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October 26, 2007


Em Dy

The travel tax counter should really go through major changes. When I paid for travel tax last August, the lady in the middle thought I was getting ahead of everyone else. I only thought that each staff manning the counter does all the transactions. It turns out that you have to pass through everybody - one gets the documents, one releases it, another accepts money, etc. Why can't it all be done by just 1 person, like how it is with banks. The problem was there were no instructions on how to go with the flow. And they seem to have mastered the art of looking busy and not looking people in the eye.


"And at the Los Angeles International Airport, the Immigration folks really need to be more polite to their international visitors instead of assuming each one is a criminal or a terrorist until proven otherwise."

I thought I'd only seen those in the movie, totoo pala. And another observation, filling up the forms from the Plane before touchdown, isn't that so annoying?


hey g! i can relate totally :) the LAX needs to be renovated and overhauled actually. it was my first time to use this airport as a port of entry and in ten years nothing much has changed. SFO is way much better :)


Em Dy - Hear, hear! And I have to say, I felt my eyes roll over to the back of my head when I saw them using those duplicate receipt books to record transactions! You would figure that with all that tax money they collect, they could at least buy a few computers!

K - I think we've all heard horror stories about how awful many of our kababayans have been treated at various US ports of entry by now. I wonder if it's some explicit post-911 directive or if they're just taking advantage of the situation so they can scare people half to death?

Cathy - Here's a "secret," though: if you fly AA you don't have to deal with Tom Bradley Intl. Then on the other hand, you have to deal with AA naman! Hay naku...


European border checkpoints are far more relaxed compared to what I've been hearing of their US counterparts, although their security screening procedures are just as strict.


Paul - I can believe that!

Allen O

Hi Gigi,

We'll be in AA to Japan biz class(thanx to ccard miles)and JAL to MNL next month. I just want a wider seat for my big butt. Last June, we went from SFO to Cebu on Cathay. That wasnt too bad except it was coach. But Cebu airport was much nicer than MNL. But I guess that wont help you so much since you're a Manila Girl.



Biz Class on AA is really just that: a wider seat, more room to stretch your legs. And maybe -- maybe -- slightly better food. But if you try to ask the flight attendants for anything, they'll just tell you where to go get it. At least that's been my experience.

Cathay Biz Class and JAL Biz Class -- well, now that's flying! I have no idea what kind of treatment their First Class passengers get, but I'd imagine they truly feel like they're above the clouds, in heaven. :)

PS: Have fun next month! (What a stupid thing to say -- OF COURSE you will!!!)

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