Sunday, October 30, 2016

ሰላምታ ሆንግ ኮንግ - Selamta Hong Kong!



And we are travelling again, now to Hong Kong, to celebrate Diwali with family there!


Checking in for our flight - we are travelling on Ethiopian Airlines, which operates a fifth freedom flight between Incheon and Hong Kong, which then flies onwards to Addis Ababa...


I am flying on Ethiopian Airlines after 35 years - the last time I flew on Ethiopian between Addis Ababa and Bombay in 1981, on board their Boeing 727!


And I was eagerly waiting to board their nextgen Boeing 787 Dream)liner...
Neeti finds it really strange that these things about aviation delight me... but that's how I am!


Boarding from Gate 125...


A glimpse of the aircraft from the aerobridge...


The colourful wings of Ethiopia...



The IFE welcomes us on board...


Their inflight magazine Selamta proudly says they have been flying for 70 years...


The IFE gets switched on...


A United Boeing 737 besides us...


The United flies this Boeing 737 between Narita, Tokyo and Incheon...


"The Spirit Of Africa"


This was one of the best inflight meals I had in a long time - a delicious and hearty chicken curry with rice, vegetables, salad and a pannacotta...


Approach into Hong Kong!!!


We are welcomed into Hong Kong!



And now looking forward to some restful time here in Hong Kong!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Selamat Jalan, Singapore!



Am back at Changi back for my flight to Incheon after a hectic but delightful, short trip to Singapore...


And clearly this isn't the peak hour here!



I ❤ SG... I can't doubt that!


A quick salad snack with some ginger ale...


Turkish Airlines Airbus A330...


ANA's Boeing 787 Dream)liner...


Tigerair's Airbus A320...


Pushing back...


Singapore Airlines' Airbus A330...


Air Hong Kong's Boeing 747-400 freighter...


Air France's Boeing 777


And here we go...



Selamat Jalan, Singapore!



A Delightful Little Red Dot...



Back at my hotel from my day of exhausting meetings and a relaxing high tea at the Raffles, I had few hours to kill before my flight back to Incheon from Changi...


And just then there is a heavy torrential downpour, one of the many unpredictable wet Singaporean evenings!


And I peer into the skyline, awestruck on how this mosquito infested trading outpost became what it is today - a Little Red Spot which is the envy of many...


Perhaps, it has been the result of a single minded passion to see the betterment of its people, reining in corruption for the common man on the street and stability of policy...


And in no way one can discount the system of meritocracy that had been put in place for civil servants, with salaries that rival the private sector to ensure the best talent is attracted...






And some funny news in the Straits Times - pork futures in China!!!!!


And it's almost time to head to Changi!

I Don't Want Nirvana! I Want Great Food, Always! -- Part XXXVI - Back To The Tiffin Room...



No visit to Singapore is complete without a ritual visit to the Raffles Hotel's Tiffin Room for their afternoon special, high tea! And as I savoured the treats here, I missed Neeti who absolutely adores the high tea here - she couldn't join me on this trip here! 


The place hasn't changed since our first visit here in August 2014 - the same colonial grandeur and impeccable service. 


And here come the amazing bites - the sandwiches are an absolute treat!


Warm scones with clotted cream, an absolute delight...


...followed by a classic cu of steaming hot tea!


The courtyard...


And the amazing corridors! May I say "I Don't Want Nirvana! I Want Great Food, Always!"...

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