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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
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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