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.
Posted at 11:29 am , on May 7, 2019
A question from Colin, a fellow doctor I met on my recent conference to Kuala Lumpur.
“Is it more worthwhile to do Business or First redemption?”
There is no right or wrong in this but let’s examine it using some parameters. I have did some random search for return travel to 4 different regions on a random date in November:
Posted at 12:26 pm , on April 24, 2019
One of the most common question someone new into redemption would ask:
ISN’T IT BETTER FOR ME TO DO A LONG HAUL ECONOMY/PREMIUM ECONOMY REDEMPTION INSTEAD OF REGIONAL/SHORT HAUL PREMIUM?
The answer is NO. The 2 rules I will tell my friends would be:
- No Economy / Premium Economy redemption
- No ADVANTAGE redemption (this however may work to your ADVANTAGE)
I have broken both rules before – and this was for a special reason – SQ22 Inaugural and SQ21 return.
Posted at 11:53 am , on March 15, 2019
In my previous review of Holiday Inn Osaka Namba, I had put up some pictures of foods of Osaka. Here are some additional recommendations:
Posted at 4:39 pm , on March 14, 2019
I am not one who is good at writing on food, but this is one place that I cannot ignore and it deserves my compliment. Wa Yamamura is the restaurant of owner cum chef, Mr. Nobuhiro Yamamura. This is certainly a must-visit in Nara – It is the one and only restaurant in Nara with 3 Michelin stars. Despite the rating, the food is reasonably priced (still pricey, but it is cheaper than most 1 star rated restaurants worldwide!). Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese meal – showcasing the art and culinary skills of the chef and chef Yamamura did well!
Posted at 1:12 pm , on July 20, 2017
Not long after lifting of electronics ban imposed on some airlines, USA is now introducing enhanced security screening for transborder flights from Canada. Although I have only taken 2 transborder flights so far (AC791 from YYZ to LAX and AC578 from YYC to LAX), I was given the special SSSS treatment on my second flight.