Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Review: Asiana Airlines

I took Asiana Airlines during my trip to USA last December 2019 to January 2020. I bought the tickets a couple of months in advance. I was lucky that my dates fell during the winter season because I would like to experience a White Christmas.

Note: This review is for economy-class only.

» Asiana Airlines «

Asiana Airlines, headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's second largest airlines. It is member of Star Alliance, the world's largest global airline alliance. Asiana Airlines is certified with 5-star airline rating for its quality.

» Asiana Airlines Philippines «

The ticketing office in the Philippines is located in Makati City.

Address:                    6F Salcedo Tower, 169, Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact Number:       

I didn't book online and went to their ticketing office to address my needs. The staffs were friendly and attentive.

» Baggage «

Those economy-class passengers travelling to USA are allowed to check-in two pieces of 23-kilo bags and hand-carry of one 10-kilo bag free of charge. For business-class passengers, two pieces of 32-kilo bags and hand-carry of two pieces of 10-kilo bag are allowed.

But for non-US routes, business-class passengers are still allowed to check-in two pieces of 32-kilo bags but for economy-class, only one 23-kilo bag is allowed to check-in.

» Check-In and Boarding «

Bring a print out of your electronic ticket itinerary and receipt because it may required to present it at the immigration and check-in counters. 

The check-in was pretty fast as long as you have complete requirements. When I was in Manila, the check-in counter representatives paid attention to my special meal request. They were attentive and coordinated well on the cabin crews. They also asked if I have few concerns.

Note: You can also check-in online or through mobile app for faster transaction.

The boarding gates opened at the exact time and there were no delays.

» Seating «

It was my third time to fly with a 5-star airline. I love the seat configuration of Asiana Airlines on the economy class. During my Manila to Incheon flight, it was all 2-4-2 instead of 3-4-3 seat configuration. I didn't feel squished and I had plenty of leg and table space.

On my way to Seattle, Washington, the seat configuration for economy class was 3-4-3 but it was okay because it's not too tight.

» Temperature «

I didn't feel any dizzy at all on my roundtrip flights. It was warm and very comfortable. There were less turbulence, too. Thanks God! :)

» Customer Service and Food «

The customer service was great. The stewardess even helped me on securing my bag in the cabin. Before the airplane took off, they also asked me if I have few concerns.

I have few requests on my food and I often receive my food before the others. Not sure though if it's part of their protocols. I often receive Yeongyang Ssambap, their special menu.

» Manila <Philippines> to Incheon <South Korea>

» Incheon <South Korea> to Seattle, Washington <USA>

» Seattle, Washington <USA> to Incheon <South Korea>

» Incheon <South Korea> to 
Manila <Philippines>

» Entertainment «

The in-flight entertainment was great. There were lots of movies, music, games and even documentaries.

Asiana Airlines also have videos promoting on-board exercises. I tried the seat workouts and I felt better.

» Amenities «

Passengers travelling to the USA will receive a pouch with slippers and a toothbrush set. They also provide ear plugs and blanket.

But for my Manila to Incheon and Incheon to Manila flights, it wasn't provided but it's okay.

» Overall «

I was satisfied on my roundtrip flights and looking forward on my future travels with Asiana Airlines.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Enchant Christmas Seattle

After the long drive from Snoqualmie Falls Park, my uncle dropped us (me and my aunt) off to T-Mobile Park in Seattle to witness the Enchant Christmas.

» Enchant Christmas Seattle «

Enchant Christmas is an annual magical light experience setup in 3 locations, (1) Seattle, Washington, (2) Washington D.C. and (3) St. Petersburg, Florida. The event dubs itself as the world's largest Christmas Light Maze and Market as to date.

For last year, Enchant Christmas Seattle was held at T-Mobile Park from November 22 to December 29, 2019. 

» Admission «

The ticket pricing varies depending on the date you go. You can also opt to VIP access at a higher price. Kids 3 and below can get a free entry. There are also discounted prices for youth, senior and military.

Be sure to book online because the event usually sold out. Expect also huge crowds at the entrance so make sure to be there on time.

» The Experience «

According to TripAdvisor, it is one of the must visit in Seattle every December. I was thrilled that I experienced this kind of holiday magic trip. I had so much fun that I can't remember how many photos I took at that date.

Aside from the light maze, I saw an ice skating trail. Unfortunately, we didn't try it but it's okay.

I suggest to buy this light-up bulb glasses as memorabilia. :)

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Before we go home, we had a merienda at Ivars Fish 'n Chips & Chowder. My aunt bought this chowder and fries.

» Info «

Address:                    1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, United States
E-mail Address:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Edmonds: Anthony's HomePort & Beach Cafe

At Friday night (the night before my departure back to my home country), my aunt's family treated me in a famous restaurant in Edmonds.

» Anthony's HomePort & Beach Cafe «

Anthony's HomePort & Beach Cafe, owned by the Anthony's Restaurant Group, is a famous restaurant chain in the Pacific Northwest. It started in Bellevue, Washington in 1969 and then grew up to this date.

» My Dining Experience «

My uncle reserved a slot for us. I'm not sure if walk-ins are possible so be sure to contact the restaurant beforehand.

The servers were friendly and attentive even if they're busy. They even suggested food that we must try. The menu was perfect and everything was delicious.

I ordered a three-course meal worth $25. For the starter, I ordered Anthony's Clam Chowder. For the entree, I ordered Double R Ranch Signature Top Sirloin, a grilled sirloin served with seasonal vegetables. For the dessert, I ordered Burnt Cream.

The ambiance was great and perfect for family and dinner dates. I would like to recommend this restaurant to everyone. :)

» Info «

Address:                    456 Admiral Way Edmonds, WA 98020, United States
Open Hours:              Open daily, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Telephone Number:   (425) 771-4400

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Seattle Premium Outlets

On a Sunday morning, my uncle and my aunt drove me to Seattle Premium Outlet. As I said on my previous post, the outlet is just a meters away from Tulalip Resort Casino

» Seattle Premium Outlets «

Seattle Premium Outlets, owned by Simon Property Group, features an upscale collection of designer names such as Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Burberry, Fossil and more. The mall is located in Tulalip, Washington, approximately 30 minutes north of Seattle and two hours south of Vancouver, BC.

» My Experience «

Seattle Premium Outlet is a known premium outlet in the Pacific Northwest. Around holidays, they tend to go all out on discounts!

If you visit Seattle, you better try here to buy pasalubongs for your loved ones.

» Info «

Address:                    10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271, United States
Open Hours:              Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
                                 Sunday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact Number:       +1 360-654-3000

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Snoqualmie Falls Park

At the weekend, I was toured by my aunt's family as well as my grandparents to a long drive to Snoqualmie Falls Park.

» Snoqualmie Falls Park «

Snoqualmie Fallsa 268-foot waterfall, is one of the Washington's hidden gem. It is surrounded by a two-acre park with an observation deck and a gift shop. It is located in the west of Snoqualmie, a city in Washington State.

» The Experience «

The road trip was relaxing because of the amazing view of the Snoqualmie town. I was delighted to see the Snoqualmie Falls. The well-developed walkways allowed us to view the falls from the above. Unfortunately, we can't go downstream because the trail going down was closed. 

Though we only spent an hour or two, it was an amazing experience. 

» Info «

Address:                    6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, United States
Open Hours:              Open daily, hours vary by season
Telephone Number:   (425) 985-6906
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Boeing Future of Flight: Aviation Center & The Boeing Factory Tour

After the holidays, I was scheduled to visit one of Seattle's favourite attractions, Boeing Future of Flight. If you're fan of aviation, you might be interested visiting the place.

» Boeing Future of Flight «

Boeing, founded in 1916, is one of the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. 

The Boeing Future of Flight, located in Mulkiteo, Washington, is one of the Seattle's favourite attractions. It is the only commercial aircraft assembly plant in North America that is open to the public. Due to this, there are certain restrictions and it is strictly enforced.

» Admission «

The admission includes Boeing Factory Tour, Aerospace Gallery and Sky Deck admission. The factory tour lasts in 90 minutes. Below are the rates (as of May 2020):

Adult Rate (Ages 16+):        $27

Youth (Ages 16 below):       $17 (children under 4 feet tall is not allowed)

Senior (Ages 65+):               $25

Military (with ID):                $22

Boeing Employee (with ID): $12

» Restrictions «

As I said earlier, the restrictions are strictly enforced. Cameras, mobile phones and electronic devices are not allowed. Purses, bags, and binoculars are also not allowed. 

Photography is only allowed on the Future of Flight Aviation Center but not allowed in the Boeing Factory Tour.

Children below 4 feet are not allowed on the Boeing Factory Tour. They are only allowed to explore the Aerospace Gallery, enjoy the views at the Sky Deck, visit the Boeing Store and have a snack at the Paper Plane Cafe.

» The Experience «

As a traveller, I was thrilled to see how aircrafts are built. I would like to learn more about history of aircraft making and to see the Boeing 7-series.

My scheduled tour was December 26 at 1:00 pm. My uncle dropped me off at the building's entrance. The first thing that I did was to secure my belongings at the free lockers in the Future of Flight lobby. There are no toilets available during the Boeing Factory Tour so be sure do your business before your scheduled time. Don't worry because there are toilets available at the lobby.

At the scheduled time, there will be a professional Boeing employee that will guide you on the factory tour. They will scan first the QR code on the ticket and then take you to a movie theater, where they will brief you on what to expect. After that, they will divide everyone into 2 groups and proceed to the tour bus. Unfortunately, I can't share photos on how wonderful the tour was. It was really an amazing experience indeed. 

Just a piece of advice, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Be prepared of long walks and lots of walking down and up the stairs.

I ended the tour by visiting the Boeing Store for pasalubongs. 

» Info «

Address:                    8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275, United States
Factory Tour Hours:  Daily, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (depending on the season)
E-mail Address: