Introduction: Revisiting Tokyo…Twice
Cathay Pacific The Deck Lounge Hong Kong
Japan Airlines 777-200 Business Class Hong Kong to Tokyo
A Tale Of Two Observation Decks: Tokyo Haneda vs. Narita
Hotel Century Southern Tower Tokyo
Scoot 787 ScootBiz Tokyo to Taipei
Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific A330 Economy Class Hong Kong to Tokyo
Cathay Pacific 777 Economy Class Tokyo to Hong Kong
Airports are exciting places. Sometimes it’s fun to gaze at airport terminals and wonder about how everyone you see will be scattered all around the world by this time tomorrow. Sometimes it’s fun to watch departures boards, looking at all the places you’re literally a plane ride away from. But as an aviation geek, one of the things that’s been nearest and dearest to my heart is watching planes roll by the tarmac, wondering where they’ve been yesterday and where they’ve been tomorrow.
Most cities have one large airport. Tokyo houses two. I prefer one airport to the other in almost every regard, though both of them feature outdoor observation decks, which is what I wanted to dedicate a separate post to.
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Introduction: Too Low for a Tulou
Cathay Dragon 602 A320 Economy Class Hong Kong to Xiamen
Barkla Concept Hotel Xiamen
Fuxinglou Tulou Yunshuiyao
Hakka Capital Hot Springs Resort
Cathay Dragon 603 A320 Economy Class Xiamen to Hong Kong
A tulou is a type of dwelling that the Hakka people have used for a couple of millennia, so it was an honor to be able to stay in one. We made the three-hour drive from Xiamen to Yunshuiyao on Monday afternoon, and made it there right before the sun started to set.
The exterior of the hotel looks like a tulou – the windows are purposely designed to be small in order to block out gun attacks in the past,
Fuxinglou Tulou Yunshuiyao Exterior
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SkyTeam Lounge Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport Midfield Terminal
Korean Air 604 777-200 Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 1
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 2
Our Whistler Apartment: Pinnacle Ridge
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: My Thoughts
Westin Wall Center Vancouver Airport
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver
Korean Air 72 777-200 Business Class Vancouver to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 607 747-400 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific 723 A330-300 Economy Class Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur
The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur
Cathay Pacific 720 A330-300 Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong
This is more just of a walkthrough of Pinnacle Ridge. No service given, so I’m just going to talk about the place. That said, it was an amazing way to spend a few days – stay tuned.
These two installments are kind of pointless – I’m not a slope expert, nor am I a chalet expert, keep me in the flights department, please. That said, I thought that both were worth rambling about.
While finding the flights were on my playing field, the hotel was out of my hands this time. While there were some cheap rates, we had eleven people with us, so we decided to just go with an apartment/condo, which I was fine with. After my friends had a look they went with Pinnacle Ridge, a rather popular ski condo near Blackcomb – while it wasn’t cheap at HK$6,000 a night, technically we were paying HK$2,000 for two bedrooms per family, which wasn’t bad at all.
The property is located on Glacier Drive, which is basically “condo road” in Whistler.
Pinnacle Ridge Whistler Exterior
Pinnacle Ridge Whistler Hallway/Road to Ski-in
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Dragonair 252 A321 Economy Class Hong Kong to Yangon
Inya Lake Hotel Yangon
Yangon Airways 917 ATR 72-212 Yangon to Bagan Nyaung-U
Hotel Umbra Bagan
Teaching in Myanmar
Yangon Airways 910 ATR 72-212 Bagan Nyaung-U to Yangon
Myanmar Life Hotel Yangon
Dragonair 251 A321 Economy Class Yangon to Hong Kong
I was very excited for my first teaching experience outside Hong Kong – pretty giddy for it, too, as that kept me awake the night before.
After getting off the flight to Bagan, we visited the Nyaung-U market for a while, which was…an interesting experience. People were so keen to sell stuff to us – handing stuff to us, spreading stuff on our cheeks – that I actually had to be pretty hostile to keep them away.
Bagan Nyaung-U Market
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The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific 239 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Hotel Indigo London Kensington
Eurostar 9018 E300/British Rail Class 373 Standard Premier London St. Pancras to Paris Gares du Nord
Cathay Pacific Lounge Paris Charles de Gaulle
Cathay Pacific 260 777-300ER Business Class Paris Charles de Gaulle to Hong Kong
While British Airways didn’t post fares that were that bad, we decided trains were the way to go from London to Paris. Not only was Eurostar cheaper, but it would also have been more comfortable for a journey just as long, and didn’t require going to an airport (neither of London or Paris’s airports have a good reputation…I think). We decided to go with Standard Premier because it was only ~£30-40 more than a Standard seat, and I’d heard that Standard Premier and Business Premier share a same hard product. Steal!
After four days in and around London, I was ready to get to a new country again. After hauling our luggages on the Piccadilly line to St. Pancras, my newfound guns were more than ready to deflate themselves.
London St. Pancras Station Entrance
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China Eastern 734 737-700 Economy Class Hong Kong to Kunming
Transiting Kunming Airport – International to Domestic
China Eastern 734 737-700 Economy Class Kunming to Lijiang
Jin Hong Garden Villa Lijiang
Biking in Lijiang, Day 1: Baisha Village
Biking in Lijiang, Day 2: Down to Lashi Lake
Biking in Lijiang, Day 3: Into Dali Villages
China Eastern 733 737-700 Economy Class Lijiang to Kunming
Transiting Kunming Airport – Domestic to International
China Eastern 733 737-700 Economy Class Kunming to Hong Kong
We got off the plane at about 11:50AM, and made our way onto one of the buses heading to the domestic terminal.
China Eastern Boeing 737-700 Kunming Airport
We got off, and followed the “International Transfers” sign to the international terminal, to the baggage claim area (okay, to sum it up, we were bussed to the domestic terminal and walked back to the international terminal).
Baggage Carousel Kunming Airport
We walked along the left side of the baggage carousel, and reached the door where it said “International Transfers”. We turned in, where there were a bunch of check-in counters, but we had our boarding passes printed to Hong Kong already.
The tunnel brought us to the departures hall, which was bright and spacious.
Departures Hall Kunming Airport
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