boeing 777-300ER delivery flight

on january 17, 2009, i was selected, along with 3 other pilots at my company, to fly to my hometown of seattle, washington in the u.s.a. to take delivery of cathay pacific’s newest addition to its boeing 777-300ER fleet, aircraft registration B-KPJ. it was a momentous event – boeing rolled out the red carpet for us, treated us to tours around seattle, free dinners, including an exclusive at the museum of flight where they closed the entire museum in the evening to our group, a VIP factory tour and much more. overall, they treated us to a great customer experience. i guess you would expect that with a $276 million USD aircraft purchase! we were handed ‘the keys’ on 17 january and flew nonstop back to hong kong from boeing’s delivery center in paine field, everett, washington…where i first learned how to fly! what a fantastic, nostalgic occasion, a great company, and a beautiful machine. welcome B-KPJ, our newest boeing 777-300ER! (click the small thumbnail pics below to view the larger size).

learn to dive

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i’ve been a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Rescue Diver since 1993 and finally i’ve been able to convice a group of my friends and family members to join me in venturing into the underwater world next month in Anilao, Philippines. over 70% of planet earth is covered by water so if you’re stuck on dry land, you’re not even experiencing a third of what this wet world of ours has to offer! if you’re interested in becoming a certified scuba diver it’s easy! the first step is to check www.padi.com and find a dive school near you. an initial certification course takes as little as 4 days! i’ll be working on my scuba instructor certificate this year and hope to get the rest of my friends and family to experience this beautiful blue planet of ours. will post some photos from the dive trip when back. happy bubbles!

yabang pinoy!

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i’m an american-born, filipino-chinese. my curious monkey named “Yellow” has been my traveling partner for several years now. he comes with me on most all my trips and has easily been around the world 10 times over. we are proudly promoting the new “yabang filipino!” campaign which you can find more information on www.yabangpinoy.com but for those interested, let me post what it’s about here:

“Yabang Pinoy” is a campaign to raise awareness and heighten Filipino people’s ethos, dignity and pride by advocating the use of a piece of braided abaca band that aims to make a statement. The abaca band aims to signify a Filipino being truly proud to be one. The band will use the natural fiber abaca. Abaca belongs to the family of Musacea which is indigenous to the Philippines. It is important to note that the Philippines is the largest source of abaca fiber. Abaca is commonly known as the Manila hemp worldwide. It is also considered as the strongest natural fiber. Abaca used to be one of our top exports together with sugar and tobacco. Since abaca is the strongest natural fiber and unique to the Philippines, it aims to constantly remind Filipinos that we are tough, resilient and exceptional.

you can purchase one of thse bands for Php 50 – around $1 u.s. dollar. let me know if you want one!

happy v-day

vdaycandyheartsit’s v-day here in hong kong and to all the love bugs who wait 364 days to participate in this ever commercialized event, well, today is your day. whatever happened to these message candy hearts anyway? anyone know where to find them in hong kong? i used to lay them all out and try to make paragraphs out of them. i’m sure i’m not the only one. hey, at least i got a few boxes. i much prefer the japanese custom on this day in which the woman buys the man chocolates. (alas however, a month later, on 14 march known as ‘white day,’ the man has to return the favour to the woman with a [much] more expensive gift). i’ll stick to candy hearts.

kennedy town

finally got my brand new canon 5d mark ii dslr coupled with the ever sharp, ever fast canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens! now i can spy on my neighbors and take fantastic detailed shots of the belcher’s and kennedy town on the western end of hong kong island from my bedroom window.

aloha means goodbye

last year, march 31, 2008, my former airline in hawai’i closed its doors and pulled back the air bridge for its final departure. a victim of ruthless and cutthroat competition by another shameless and nameless carrier (which i hope will “GO!” to ****), a lot of my fellow friends and islanders lost their jobs – pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, ground staff and the entire ohana at Aloha Airlines – became jobless quite literally overnight. i took some of these photos from my last days with the airline. we’ll miss the Bird of Paradise flying high over the pacific.

Aloha ‘oe!

 

back on the saddle again

after years of road biking with my trusty Trek 1500, i went out to Flying Ball last month and got a new set of wheels. still made in the U.S.A. and much more comfortable on the trails of hong kong is the all new 2009 Cannondale Rize 4 – customized for the Pinoy in me. now that i’ve got my bike permit (yeah, can you believe you need one to mountain bike legally in hong kong) i’ll be hitting the hong kong trails hard (hopefully not with my head).