg
How to take your wire´s Manila style
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301093_zps0e53cbfe.jpg
A view from the hotels rooftop
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301094_zps10cd8a64.jpg
Skyline
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301095_zpsd5447035.jpg
Well, there are a million of locals on the streets and me.
No signs where to go.
The driving style is creative to say the least and some Jeepneys on the run
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301096_zpsa37dcdbd.jpg
Down by the Pasig river, no bridge, no ferry
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301097_zps35d8ddb1.jpg
Ah, that´s where it all starts.
Intramuros, the old spanish built town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301098_zps9a1ce3cf.jpg
Fast food Manila like!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301099_zps44ee008e.jpg
Intramuros is described as a well renovated place.
Not sure here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301100_zpsadfa78cb.jpg
Believe me this is 2013 in the real world and not in a museum
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301101_zpse597631e.jpg
Spanish colonial buildings
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301102_zps11882b5e.jpg
Close to the cathedral
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301103_zpsa44bbc5a.jpg
Super nice flowers and palms
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301104_zps19513927.jpg
That sounds really spanish to me, La Castellana
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301105_zps1a9e03d8.jpg
Ok, the officials
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301106_zps4a299646.jpg
The cathedral´s main entrance
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301107_zpsf987fea4.jpg
The clocktower
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301108_zpsd81a17d4.jpg
No, I don´t need a guide, not now and also not later!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301109_zps138c6a5e.jpg
Contrasts
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301110_zps7135630a.jpg
The not that really well preserved San Augustin Church
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301111_zps3bd490a7.jpg
The main front
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301112_zps872979a0.jpg
Transport by manpower
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301113_zpsd1ba7e65.jpg
San Augustin details
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301114_zps7c8111fb.jpg
The story behind
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301115_zps0c2738b8.jpg
Welcome, ok
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301116_zps8f280f7f.jpg
This is a hotel and restaurant
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301117_zps883ad028.jpg
The busy Pasig river
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301118_zpseb397e2b.jpg
No Chinese New Year without a Jeepney
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301119_zps83602d45.jpg
Intramuros the other way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301120_zps94862f97.jpg
Fort Santiago
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301121_zps6cf1c445.jpg
An official building
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301122_zpsa3505cd9.jpg
Looks like really spanish here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301123_zps6ace4033.jpg
One of the gardens around Intramuros
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301124_zps3179c5b2.jpg
Flowers and exotic trees
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301125_zpsc4b66240.jpg
Like this one
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301126_zpsa91e7344.jpg
Jeepney parade
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301127_zps42a77b71.jpg
What´s the time, please?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301128_zps957af027.jpg
No National Mueseum without a Jeepney.
And believe me there is simply as much space inside as people to fit in
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301129_zps27cd9796.jpg
The other way around
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301130_zps688afcf1.jpg
Not that I´ve talked about the Chinese New Year celebrations
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301131_zpsb3d31a3d.jpg
Well, it´s Monday afternoon, there is a plane to catch later on and what about the transfer for the airport?.
The hotel offers a free shuttle for the Mall of Asia, what is just by coincidence, close to the airport.
The time fit´s, the way to go now for me.
Along the bay
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301132_zpscbe7e7ef.jpg
The mall
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301133_zps52990afa.jpg
Not sure if the Filippinos are on the real track here.
To enter the mall you need to pass an airport style
security check with scanner and all.
Not really comfortable with luggage, but anyway a good place to spend some time now and follow the action around.

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 16653 times:

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Monday, 11.02.2013


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Service KA 932 operated by Dragonair
Scheduled: 20.50 // 22.55


The last step from the mall to the airport is as cheap as 100 Pesos. As long as you catch one of the no-rip-off metered taxi´s, what is also not that easy here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301134_zps43c2e3a5.jpg
This is the new place on my departure airports map.
Welcome MNL
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301135_zps1263192c.jpg
Greenery and lot´s of teenage kids around. Keep your valuables securely
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301136_zpsabfecec6.jpg
There is a strict documents and baggage check prior to enter the terminal
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301138_zps61e87ff1.jpg
These are legs 3 and 4 from the original booked
CDG-HKG-MNL return ticket. The fare this way secured by Govolo is 190.00 Euro´s per leg.
OLCI works well, no changes to my seat of choice.
The nice, young Filippina woman at the counter
accepted my bag and printed the papers for me.
Well, these board is not that really up to date
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301139_zpsd21df7f1.jpg
It´s a strange place here.
Be aware that you hold 550 Pesos in cash ready to leave the Philippines, called passenger service charge and this one is not included in the ticket.
Passport check is quick and also security. Lucky me
with lot´s of people at check-in earlier.
Onwards to go for some lounge viewing now.
This is the Miascor example
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301143_zpsc4a7ef53.jpg
Small, but something to eat
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301140_zps27a44cc6.jpg
Chairs
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301141_zpsc6424886.jpg
And also some hot stuff
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301142_zpsf72075c2.jpg
Not a really frequent picture for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301144_zpsda65623a.jpg
There is also a CX lounge available
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301148_zps41dd92f0.jpg
With some cold offers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301145_zps935daef7.jpg
And me as the only guest after the QF Sydney bound flight is gone
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301146_zps467c88e8.jpg
Not that much on offer
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301147_zps571fdfe0.jpg
Should we go for gate 4 now?.
Oh, yes we should, for a view like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301150_zps5efd913d.jpg
The dragon should be there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301153_zpsfd81dfcf.jpg
Well, till now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301154_zps18d74b13.jpg
Really, it is
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301155_zps1a7e31a9.jpg
With the A320 like on schedule
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301156_zps9cb66552.jpg
Yes, this is the dragon, called B-HSQ tonight
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301157_zpsbb33dfb1.jpg
Leg no. 93 on type, new to the log.
In the air since 23.02.2012 only.
One of 15 in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301158_zps4b99cc62.jpg
9.05 pm is 15 minutes late,
but anyway the "Dragon" is on the 1.00 hour, 45 minutes ride for mainland China. Departure from the 3737 meters "Zero-Six", 27 partly cloudy degrees remain in Manila.
A couple and more open seats for me in the very last row, 49K. Strange seatnumber on the A320, the load is 70% in the end
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301159_zps9c8ef003.jpg
The clean cabin looks like bright and modern with the dark blue fabric seats
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301160_zpsac8dd531.jpg
The legroom is acceptable, but lower than on CX´s A343´s
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301161_zpsa9c544c9.jpg
Cockpit crew is non-chinese once more. The captain sounds like South African, the FO from Scandinavia.
The captain is on the mike inflight with detailed informations.
We saw a short delayed take off due to strong winds enroute and close to Manila what is also good to notice after departure.
Safety on board, dragon style
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301162_zpsb7874220.jpg
Let´s go for the Silkroad
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301163_zps1ad0e8d6.jpg
Cabin crew is all nice.
More personal than on CX mainline.
A young chinese male, an elder chinese woman,
a middle aged, thin like paper, chinese woman
and also a younger, really nice, black haired, ok, what else in China?, not that really cute chinese woman together with another young woman, more mongolian style, also nice.
Service on this short leg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301165_zps3fa46e0c.jpg
More dragonfood
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301166_zps6c3bcc1f.jpg
The FO is on the mike with a short info about the approach into HKG.
No route or flightlevel info.
Touchdown at the 3800 meters "Zero-Seven-Left", 11.15 pm, 20 minutes late, 19 cloudy degrees here.
Welcome back to Hongkong at night
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301167_zps19161719.jpg
Where for the very first time tonight the plane is parked on the apron and bus transfer is necessary
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301168_zps4b8b0d7f.jpg
Good for a couple of pictures more
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301169_zps894e3fb0.jpg
Like this one
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301170_zps4deaeba0.jpg
Bye-bye now for the dragon, nice to meet you and thanx for the taste of dragonfood!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301171_zpsfa11228c.jpg





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Service CX 279 operated by Cathay Pacific
Scheduled: 00.55 // 07.20


One more short Hongkong connection.
No, the pax have learned nothing about transfer security. It´s painfully slow again, or at least it feels painfully slow, when you want to catch a lounge prior to the next flight.
But nevertheless, also with a couple minutes only left,
here it is
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301177_zpsf8b2de14.jpg
The cabin is for sure a well designed place
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301173_zps8457ae72.jpg
With lots of workstations
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301174_zps540e6a6a.jpg
And also a bar for the lonely traveller
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301175_zps31bc43c7.jpg
Western and chinese dishes
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301176_zps82664b26.jpg
Not that I´am really frequent with chinese, but this looks like boarding from gate 29 to me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301178_zps39813433.jpg
Just to catch a quick snap
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301179_zps0461d792.jpg
And to notice that this is B-HXJ.
Leg no. 8 on the scheduled A340-300, new to the log
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301181_zps2657a9c6.jpg
In the air and around with CX since 28.07.1998. 10 planes on type are in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301182_zpsd30d8213.jpg
It´s 1.00 am, close to ontime, longish 12 hours, 50 minutes during the night heading for Europe by "Cathay" now.
Departure from the 3800 meters "Zero-Seven-Right". 18 cloudy degrees here.
The captain sounds like french native, with a detailed welcome during boarding, also in french.
He is also later on, close to Paris, on the mike with more infos again also in french.
The FO sounds like from Australia.
For your safety, ok
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301183_zps67875d66.jpg
The other way around
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301184_zpsf9ef68f1.jpg
Window last row is secured, but there is another one of these elder chinese woman in the aisle seat.
Should I really spend the night this way?. Especially when we know that the whole block of 4 bulkhead seats in the middle cabin is open and this is a complete night flight?.
Two seats, 54 D/E, for me in the end with a young chinese guy from Beijing decided also that´s the better way to be and done the other two seats.
He works for a textile manufacturer and we had an interesting conversation on the way.
Made in China is nowadays much more often than we believe made in Kampuchea or Myanmar!.
Mixed blue green fabric seats, clean so far. The legroom is ok, bulkhead style and
the load is 90 %.
Space enough for me sideways
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301185_zps665f249d.jpg
Cabin crew is all chinese, a nice young male FA is responsible for my seat.
The menu
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301186_zpsaa84dddb.jpg
Something to drink
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301187_zpsb6bb1695.jpg
And also to eat
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301188_zpsc5cb3ea6.jpg
Looks like ok this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301189_zpsf337be63.jpg
Well, you know, I was satisfied with the inbound meal and also this one fit´s exactly my needs, really good
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301190_zps1b32578a.jpg
Stomach filled, time for a nap now.
Well, a nap till Helsinki!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301191_zps961471e9.jpg
Routing is Shaguan-Wuhan-Urumqi-Astana-St.Petersburg-Tallinn-Visby-CPH-HAM-BRU.
Maximum flight level is 38000 feet.
Leaving Russia
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301192_zpsa4387272.jpg
One of the restrooms is inop
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301193_zps2ee271d4.jpg
Breakfast
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301194_zps2ac93882.jpg
Not to talk about that this is not my choice during this time of the day
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301195_zps9df5f636.jpg
The final legroom view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301196_zps8552b3db.jpg
Touchdown at the 2700 meters "Zero-Eight-Right". 07.00 am, 20 minutes ahead to schedule, 2 degrees and fog. Welcome back to Europe.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 16620 times:

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Service AF 1708 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 09.40 // 10.55


Inbound T2A, a relaxed passport check without a minute to wait, baggage priority works perfectly well and outbound T2F. That looks like one more intraterminal powerwalk.
A nice young northafrican style woman catched my bag at the Sky Priority counter, no one in front at the special security entrance and for the usual view to the screen now.
Gate F41, ontime, so far, so good
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301200_zps08d3b22a.jpg
This leg is fixed by Flugladen.de, it´s the return from STR-CDG last Saturday and the fare this way is 45.00 Euro´s.
The lounge is good for me now. A major improvement here with T2F in comparison to the long time of flights from T2D and the lounge prior to security
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301201_zps376d393a.jpg
Bus boarding, not to my greatest amusement with the cold and wet February weather here in Paris. Especially in comparison to Manila!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301202_zps07e6f464.jpg
One more A318 on the apron, like on schedule, of course
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301203_zpsbc022357.jpg
This is F-GUGN, leg no. 19 on type and no, this is nothing new to me. Done before on CDG-DUS
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301204_zps6a3afa0c.jpg
In the air with AF only since 26.10.2006, one of 18 in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301205_zpsf20df74b.jpg
09.50 am, short after schedule, 1 hour, 05 minutes to go for "AirFrance" and me to the homebase.
Cockpit crew is from France, the captain with a nice short welcome after boarding is completed.
No route or flightlevel info.
Snow showers and 2 degrees, de-icing once again at CDG. Departure from the 4215 meters "Zero-Eight-Left".
A view for the cabin fitted with the dark blue fabric seats, clean. The load is some 50% only today with me in 23F, the last row of course and three seats for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301206_zpsee6ecdee.jpg
Consignes de securite
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301207_zps65c8c18b.jpg
Cabin crew is one elder ok female FA and two middle aged, bored to say the least, male FA´s. Really not impressive this time.
The somewhat low legroom
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301208_zps17d04337.jpg
Sunny cruising above the clouds
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Service as francaise as it should be
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Touchdown at "Zero-Seven", 11.05 am, ten minutes late. And should we really talk about the weather?.
-4 degrees and high clouds, that´s not only shudder!.
Parked at a finger gate at the homebase.
The STR guy´s know also how baggage priority should work, my bag is swiftly on the belt.
Some meters to go for the frozen car
and not that long thereafter back home.

Conclusions?:
1.)Dragonair Manila-Hongkong: Nice staff, relaxed service.
2.)Cathay Pacific Hongkong-Paris/CDG: A long but nevertheless good nightshift, 9.00 hours in dreamland.
3.)Air France Paris/CDG-Stuttgart: Short and calm.

This year is themed by now:
Northamerica, as far as you count Mexico to the north-
Asia and something more real Northamerica is on schedule now.
Two new plane types in one trip and a A.net lounge meeting.
Really?.
Really!:

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As long as they don´t change anything around the schedule and nothing else goes wrong!.

Paalam na po,
comments welcome, also this time,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15484 times:

Hi Markus !

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures ! I really like the pictures from Manila again although I haven't been to Intramuros since my first visit to Manila in 1994.....

Yes, beware of those taxis. Make sure to always get a metered taxi.

Flights look nice and the meal on CX looks great although pasta is usually not very good on planes but we have very different taste when it comes to food.

Very much looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1700 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15164 times:
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Hi Markus,

Nice stuff once again. Good to see you flying a real Dragon this time and CX also delivers what it promises. Nice to see some city pics of Manila, not an overly attractive place it seems...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The busy Pasig river

And dirty probably as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, these board is not that really up to date

How I like these old style FIDS!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Like this one

Hey, where's the 'under the wing' shot  Wow!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
but this looks like boarding from gate 29 to me

Amazing to see all these night departures. No night curfew in effect @ HKG it seems...

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15062 times:

Hey, good to see some comments.


@L.:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures ! I really like the pictures from Manila again although I haven't been to Intramuros since my first visit to Manila in 1994.....

Yes, beware of those taxis. Make sure to always get a metered taxi.

Thank you and sure the case with the taxi guy´s.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):

Flights look nice and the meal on CX looks great although pasta is usually not very good on planes but we have very different taste when it comes to food.

CX was sure ok this time once again.


@N.:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):

Nice stuff once again. Good to see you flying a real Dragon this time and CX also delivers what it promises. Nice to see some city pics of Manila, not an overly attractive place it seems...

Thank you.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):

And dirty probably as well.

Oh, yes.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):

How I like these old style FIDS!

Count me in this way.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):

Hey, where's the 'under the wing' shot

No chance to do so this time.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):

Amazing to see all these night departures. No night curfew in effect @ HKG it seems...

At HKG?. They dont know about something like this!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14938 times:
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Hi Markus,

Great report with many interesting pictures of Manilla, really enjoyed it!
Dragonair looks like a nice little airline and service on CX looks nice. Always good to get some nice sleep on such a long night flight!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not a really frequent picture for me

A great airline, report coming from me whenever I start working on the backlog  

Looking forward to your next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14479 times:

Hi Markus,

Once again a very well constructed trip report.

Super photo's of Manila.

CX seems a steady player, but how do you get 9 hrs sleep in cattle class (lucky you)

Dragonair looks to be a good choice for the future.

Regards

Moby147


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14175 times:

Hi and good to see more comments.


@B.:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):

Great report with many interesting pictures of Manilla, really enjoyed it!
Dragonair looks like a nice little airline and service on CX looks nice. Always good to get some nice sleep on such a long night flight!

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):

A great airline, report coming from me whenever I start working on the backlog

Really looking forward to that story.


@m.:

Quoting moby147 (Reply 7):

Once again a very well constructed trip report.

Super photo's of Manila.

Thank you.

Quoting moby147 (Reply 7):

CX seems a steady player, but how do you get 9 hrs sleep in cattle class (lucky you)

Dragonair looks to be a good choice for the future.

Lucky me, definitely!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8534 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13974 times:
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Hey Markus,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing the final part.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Be aware that you hold 550 Pesos in cash ready to leave the Philippines, called passenger service charge and this one is not included in the ticket.

- Same thing when you leave Indonesia, I only found out by chance, good job otherwise would have delayed my check-in.

How was Manila/ - did you like what you saw and would you return some day for a longer visit?

The old FID's @ MNL looks great, proper old school!

The KA catering looks pretty ok for the short hop, not keen on the look of the CX breakfast they served mind, was there an asian option? - noodles or rice?

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 13716 times:

Hi, M.,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing the final part.

Thank you.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
- Same thing when you leave Indonesia, I only found out by chance, good job otherwise would have delayed my check-in.

Good to know.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):


How was Manila/ - did you like what you saw and would you return some day for a longer visit?

The old FID's @ MNL looks great, proper old school!

MNL was for sure interesting but not the place to visit more often and also my point with the FIDS at the airport.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):

The KA catering looks pretty ok for the short hop, not keen on the look of the CX breakfast they served mind, was there an asian option? - noodles or rice?

Nothing else at all, no asian option.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13494 times:

Hi Markus

Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences out of Manila.

Thanks also for all the pics of Manila. Some of those exotic trees we have in Brisbane too! That particularly "umbrella" tree looked very familiar.

I was there in 1994 and it remains my least favourite city in Asia - dirty, polluted and full of aggressive child beggars. It was depressing to see such a decaying and chaotic place. Most of the rest of Asia rapidly developed but the Philippines seems to have been left behind in many respects. Not surprising that political commentators have described business and politics in the Philippines as "crony capitalism".

Also at the time I was there, there was no "new" terminal at NAIA and the old terminal was dire.

Thanks for sharing your Dragonair flight - was interested to read about this. Great stuff!

Palmjet



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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 13356 times:

Hi Markus,

I'm glad you got to visit Manila, and I'm also glad you enjoyed your stay here. Reading about CX/KA is also a nice bonus, as I normally fly PR or an LCC to HKG.  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The not that really well preserved San Augustin Church

Actually, they're restoring the old facade of the church, which was not painted.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):

The last step from the mall to the airport is as cheap as 100 Pesos. As long as you catch one of the no-rip-off metered taxi´s, what is also not that easy here

Actually, city buses which serve the airport also pass by Mall of Asia. Those buses stop by Terminals 1 and 2, and are a much cheaper (though less convenient) option than taking a taxi.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
It´s a strange place here.
Be aware that you hold 550 Pesos in cash ready to leave the Philippines, called passenger service charge and this one is not included in the ticket.

Not really that strange: Indonesia does it too (except for those flying GA), and Cambodia as well. The Manila International Airport Authority already integrated the passenger service charge into the cost of the ticket for domestic flights, and they're working on doing the same for international flights in the future.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 4):
And dirty probably as well.

Not as dirty (and stinky) as it used to be. There are also cleanup efforts to clean up the numerous esteros (canals) around the city, which all flow into the Pasig.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 11):
I was there in 1994 and it remains my least favourite city in Asia - dirty, polluted and full of aggressive child beggars. It was depressing to see such a decaying and chaotic place. Most of the rest of Asia rapidly developed but the Philippines seems to have been left behind in many respects. Not surprising that political commentators have described business and politics in the Philippines as "crony capitalism".

I highly suggest you come back. Manila (and the rest of the Philippines) is now very, very different from what it was 20 years ago.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26946 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 13337 times:

Hey Markus  

Great report and really interesting. Manila seems like a really interesting place. Lovely colonial buildings and rich history.

Nice flights on Cathay and Dragon .  

Look forward to the next trip .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13119 times:

Hi and good to see more comments.


@J.:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 11):

Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences out of Manila.

Thanks also for all the pics of Manila. Some of those exotic trees we have in Brisbane too! That particularly "umbrella" tree looked very familiar.

Thank you and looking forward to Australia!.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 11):

I was there in 1994 and it remains my least favourite city in Asia - dirty, polluted and full of aggressive child beggars. It was depressing to see such a decaying and chaotic place. Most of the rest of Asia rapidly developed but the Philippines seems to have been left behind in many respects. Not surprising that political commentators have described business and politics in the Philippines as "crony capitalism".

Also at the time I was there, there was no "new" terminal at NAIA and the old terminal was dire.

Thanks for sharing your Dragonair flight - was interested to read about this. Great stuff!

It seems, also from my point of view, very different to other Asian places and count me in with the child beggars. They are still there.


@A.:

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):

I'm glad you got to visit Manila, and I'm also glad you enjoyed your stay here. Reading about CX/KA is also a nice bonus, as I normally fly PR or an LCC to HKG.

Thank you and next time I will do PR.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):

Actually, they're restoring the old facade of the church, which was not painted.

Good to know.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):

Actually, city buses which serve the airport also pass by Mall of Asia. Those buses stop by Terminals 1 and 2, and are a much cheaper (though less convenient) option than taking a taxi.

Thanx for the further information. I will ask you in advance the next time.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):
Not really that strange: Indonesia does it too (except for those flying GA), and Cambodia as well. The Manila International Airport Authority already integrated the passenger service charge into the cost of the ticket for domestic flights, and they're working on doing the same for international flights in the future.

Really good to know.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):

Not as dirty (and stinky) as it used to be. There are also cleanup efforts to clean up the numerous esteros (canals) around the city, which all flow into the Pasig.

So it looks like also to me.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 12):

I highly suggest you come back. Manila (and the rest of the Philippines) is now very, very different from what it was 20 years ago.

I should go also back somedays!.


@P.:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):

Great report and really interesting. Manila seems like a really interesting place. Lovely colonial buildings and rich history.

Nice flights on Cathay and Dragon .

Thank you and more to come.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13040 times:

Quote:
I highly suggest you come back. Manila (and the rest of the Philippines) is now very, very different from what it was 20 years ago.

I really hope it's very different to what it was then. Thanks but no thanks! In the 20 plus years since I was there, I've discovered some amazing places on the planet, where I'd much rather spend my time (and money).



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 12788 times:

Hi Markus!

Nice report as usual! Glad to see that CX and Dragonair treated you well on your homebound journey as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, you know, I was satisfied with the inbound meal and also this one fit´s exactly my needs, really good

That does look tasty. I also agree about the breakfast, it doesn't look that tasty.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12668 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@J.:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
I really hope it's very different to what it was then. Thanks but no thanks! In the 20 plus years since I was there, I've discovered some amazing places on the planet, where I'd much rather spend my time (and money).

Really interesting to follow you´re statement.


@M.:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Nice report as usual! Glad to see that CX and Dragonair treated you well on your homebound journey as well.

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):

That does look tasty. I also agree about the breakfast, it doesn't look that tasty.

Sure my opinion, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12433 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to read the conclusion of this trip and to see you try out a new carrier. The pictures of Manila leave me with mixed feelings, the Spanish colonial part is nice though with those old buildings.

I'm glad the connection at HKG worked but it's certainly no fun when you've got to constantly check your watch every few minutes. CX do a good job again, the food looks quite ok.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A view from the hotels rooftop

Wow, you can really see the smog on that photo.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Be aware that you hold 550 Pesos in cash ready to leave the Philippines, called passenger service charge and this one is not included in the ticket

Did the airline inform you of this or did you find out for yourself?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
More dragonfood

Doesn't look to my liking.....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not that I´am really frequent with chinese, but this looks like boarding from gate 29 to me

Impressive, what a lot of late night flights!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This leg is fixed by Flugladen.de, it´s the return from STR-CDG last Saturday and the fare this way is 45.00 Euro´s.

Pretty good deal. You forget what good prices can be found with a Saturday night away.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No route or flightlevel info

Typical AF!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service as francaise as it should be

When can I get some more of those tasty biscuits?  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinejpen4314 From Australia, joined Jan 2013, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12322 times:

Nice report. Although I couldn't tell if you enjoyed Manila somehow, or not

Always excited to see a report involving Manila, however:
- did you choose to holiday in Manila only or did you visit any other islands?
- what made you choose the Ramada? Did you consider any hotels in Makati?

Downtown Manila itself can be bleak, but it's also the historical centre and site of the main cultural attractions.
However, the more significant CBD is Makati City, and if you wanted something more salubrious and insulated from the slums, then Fort Bonifacio should've been your base. However, I'm unsure how many hotel chains or hotels altogether are in Fort Bonifacio.


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12247 times:

Moin Markus,

I enjoyed reading your report.

I don't really know what to add beyond saying that the old "Spanish" parts of Manila look inviting, although I am not too sure about the electrical wiring. Reminds me somehow of parts of Italy.  

What really intrigues me is your recent adoption of the Australian flag. I have noticed that previously you have hinted at a destination in that manner, so I am wondering which airline you came to and left Australia on. Or am I reading too much into things?

Alles Gute! Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Bericht.

Roy / Quokkas


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12174 times:

Hey and nice to follow more comments.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Good to read the conclusion of this trip and to see you try out a new carrier. The pictures of Manila leave me with mixed feelings, the Spanish colonial part is nice though with those old buildings.

Thank you and sure the case here with Manila.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

I'm glad the connection at HKG worked but it's certainly no fun when you've got to constantly check your watch every few minutes. CX do a good job again, the food looks quite ok.

Definitely and especially when there is a lounge to visit in between.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Wow, you can really see the smog on that photo.

Oh, yes, that´s Manila.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Did the airline inform you of this or did you find out for yourself?

Self service, no info from the airline.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Doesn't look to my liking.....

And not me, too.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Impressive, what a lot of late night flights!

No problem with the busy HKG people!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Pretty good deal. You forget what good prices can be found with a Saturday night away.

Sure the case here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

Typical AF!

Oh, yes.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):

When can I get some more of those tasty biscuits?

Hopefully soon!.


@j.:

Quoting jpen4314 (Reply 19):

Nice report. Although I couldn't tell if you enjoyed Manila somehow, or not

Thank you and you see me also undecided here with lot´s of positive points but also some downsides.

Quoting jpen4314 (Reply 19):

Always excited to see a report involving Manila, however:
- did you choose to holiday in Manila only or did you visit any other islands?

Manila was the main target to visit here.

Quoting jpen4314 (Reply 19):

- what made you choose the Ramada? Did you consider any hotels in Makati?

I want to be in the middle of the action, fairly priced!.

Quoting jpen4314 (Reply 19):

Downtown Manila itself can be bleak, but it's also the historical centre and site of the main cultural attractions.
However, the more significant CBD is Makati City, and if you wanted something more salubrious and insulated from the slums, then Fort Bonifacio should've been your base. However, I'm unsure how many hotel chains or hotels altogether are in Fort Bonifacio.

Good point here and thanx for the info.


@R.:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 20):

I enjoyed reading your report.

I don't really know what to add beyond saying that the old "Spanish" parts of Manila look inviting, although I am not too sure about the electrical wiring. Reminds me somehow of parts of Italy.

Thank you and really good point with the italian style wires!.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 20):

What really intrigues me is your recent adoption of the Australian flag. I have noticed that previously you have hinted at a destination in that manner, so I am wondering which airline you came to and left Australia on. Or am I reading too much into things?

Alles Gute! Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Bericht.

More to come soon and I should spend a couple of days in the air soon for Down Under, if nothing goes wrong, as usual!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11991 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting second part of your series with nice insights into Manila. KA and CX look okay, not overly impressing though.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A couple and more open seats for me in the very last row, 49K. Strange seatnumber on the A320, the load is 70% in the end

One would expect a switch to an A330 when seeing such a seat number.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not to talk about that this is not my choice during this time of the day

No alternative available?


PH



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1283 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11951 times:

Hi Markus, great read as usual.

To be honest, going by your pictures of Manila, it doesn't look like the sort of place I'd want to visit in a hurry - despite what the Filipino I work with says!!

Dragon Air look pretty good actually. Always imagined them to be a LCC, but in reality they don't look too bad.

Also CX look impressive. I was supposed to try them out in September, but that plan ended up getting changed - although it ended up getting changed to an MH A380, so not a complete loss. Still a shame I'll miss out on CX though...



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2459 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11853 times:

Magandang hapon Markus,

Great to read about the continuation about your Filipino adventure! Also very nice to learn CX’s The Cabin through your eyes! We did not get any chance to drop a visit last year.  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Oh, no, definitely not!.

fearless Markus The Great!  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
All kinds of imaginable transport available

Which one is your favorite?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Believe me this is 2013 in the real world and not in a museum

I believe you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No, I don´t need a guide, not now and also not later!

Good advice to follow!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The story behind

Wow, another UNESCO Heritage Site! Well done, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Flowers and exotic trees

And a slender cat!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
To enter the mall you need to pass an airport style
security check with scanner and all.

It was sadly my experience as well during entrance to malls in Indonesia! Thanks for nothing, darn terrorists!   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not really comfortable with luggage,

Hopefully no liquid restriction.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
lot´s of teenage kids around. Keep your valuables securely

Oh dear!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Be aware that you hold 550 Pesos in cash ready to leave the Philippines, called passenger service charge and this one is not included in the ticket.

Just like in Indonesia! But you are waived from passenger service charge as passenger of Garuda nowadays.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
And me as the only guest after the QF Sydney bound flight is gone

Oh yes, the VVIP!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
black haired, ok, what else in China?,

What if there was a blond one among them?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
dragonfood!

Did you get to try dragonfruit as well?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
No, the pax have learned nothing about transfer security.

Naughty! Naughty!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The menu

Menu in Economy Class! With three choices of main course!  Wow!


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Not to talk about that this is not my choice during this time of the day

Perhaps, beef congee would have been a better choice?


Salamat. So glad that you had another great experience with CX and its full service subsidiary KA. Once again thank you for the sightseeing around Manila!


All the bests,
Suryo  



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25 FLIEGER67 : Hey, more comments, nice. @PH: Thank you. Definitely the case here with the seatnumber and the expected plane type. Not at all. @J.: Thank you and tha
26 roberts87 : Great report again Markus! Very nice tour of Manila as well, you know I like to destinantion pictures. Service on Dragonair and CX looks decent enough
27 Post contains images stipica : Hi M ! hehehhe I would like to be your seatmates ... ok airline food is not something but in economy is always good to have extra meal interesting Asi
28 SAAB900 : Hi Markus, another great trip report from you(as usual!). You seem to be getting a few long haul flights in recently. Both Hong Kong & Manila look
29 signol : Hi Markus, Excellent as usual, thanks! Especially the pictures of Manilla, not a usual destination. Looks very interesting. Did you get to try a jeepn
30 Post contains images grecomark : Hi Markus! Great report as always. And thanks for choosing Manila as a destination. You actually visited the "old" Manila districts (Binondo/Chinatown
31 FLIEGER67 : Hey, more comments, nice. @R.: Thank you and count me in with the mushrooms!. @s.: Thank you and sure the point with the eco airline food here. @D.: T
32 Post contains images aznmadsci : Hey Markus: I've enjoyed reading your multitude of trips reports, yet this is the first one I'm commenting. Loved your pics of Manila proper! Whenever
33 FLIEGER67 : Hey, C., Thank you and really good to know. Now that´s a coincidence. Next time closer, maybe!. Definitely. Greetings, Markus(FLIEGER67)
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