L-R: SEAIR President Avelino Zapanta, SEAIR COO Patrick Tan, SEAIR guests and suppliers Ms. Elsa Santos and Mr. Rico Santos of Job1Global, Father Victor Apacible, Batanes Congresswoman Hon. Henedina Abad, Congressional Chief of Staff Walter Estamo, and SEAIR Vice-President for Operations Capt. Adelberto Yap
Due to the growing market of Batanes, South East Asian Airlines has added a new Dornier 328 to its fleet. Props to SEAIR for helping develop Batanes as a major tourist destination.
After a hearty dinner at Lau Pa Sat with my former officemates, we walked around Marina Bay. I never thought we’d walk from One Raffles Place to Fullerton Hotel. Some of you might think it’s silly to walk around that far but we really do not have a choice. The roads were closed since it’s F1 season there. It may be tiring but it was a fun experience. 😀
Yesterday (Christmas day), SEAir surprised everyone with their dancing flight attendants not wearing their usual uniforms. They wore a Santa-inspired dress with a Santa hat. Mark Salling (Puck of Glee) was on that flight from Manila to Caticlan. 😀
After the short dance number by the flight attendants, gifts were given to passengers.
SEAIR offers the fastest flights to Boracay via Caticlan Airport on Panay Island Aklan Province.
New administration, new Philippine Peso bills. The Central Bank of the Philippines has just released the newest Philippine bank notes and people can already exchange their current bills to these new ones beginning next week (Dec 20, 2010 onwards). The current bills can still be used for 3 years. The reason for creating new Philippine Peso bills, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is that counterfeiters have already perfected our current bills.
The Department of Tourism launched the re-branding the tourism campaign for the Philippines last night. Basically the DOT want to depart from the “WOW Philippines” marketing plan and possibly make it to “Pilipinas Kay Ganda”. The whole marketing plan is still not final yet and still open to fine tuning. I’ve been hearing this from my social network and initially, me thinks it’s mehh. I went to the launch the other night to see it for myself.
The DOT feels that this is a radical change compared to other Asian countries who are already using ownership of English words i.e. Malaysia: Truly Asia, Incredible India, Amazing Thailand, Your Singapore, Charming Vietnam, etc… DOT Undersecretary Romano III says that “using our own native name and the local vernacular to express our national pride and tell our story in our way to make it rise above the competition”. Yes it’s true, we’re being radical here by using our own language in promoting the Philippines, no problem with that. I think that it’s actually a good idea but it seems that “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” does not give the “ummph” to the locals moreover to the international community. A lot of people actually think that it sounds like a game show, something like “Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?”.
Two weeks ago, I stayed in Traders Hotel because a family friend “sold” us her overnight stay gift certificate for half the original price. It was a good deal and just used it so that it won’t be wasted. My mom and I stayed in their Deluxe Room which includes Breakfast buffet. I think the original price of this kind of room is about Php 5800 + per night. The best thing about this hotel is that every room as a complimentary broadband internet connection! You don’t need to pay extra because it’s already included the package. I was online from 11 pm to around 5 am and didn’t have any extra cost!
Our overnight stay in One Tagaytay Place isn’t complete without trying their spa services at the O Spa. When we were in One Tagaytay Place, it was a stressful week at work for me so I really didn’t miss the chance to get a soothing massage. The photo above are rooms for individuals who want some privacy.