How to get a free upgrade on flights

When flying, nothing is more delightful than a free upgrade. As they say, sometimes, the best things in life are free. Airlines occasionally bump up passengers to a higher service class because they have to. Sometimes, they just want to reward you or make someone feel special. In this post, I’ll focus more on Cathay Pacific as I’ve experienced most of my upgrades with them. …

Singapore weekend with Cathay Pacific’s A350

Cathay Pacific A350

Last weekend, I embarked on a 43-hour visit in the city-state of Singapore. My love for Asia Miles lured me to Cathay Pacific’s triple miles promo for Southeast Asia destinations lure me to book a random trip to the Lion City. I chose Singapore over Manila since Singapore is twice as far as Manila from Hong Kong, and the tickets aren’t twice as expensive. Not only did …

Flying between Manila and Hong Kong : Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific

I consider myself a commuter of the Hong Kong-Manila-Hong Kong route. I fly it at least once a month, up to weekly in some months. Flying these flights gave me a chance to compare the airlines flying those routes. Comparing these options solely on the service is unfair, as Cathay Pacific is a 5-star airline, while both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific are 3-star airlines. But don’t worry; this comparison will dig deeper than that. Keep in mind though that this review is focused on their Hong Kong-Manila and Manila-Hong Kong flights.

Integrating Rollbar to Scrapy

Scrapy logs

For the past three (3) years, I’ve worked on multiple Scrapy projects with lots of spiders. Most of them are scheduled via scrapyd, a JSON API to schedule spiders. Sometimes, this spiders go kaput for various reasons such as change in layout, change in URL, being blacklist, among others. Checking the logs for them one-by-one can be time-consuming – so here’s where Rollbar comes in. Rollbar is …

Side projects once more!

Ever since I started in my job at Scrapinghub, I realized that I stopped doing side projects – projects that I love to do on my free time. One of the main reasons I haven’t been doing them is poor time management. I get guilty doing side projects without completing my required number of hours at work. Since the start of this week, my ex-Bright officemates …

MRT3 website, hacked by AnonymousPH?

MRT3 has been all over the news lately, from the long queues, not enough trains to accommodate the riding public, the extortion scandal exposed by a diplomat – among others. Unfortunately, most, if not all of them are bad news. That’s what made me think on what app to build to help the riding public. I tried to brainstorm. First thing to do was to do an …