Air Force Champagne Flight

Last 26 June 2012 was the Champagne Flight of my father-in-law, Major General Joel C Marayag AFP, at the Fernando Air Base, Lipa, City, Batangas.

So what is a champagne flight? don't ask me about the history. I have no idea how it started but all I know is that all the Air Force Generals who have successfully graduated from the Air Force Flying School during the early years of their Military Career, and is up for retirement is given this beautiful tradition of having the chance to fly a certain air craft of the Philippine Air Force for the last time, and to celebrate it as well after :)

This is the hangar of the Fernando Air Base with my dad-in-law's name written under the welcome sign :)
 My brother-in-law and husband assisting their dad for today's event.
 Arrival honors are given to welcome the guest of honor, in this case, General Marayag.

 A briefing is necessary before every flight to ensure the safety of the pilot and everyone else aboard :)
 Everyone's serious and so attentive...
 ...and now it's time to wear the gears...
 Check up of the air craft before boarding :)

 A photo of today's star pilot and his pilot sons  (who unfortunately did not board because the star pilot said he might get the controls wrong if people he really knows are watching) before take off :)

 It so happens that next week, 06 July will be the celebration of this year's Air Force Day, so other pilots are practicing the fly by, and it looked as if the fly by was part of today's event :) It was amazing!!!!!!
 Another tradition is that after the pilot has landed and the air craft has come to a full stop, he will be carried out of the plane until the platform inside the hangar :)
 The Air Education Training Center Commander, MGen Rene Samonte AFP, giving the champagne bottle.
 Popping of the Champagne Bottle Cork, (it is after all, a champagne flight, so there should really be champagne)
 A toast with his 2 boys :)

 After the toast, he gave a speech and mentioned how lucky he is and how happy he is with the twists and turns in his career, and of course, he never forgot to mention how fulfilled he is having 2 pilot sons. One, a Naval Aviator, and the other also an Air Force Pilot :)
 The practicing Fly By Planes (T-41 and SF) came as if they applauded the General's speech :)
 The Men of our family :)
 (boys at heart)
 A family picture was definitely in order :) It was just too bad that 2 sisters-in-law and 2 kids, and one husband were not able to attend but this day turned out to be really cool. Plus, the weather rained about an hour after the event :)
Hope you enjoyed today's entry! :) 

-Mil Besos y Abrazos!! :)

Food Trip: Cobo Part II and Kwek Kwek

Hola! I am back with Part II of my Cobo Bubble Tea and Snow Ice entry. If you haven't seen the first one you may click here. I am also including in today's entry, one of my favorite street foods, the "Kwek Kwek" :) 

Kwek Kwek is quail eggs dumped in some kind of batter and deep fried and looks like this.You'll see more of that later.
...and now back to the Cobo part. I was called by Ms. Shirley once again to do a stand upper. so before heading to the GMA Office, I stopped by Cobo to get something for the people in the office. 

I got this Sky's Special Bubble Burstea Drink which is yoghurt flavored. It was pretty good but I still prefer the Red Tea Lychee thing my mum ordered the other day. This one costs PhP80.00 or US$1.95 for the 16oz drink
and this Kiwi Kick drink for MS. Shirley because she told me once how much she loves Kiwi :)same price for this one, PhP80.00 or US$1.95
Here are the toppings they use for the drinks and the snow ice. I personally like the lychee bursting bubbles :) I ordered the Snow Ice, which is the flavored shaved ice, in strawberry, and lychee bursting bubbles for the toppings :) The solo size which is apparently good for 2 poeple costs PhP40.00 or US$0.95
I ordered their Taiwanese chicken that I reeeeeally really love. The taiwanese Chicken comes in different flavors. You can choose among
Salt and Pepper
Mexican Pepper and Salt
Curry Pepper and Salt
and Green Tea Pepper and Salt.

Do not be deceived by the picture. The Chicken is the one in the cardboard tray above and not the one in the styro. The one in the Styro was "sisig"
There was a hungry little girl in the office waiting so I gave the 3 more pieces left of the chicken
Yeah I know I forgot to take a picture of the chicken because it was really good. I only remembered not having taken the picture yet after seeing the box empty. silly me.. But if the chicken skin were a bit crispier, it would've been the award winning chicken for me.This cardboard tray carried 12-15 pieces of chicken..this costs PhP70.00 or  US$1.66
Ms. Shirley loved the Kiwi Kick! :) I tried it too and it was really good. It was even better than the Sky's High drink I ordered for myself.
After chow time, we did a little stand upper thing outside the GMA building
...and voice overs....
...and so with Ms. Shirley and her interviews with the sick patients asking for help...
...and then we were out again looking for food. This time, they wanted me to try something. They know how much I looooooove street food like Kwek Kwek (the one I mentioned above), so they brought me to their favorite place which was only a few meters from the building.
There were plenty of people who came to eat their snack here :) Here's the guy cooking the Kwek Kwek. You see the orange stuff in that rectangular container? That's the batter I mentioned earlier.
Here are the quail eggs that he dumps 1 by 1 in the batter and then he gives them a good frying, deep frying :)
and here's the finished product.... This is really really good with vinegar and chili. 

Ms. Leng and Ms. Maria ate something else. Ms. Leng ate Banana-cue or Fried Caramelized Banana on a stick, and for Ms. Maria she got corn :)

Ms. Shirley got Kwek Kwek too

You can pay before eating or you can pay after, you just have to tell them how many you got :) It was a treat from MS. Shirley so I wasn't exactly able to ask how much but it's really affordable, clean and good :) The location is just a canopy outside of a house so you're sure that the stuff is clean.

that's it for today's entry, hasta luego chicos!

- Mil Besos y Abrazos! :)


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