Travelling Business Class

It was my mom who bought our tickets for our trip to Canada (MLA-YVR). We were to board  a  plane of PAL with a no-stop over flight. That means that we will have a 12-hour long travel. To prepare for it, I started to research more about PAL and their planes.

There are like two ‘classifications’ of the PAL passengers, the Mabuhay and Fiesta passengers. The Fiesta passengers are those who paid for like the regular fare. The Fiesta class is like the general class and is much cheaper. The downside is that it’s seats are close together and there’s not much space to move if you want.

Then the Mabuhay class where you pay a much higher rate but hey, the amenities are much better. Bigger space and fully customizable chair. Another thing is that it’s the stewardess who readies your table for the meal!

My dad and I were originally booked for the Fiesta class. I didn’t mind it that much. So we went to check-in at NAIA five hours before our flight. We were afraid to be held up at such long lines that is very much known for international departures. When we talked to the check-in attendant, she told us that we would be seated at 72 E&F! That’s like near the tail of the airplane! Then an elder guy came and saw our seat numbers. He went to another computer and told us, “It’s okay. I’ll handle this. If the counter will call your name, just go there”. My dad and I looked at each other and just thanked the man.

At around 2:30, the personnel started to call the passengers. So we went to the waiting area. Suddenly, we heard our names being called! We were wondering  why and it was my dad who stood up and asked about it. It turned out that it was our new boarding pass and we have a new seat! It was now on 4 D&E! Much nearer to the door. When the line started for boarding, it was the business class people who were allowed to board first. The person beside us asked, “Oh, is this the line for class D?” My dad just replied, “I don’t know. But I guess we can just line here, it’s the same plan anyway. We’ll still go to the same place”. I looked at our tickets and saw that we were in CLASS C. I still didn’t know what that meant.

When we boarded the plane, we saw that we will be seating at the front part of the plane! Since we’re at seats 4, we were situated  at the back part of the cabin near the restroom. YAY! CONVENIENCE! While seating there, people kept on looking at us but I did not know why. I just sat there and explored a bit. After take-off, it was really comfortable. My dad and I were sitting comfortably and we were served with great foods… a FULL-COURSE MEAL!

My dad said he’ll go to the restroom and when he came back, he said, “Look at those people at the back, they’re so cramped”. Then he added, “Thank goodness we were upgraded to Business Class”. WHAT?! We’re at the business class? I was so shocked after I heard that. So we were like upgraded! How cool is that?

It was a really fun experience. This just made me realize that I would want to ride in business class again when I go home to the Philippines :)

(Photos not mine. All credits goes to the owner/s.)

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Living Abroad is NOT Easy

When I told some of my friends that I’m already moving to Canada, a lot of them said “Maypa ka” or “Wow, you’re so lucky”. At that time, I thought I was. I was living  the dream of lots of Filipinos! But when I moved here, it’s not really that easy.

The only family that I have here is my parents. I don’t have my grandma or aunt here that I can easily talk to. All of my friends are back in the Philippines. I don’t have a job YET so I don’t have work friends YET. I really do hope that I can someday have lots of friends here that I can hang out with so that I won’t just keep on staying in the house.

Clothes are pretty pricey. But guess what? I was able to buy lots of clothes at THRIFT STORES! A lot would say, ew! I used to think that too. But after going to one thrift store, I realized that it was a high-class ukay-ukay. The clothes are all up in hangers so you don’t have to dig deep and most of the clothes are branded! Some were even just barely used! How awesome is that? Of course we still have to wash it before using but still, it’s a really good bargain. Some people wants to be ‘Canadian’ or ‘American’-like, then go buy at ukay-ukay.

Another is my problem with my education. Because I wasn’t able to be part of the K-12, I don’t even know if I’ll still be a college/university student this school year or if I’ll still go back as a high school senior. No way will I go back to high school but I don’t really know what will happen.

Gosh, I may living the Canadian dream but it’s far from happy ending YET! I need to work HARD. gosh.

On Moving to Canada

It has been 9 days since I have touched down at Vancouver International Airport. It has been 9 days since I have been an official landed immigrant and permanent resident of Canada. It was and still is a big move. Moving out of the country is a very big sacrifice because I have to leave my other family and friends and live with just my parents. But I think I can move on.

Living here in Canada is very much different from living in the Philippines. In the Philippines where pollution is very much evident, here, I can freely breathe the air without thinking of being infected with TB. I live in the high parts of Canada, at Fort St. John, and I like it here. This is like my ideal home. Our house is near the church and the grocery store and you can just walk around the neighborhood. It’s like a one big subdivision. But on my first night here, I felt really uncomfortable. It was really quiet. I was used on hearing loud music and neighbors talking with each other loudly even in the wee hours of the night. But here, there wasn’t even any crickets that I could hear. Top that with a really loud tinnitus and I felt like I’m having a silence overload. Thank goodness I’ve been starting to adjust slowly and hopefully this tinnitus will go away.

The weather here is good. Unlike back home where it was still summer, a really hot summer, when I left, here, it’s really cold. It’s still spring and summer is just around the corners. Since I was used to the hot weather, i was like weather-shock here. Before we arrived here at FSJ, we had to ride another plane from Vancouver. From the inside of the airport, it looks really hot outside. The sun was brightly shining and you can actually imagine its piercing heat. But when my dad and I went out of the airport to go to the plane, IT WAS FREAKING COLD! You can’t really feel the hot rays because of the cold.

There are lots of Filipinos here in FSJ. On our second day, we already had a Filipina visitor (thank goodness a Bisaya) and in the afternoon, we had a picnic at the Beatton Park with more Filipinos and some of the children. I have only befriended one Filipina close to my age. There were other two guys but I haven’t really befriended them. It’s really fun and so far, I have been to three houses of Filipinos and just ate there. If back home it’s called a fiesta, here it’s called a dinner. We once hosted these dinners and my mom cooked three viands. I told here, “Mom, in the Philippines, this is already a fiesta or a birthday. But here, it’s a dinner”.

I have also gone to their grocery stores to buy some stuffs. I’m still not familiar with the value of money here. Like for the coloring pencils, it says like $4. I’m like, “Wow, that’s cheap” but when I converted it, it’s like PhP160. What?! But then I’ve tried to stop converting. I still have to learn really the real value of money and if what I’m buying is worth the price. I have time for that.

For now, it’s still my mom that’s working for us.  My dad has applied to some jobs and we’ve yet to hear from them. For me, I’m still looking. I saw this museum summer job and I really want it. I love history and I think that this is a great opportunity for me to learn while working. But it isn’t that easy. I don’t even know how to make a cover letter. I want it to be good and worth reading and I’ve been spending a lot of time working on it as well as correcting my resume. Finding job is tiring but can also be fulfilling if I get it. Oh I really hope I do.

Well that’ still much I can say about living here :))