31 October 2005

Come Fly With Me - High Point Oct 2005 (Part 7)

Plane 9 - Atlanta to Minneapolis St Paul - RJ-85
You roughly know that you are more or less halfway through your itinerary when you board the smallest plane in the entire trip - The RJ-85. Don't let the 4 engines fool you for it is a very small plane and ironically, it is a slow crawler with a maximum speed of around 460 mph.

My flight was 6am and it means that I need to check in at 4am. Counting back further, I need to leave for the airport at 3am, which means that I need to get up at 2.30am to get ready, which means no need to sleep liao. Might as well just hang around the house until it's time to leave.

Plane 10 - Minneapolis St Paul to Portland - Boeing 757-300
MSP is located in the State of Montana Minnesota and is one of my favourite US airports. The others being San Francisco (SFO) and Detroit (DTW). I like them for their spaciousness, well-lit interiors and lotsa shops to browse. That being said, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) gets my thumbs-down.

Plane 11 - Portland to Tokyo - Airbus 330-200
After trying out all the various aircrafts, I would have to say that I prefer Airbuses than Boeings with the prior being smoother and quieter.

Nothing much to write about this flight as I slept all the way to Tokyo. After all, I didn't catch any sleep the night before.

Plane 12 - Tokyo to Hong Kong - Boeing 747-400
Despite saying that I prefer Airbus over Boeing, the 747s are still No.1 on my list. Nothing beats the quiet sanctity of the upper deck which has only 24 seats on the 744 and 12 seats on the 742. I believe that is the quietest spot on the plane as not only is it in front of the engines but also the farthest away.

I was pretty tired by the time I boarded my 4th flight of the day and my taste buds went dead. I skipped my dinner and went straight for 2 champagnes and an Amaretto to finish. Just enough to knock me out till it was time to land at Hong Kong.

Good thing I had the Hong Kong Frequent Visitor card which allows me to skip ahead of everybody at immigration. Probably the next best thing to our SIR Access Card back home.

- Voxeros

1. akk left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 9:21 am
eh!! finish trip liao hor?! must KO for a few days first before going back to work hor *nag*.
one day, i must try amaretto....

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 10:32 am :: 
akk: Yes, my last business trip of the year is finally over until end of January 2006. I wish I have the luxury of time to KO for a few days but I am lagi more busy when I am back.
Amaretto is almond liqueur. Very sweet. Best as an after dinner tipper. If you like that, you will defintely love Dr Pepper.

3. mihuatang left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 11:55 am
welcome back "home"(as in dongguan?). big pile of work waiting for you to clear.

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 12:41 pm :: 
mihuatang: Yah man.... lucky this trip's avalanche of work not as bad as the last one.
Man... I really miss the corporate ladder where you can simply just whack an out-of-office auto-reply email and have another colleague to cover for you. Sigh....

5. mihuatang left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 3:49 pm
not every salaried employees have that kind of luxury. (i don't!)

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 4:22 pm :: 
mihuatang: But at least there is the glimpse of possibility mah... over here, all is dead and buried.

7. Lynne left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 9:48 pm
MSP is in Montana?!?!?!?! You kidding me?!?!? Ay, dun forget me Minnesotan, OK? Hehe

8. Lynne left...
Monday, 31 October 2005 9:49 pm
Ay, next time in town, call me lah ;)

9. Zhe Bin left...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005 1:23 am
Who believes I've never been on a plane before?? Raise your hand.

10. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005 4:54 am :: 
Lynne: Alamak... Minnesota is right! Minneapolis - Minnessota. Aiyoh... blur kok. Sollie long lumber there... let me go change.

Er... to give you call must have lumber to call right? Arh bor how to call?

Zhe Bin: Don't worry, your time will come very soon. It is called NS. If you lucky, you kena SQ to Taiwan or Australian. If you suay, you kena C-130 to Brunei and Thailand. Either way, you will be in the air.

11. Lynne left...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005 5:13 am
When is your next trip back here again? Hopefully we can meet up, it will be really interesting. But dun try to kidnap me hor, 'cos this is my hood ("yo yo yo"). Let me know in advance lah, then I pass you my number ... secretly ... hehehe

12. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005 6:23 am ::
Lynne: Well, hard to say leh. MSP has never been a destination for me and so it will depends if I will connect there or not.
Kidnap? Dunno who kidnap who man.... :P

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