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I had a chance to see NAIA Terminal 1 for the first time this 2011 and can honestly say not much has changed.
They did get rid of that person that checks your ticket and boarding pass on your way to the lounges.
But the grumpiest people are still there at Immigration. I wonder if the Department of Tourism cares?
The Immigration employees act like they’re poorly paid, government workers that really aren’t happy to see people pass through our airports.
As far as toilets go, I saw nothing new.
The souvenir shops still sell Boy Bawang. No offence to Boy Bawang, they’re addicting. But I’d rather see Team Manila products in the airport shops.
On my way back from Hong Kong, they ran out of trolleys, so people had to line up for carts—hassle.

Lining up for carts

Next month, President Aquino will have been our elected leader for a year.
I wish I could at least see some cosmetic changes that would make us feel like things are improving.
The root of my frustration right now is the Internet.
I feel like my Internet connection is getting worse. Even my dad who had paid for 24Mbps was not getting what he expected.
The suffering continues.
Check out this Household Download Index based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net.
This index compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.
Sadly the Philippines ranks as Number 109 in the world.
As I write this, my Speedtest registers at 2.86 Mbps, which would put me on Number 94 anyway.

1. South Korea—33.09 Mbps
2. Sweden—27.51 Mbps
3. Lithuania—25.66 Mbps
4. Romania—23.96 Mbps
5. Netherlands—23.44 Mbps
6. Latvia—23.02 Mbps
7. Aland Islands—21.94 Mbps
8. Andorra—21.82 Mbps
9. Republic of Moldova—20.91 Mbps
10. Iceland—18.35 Mbps
11. Switzerland—17.87 Mbps
12. Belgium—17.85 Mbps
13. Bulgaria—17.57 Mbps
14. Germany—17.55 Mbps
15. Portugal—16.84 Mbps
16. Japan—16.50 Mbps
17. Singapore—15.86 Mbps
18. Denmark—15.52 Mbps
19. France—14.72 Mbps
20. Finland—14.43 Mbps
21. Hungary—13.75 Mbps
22. Estonia—13.19 Mbps
23. Norway—13.19 Mbps
24. Taiwan—12.90 Mbps
25. Ukraine—12.41 Mbps
26. Slovakia—11.71 Mbps
27. Czech Republic—11.65 Mbps
28. Austria—11.17 Mbps
29. United States—10.78 Mbps
30. United Kingdom—10.58 Mbps
31. Spain—10.51 Mbps
32. Faroe Islands—10.28 Mbps
33. Ghana—10.09 Mbps
34. United Arab Emirates—9.43 Mbps
35. Isle of Man—9.41 Mbps
36. Canada—9.35 Mbps
37. Russia—9.23 Mbps
38. Luxembourg—8.72 Mbps
39. Malta—8.49 Mbps
40. Trinidad and Tobago—8.40 Mbps
41. Slovenia—8.40 Mbps
42. Poland—8.00 Mbps
43. Australia—7.94 Mbps
44. Vietnam—7.79 Mbps
45. New Zealand—7.08 Mbps
46. Greenland—6.99 Mbps
47. Saint Pierre and Miquelon—6.88 Mbps
48. Macau—6.66 Mbps
49. Jersey—6.65 Mbps
50. Georgia—6.49 Mbps
51. Chile—6.44 Mbps
52. Kyrgyzstan—6.44 Mbps
53. Monaco—6.41 Mbps
54. Ireland—6.29 Mbps
55. Greece—6.24 Mbps
56. Turkey—6.19 Mbps
57. Aruba—6.12 Mbps
58. Netherlands Antilles—5.93 Mbps
59. Macedonia—5.87 Mbps
60. Israel—5.81 Mbps
61. Guernsey—5.56 Mbps
62. Liechtenstein—5.46 Mbps
63. San Marino—5.00 Mbps
64. Kazakstan—4.85 Mbps 65
65. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya—4.79 Mbps
66. Brazil—4.71 Mbps
67. Cyprus—4.69 Mbps
68. Thailand—4.63 Mbps
69. Croatia—4.61 Mbps
70. Guam—4.61 Mbps
71. Italy—4.57 Mbps
72. China—4.49 Mbps
73. Papua New Guinea—4.24 Mbps
74. Saudi Arabia—4.23 Mbps
75. Belarus—4.11 Mbps
76. Mongolia—4.10 Mbps
77. Gibraltar—4.09 Mbps
78. Oman—3.91 Mbps
79. Jamaica—3.81 Mbps
80. Grenada—3.68 Mbps
81. Bahamas—3.62 Mbps
82. Bermuda—3.54 Mbps
83. Qatar—3.49 Mbps
84. Serbia—3.47 Mbps
85. Mexico—3.39 Mbps
86. Rwanda—3.37 Mbps
87. Tajikistan—3.35 Mbps
88. Montenegro—3.30 Mbps
89. Kenya—3.26 Mbps
90. Cayman Islands—3.21 Mbps
91. Argentina—3.05 Mbps
92. South Africa—2.95 Mbps
93. Kuwait—2.95 Mbps
94. Mali—2.87 Mbps
95. Dominica—2.78 Mbps
96. Malaysia—2.74 Mbps
97. Uzbekistan—2.73 Mbps
98. Guadeloupe—2.62 Mbps
99. Bosnia and Herzegovina—2.60 Mbps
100. Maldives—2.58 Mbps
101. Saint Lucia—2.54 Mbps
102. New Caledonia—2.42 Mbps
103. Saint Kitts and Nevis—2.38 Mbps
104. Colombia—2.37 Mbps
105. Martinique—2.36 Mbps
106. Puerto Rico—2.35 Mbps
107. Bahrain—2.34 Mbps
108. Panama—2.29 Mbps
109. Philippines—2.26 Mbps

To see the rest of the list, click here.

So the question is, how does a country that has Birkin-toting women all over the place and Porsche-driving men, have backward Internet speed and one lousy international airport? Wala ba tayong klazz? I don’t get it.
If you are in the Philippines and enjoying Internet speed of no lower than 6 Mbps and very satisfied with your service, please leave a comment below. Please tell me your service provider and the price you pay because I would really like to avail of good service right now.
Thank you.

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aries santos

Hi there, I don’t really consider myself as a globetrotter but I have been to several asian countries and 3 european countries in my existence and I totally, as in totally agree about how bad our airport really is. The toilet, the facilities, airport employees sucks big time. And internet speed? argh… its like snail mail era was just 2 days ago….

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Ok. Globe is not so great anymore. They’re putting a cap on downloads! http://business.inquirer.net/money/topstories/view/20110403-329150/Globe-adopts-Internet-fair-use-policy

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matromao

I spoke to some Korean students who briefly studied here in Manila, and when they talked about the internet here, you could see the SORROW. :l

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CVS Reply:

oh noes! I feel for them!!

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sjforthewin Reply:

I can just imagine.

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I can just imagine.

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rguy08

here’s mine…

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1236996190.png

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CVS Reply:

jealousy!!

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olive

Hi Ms C! I agree with you, the people at the Immigration are the grumpiest ever! March 23, we were at the DMIA on our way to HK. The guy at the Immigration kept on asking, insisting, on the office IDs of my 2 kids. My son just resigned from his work and is to start on his new job by the middle of April pa. My daughter was just recently hired and was not issued her ID yet. So they told this guy who just kept on mumbling “ID”. We were in a panic, and my kids showed him… Read more »

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Anonymous

edit this is my speed from speedtest http://www.speedtest.net/result/1236497031.png

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CVS Reply:

wow!!!

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Anonymous

hi ms c. first time to comment on your revamped blog (nice theme). back in manila we were using PLDT and it would be fortunate for us to get a decent 1mbps dl speed and half of that for upload. Its a stark comparison to what i am getting now for 28 pounds a month http://www.speedtest.net/result/1236553039.png that includes landline and tv pa. I would not get into details on my theory why providers are scrimping on the speed/bandwidth but one thing is for sure, we would get a lot of things done if were to have this kind of speed… Read more »

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During my last trip to HK in January, our CX flight was delayed for 2 hours because a lot of the passengers were stuck in the immigration line. it was CRAZY. there were only a few booths open and so many passengers. isn’t just common sense to open more booths? when i told this to my mom, she said the airports are having issues with the workers and parang the airport authority doesn’t want to pay them overtime. or something like that. if they’re trying to save money by not paying overtime, i think delaying flights ultimately costs more –… Read more »

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skydiver

sayang na sayang si gibo.

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Catwelan

Wow! To think na mabilis na internet namin dito sa Singapore and number 17 na sya! Pano pa kaya yung top 16. Baka hindi mo pa kini-click mag-play na 🙂

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skydiver

when i went to SG in 2009, the immigration officer who attended me was kinda young and he wasn’t grumpy. not this year. i went to SG last jan. while i was in line at the immigration, i already checked out the immigration officers. there was a kinda old lady and unfortunately, she was the one who attended me. she interrogated me. i don’t mind the interrogation but she was grumpy while talking to me. that was around 5a.m. so she’s probably not yet tired. there’s already a foreign carrier that’s operating in naia 3. it’s all nippon airways. are… Read more »

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WE HAVE THE WORST CONNECTION EVERRR it’s embarrassing. i dont know if its our location (near ISM at the Fort) or Globe just sucks big time :)) even our landline connection is so bad. 0.29mbps upload speed!! ano yan!!! http://www.speedtest.net/result/1236138104.png

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CVS Reply:

i feel your pain, lol 🙂

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Guest

wow, ang galing! tlgang S. Korea ang #1, totoo naman kasi nagwork ako dun, grabe, sa video plng, pg click m ng play, play tlga..wlang buffering moments..ehe!

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Gino Gonzales

Here’s the photo…

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CVS Reply:

saan? 🙂

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This is mine. It’s a 3MBPS plan and I only pay 2,200 (with landline) http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235711701.png

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garbergar

sorry i dont mean anything by this but did i just see ghana at no 33? i know i will sound ignorant but we are in no 109…. and there are countries i haven heard of…. can manny pacquio or manny villar or manny pangilinan do something about this? they own the philippines right? hihihihiihi….or better yet willie r. can probably do something about this since he can get away with anything….

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Here is mine. http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235569616.png [Reply]CVS Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 7:46 PMwow!! [Reply]CVS Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 7:48 PMhindi ko kinaya!! [Reply]Tito Acop Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 8:55 PMYou know how it is. You have been here. I hope concerned authorities take note of this. As for the airport, it is sooo frustrating. We (your avid readers), only rest our chances on your shoulders! I like the comment to ask Kris to use the comfort rooms! [Reply]AkoIto Reply:April 5th, 2011 at 11:40 AMhaha im trying to imagine your reaction after seeing that 48mbps: in your bathroom but still dressed, bukas ang… Read more »

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Kiko

Hi Ms. Cecille!! Here’s my speed test result here in ireland:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235561039.png

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CVS Reply:

wow din!

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Ma_19ph

just checked ours London 54.4 atm. I hope the broadband improves there kasi net is part of our daily lives. A big change is needed in our airport 🙁 should start now!

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CVS Reply:

OMG.

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im on skybroadband, 12mbps plan at Php6K per month (Php5999 to be exact). here’s my speedtest:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235394811.png

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CVS Reply:

grabe your upload speed is still low. hindi puede sa work ko. lugi ako

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Grace

Here’s my speedtest: http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235322162.png

I’m supposed to be in Sweden, pero bakit ang bagal? 🙂

When an operator says 30Mbps (for example), they mean 30Mbps from their premises. Syempre, kung san san pa dadaan yun. What are the types of cables used? Copper or fiber optic? So many things to consider. By the time it reaches your house, 5Mbps nalang siguro. But of course, they will say it is 30Mbps kasi nga, yun naman talaga ang speed from the source.

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CVS Reply:

wow! for me that great because the upload speed is so fast!!

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Please send this article to proper authorities so they can act on it. I already sent it to some DOT officials. You could also alert Bureau of Immigration (under the Department of Justice), Manila International Airport Authority (NAIAA), and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). Thank you

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CVS Reply:

thanks, but I’m already resigned na walang mangyayari.

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Gino Gonzales

Maybe NAIA 1 can start clearing the non-essential and non-functional pieces of furniture that litter the hallways.

Here’s one such object with a crumpled piece of paper inside the shelf…

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CVS Reply:

where?

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Daigo

hi chuva. eto sa akin sa probinsya:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235320073.png

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CVS Reply:

wow! what’s your location and service provider?

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lolabelay

Had our first ever trip out of the country 2 weeks ago. Went to HK & Macau with my 3 girls and sister, Sa terminal 3 kami papunta at pauwi via cebu pacific, wala naman kaming naranasang pangit sa mga immigration officers going there and coming back they are so nice to us, maybe because may mga bata kaming kasama and my kids are greeting them hello and good morning and my 2 year old even giving them a flying kiss that made all the officials na napilahan namin to smile.

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thinkture

Ms. C, I”m not based in Manila but in HK. This is our broadband speed at work: 12.32 Mbps (download), 8.89 Mbps (upload).

http://speedtest.net/result/1235186567.png

In Manila, we subscribe to PLDT DSL.

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CVS Reply:

sarap!

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Pia M

Oh and BTW here’s my Spedtest result for NOW: http://www.speedtest.net/result/1235196107.png on SkyBB.

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CVS Reply:

not bad! what I really need though is high upload speed as Flickr takes so long, and I need it to blog

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ang ganda may optional log in pa pag nag comment. hehe.

anyway, mapapa haynaku ka na lang talaga. 🙁 kung gaano ka slow ang internet connection mo, sumasabay yan sa asenso ng tao. kung sino na lang mayaman yun na lang lalong yumayaman. ang mahirap maghihirap lalo, unless mag abroad? maka bahay at lupa man lang ng sarili…. 🙁

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ang ganda may optional log in pa pag nag comment. hehe.

anyway, mapapa haynaku ka na lang talaga. 🙁 kung gaano ka slow ang internet connection mo, sumasabay yan sa asenso ng tao. kung sino na lang mayaman yun na lang lalong yumayaman. ang mahirap maghihirap lalo, unless mag abroad? maka bahay at lupa man lang ng sarili…. 🙁

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Aerin

so far, bayantel is the most honest in terms of delivering what they’d say they’d offer.
i just fear that the day would come when providers would cap internet usage. like, $25 for 2GB download and a fee for any excess thereafter.
perish the thought.

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dee

I also arrived last week from Beijing and the terminal ran out of trolleys. When we asked the airport personnel where we can get trolleys, they told us that THEY DON’T KNOW. WTH!

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browneyedgirl

i’ve been availing of PLDT’s mydsl for a while now, am paying P1299 a month for wired internet + landline package… the signal is reliable BUT the speed could use some improvement… you know, the usual signs of bagal-ness… interruptions while watching videos on youtube and yahoo music, putol pictures on blogs/websites kasi waiting for the photos to load pa, delays when opening websites from search engines…

those speeds from other countries are out of this world, ha.

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Garcia Greg

that’s why his scores will continue to go down, no real change felt since he assumed office.imagine kazakstan mas mabilis ng ‘di hamak..with the duopoly coming up in telcos, umasa pa tayo. as to the airport, maybe we should let kris use the public toilet next time she’s there

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*likes this*
hi Tito Greg!

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i agree po. i am a college student po.. there are times when i really get frustrated kasi ang bagal ng connection namin tapos i have so many things to research pa..there are times din po na bigla na lang nawawala yung connection then babalik after an hour..we have talked to our provider po but wala namang nangyari ganun parin.. to think we pay every month religiously.

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It defies logic. There is simply no will to tackle any significant matter in this country. All I can say was that I did not vote for our current president because I never saw anything concrete how the problems of our country will be solved by him. This is the only nation to pay millions/billions for a nuclear power plant never to be used to generate power, build an international airport terminal (T3) up to date only to be used for domestic flights/local airlines and leave other international flights at an aging, dilapidated termnal and be charged a combined P2350… Read more »

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mahirap kasing ituro ang CLASS at MANNERS…hindi ito nabibili sa sm… 🙂

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i really cringe bout the immigration officers’ process of chopping the passport. myyyy gulay kung saan saan na lang sila nagtatak sa passport to the point na nagagalit na ang IO ng ibang bansa kasi hindi nila mahanap yung last exit. [Reply]dontaskmetosmile Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 10:50 AMwaaaaaah! Me, too! Na-O-OC ako kasi nasasayang yung ibang pages, I have pages in my old passport that have one stamp lang. But that’s a universal thing, I think. Actually, come to think of it, ang mga salarin ng one-stamp pages ko were European countries, who insist on stamping on the page opposite… Read more »

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waaaaaah! Me, too! Na-O-OC ako kasi nasasayang yung ibang pages, I have pages in my old passport that have one stamp lang. But that’s a universal thing, I think. Actually, come to think of it, ang mga salarin ng one-stamp pages ko were European countries, who insist on stamping on the page opposite the visa.

For here, to prevent them from doing that, I insert the immigration card in the page where I want the stamp to be, so that they open directly to that page. Yes, I think about things like that. Haha.

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i don’t mind that immigration officers do not smile because as others mention this happens in most countries. Officers need to look/be serious if it comes to screening incoming travelers. What annoys me is the many steps/checks and of course payments it takes to reach your plane. [Reply]rafanndrick Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 10:34 PMI also like immigration officers who just say Hi or smile to me. Actually okay na rin sakin kahit hindi nila ako pansinin. I had this experience sa NAIA 1 leaving for Beijing, masyadong madaldal yung officer! He asked where I study,if I know the head of… Read more »

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rafanndrick

I also like immigration officers who just say Hi or smile to me. Actually okay na rin sakin kahit hindi nila ako pansinin. I had this experience sa NAIA 1 leaving for Beijing, masyadong madaldal yung officer! He asked where I study,if I know the head of the registrars office in our University and made a small sermon to me because I did not his name!( the head of the registrars office). Ang haba na nga ng line nakikipag kwento pa with matching sermon! kakainis lang!

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PLDT service, is good. when it comes to downloading, streaming.. when you up your speed its fast but ofcourse they false advertise. when they say for example “Php100/month for 100MBPS!” that’s only roughly around 65mbps because they have a drop off point. and I learned this when we had ours upgraded to a higher plan, i needed it for work and this customer service rep assured me that it’s 100MPS.. so when finally the upgrade was granted, our net was still slow and after a couple of days of badgering their customer service line and the technical guy called us,… Read more »

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Anonymous

My biggest peeve about the airport is the lack of elevators for strollers. When i rode JAL, i had to use the escalator. When i rose cathay, a man had to help me carry the stroller down the stairs! Imagine! Iwas travelling alone with my son. How backwards. Only the handicapped can use the elevators daw?! [Reply]Winnie Chan Reply:April 7th, 2011 at 2:41 AMIf you’re arriving in NAIA 2, after going through immigration you would need to go through a narrow hallway with a short flight of stairs to exit. Wala man lang ramp! People were lugging their heavy luggage… Read more »

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If you’re arriving in NAIA 2, after going through immigration you would need to go through a narrow hallway with a short flight of stairs to exit. Wala man lang ramp! People were lugging their heavy luggage down the stairs. Isn’t it obvious that most passengers would have heavy luggage that can be rolled? And the hallway is too narrow for the volume of people going through. Ewan ko ba kung bakit hindi naisip ng architect yun.

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i wish they could change the immigration officer at naia3. i don’t see the point of opening my luggage as i have nothing to declare and already went through lots of security check from my point of origin. ..the bad thing pa when the officer saw my pasalubong tshirts sabi miss ang ganda baka pwede ma-arbor yung isa?! WTH! [Reply]CVS Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 10:51 AMyup I experienced that also. the customs woman was asking for my son’s pokemons for her apo. [Reply]Pia M Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 12:44 PMHaha! Dapat pati yung taga-Customs pala may pasalu din tayo sa… Read more »

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yuck

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Birkins and Porsches do not necessarily a prosperous country make. I can’t help but think such third world backwardness is due in no small way to the fact that money for public service (such as improvement of NAIA) is used by corrupt officials to buy those very Birkins and Porsches (among other luxuries) for their wives, kids, mistresses, etc etc etc. Not to generalize but sometimes I wonder just how many of the flashy cars and expensive handbags you see around comes from taxpayers’ money. That’s why I hate it when local fashion mags glorify politicians’ wives in best-dressed lists.… Read more »

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I don’t even want to do a speedtest, kasi nakakahiya! Currently on Globe, but that has been out of service for over 2 weeks due to a supposed system upgrade in our area. So on SmartBro and it’s super slow tonight. Last night was ok. And ok as in 1+Mbps lang ha! *groan* Plus I don’t get why it’s soooo pricey. For poor service! Or do they think Filipinos would settle for mediocre? It’s time for progress! BTW, my hater is an immigration officer. Too many issues up her ar**. Maybe it’s the job? LOL! [Reply]CVS Reply:April 4th, 2011 at… Read more »

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NAIA 3 naman in fairness is aesthetically pretty. The CR is not bonggang bonggang world-class pero pwede na rin at least for me kasi spacious and malinis naman. Di pa ako nakapag-NAIA 2 but my parents said maliit raw. And please, pinakachaka for me is NAIA 1! The last time I flew from there was in ’07 and it was really musty and outdated, parang blast-from-the-past-hitsurang-’80s look. Nakakaloka. And lastly, kung ka-chakahan lang rin, the Manila Domestic Airport is parang pier/Philtranco bus station lang teh! Kalurkey! Transfer na lang nila sana ALL domestic flights sa NAIA 3 since it’s spacious… Read more »

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Guest

2.86 Mbps is slow. I checked mine & it’s 15.20 Mbps. That is so frustating. So slow.

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CVS Reply:

what’s your location, service provider and how much do you pay if ever?

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LiLi Reply:

suburb in Maryland. Comcast and $70 per month.

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Guest

Why am I not surprised? Here’s mine: http://www.speedtest.net/result/1234434137.png Pero intermittent pa din. :-/

OT-Do you allow HTML or BBCODE when posting comments?

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CVS Reply:

i wouldn’t know sorry. could I?

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my bestfriend went on vacay to SG last month and she was also complaining about the uber sungit and rude immigration personnel. i wonder how we can lodge a complaint about them…even if it may fall on deaf ears. *sigh* [Reply]CVS Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 12:23 AMi don’t know rin eh. in fairness, masungit din the Immigration in SG ha. ganon ba talaga? [Reply]KUMAGCOW Reply:April 4th, 2011 at 1:16 AMmaybe an unspoken rule to intimidate the one arriving? heheh.. I went to China a few years back and I got the same look.. unlike singapore, who had all smiles =/… Read more »