I’m pretty sure that frequent travelers will agree with me when I say McDonald’s and 711 are two worldwide chains savior for us. Simply because these establishments has something that’s common to our place!
The first time we tasted the burger in McDonald’s in HongKong, we didn’t like it so we settled for pancakes during our entire tour. The second time we went in HongKong, our dinner is kinda’ late so we took chance with McDonald’s. That’s only when we realized that their chicken tastes much better than what we have here in the Philippines. From then on, we made sure to try McDonald’s that we’ll see in every country that we go to differentiate the taste. So far, the chicken in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is our top favorite and my birthday lunch meal in Bangkok, Thailand (on this post) takes the second place.
Just a little trivia: The Thai greeting referred to as the wai (Thai: ไหว้, pronounced [wâːj]) consists of a slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. It has its origin in the Indic Añjali Mudrā, like the Indian namasté and the Cambodian sampeah. The higher the hands are held in relation to the face and the lower the bow, the more respect or reverence the giver of the wai is showing. The wai is traditionally observed upon entering formally a house. After the visit is over, the visitor asks for permission to leave and repeats the salutation made upon entering. The wai is also common as a way to express gratitude or to apologize. Source: Wikipedia
Below are other photos of the McDonald’s in Siam, Bangkok Thailand just within the vicinity of Holiday Inn Express Siam.
McDonald’s is also one of the reasons why we chose Holiday Inn Express in Siam. We thought of having late dinners and it’s open until midnight. We also tasted their Churros but I can’t find a photo of it. Sorry about that.
It’s really nice to discover new things and taste something different from the same restaurant you grew up with. We are excited to taste more of McDonald’s from other countries. How about you? Would you mind sharing your favorites too from where you are? I’d love to know!
Important note: The aim of this article is to share our experience with McDonald’s in Siam Bangkok. The restaurant did not asked or paid me to do this article.
For frequent travelers like us, we always wanted to get great values on air fares. And while in search for a cheap flight for our next destination, I discovered this page from Philippine Airlines – by far, our favorite airline in the country. Anyways, here’s a list of type of passengers and the percentage of discount they could get when they fly with Philippines Airlines.
In compliance with Republic Act No. 9337, an act amending the National Internal Revenue Code, a 12% VAT is added to the total amount quoted on all transactions involving purely domestic services only.
PAL offers special discounts to the following types of passengers who are traveling within the Philippines and buying their tickets from a PAL sales office or Domestic Ticketing Program travel agents in the Philippines. The special discounts are not available through the Online Booking facility.
20% discount on fares for Filipino citizens who are at least 60 years old. VAT exemption applies to any fare type including promotional fares. The passenger must present any of the following valid ID’s when buying the ticket:
• Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ID issued by their municipality
• Driver’s License
• Any photo ID authenticating age
Foreign nationals are not allowed to avail the Senior Citizen discount under Philippine Law.
Passengers under the age of two and at least 16 days old. Infant not occupying a seat gets 90% discount based on the accompanying adult’s fare. Birth certificate is required when buying the ticket.
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
20% discount on fares. In availing of the discount privileges mandated under R.A. No. 9442 and its IRR, PWDs, who are Filipino citizens, may prove his/her entitlement upon submission of any of the following:
• An identification card issued by the City or Municipal Mayor or the Barangay Captains of the place where the persons with disability resides;
• Transportation discount card is an identification Card (ID) issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP).
• Persons with Disability are those individuals defined under Section 4 of R.A7277, as person suffering from restriction or different abilities, as a result of a mental, physical or sensory impairment, to perform an activity in a manner or within the range considered normal for human being.
20% discount on fares for currently enrolled students in the Philippines. Must present valid Student ID or registration form. Not applicable for Budget Economy fares.
20% discount on fares for active Military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Navy, Marines, Air Force and Philippine National Police (PNP). Valid for all travel upon presentation of identification. Not applicable for Budget Economy.
Note: There may be changes on the above list after this article has been written. I also recommend that you to Philippine Airlines website to double check.
For discounted hotels, you could also try searching the Internet’s most trusted hotel portal – Agoda. See how much I saved from using this tool with our hotel bookings.
I’am actually craving for Vigan’s empanada and their vinegar (Sukang Iloko) so I decided to write an article about it (me ending up craving more of it! Lol). I remember the first time we rode an airplane in December 2007, we are heading to Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Hon’s hometown. That was also the first time I tasted empanada and okoy . After 5 years, in July 2013, we went back to experience Ilocos and to taste their other dishes and these delicacies again. This time, we stayed in Fort Ilocandia.
The photos below were taken from our July 2013 trip in Vigan, Burgos Plaza, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
According to our tour guide, the empanada of Vigan and Batac taste differently. I tried both and I could say that they are equally good. I maybe just love the wholeness of it.
Empanada – It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Atchuete or orange food color, salt and oil are mixed into the rice though. The dough mixture is then kneaded as thinly as possible on a banana leaf (wax paper is a good substitute). Source: http://www.vigan.ph/empanada.html. Normally costs Php 30-50 (almost $1 each).
Okoy (shrimp fritter) – viand consists of small fresh shrimps with shell, glutinous rice batter and deep fried into a round form. In Vigan, kutchay is added. Source: https://cmgarrido.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/vigan-okoy/
So if you’re planning to go to Ilocos, make sure that you don’t miss these delicacies. This will certainly make your trip complete!
Tip: If you or your companion has reaction in sea foods particularly shrimp, avoid Okoy. Hon experienced a severe reaction to this which made us cancel one of our day tours.