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Flying the Norwegian Way

For those friends who know me (or read my blog / Facebook), they’ll know me as one who will just take all sorts of planes and airlines.

Well, that’s absolutely true…  I have no loyalty whatsoever to any airline, and will just take the cheapest one.  Cause really, apart from how long/wide the airline seat is, I don’t think there’s much difference at all between airlines.  So yes, I take lots of low cost airlines (LCCs)…

One of my newest favorite, is “Norwegian Air Shuttle”!


 

Why?  Cause it’s cheap, and has a big big network covering the world.  Literally:

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Yes, you can make it from Bangkok to New York on a LCC!  Go from Asia to Europe and then onto the Americas, all for everyday cheap prices…  Sounds good to me!

Now, some you may be thinking, that it seems horrible to spend a few hours on a LCC.  But really, what’s the difference apart from the lack of food (which you can buy)???

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Here’s 1 flight….

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And here’s the other…

All pretty new planes!

Any reason to fly a mainstream carrier like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas – For twice the price in exchange for a meal?  Not for me…..

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The Qatar A380 + Dreamliner Experience

It’s been sooo long since I last wrote!  Well, it’s because I’ve been travelling quite a bit…

So, what better way to restart my blogging, than to write about “Qatar”!

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Now, Qatar Airways is probably the default airline to click onto for cheap fares to Europe.  While Cathay Pacific and Virgin etc. are selling for HK$5000 upwards return, Qatar is probably selling at the most 2/3 that price.  Often, even less..

(PS: That big teddy bear at Qatar airport should be instantly recognisable by all who passed through the airport.  I never knew why they choose it as a mascot though??)

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So, the Qatar experience starts with travelling on a whale.  aka, the A380.

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New new new.  With nice mood lighting….

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Which goes on all the way into Economy.  Yes, economy has flowers too….

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Important tip here:  ALWAYS request for the upper deck whenever you know that an A380 is flying that route.  Why?

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Cause you get this cubby next to you…  Sooo convenient, and makes for a really nice armrest too!

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Plus, it’s a much quieter, smaller cabin.


Food-wise, hmm, pretty average though.  Weird purple coleslaw, but nice bread!

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Standard breakfast offering

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And this is another breakfast, on the way back..  Note the nice metal cutlery!

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On the way back from London…  This plane took us over Iran.  Which is safer than flying over Mosul, Kirkuk, I guess….

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All-in-all, it’s been 2 great great flights!  I bought my tickets return to London at HK$2700 including all taxes.  What a bargain!

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泰國美食

香港人都好喜歡去泰國,相信其中一個原因,就是這裡的食物種類又多又平又好食

介紹下本人每次去泰國必食推介!

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1。豆奶!對,這介紹很另類吧!不過,如果你試過,相信你都會愛上。這裡的豆奶好香豆味,加埋用玻璃樽裝,夏日天時整返支,真係好正!

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2。Pad Thai, 就比較“行”。不過這裡的 Pad Thai, 我真係未試過一間唔好食。

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3。泰式春卷 + 沙律!相對港式春卷,我認爲泰式春卷好食好多! 泰式春卷内“函”用粉絲,每條都脹卜卜,口感非常好。而泰式沙律用新鮮的西柚,作爲前菜酸酸地,真係好開胃!

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4。咖哩!連飯,一流!

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5。海鮮!你看看這虎蝦!一盒8條,只是港幣100!抵到爛!

係泰國食野-> 平靚正!

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A book-lovers dream in Sydney

Something about books and coffee just go together.

What’s better than reading a book in a cafe?  Having a coffee in a bookshop.

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As you can see, this IS a proper bookshop.  With so many many good books.

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But yes, it’s a proper cafe too!  With outdoor seating too!

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With decent food…  Like my salmon sandwiches…

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And of course coffee…

So yes, you can just order a coffee here, sit around, whether in an armchair, or on one of the long tables…  And read.  From young fiction (hehe, which I chose) to mystery novels to bibliographies, this place is a great one to spend a rainy day….

Link:  gertrudeandalice.com.au

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Land of fab cafes

I just returned from a land of great cafes…

Yes!  Of all the places I’ve been to, Australia does have the best cafes…

For 2 simple reasons.  They have the highest percentage of cafes that does well in both coffee AND food.  Cause that’s what makes a good cafe…  Coffee + Food!

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Look at this beaaautiful mocha!  

Let’s think about the competition:

United States:  Big mugs, but bad coffee

Italy:  Small tiny cups at expensive prices

UK:  Good coffee but not much food in most cafes

Asia:  Chains, mostly.

New Zealand:  Ahh, my hometown comes close.  But the food loses out by just an edge to Australia.

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Look at this Eggs Benedict…  Mmm….  Fresh smoked salmon, big yummy eggs, lots of hollandaise sauce at just the right taste plus pretty chia seeds and greens.

I sampled this at: elbowroomespresso.com.au

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A short meal break in KL

In a few hours, I’ll be flying off from Hong Kong!  YAY!

Which led me to think back of my last trip, which included a stopover in Kuala Lumpur!

Now, take this from a frequent traveller:  If you’re after cheap and good food, there’s really no place like Kuala Lumpur!  


OK, maybe that was a teensy weensy bit exaggerated.  But KL really has good food!

Like..  Really traditional Chinese food.  The type of cooking that’s hard to find now, even in China.

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This is a “Fukien” Noodle.  Dark soy sauce, loads of it, stir-fried with noodles.  This is really as authentic as it gets.

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Drinks are cheap too…  Whole coconut?  A couple of “ringgits”, almost as cheap as water.

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Some Indian-influenced cuisine?  Like this Roti Prata…  My favorite staple!

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Or how about some good ole traditional Malaysian fare?  Nasi Lemak, Kaya Toast, Chai

So if you’re going to / stopping over KL, remember to save an empty stomach!

Happy travels everyone!

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Costa coffee

In Hong Kong, there are almost as many Starbucks + Pacific Coffee as there are McDonald’s + KFC.

Surprisingly though, these are the only 2 chains that have survived.  Coffee Bean + Tea Leaf (very popular in South East Asia) are nowhere to be found, and nor is Costa coffee.

I do wonder why, cause of the big coffee chains, Costa coffee really is my favorite.


 

Why?

Cause I’ve never had a bad coffee with them.  Never.

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Like this Mocha from one of the stores in London.  Just the right amount of espresso, frothed milk + cocoa powder.  Mmm…

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And their foods aren’t bad too!  Like this Toastie, thick, freshly baked breads with LOTS of cheese…

Is there any hope of a Costa in Hong Kong?