List of fare from Singapore to Dominican Republic

All prices in USD.

Fare Breakdown

  • Airfare: 1,554.00 USD
  • U.S. Customs User Fee: 11.00
  • International Surcharge: 532.00
  • U.S. Immigration User Fee: 14.00
  • U.S. APHIS User Fee: 10.00
  • September 11th Security Fee: 5.00
  • Singapore Passenger Service Charge: 11.40
  • Singapore Passenger Security Service Charge: 6.50
  • Singapore Aviation Levy: 5.00
  • Dom. Republic Airport Authority Fee: 30.00
  • Dom. Republic Airport Infrastructure Fee: 32.60
  • Dominican Republic Departure Tax: 20.00
  • U.S. Passenger Facility Charge: 9.00
  • Per Person Total: 2,240.50

Look at the charges!

APHIS charges are user fees to recover the costs of providing the following goods and services:

  • Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) services
  • Export certification of plants and plant products
  • Veterinary services for imports and exports of live animals and products
    • Imports
    • Exports
  • Veterinary diagnostic goods and services

So many miscellaneous charges.

Clapping in planes

Did you know that in America, when the plane lands successfully, there are almost claps all the time? (On side note, if the plane fails to land, no one will be able to clap. Hurhur, humor gets dark.)

Anyway, I ask the passenger next to me to get an explanation. They just felt thankful that it’s landed safely or smoothly. “Wow! We don’t really do that in my country,” I added. And he asked, “no claps? then what’s there?”

“I don’t know. Everyone just turns on their phone, or something. Or grab their baggage. Or try to be the first out of the plane.”

Really it’s about expressing appreciation. I think there’s not enough people doing it here in Singapore. The clapping of hands in the plane is probably not even heard by the pilots in the cockpit. I’m certain the passengers weren’t simply clapping to congratulate the pilot for his or her smooth landing. The Americans — at least some are — are just genuinely pleased that they’ve had a safe flight and are showing their unreserved appreciation to the crew in general.

Even if the pilot doesn’t hear it, the crew members might just praise the pilot, adding that there were claps. This form of encouragement goes a long way and it’s ascertains what you are doing is right. Do that more to please others when they deserved it, compliments are free.

How would you feel in a black hole

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how you would (possibly) die in a black hole. Well described and funny. Cosmic yoga. Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about being pulled apart in the black hole.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Death by Black Hole

Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958 in New York City) is an astrophysicist and, since 1996, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since 2006, he has hosted PBS’s educational television show NOVA scienceNOW. Tyson is also known for his multiple appearances on The Colbert Report. (from Wikipedia)

Whether discussing the universe’s origins as host of NOVA’s “scienceNOW” or asserting that Pluto is a not a planet on “The Colbert Report,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson translates the universe’s complexities for a broad audience.

Known as the great explainer of all things cosmic, Tyson first became known in the astronomy community by lecturing on the subject at the age of fifteen. He is currently the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, where he also teaches. Tyson has written seven popular books including the bestselling Death by Black Hole and the memoir The Sky Is Not The Limit.

Google’s hot trends: ✈ ▌▌

Google shows today’s hot trends as a place pointing at two towers: ✈ ▌▌

Unpleasant Google Trends Subversion: ✈ ▌▌

Google Trends, which shows hot queries on Google at any given time, is sporting a nasty item at no. 2 today: a plane flying into two towers.

Here’s the statement Google released last time this happened:

The Hot Trends list is automatically generated by machines and algorithms that detect hot or breaking queries. In this case, it appears that the html code for this query was posted on a popular internet bulletin board, which led to quite a few people searching to find out more about this symbol. The Hot Trends list reflected that surge due to people searching with this query. (Source: Techcrunch)

Birds have been shot into jet engines for safety tests

Saw this in a magazine. Birds have been nothing but trouble to the aviation industry. Dreamliner is tested and found bird-proof.

For your safety, a bird has been shot into this engine

One of the safety bar of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner jet engine, the General Electric GEnx, is to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s “bird strike” test. To perform the test, technicians at GE’s testing facility in Peebles, Ohio, suspended the engine from a giant stand, its turbines spinning at full force. Then they loaded four thawed goose carcasses into a 50-foot-long steel tube and fired. Together, the birds shot at 205 miles an hour toward the blades of the engine, which tore them to pieces. Not one of the front fan blades broke. The GEnx engine passed the test.

According to the Bird Strike Committee USA, collisions with birds have caused more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage worldwide to civil aircraft every year. Continue reading “Birds have been shot into jet engines for safety tests”