Flew into Clark from ICN mid-May (2015) and have been here ever since. Asiana flies direct to Clark and Cebu and is on the Star Alliance so that makes it convientient to have one itinerary all the way. The flight was only about half full and only one other person in the front cabin. The downside with them and Philippine Airline is that they will not let you board without seeing an onward ticket. Tiger and other are far more lenient. What I did was 'buy' an Air Asia ticket and selected pay by office location, then just edited a few words on the confirmation print off with Acrobat. At the counter they only looked for the onward flight number to put into their system.
The airport at Clark has been redone a bit so walking past the Taxi Mafia isn't as much as a hassle as it used to be. Last year I remember there being just one door and about 20 taxi scammers with hands out. Now it's far more open and easy to leave. Took Moo Yung's advice and just went with carry on luggage, worked out great, from disembarking to the hotel shuttle was only about 15 mins. including a search of my luggage by Customs for some reason.
Phoenix hotel was perfectly fine for multiple guests, lb or gg, rate is 1000 per day now, but their wifi is terrible and no in room safe, just at the front desk, so I had to move. Will be getting an apt. as soon as I can find one with decent wifi/lan.
Scene here is just like last year, great in terms of price, but not that great in other ways, still optimistic, but I'm also open to suggestions of other spots in PH if anyone has them?
I went in and checked, talked to the mamasan, a couple days ago, and Sea Star no longer has ladyboy dancers.