Philippines 2019 trip, entry #1

by Joey deVilla on October 10, 2019

Anitra and me on the Tampa-to-Toronto part of the trip.

It’s 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 as I write this, and we’re about to make our way to the airport to catch Philippine Airlines’ direct Toronto-to-Manila flight. It’s a 16-hour marathon, which puts us shy of the top ten longest flights for 2019. but it’s preferable to the 24-hour version of the trip, which includes a stop, typically in Korea or Japan.

We’re flying on a plane that’s new to us — the Airbus A350, or more precisely, the A350-900HGW.  It’s also new to Philippine Airlines, which has had them only since last year.

We’re in Economy Plus class on this trip, and lucked out with the seating:

Premium Economy is eight seats across, instead of regular economy’s nine:

…and even that is better than the Boeing 777, where they cram ten seats into each row:

Travel vlogger Josh Cahill flew on Philippine Airlines’ A350 from London Heathrow to Manila and had great things to say about it:

Here’s Jeb Brooks’ review of business class on Philippine Airlines’ A350:

And here’s Flight Report’s  video review of the Toronto-to-Manila flight:

I’ll post more pics as the trip continues!

 

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This is a comedy skit for a roast of Rudy Giuliani from 2000, when Giuliani was the mayor of New York, and Donald Trump’s multi-casino bankruptcy, failed mortgage business, failed travel business, and failed steak business were still a few years in the future.

To borrow a line from Business Insider: “The skit was good for a few laughs at the turn of the 20th century. But now it reappears routinely to baffle the internet as the lives of its two protagonists take stranger and stranger turns.”

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If you watch only one video today, make sure it’s this one: Veterinary Technician Training: Handling a Fractious Cat, which features a human actor playing a very unhappy kitty.

I have to give the guy credit — he sure make realistic-sounding cat noises, and he’s got CrossFit-level vaulting skills.

I challenge you not to laugh out loud during the chase scene.

And the end with the “cone of shame” is pure comedy gold.

Thanks to Boing Boing for the find!

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Being 28, then and now

by Joey deVilla on September 15, 2019

Click the comic to see it at full size.

Thanks to Carl Catron for the find!

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Once you defeat all the other craft beer drinkers…

by Joey deVilla on September 11, 2019

This is also the final boss at the artisanal coffeehouse.

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This is pretty much what happened to me at the grocery this afternoon:

In case you don’t get what the American Chopper argument meme is all about, here’s the explainer.

Thanks to Brian Layman for the find!

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Cryptic announcement of the day

by Joey deVilla on September 8, 2019

Details to follow.

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