Mar 202017
Chinkee Tan

Chinkee Tan

Has this ever happened to you? You were planning to do something, but your plan didn’t happen.

That’s exactly what happened to me today.

I woke up at 2AM to catch a 4:30AM flight going to Cebu via Cebu Pacific Terminal 3. We arrived around 2:30AM at the airport. We reached the ticketing, presented our identification and plane tickets, but we were informed that our ticket was for PAL and is on Terminal 2. To avoid being late, we took the cab and weight straight to Terminal 2. When we arrived there, we were informed that we only have tickets for Cebu to Manila, but we don’t have Manila to Cebu. When we called our organiser, only then did we realize that they sent two different emails — one email had the Cebu Pacific ticket, and the other e-mail had the PAL ticket. What I was able to print was the PAL ticket, and not the Cebu Pacific ticket. The situation cost me an extra P8,500 to buy another ticket.

What are the lessons that I learned?


I travel a lot. Because of this, I didn’t even bother to check well which airline I was going to ride.

So that was why when we were trying to do a web-check in, the Cebu Pac system wasn’t accepting my reference number because the reference number was for PAL.


If you do not prepare, you are bound to fail. Indeed, that’s exactly what happened to me. If I had printed and prepared the ticket, I would have seen that I was missing a ticket.

It’s the same in life. You have to prepare of your future. People always have their regret at the end. There’s a saying that goes: Better be prepared rather than being sorry!


You need to learn how to read the fine print. Excellence is often found in the details. We cannot ignore the little things because it’s the little things that create the bigger things. Likewise, we need to be observant. We should never have the “pwede na ‘yan attitude”.

One minor mistake can cost you money and time. Never neglect the details.

These are the lessons that I learned, and sure enough, they are costly lessons. I hope you learned from this blog, and won’t commit the same mistakes that I did.


Are you the type of person who always assumes and ends up assuming wrong?

Are you the type of person who is never prepared?

Are you the type of person who’s not into details, and ends up repeating the work?

What change do you want to happen in your life?

(Chinkee Tan is a top Filipino motivational speaker, wealth and life coach whose goal is to inform, educate, motivate, and disturb. His vision is to help people become financially-literate and debt-free. For more info about Chinkee Tan, please visit his fan page at FB, Twitter and Instagram. Also follow VIBER PUBLIC CHAT GROUP search chinkee tan, and VISIONCHINKEE on You Tube for more news and encouragements.)


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Dec 242016
PAL flies high through year 2016

Allan Q. Coo, PAL regional manager for North America, International By Abner Galino and Joy Marino With barely two weeks left in year 2016, Philippine Air Lines (PAL) is set to claim another robust year into its storied corporate journey. Allan Q. Coo, PAL regional manager for North America, enumerated the headways that the Philippine flag carrier has achieved throughout the year 2016, chief of them: acquiring two more Boeing 777s. “The first one – RP7778 – was added to our fleet during the last week of October and just 2 days ago, we received our 8th 777 and will be ready to be added to our roster this December operating the trans-pacific routes,” Coo announced during the annual PAL Christmas party held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles last December 16. Coo also announced the new PAL routes: Manila to Saipan, Taipei to Osaka, non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Cebu; the Singapore to Cebu route and Cebu to Caticlan and Cebu to Clark via Caticlan (started on December 16. The new local routes were meant to support the growth Cebu, which PAL consider as itssecond hub, according to Coo. “We have also strengthened our flight connections to and from Cebu to better serve our countrymen from Southern Philippines.” The airline executive as took pride in PAL’s twice daily, non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Manila that started last Thursday (Dec 8). “This gives our passengers a choice of leaving during the day or our regular evening Read More …

Feb 032014
Biggest PAL booth at Travel Expo 2014

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Travel Tour Expo (TTE) of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) will have Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) biggest-ever participation at any trade fair – at 1,100 square meters – to accommodate the volume of customers availing of PAL’s low-priced tickets that can only be bought at the TTE from Feb. 14 to 16, 2014. The huge PAL booth at the second floor of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, will have more than 50 ticket counters and various amenities to keep customers entertained while waiting to be served. Dedicated counters will also make queuing less stressful for Elite and Premium Elite Mabuhay Miles members. Rock-bottom tickets that entitle passengers to full-service amenities annually attract overflow crowds to the PAL booth that will be manned by more than 50 ticketing agents from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to handle all types of transactions. PAL is a platinum sponsors and official airline of this year’s 21st TTE, having been a regular participant since its inception by PTAA in 1994. Last year, TTE had approximately 76,000 visitors to the more than 500 booths that were used by 235 exhibitors. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Dec 182013
Tan, SMC to finalize PAL stake sale next yr

MANILA, Philippines – Negotiations for the sale of the majority stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) are expected to be finalized by next year. PAL chairman and chief executive officer Lucio Tan told reporters in a chance interview yesterday that his group is in talks with SMC for the sale of the 51-percent stake in the airline. He said he expects the negotiations for the sale to be completed “by early next year.” Should Tan’s group decide to sell its 51-percent stake to SMC, the carrier will become wholly-owned by SMC which currently holds a 49-percent share. In April last year, SMC infused $500 million for the purchase of a 49-percent equity interest in Trustmark Holdings Corp. Trustmark owns 97.71 percent of the airline’s parent firm PAL Holdings Inc., which owns 84.67 percent of PAL through PR Holdings Inc. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The carrier has embarked on a refleeting program since SMC’s entry. The refleeting program involves the acquisition of 100 new aircraft in preparation for its flights to Europe and additional flights to the US. PAL expects to save as much $400 million from fuel and maintenance costs each year as part of the refleeting program. It now operates a fleet of 48 aircraft composed of 10 Airbus 330-300, 12 A320-200, eight 340-300, five A321-231, four A319-100, five Boeing 777-300ER and four 747-400.

Nov 152013
PAL parent firm’s losses balloon to P2.2B as of Sept

MANILA, Philippines – Losses of listed PAL Holdings Inc. – parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) – ballooned in the first half of its fiscal year 2013 ending September due to lower passenger revenues. In a submission to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), PAL Holdings reported that losses reached P2.19 billion in the first half of the year ending September compared to P121.79 million in the same period last year. The holding firm reported that revenues fell 5.9 percent to P36.57 billion compared to P38.86 billion as passenger revenues dropped 7.7 percent to P29.8 billion while cargo revenues remained steady at P2.7 billion. “The decrease was attributable mainly to the unfavorable passenger revenue performance during the period as a result of lower passenger yields as well as the drop in volume of traffic flown,” PAL Holdings said. PAL said it mounted less flights from April to September as it restructured its operations by transferring the bulk of its domestic flights to sister firm PAL Express to focus on international operations. PAL recognized P1.48 billion in other income due to a foreign exchange gain as a result of the revaluation of the retirement liability account balances denominated in peso that strengthened against other currencies particularly the US dollar as well as the result of PAL’s adoption of the amendments to Philippine Accounting Standards (PAS). Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Expenses of PAL Holdings were almost unchanged at P38.77 billion in end-September amid higher Read More …

Oct 272013
PAL further expands int’l reach

MANILA, Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is further expanding its international reach through flights to Russia and London. PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the new international destinations of the full service airline would boost the government’s campaign of luring 10 million tourists to visit the Philippines by 2016.  “We recognize the growing demand from Russian tourists for a direct air link to the Philippines. Through this service, we hope to be able to serve this market and more importantly, help our government’s efforts to boost tourism,” Ang stressed. PAL yesterday mounted chartered flights between Manila and the Russian city of Vladivostok in partnership with Primorsky Agency of Aviation Companies TM Biletur. Chartered flights to and from the two cities would be scheduled throughout the year. Data from the Department of Tourism showed a 33-percent increase in the number of Russian tourists to 21,736 in the first eight months of the year. From Manila, Russian visitors would be able to fly out to PAL’s domestic destinations including Caticlan (Boracay), Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa, and Legaspi. The visitors could also connect to the carrier’s regional and international hubs. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 PAL is also set to mount direct flights to London on Nov. 4 after the European Union lifted the ban on the airline from entering the European airspace last July 12. Ang said Read More …

Sep 062013
Phl, Italy agree to hike flights

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Italy have agreed to increase weekly flights between the two countries, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said. “We got 14 flights per week between the Philippines and Italy,” CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said in a text message to reporters. The agreement was reached during the air talks held in Italy on Wednesday and Thursday. Under the previous agreement entered into in 1969, only one flight is allowed per week between the two countries. Arcilla noted that there are 170,000 Filipinos in Italy. “Rome and Milan can also be a jump off point for traffic between Southern Europe and the Philippines,” he added. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The development comes as the European Union (EU) lifted in July a ban it imposed three years ago which prevented airlines from the Philippines, led by flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), from operating in Europe. EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said the ban was lifted as the European Commission and the Air Safety Committee were encouraged by the actions being undertaken by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and PAL to address outstanding aviation safety issues. PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang announced after the lifting of the EU ban that the airline intends to fly to Rome as well as other popular European destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Madrid. The air talks are being held in line with the open skies policy. Executive Order 29 which Read More …

Aug 192013
PAL, Sea Air cancels morning flights—NAIA exec

By Matikas 9:41 am | Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 MANILA, Philippines — Flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Sea Air were cancelled Tuesday morning due to the continuous rains and floods brought by tropical storm “Maring.” Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Manager Angel Honrado said in a radio interview that Sea Air flights going to the provinces of Iloilo, Bacolod, and Cebu throughout the day have been cancelled. All PAL flights up to 12 noon were also cancelled, Honrado said. “They are still assessing the weather situation up to 12 noon” before they will issue another advisory, he said. Honrado said that the roads around the airport were currently flooded and impassable. He said that it would cause further delays of the flights because some pilots and crew members would have difficulty coming to the airport. Incoming flights, including international flights, however, continued to arrive at the NAIA but the planes may be grounded at the terminal because of the bad weather, Honrado said. The list of cancelled flights have been announced by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in its twitter account @DOTCPhilippines: 5J-907 MNL-Caticlan 5J-563 MNL-Cebu 5J-564 Cebu-MNL 5J-907 MNL-Caticlan 5J-563 MNL-Cebu 5J-564 Cebu-MNL DG-7002 MNL-Cebu DG-7003 Cebu-MNL DG-7082 MNL-Bacolod DG-7083 Bacolod-MNL DG-7072 MNL-Iloilo DG-7073 Iloilo-MNL ‘Maring’ further intensifies, remains almost stationary—Pagasa Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your Text ON INQ Read More …

Aug 122013
PAL to close Cambodia Air deal by Oct

MANILA, Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is set to complete the deal with Royal Group of Cambodia (RCG) to form Cambodia Airlines Co. Ltd. within the next two months. Ma. Cecilia Pesayco, assistant corporate secretary of PAL’s parent firm PAL Holdings Inc., said the closing date of the completion of a joint venture with RCG’s Inter Logistics (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. (ILC) has been moved to Oct. 15. The new closing date is three months longer than the original closing date target of July 15. “We received today the notice from PAL informing us that the closing date for the completion of PAL’s joint venture with ILC has been moved to Oct. 15,” Pesayco told the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). PAL is pumping in $10 million worth of equity for a 49 percent stake in Cambodia Airlines that is 100 percent owned by Inter Logistics (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. ILC is 100 percent owned by RGC chair Neak Oknha Kith Meng. PAL is supposed to make a downpayment of 10 percent or $1 million of the total acquisition cost on the completion of closing conditions targeted last July 15 while the balance of $9 million would be paid upon the call of the board of Cambodia Air. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The closing conditions include the registration of the investment of PAL in Cambodia Air as well as the procurement by Cambodia Air of all the necessary franchises, permits, and licenses to operate and Read More …

Jul 232013
PAL taps Amadeus for air traffic solutions

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has tapped Amadeus, a leading technology provider for the global travel industry, for air traffic solutions and services to support the airline’s ongoing expansion program. Amadeus Asia Pacific head of airline commercial Hazem Hussein said the European based company will assist the airline in its business and help it deal with the challenges and opportunities in the market. “Travel intelligence is a critical asset in a fast-moving, fragmented industry like travel. However, it is not only about having data. It is also about having the industry knowledge and analytical capability to turn it into valuable business insights,” he said. PAL president Ramon Ang, for his part, said: “We are committed to retaining our position at the forefront of the industry in the Asian region and the key to it is fleet modernization, network expansion, and service innovation programs.” “It is important for us to be able to base our network planning and marketing decisions on complete and reliable data that Amadeus solutions offer,” he added. The agreement will allow PAL the use of the Amadeus Market Information (MIDT) and Amadeus Air Traffic solutions to drive revenue growth and increase market share as it expands flights to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 MIDT allows PAL to monitor global market dynamics and identify profitable routes while developing more effective sales and marketing programs. In parallel, Amadeus Air Traffic calculates an accurate estimate of air Read More …