Posted at 5:39 pm , on January 20, 2023
We are in 2023 and I have not had a single post in 2022. 2022 had been a rough year for me, mainly from a life-changing health event. I fell sick in February and not long after, I had my right kidney removed due to a growth which turned out to be cancerous. Right now, I am undergoing 17 doses of immunotherapy (of which I had my 11th dose today).
I have been refraining from traveling (short of a short road trip to Kuala Lumpur in December 2022 to visit my mom) due to the side effects I experienced in my first few doses. With the returning to near normal for air travel, the itch just got more intense and when I chanced upon an opening on SQ322 Suites, I decided to jump on it.
After being grounded for almost 15 months, I will be flying again (finally) to London in February. Looking forward to the following:
- SQ 322 Suites
- SQ 305 First Class
- Intercontinental Park Lane (last stayed there in 2018)
- Club Intercontinental Park Lane
- The new SilverKris Lounge and The Private Room
- LHR First Class SilverKris Lounge
I hope that I can remain well and healthy for my upcoming trip! Really looking forward to it.
Posted at 2:13 pm , on April 15, 2020
It has been almost 2 months since I was discharged from my quarantine and in this period, we have seen the case counter going up from 29 (on 6 Feb 2020) to now more than 3200! That is a staggering 100-fold jump in just slightly over 2 months! A lot of things have happened too in these 2 months – we went from a life with minimal disruption and mask being only for the sick to a significant movement restriction and mask being compulsory.
Posted at 7:26 pm , on February 15, 2020
In less than 48 hours, I will be finally released from jail! Ok fine – this is many times better than jail. After 1 week in a quarantine facility how did it feel? Other than being lonely and inability to leave my room, I would say the place isn’t too bad.
Here is my review of my stay in one of the designated Government Quarantine Facility.
Posted at 6:10 pm , on February 8, 2020
This is not going to be any review nor anything to do with award travel but more to do with the current novel Coronavirus(nCoV) and the state of things it has caused.
For once in years, I have all the time I want in the world but only within the confinement of the 4 walls of my quarantine room. Today is day 5 post exposure (another 9 more days to go) and thankfully I am still fine. I have yet to get the result of my swab test and I believe (and hope) it should be negative.
Why hope? Is it because I am worried about the virus itself? Well, no. What I fear, is the fear itself. From all the photos sent to me via Whatsapp, I was shaking my head non-stop looking at the long queue, the supply-grabbing and even condoms are not spared! (hahahah – wonder why).
Posted at 10:24 pm , on February 7, 2020
It has been an extremely busy 3 months and I have not been able to find time to write my review on my Fukuoka hotel and ryokan. But as of today (and the next 10 days), things have changed.
I was looking forward to end of February for a few reasons:
- My upcoming break in Shanghai and Nanjing (finally!)
- The joy of securing tickets using the 51% Spontaneous Escape promotion
- My chance finally to try out and review the 2017 Business Class and Suites
- Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
- China bullet train
Posted at 1:50 pm , on December 18, 2019
Nope, no Seattle inaugural this year. Compared to 2018, I only clocked about 68,400 km this year. 2019 had been a very busy year at work but it lays the foundation for an exciting year in 2020!
Highlight of 2019 was still my American trip in June and trying out new airlines such as Air China, Copa and Thai Airways.
2019 saw the upcoming demise of the Airbus A380-800. Announced in February, Airbus is dropping the A380 in favor of the A350 series. We will still get to fly the A380 in the near future, but the end is coming sooner than later.
Qantas has also selected the A350-1000 for the project Sunrise , while the 737Max accidents were indeed unfortunate and it demonstrates the cost of corporate hubris.
Posted at 3:23 pm , on July 27, 2019
Finally, my last piece from my American trip. I got to admit I was kind of hesitant with this trip right up to the time I was in Austin.
First, I had read mixed reviews of San Blas Islands – from lousy tour companies to dirty beaches. Secondly, the journey to Port of Carti that can be quite challenging but most importantly, weather forecast on the day of our trip don’t seem favourable. I had the option of free cancellation up to 24 hours before my trip and after much deliberation, I decided to stick with it (and I did not regret that decision).
Posted at 11:06 am , on July 26, 2019
Far from being an adventurous person, I was initially doubtful if my choice of Panama was suitable. After some reading and first-hand experience from my patient (who was relocating to Panama), I felt that it should be fun and I did not regret choosing Panama for a visit.
Panama is a large country and with only 6 days, I could only limit myself to within Panama City and the Canal Zone area.
Posted at 10:29 am , on July 25, 2019
If you have at least 3 days in Austin and would like to explore this Texan city, look no further than the ATX pass.
At $95 per person, this pass came with a host of activities suitable for all ages. Although there are many activities included, chances are you will not be able to do everything hence it is good to sit down and plan your itineraries (depending on the time and location of the activity).
The ATX pass is valid for 3 days hence it will be worthwhile if you have at least 4 days to spend in Austin.
Posted at 11:04 am , on June 21, 2019
My recently concluded TTOTY was a good break – and now its time to pen my thoughts.