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If you’re heading down to Bangkok from Hong Kong for whatever reason you can get the most reasonably priced flights on, strangely enough, Emirate’s sparkling new behemoth double-deckered Airbus 380! I’ve wanted to fly on this bird since I watched its maiden flight live streaming back in 2006/2007, I can’t remember exactly.

On board, it’s got great leg room; you are actually disadvantaged sitting at a bulkhead row as you can’t watch your TV while taxiing, take-off or landing. And the extra leg room is minimal. Emirate’s entertainment system is also full of stuff to keep you entertained. Flight times between HKG and BKK are only about 2 and a half hours anyway.
The downsides of flying this size of plane is the extra bodies on board, everything takes longer and is more stretched out due to the numbers involved. We were delayed both going and coming back and I’m thinking this is quite regular. The more the people the more the chance of things messing up!

You can really feel the sheer weight of the A380 when turning and taking off. It’s a great experience and if Emirates keep their prices low then it will be number one choice for many people doing the Bangkok route from Hong Kong.

from https://bonkersinhonkers.wordpress.com/

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Feb 11th to Feb 20th

Bangkok, Thailand
Penang, Malaysia

Reasons and what for? Why? Huh?

It was Chinese New Year so we were off work for the best part of two weeks. This coincided nicely with TedxBKK. I hope you, my dear reader, know about TED conferences. They kick ass and the talks cross the gamut of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Get it?

We didn’t just go though, I like to terrify and subject myself through immense bouts of panic from time to time.
So I applied to speak and accepted I was. So I was speaking at a TedX conference. Yippee! I felt so important.
To cut a very entertaining, inspiring and  nervous couple of days short; it was awesome. I didn’t fall of the stage and land in the orchestra pit (if there was one) and I got lots of positive feedback. And we made a lot of new friends from the experience and ones that I look up to in my profession.

I don’t usually post things work related up here but as it was my own opinions on a topic I’ll go ahead and post a pic of me onstage and the general idea is behind me of what I was talking about. Bangkok still rocks, by the way, I love it (4th time there, with another visit in the pipeline early 2011). Takes like an hour to get anywhere though. Spraaawwwling.

(C) TED/Aloha Lavina

And here’s the view from the stage before I bored everybody.

So after all that excitement we headed off on a short flight to Penang, Malaysia. We splashed out a bit and stayed at the Shangri-La resort. Nothing much to report just relaxing, eating and drinking.

Few pics from walking in extreme humidity around Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tiring!

We did all our flights with AirAsia and had no problems, pretty nice airline and as the equivalent of Ryanair they stand head and shoulders above them in service, friendliness and organisation. Will fly again.

Tomorrow I’ll get up a little tale from my short trip to Singapore.

from https://bonkersinhonkers.wordpress.com

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So we’re back in Honkers after a lovely relaxing 7 nights in Hua Hin.

We got a package deal with Cathay Holidays which saw us stay at The Hilton. They were  nice enough to upgrade us to their club room when we arrived. Good start!

The Hilton could not be placed better. In the middle of a plethora of bars and restaurants. And unfortunately a number of tailor shops whose workers’ sole purpose is to annoy you as you take a relaxing stroll around the vicinity. Must. Stay. Polite.

This was my third visit to Thailand and I have grown to like the country and it’s inhabitants. They’re pretty laid back and always smiling and happy.

Of course the hotel pool was a constant source of relaxation. More so for one of us than the other due to one of us burning to a crisp on the first day.

Singha was my beer of choice. Light and refreshing. And Thai! The spaghetti  in this pic was my one foray in to Italian. It was horrendous; the cream tasted like a dessert cream! Ugh!

Now this is what I’m talking about! What I lived on for a week; fried rice and chicken. Beautiful.

We thought we would be in a non-touristy area due to us never hearing of Hua Hin before but no the area was fully of European families and lonely old gentlemen. If Hua Hin airport got some direct flights from HKG instead of relying on car transfers from BKK it would be a perfect place for a quick break from the rat race.

We are back now in Honkers gearing up for(well, thinking a lot more about) work. It is fast approaching and the transition from holiday brain to work brain will be a tough one.

In other news, PCCW had issues with internet access Hong Kong wide the last few days due to an earthquake or some other natural disaster damaging some underwater cables. All seems well now but scary to think a damaged cable at the bottom of an ocean can disrupt communication with the outside world so much.

Also still waiting on THREE HONG KONG to give us our new Iphone 3gs!!! Bloody ring us back will you?!!


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