Monthly Archives: April 2009

Thanks, PAL

Taken from Boeing's website

Taken from Boeing's website

Nothing in Particular would like to express its gratitude to Philippine Airlines, the technical staff who runs its Web site, and the marketing professionals who launched the company’s recent online promotion, “The Real Deal.”
Were it not for these brilliant, hardworking individuals, Nothing in Particular would have remained part of the cyberspace woodwork, a self-serving, self-referential, self-indulgent online journal of a media worker burdened with unjustified angst and unpaid debt. Continue reading

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Tips for Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) online fare promo (aka The Real Deal)

Philippine Airlines logo

(More content can be found at http://www.jackthescribbler.com although it won’t  necessarily be about getting cheap airfare. But still, it won’t hurt to visit. Thanks.)

This is useful for those who were able to log onto the PAL website and were able to secure reservations but for some reason or other (website glitch etc.), failed to hold and/or pay for their online itineraries.

Call up Philippine Airlines’ customer service department, +632 777 5939 and explain the circumstances in detail (i.e., date and time of flight and date and time the reservation was secured online). It should appear in their records.

The company will most likely extend the promo privilege and direct you to a ticketing office where you can pay for and claim your e-ticket.

This is what happened to me when I bought roundtrip tickets for my mother in law.

Good luck.

Meanwhile, click on this link for a GMANews.TV report about PAL’s website overload brought about by the online promotion.

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Book trip

Author's Choice

The cover of the third and latest edition of Author's Choice by Kerima Polotan, one of the best English-language books written by a Filipino. (Pic by kabayancentral.com)

Travel allows for the best education the world can provide.

Or so say those who can afford it.

Fortunately, a cheaper alternative is always available.

And it’s not necessarily made in China.

It’s called reading, an activity, usually solitary, that may not be as exciting as visiting foreign shores, flying business class, or flirting with flight attendants.

Once undertaken, especially with a good writer as a guide, reading allows anyone to take a trip anywhere — including the planet Tralfamadore* — without having to clear immigration and undergo intensive cavity searches.

While travel transmits knowledge firsthand — how to get the best seats in economy class, how to request alcoholic beverages in an Islamic country, and how to avoid looking like a promdi in Manhattan** — reading does the same but through filters, the writer’s inclinations and idiosyncrasies. Continue reading

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Servant nation

Chip Tsao said he was being satirical when he wrote that the Philippines was a "nation of servants." Photo from www.pep.ph

Hong Kong-based columnist Chip Tsao said he was being satirical when he wrote that the Philippines was a "nation of servants." Photo courtesy of http://www.pep.ph

Chip Tsao should take a break from beating deadlines.
Or perhaps even quit the writing business altogether.

Just recently, the Hong Kong-based writer wrote a column that failed to bring his message across to his readers.

Not that that’s such a big deal. Continue reading

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My world and welcome to it (again)

The tools of my blogging trade, an Alphasmart Dana and a PowerBook G4

The tools of my blogging trade, an Alphasmart Dana and a PowerBook G4

Welcome to Nothing in Particular version 2.0, the second incarnation of the blog of the same name.

Like all version upgrades, NIP 2.0 offers enhancements, featuring regular updates and allowing more participation between the blogger and the bloggees (also known as people subject to ridicule, most of whom are my friends), and readers who, faithfully, religiously, time and again, against all odds, visit this blog despite its lack of activity for the last year or so. Continue reading

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In your face

This is a photo from fototech.com. The male in question is obviously not me.

This is a photo from fotosearch.com. The male in the picture is obviously not me.

It wasn’t easy.

Not for regular Filipino males such as myself who place very little premium on physical appearance and cleanliness.

But it had to be done. And quickly.

Yes, ladies and lesbians, gays and gentlemen, trannies, tramps, and tarts, butches, bitc*es, and bastards, I had a facial. Continue reading

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When in Rome

This picture was taken in Rome after being awed by the Fiat 500.

This picture was taken in Rome after being awed by the Fiat 500.

When in Rome, ape the locals.

Or go native.

Or at least try to act like you know your way around.

This is not difficult, especially for Filipino tourists visiting the Eternal City for the very first time. Filipinos, after all, are to cultural adaptation as the Chinese are to producing pirated DVDs. And just like illegally-copied video discs, the said Filipino trait remains unfettered by regional restrictions. Continue reading

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