Monday, November 02, 2009

A Trip to Asia

Terry was gone for 7 days last week on a business trip to Asia. He doesn't usually do that sort of traveling, and he wasn't sure that he wanted to do it this time. It involved several very very long flights. First he flew on an overnight 15 hour trip from NY to Mumbai, India.

Then a few days later he took another overnight flight ("only" about 7 hours) from India to Singapore. This was his sky cubicle. Pretty cool, huh? Look at the cute stewardess's uniform.

A short flight from Singapore to Hong Kong a couple of days later, and then only one day in Hong Kong, where he took the 15-hour flight home in a sky pod -- walls giving the person complete privacy. The TV flips out over your lap as well.

As a busy mom, all of that would have been quite pampering.


No thank you -- I'll stick with bottled water!

India is so very poor (and this is nothing -- he said you could see people's "homes" situated all up on the hillsides). It reminded me of the recent trip the Compassion Bloggers took to India. Like Terry's co-workers on this trip (who travel widely), they agreed that it was the poorest place they've seen.

This is a deceptively quiet and beautiful shot. In reality, it's people everywhere, and see the driving shot below.


The mirrored building on the right (center) says Lippo, which means Koala, and if you click and enlarge, you can see that it looks like a Koala.

Singapore was beautiful. My sister spent over a week there on business last year, and she agreed.

Hong Kong

This is a Popeye's chicken, which we don't even have in Connecticut -- in Hong Kong!

Terry didn't get to spend much time in Hong Kong, but he liked it too. He brought Kyle one of these thin, tall, trolley buses as a souvenir.

Speaking of souvenirs, two of his coworkers had to buy this snack for their children, because they've gotten it on previous trips and loved it. Terry was skeptical, but he thought it was quite unique. And look -- the children on the back of the package clearly love it:

My children? Well, Amanda said that it tasted like salmon, and it's true, it was a little salty fishy tasting.

Kyle, not so much:
The dog loved her first few bites, but then she left it on the floor.

What is this delicious snack? Dried seaweed!


Suburban Princess said...

I love the sky cubicles!

Dried seaweed is good in lots of things...try adding it to soups, stews etc. Soak it in tamari sauce and put it in sandwiches etc. It is incredibly good for you too!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Asian airline service is amazing! We took a trip (before kids!!) to Malaysia and Singapore. Our seat definitely did NOT look like that. :) But the service was outstanding.

Singapore is an beautiful city. We only spent a couple of days there. The Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Zoo were a lot of fun! I hope we can go back someday.

planetnomad said...

I can not see the koala, even when squinting. And WOW--sky cubicles! I would LOVE to have one of those on those long airplane trips! What airline was that? Was that first class?

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Hm...Dried seaweed? No thanks!

Very cool post. We are not really world travelers at all, so I enjoyed this vicarious glimpse of the other side of the world!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Glad everyone's enjoying it!

The Koala is "holding on" to the side -- like a koala in a tree. If you enlarge the photo by clicking, it's easier.

Yes--it was business class travel. One airline was Singapore Air and the other was Cathay Pacific.

Carrie said...

THE SKY CUBICAL IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *I* travel if I could travel like THAT! That's so cool.

Lee @ foodieplus4 said...

Dried seaweed - isn't that supposed to be good for you? Sound like fish food. But I applaud your family for trying it. Great pics!

Lisa writes... said...

Wow! A sky cubicle? Who knew there was such a thing? And I could say the same for dried seaweed! :)

Lisa writes... said...

Wow! A sky cubicle? Who knew there was such a thing? And I could say the same for dried seaweed! :)