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!



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.”


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!


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!


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.


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!


Cryptic announcement of the day

by Joey deVilla on September 8, 2019

Details to follow.