Etiquette Lesson: Can I take any vacant seat on a plane?

Depending on the rules and regulations of your airline, there are some carriers that allow passengers to take any seat they want on a first-come first serve basis. Airlines like Air KBZ of Myanmar let passengers pick their seats but you’ll have to be quick!

For flights with reserved seating arrangements, you must comply with the rules. You only take the seat you’re assigned to. Unless you’re traveling with a group and you’re okay to switch places, then that can be arranged
In the event that you’re not happy with your seat and wish to switch, and you see that there are vacant spots, you will have to wait until boarding is done. Politely speak to the cabin crew and ask if you can be transferred to a vacant seat of your choice. Don’t just voluntarily sit there without asking for permission.

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In the case that went viral on social media between Melissa Mendez, Andrew Wolff and his friend Rey Pamaran, you can recall that the actress was on Pamaran’s reserved seat so that she could take a picture of the clouds. Reports say that she informed them about it when the two got to their seats but this didn’t turn out so well.

I think a nicer way to have gone about it is waiting for the passengers who reserved the seats to arrive. If she wished to take a photo, she could have asked permission properly. I guess it would be a different story all together.

Remember, when you’re on a plane:

  • Be polite, respect the cabin crew and your fellow passengers. Behave in such a way that you’d like to also be treated, don’t intentionally disturb other passengers if you yourself do not want to be disturbed.
  • As soon as you board and find your seat, stow away your carry-on luggage in the overhead bin or under the seat.
  • Try to use the restroom before the plane takes off. If you get an aisle seat, that’s fine. But what if you get a window seat and you’re seated next to people you don’t know? Of course you will have to excuse yourself as you stand and squeeze yourself to get out of the space.
  • Think twice before making a scene. If someone insults you, be the bigger person and think: If I respond to this behaviour, what will I gain? Would it be better to keep my silence? How should I properly respond to this without letting my emotions get out of control?
  • Let the cabin crew know if you need any help, if someone is harassing you. In this age of camera phones, everything can be captured and shared online. You might be a viral superstar before you even get to your destination.

Proverbs 25:28

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones.
Wendell Willkie

Belo SunExpert Gets You Covered from Head to Toe

Whether we admit it or not, we know that we Pinoys look forward to summer. Our warm and colorful summer season is known the world over and thousands of foreign tourists flock to the Philippines from March to May just to enjoy the sun, sand and beach.


While basking in the sun can do wonders for one’s mood, it is important to keep skin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Over exposure to the sun can cause premature aging, wrinkling, sun spots, uneven skin tone and parched skin. When we go out without sun protection, we put ourselves at risk of skin cancer. Belo SunExpert’s line of sunscreens and their newly-launched UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) umbrella make sure that you’re sun-protected from head to toe.

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The light, non-sticky Face Cover (SPF40) effectively protects your face from the harsh sun and can be worn under your regular make-up. I’ve been using the Face Cover for more than a year and it works perfectly well with my mineral foundation. For the rest of the body, you can get everything covered with the Lotion (SPF60), the Transparent Mist (SPF50) and the Ultragentle Sheer Spray (SPF50).

The SunExpert lotion goes on the skin smoothly, with no grainy or powdery feel. The Transparent Mist goes on sheer, with a very pleasant smell that’s reminiscent of a beach trip (even if I’m just in the office). The Ultragentle Sheer Spray is the latest addition to the SunExpert family and is specially formulated to protect while being gentle enough to kids’ sensitive skin. Its Cell Protect formula strengthens the skin’s defense system and actively prevents accelerated premature skin aging.

Belo SunExpert Ultragentle Sheer Spray SPF50 is hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-tested and paraben-free. It is also non-sticky, quick drying and works immediately upon application.


Shiseido’s 2nd International Beauty Fair

In celebration of Women’s Month, global brand Shiseido staged another institutionalised event that revolved around the theme of “empowering women through beauty”. Gone are the days when people would raise their brows on women who had a huge interest in make-up and skin care. Thanks to our quick-paced online world, more people have been “schooled” via online magazines, beauty blogs and videos, making them realise that if they put a little effort into looking good, it can make a huge difference in the way they carry themselves. I’ve always believed that if you take good care of your skin and know the right kind of make-up that plays up your assets, it does wonders for your confidence.


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Radiate Youthful Glow with Burt’s Bees Radiance Line

It’s been a while since I saw and spent time with the ladies of Sample Room. Although we’d communicate constantly via email and Facebook, there’s something about meeting up physically over a nice cup of tea and afternoon treats. February 12, 2015 marked the launch of an exciting offer from Burt’s Bees exclusively available through Sample Room.

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2015 02Have you heard about the amazing benefits of Royal Jelly? Royal Jelly is an excellent source of nutrients including eight essential amino acids, proteins, minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, along with Biotin, Niacin and Folic Acid. No wonder it’s fed to the queen bee in her first days of life to ensure her growth and fertility. Imagine a skin care product infused with all the Royal Jelly goodness!

Radiance Serum The Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum is a lightweight, nourishing liquid that helps enhance skin’s natural radiance. It’s formulated with Licorice Root Extract and Glycerin for moisturization. 2-3 drops are all you need after cleansing and toning the skin. Since it’s officially summer in the Philippines, this light serum is a great nourishing and brightening addition to your skin care regime.


The Radiance Facial Cleanser (I haven’t tried this yet) and Toner. The cleanser is formulated with Jojoba Beads that help exfoliate skin. The toner is gentle as water but packed with the nourishing benefits of royal jelly.

P1160724-002The Burt’s Bees Radiance line is now available for order online! Check out and enjoy shopping wherever you are! You can also follow @BurtsBeesPH on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Welcome back, Hale!

Hale got everyone excited last month when they announced that they were back together again! They’ve been working on songs since last year and have released their first single “See You”
They dropped by the show on February 18 for an hour-long set, much to the delight of their fans who have been supporting them since 2004. Below are some videos of their live performance on the show.