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Manila Airports Not as Fun

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013

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ID+for+FranchisingPHINCHEON, SOUTH KOREA –Arriving at Incheon International Airport (IIA), one of the world’s best*, a Filipino couldn’t help compare our very own celebrated Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and its 4 terminals**. The terminal where Cebu Pacific’s gate was is connected to the main building where the immigration is by a shuttle train ride which took only about 5 minutes.

Airport Travails
Though we may have the most beautiful places nature could offer, going there is, to be honest, not as much fun. For example, if a traveller flew with ZestAir from Cebu to Manila with Beijing as the final destination. This passenger would have to transfer to his final terminal by taxi or shuttle bus with all of his baggage. Oh well, if you get lucky and someone gets off from the shuttle at Terminal 4, then taking the airport terminal shuttle service is easy. Otherwise you will have to wait for a long time.
Whenever I travel I look forward to learning other cultures and meeting new friends, but there is always a sense of sadness. I feel letdown whenever I see how far along the Philippines is in terms of economic development compared to the countries I visit. I don’t feel sad because we’re not as wealthy as these countries, rather I feel depressed with our government’s lack of a concrete plan and direction for economic development. With such disregard on the development of an infrastructure as important as NAIA what can we expect from the people in the government?

Voters Travails
The country has just chosen the next set of people who will help govern the country for the next three years, I wonder what promises and expectations were made and at the end of the victors’ term of office, what promises and expectations would be broken.
There were so many articles encouraging the average Filipino voters to choose wisely, I don’t think that it’s not that the Filipino voters haven’t been choosing wisely for the last several elections, but with an electoral system like ours, does choosing wisely matter? Judging from our country’s economic development for the past decades or the lack of it, I think that it doesn’t matter and had never been a matter of importance.

How can a voter choose wisely if there is no accurate information to base such a decision from? How can one choose if the choices are bad as one another? I lament what the country has become. With our potential, why are we still so poor? We are a country of heroes. Don’t we deserve better than this?

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Interesting Money Facts. Speaking of travel, recently a very rich Chinese PhD student bought the world’s most expensive vacation package worth US $1.5 million. What does this jetsetter expect to get? An opportunity to explore UNESCO’s fantastic 962 World Heritage sites which are located in more than 157 countries in a trip lasting for a year. Well, he better requests for a passport with enough pages to accommodate all those entry and exit immigration stamps for all those 157 countries.

If I have as much travel budget, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend as much exploring the world. How about you? Would you spend as much as US $1.5 million for luxurious getaway?

*IIA was rated the world’s best airport seven years in a row (2005-2012) by the Airports Council International.

**NAIA is comprised of Terminal 1, Terminal 2 (Centennial Terminal), Terminal 3 (NAIA-3), and Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Airport).

Liza Gaspar is a wealth coach and personal finance enthusiast. She spends her free time helping out with the projects of the Rotary Club of Makati McKinley (rcmmckinley.org) and the Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees (grlawardees.org). Visit her Web site at thegirlninja.com, email her at liza@thegirlninja.com, or visit her at facebook.com/annalizagaspar and TheGirlNinja.com.

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