Good news from Cathay Pacific

Make that good news for claustrophpobic fearful flyers.
Cathay Pacific is launching a new Premium Economy Class in March 2012, offering perks not available in the existing Economy Class.
On the ground, you’ll have access to priority check-in at dedicated counters and priority boarding before Economy Class passengers—plus an increase in baggage allowance from 20kg to 25kg (weight system) or two pieces of baggage at 25kg (piece system).
On board you’ll have more privacy in a separate, smaller cabin located just before Economy Class—with no more than 34 seats.
Inflight catering service will have juice and champagne as welcome drinks, and will be serving higher-quality meals. You’ll get an environmentally-friendly amenity kit, a larger pillow and noise-cancelling headset for use during the journey.

Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-467 B-HOW (55238)

The new seats are wider and will provide more room to stretch out with a seat pitch measuring 38 inches—six inches more than Economy Class—and extended recline.
Additional comforts include a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, 10.6-inch personal television, in-seat power outlet, multi-port connector for personal devices, and extra personal stowage space.
Premium Economy Class will be introduced on long-haul flights, beginning with the Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and New York routes, followed by London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, continental Europe, and other key routes as the number of aircraft fitted with the product increases.
Cathay Pacific plans to have 87 aircraft fitted with the new class by the end of 2013.

(The question is: will these be available for short trips, cause I wouldn’t mind trying this one for Hong Kong?)


Solo announces online model search finalist

After nearly 100 entries to its 3rd Online Model Search, Solo reveals the finalists who are vying to become the next faces of Solo for 2012.
This year, contestants were asked to style, model, shoot and create layouts using pieces from Solo’s Memorabilia Series featuring Tony Velasquez’s KENKOY.

male finalists

In no particular order, the Top 10 Male Photo Entry Finalists are:

Soloista—Model: Mark Joseph Miranda • Graphic Artist: Gil Van Pilicarpio
About a Young Boy—Model: Ross Joseph F. Bernabe • Graphic Artist: Ethan Cordero
Guy in the Mirror—Model: Meljohn Magno • Graphic Artist: Samuel Mangubat
Memories of World War II— Rene Escandor • Graphic Artist: Dennis Espineli Salcedo
Lucky Strike—Model: John David Ponce • Graphic Artist: Jay Balagot
Vintage Pop—Model: Al Adeep Moulhiem • Graphic Artist: Jan Ramirez
The Last Bachelor—Model: Edward Angelo Espinola • Graphic Artist: John Reyes
Mr. Hotshot—Model: Kenneth Chua • Graphic Artist: Rose-Ann Grace Mascariña
An Ode To My Last Summer—Model: Mark Vincent Denosta • Graphic Artist: Wilcon Phillip Layag
Man in the Mirror—Model: Gelo Luna • Graphic Artist: Ed Siason

female finalists

The Top 10 Female Photo Entry Finalists are:

The Photographer—Model: Dane Felisse Marasigan • Graphic Artist: Paul Alex Nocum
Shipping Out—Model: Sophia Balagat • Graphic Artist: Loel Lamela
Unica Hija—Perfect Solo, Model:Arizza Tamayo • Graphic Artist: Neil Chua
Cariñosa—Model: Lovernie Evangelista • Graphic Artist: Ansherina Banzon
Glamorous Rosing—Model: Karen Sepe • Graphic Artist: Erick Camps
Glamorously Kenkoy—Model: Stephanie Anne R. Saraos • Graphic Artist: Fernan Fajardo
Glimpse of the Past—Model: Emmie Abe Javier • Graphic Artist: Alexis Fusilero
Time Traveler—Model: Ma. Laviet Joaquin • Graphic Artist: Ed Siason
Leaving—Model: Jamaine Brainard • Graphic Artist: Ed Season
Apat Dapat—Model: Arra Jeuneze Corpuz • Graphic Artist: Tami Ballesteros

A go-see and interview will determine the next male and female models who will win prizes and appear in Solo’s ad campaign and billboards in early 2012.

Kaskade and Reuen Wu hit Manila this Thursday

Globe Tattoo brings to Manila renowned breakout house music DJ Kaskade for an unforgettable night of chill-out music mixes on December 15, 2011 at Republiq Club, Newport Malls Resorts World.


“As 2011 has been a successful year for Tattoo, what better way to end it by bringing one of the world’s top DJ’s, Kaskade, as our way of saying thank you to everyone who has made Tattoo the #1 most preferred broadband,” said Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo.
Kaskade’s unique sound and style has catapulted him to the limelight with hits like “It’s You, It’s Me”, “Angel on my Shoulder”, “Eyes” and “Be Still”.
This time, he brings to Manila his unforgettable mixes together with his new album, Fire & Ice.

Party without limits and groove to the captivating beats of Kaskade only with Globe powered-Tattoo.
For inquiries and reservations, contact (0917)-550-8888 or go to

Feeling more downtown? Also on December 15th, Mich Dulce, Team Manila, Pablo and Locked Down present Ladytron’s Reuben Wu at Escobar, Cubao X.

Ruben Wu poster

One part of London electro-pop provocateurs Ladytron, musician, DJ, music producer and photographer Reuben Wu will be DJing in a FREE gig with support from The Diegos and Major Chi.
Party starts at 9 PM. For details, view the event page on Facebook.

Problems of a blogger

1) First, someone offers me free high-speed internet that was so good, I blogged and raved about it and called it “life-changing”. I raved so much, I know for a fact some people were convinced to get the expensive service.
Three months later, I get a call from them saying they were downgrading my service to 3 MPBS, which I’ve heard is their practice: they let you go on free trial, you sign up, service is good for the first weeks, and then they downgrade you.
After a few months, the 3 MBPS was further downgraded until I could no longer benefit from it, I had to disconnect it.
A year later I was surprised to get a billing for the “free” service I had stopped using for months!
I called them, explained I was offered a freebie, etc. They got their router back. And then two days ago I got a text from them saying they elevated my unpaid bill to their law firm. WTF, I’m not paying for this.

2) I’m having a problem with my wireless landline. The first one conked out so I asked for a replacement unit which was delivered at home while I was out. The replacement unit did not work. It has been more than a month I have no wireless landline and they seem to have forgotten about me.
Why should I pay the bill for a service that isn’t working? I called them just now and they promise to send the new unit today.
EDIT: The new unit just arrived!! Friends, I have a landline again, same number that starts with a 3. Yehey!!! Thank you very much!!

3) I signed up for Wi-Tribe 4G last November as they were offering 4 mbps for Php 1998/month. I just walked in at Shang, paid cash and was able to bring home the unit that same night. How convenient. When I got home I plugged it in and it worked but I got about 1 mbps. Upon talking to them on the phone, I was told that 1 mbps was just a test and they would upgrade my account to 4 mbps. OK, here’s what I’m getting by the way:


Thank you very much.
P.S. Prior to writing this blog entry, I had been tweeting to @witribeph and somebody actually called me back and promised to send a technician last week. I waited all Saturday and nobody came. Hence, the blog entry. Honestly, if you go the normal route in Manila, nothing will ever happen to your life. Hence, the blog entry. Good luck to my problems.

Tilt x Mist this Sunday at Ronac

French graffiti artists Tilt and Mist open their two-man show titled Thrilla Manila this Sunday at the Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center.


Up for sale will be paintings and giclee prints by Tilt incorporating Filipino icons such as the Burger Machine gnome and the genius Philippine flag covered with bubble letters that spell “Reklamo Ng Relamo” or “complain and complain” while Milt presents more abstract paintings rendered in spray paint and acrylic.









Elmo by Tilt

Thrilla Manila opens December 11, 2011 Sunday at 6 PM and will be on view until January 3, 2012.
Secret Fresh is at Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
Open Monday to Saturday from 2-10 PM and Sunday from 1-6 PM.
For more information call 570-9815 local 7 or email


I normally don’t get it when young people say “fuck my life” but right now I am so feeling like that. I do apologize to the nuns and priests who read my blog. I really don’t want to say that as I believe in positivity. But right now I’m having a really bad time.
It started last week when I got this email telling me to get an iCloud. My husband had also asked me to update all our iPods. Since our music is in two Macs, I initially thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could sync all our music into the iCloud, so I don’t have to go back and fourth turning on the other Mac? (Take note: iCloud doesn’t actually consolidate your music, so it’s completely useless.)
It’s such a pain that Apple doesn’t allow you to share stuff when this household has three Macs, two iPads, about 10 iPods, and one iPhone.


To get the iCloud, I found out I needed to upgrade to Lion OS, which I paid for.
Then I got iCloud. This took many, many hours to install. When I was done I found out my iPhoto wasn’t working, so I purchased an iPhoto upgrade. I don’t even know how much I spent. So my iTunes money is gone.
When that didn’t work, I decided to delete my iPhoto and all its contents, as well as many applications I no longer needed. All in all I deleted 65,000 files and more than 8,000 photos which were backed up in a Picture Keeper.
The whole process took about five days. I can’t tell you how many times I had to restart because the Internet has been erratic in the entire Philippines.
This explains the lack of updates on my blog. So today I finally allowed myself to break down and cry. I called the Mac expert from the A.Shop who is coming here now from Makati. God bless Erwin.
I have calmed down while writing this quick post.
I would’ve wanted to blame and kill Steve Jobs, but he’s already dead.
So yes, I am having a bad day. Fuck my life. I need a Coke and something else. I’m going to the kitchen.

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