The New Mactan Airport – Then, Onward to Shanghai and LAX

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    1. everything went smoothly. i only had the one layover in shanghai… no stopovers in central china this time. (or ever again, for me.) πŸ™‚

  1. The reason I mention it is because it is a generous program – you can get 50% of the gross revenue from a booking done through your link.

    1. i’ve used fiverr before for other things, perhaps i’ll give them a second look.

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  2. Hi mate, re your plans for onward travel to SEA – I commend the Trip Advisor affiliate program, ie stay somewhere, eg in Bangkok, put an affiliate link in your channel below your description (as I see you do) and receive a commission if someone like me subsequently books. Go well.

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea …’s rare I’d need one near the airport , it’s just nice to know …

  3. I flew on China Eastern a couple months ago and I didn’t encounter any problems. My trans-Pacific flights were on time and even early on my return flight to SFO. However, I will say that the layovers at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) were ~5 hours which is longer than if I had taken Cathay Pacific or a number of other Asian airlines. International transfers at PVG are also a bit more cumbersome than other Asian airports since there is a maze of hallways, a ride in a small elevator, and another line to a security check with confusing signage. However, I got a roundtrip airfare to SE Asia for only $545 so I was satisfied.

  4. I just got back from Cebu-Mactan airport. It’s very nice. Great place. The wifi could use a little improvement though. It’s kind of tricky to access and somewhat unreliable.

  5. Hey looks a lot better than the last time I was there which was during construction!

  6. Good info, looks like a nice new terminal in Mactan, I’ve only flown out of the once a few years ago and wasn’t very impressed with it then.

    1. the domestic portion of the airport was remodeled a few years ago. but yes, the international portion is new.

  7. I’m so glad to see this video because I’ll be flying this month to Cebu via China Eastern

  8. There is a 72h to 5 days Visa free time for selected countries if someone is interested to visit Shanghai during a stop-over. Winter is not the best time due to coal burning and higher pollution, but Shanghai is very international and modern and is still enjoyable for a short stop-over. You can always find good food from most world countries at reasonable prices, including some innovative fusion cuisine restaurants and it’s extremely safe to live here even for ladies late at night.

  9. I don’t know why anyone flies through China. I guess they like punishment. It reminds me of flying Spirit Airlines. You hear all the horror stories, then it happens to them, yet people get back on.

  10. henry huge improvement on the airport , I will only take eva or Korean out of Cebu , sorry never again in china , hong kong only

  11. Hi Reekay! Onward and upward. Have fun visiting with the family. Look forward to the next video. Take care of yourself and try to have fun.

  12. hi ,,THIS YEAR I STAY IN PHILLIPINE next year I will go to USA for 2 months visiting family .. I’m still in ILOILO ..Tell me how the CARAVAN DE IMVASORES affects ,,Bueno Seguro pondras algun video de las navidades ,, y por supuesto uno de esos extraordinarios tacos ,,SALUDOS

  13. Henry we had a brief chat at Ayala Mall late October and I mentioned that I was near Perris in case you recall. Why didn’t you fly into ONT on China Airlines via Taipei and not deal with the traffic issues at LAX? The price is definitely competitive with LAX and at this time it’s the only international airline in and out I believe.

    1. EVA flies from Cebu to Taiwan and on to the US. China Airlines (NOT China Air Based in mainland China) only flies out of Manila. Both are really based in Taiwan and are really great airlines. China Eastern is based is based in mainland china tends to be much cheaper.

    2. i hadn’t given it any thought. might consider it for next time. πŸ™‚

  14. Nice video.

    Here is my 10 cents…

    “Discussion on Sun.Star Philippines 11 comments

    Duterte to inaugurate Bohol-Panglao Airport

    Jorge Wynno a day ago

    Friendly advise! Avoid this misplaced (in
    the middle of Panglao, resort island) airport for at least a year or two.

    Issues are many. No adequate parking on the island, no adequate public transportation (no taxis) only antiquated tricycles, no properly built roads and highways.(roads are not machine, but hand built/!/ are narrow and have very rough surface), unruly bikers, hundreds of accident prone stray dogs on the roads, airplane noise pollution, general emission pollution. Traffic jams at the only two bridges on and off the island. Even worse traffic jams in Tagbilaran City toward the Seaport.

    Conclusion: Stick with Cebu City’s world-class Mactan Airport”

  15. I am large person. I was on flight from Chicago to Shanghai on Eastern China Airlines. I was comfortable for a 15 hour flight. The ticket was $478 Chicago to Cebu roundtrip.

  16. It looks liken airport hanger, what kind of engineering design is this? A 4th grader in the USA can design a better airport, give it 3 years and it will start to fall apart. Already they had flooding, air conditioner not working, sub standard food courts. And they call this a world class airport? Fuey.

  17. I never want to go through Shanghai again and Never want to fly China Eastern Airlines again if I can help it. I’ll look after things here in Cebu till you get back πŸ™‚

  18. Your long-haul seat had much more space than I was expecting. Was that economy class or something better?

  19. Hi Reekay, always looking for beeter way to travel to Cebu. I live near Albany NY. I think Philippine airlines has a non stop from LAX to Cebu, check it out. Looking forward to your new adventure Pete.

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea You can fly Cathay Pacific. They transfer in Hong Kong. it is a good flight and the airport is very nice. Only problem is, I think you have to go through Manila.

    2. I took the PAL flight from Cebu to LAX. It was a good flight. No complaints. Took it in 2016.

    3. yes, some people prefer the non-stop flight. i personally prefer having a transfer so i can stretch my legs, break up the marathon flight.

  20. That trans-Pacific leg is loooooong! 😞

    I liked the way you included the waving girl at the end! 😊

    1. i believe it was 850p. (about $17usd) some booking sites will include it in your ticket purchase, so if they ask you for the terminal fee, show them your ticket receipt (from the email confirmation for billing) and “possibly” it’s already paid. in my case, i just paid it and continued on into the gate area after that.

  21. i saw your video about internet in the province u made 2 years ago. did u ever solve that issue? i considering moving to province in sariaya quezon province also to start an internet cafe but im not sure depending on how internet service quality is there. im from california

    1. yes, what finally worked is that i got an LTE connection. that got me 10-15mbps download and about 6mbps upload. good enough to teach english online, but not enough to run an internet cafe. to do that efficiently you’d need to talk to PLDT or Globe about a dedicated DSL or Fiber line.

  22. After seeing the new terminal in January its hard to believe they really got it open on schedule! I understand the old terminal is still used for domestic flights.

    1. lionhearted1969 u cant compare small airport like cebu with mega airport like HKIA…

  23. Passed through lax last week. Best thing about L.A. is in and out. Lol .What a sad place California has become.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea Okay thanks I was just wondering because I had always walked from the airport to the waterfront airport hotel keep up the good videos

    1. @Reekay’s LifeBeyondTheSea Good to hear, πŸ™ It is so bad their πŸ™ we had bad ones In B.C. Canada this past summer as well. but not as bad as there. Stay safe. see you next year when I Retire in The Philippines πŸ™‚

  24. New Mactan airport is nice especially when coming into the Philippines. I’m migration is very fast. If you are planning on going into Shanghai if you have a layover,they will try and force you into the departure area. If you go all the way to your right you will see a window that says 72 he visa. This line allows you to leave airport. If they wave you to the left they are trying to make you go to the departure area. Where the only cheap but fairly decent place to eat is at the Family Mart😁.

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