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A preview…

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A preview of my bedrooms in February – can you guess the destination of my travels? 🙂

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20 January 2009 at 20:27

what this year has brought…

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Okay so here’s a recap of this year’s travels so far. I’ve done a total of 55 flights, and a little over 95 nights in hotel rooms, wasted almost 2 weeks of my year on board aircraft’s developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis – economy class syndrome hehe); and a little over 5 days in airports transiting. Travelled across 3 continents and a thousand time zones, stretched my mental sanity and physical fitness to the limit with the legendary whole month of March spent in frigid wintery Europe. The passport is now left with a few pages – which is due for renewal only in 2010.

Also flew Scandinavian Airlines (SK) for the first time. I think that the aircraft livery of SK is quintessentially Scandinavian – minimalist clean lines, almost Ikea but I like the simplicity. But the interior leaves much to be desired. Furthermore, if you’re flying intra Europe in economy (which I always do), you have to buy your snacks and drinks (big BOO BOO compared to LOT Polish or Lufthansa).

The boarding passes

The boarding passes

On the good side, I’m a little over 1k miles shy of re-qualifying for the Krisflyer Elite Gold frequent flyer (lounge access, priority check-in, priority tags on baggage and that most important extra 20kg baggage allowance – that should be taken care off with my Bali trip), and about 7 stays shy of the SPG Platinum (which enables club floor access and automatic suite upgrades in Starwood hotels).

SPG Gold

SPG Gold

I think that this year would be the last year that I travel to Ukraine (since I stopped going to Moscow and middle east last year). Next year will see me travelling to new destinations – Turkey, Italy, and possibly more to Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and Netherlands.

How did I achieve all this? Try a year on year increase of sales about US$ 350,000 🙂

My favourites remain as follows.

Airlines:
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Lufthansa
3. LOT Polish Air

Aircraft:
1. LOT Embraer E170
2. Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
3. Lufthansa Airbus A300-600

Hotels:
1. Le Meridien – Budapest, Hungary
2. The Ritz Carlton – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Hotel Monika Centrum – Riga, Latvia

Airports:
1. Kuala Lumpur International (YES! believe it!)
2. Singapore Changi International
3. Riga International

Restaurants:
1. Li Yen – The Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur
2. KaDeWe Champagne, Oyster and Caviar Bar – Berlin

Copenhagen – Denmark

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The day I picked up my new glasses at the optician, it’s weird of them to take pictures of their clients with new glasses… 2 hours after I arrived from Bali
Greetings from Riga, Latvia… Hello there! Yes I know it’s been quite some time since my last update, I do apologise as I have been working my ass off (yes, I actually travel for free holiday business).

Copenhagen, is a very pleasant and vibrant city (in comparison with Stockholm, Sweden). I stayed at the Le Meridien Palace Hotel, which was right in front of the city hall on Radhuspladsen. I bought a few things from people here, and a few books from the second hand book store (a cook book dating back to 1919).

Here are some pictures from Copenhagen…






More updates soon!

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17 July 2008 at 1:43

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For sale

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One accommodation voucher of 3 days 2 nights stay in a Deluxe room at Le MĂ©ridien Kota Kinabalu with buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Circle Restaurant.

Validity: Immediate till 26 November 2008

SOLD

On a separate note, anyone up for Matsusaka Beef? This is so much better than the Wagyu’s that we get here… I’m also looking out for the elusive Mishima beef.. Any ideas?

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27 May 2008 at 23:30

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Europe for a month.. (updated)

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Here’s the final plan…

3 March 2008
Singapore Airlines SQ119 Kuala Lumpur-Singapore (184 miles)
Singapore Airlines SQ026 Singapore-Frankfurt (7984 miles)

4 March 2008
Lufthansa LH176 Frankfurt-Berlin (338 miles)
Apartments am Brandenburger Tor

8 March 2008
Lufthansa LH221 Berlin-Munich (386 miles)
Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel

12 March 2008
Lufthansa LH977 Munich-Frankfurt (194 miles)
GHOTEL hotel & living Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen

15 March 2008
Lufthansa LH3446 Frankfurt-Budapest (648 miles)
Le MĂ©ridien Budapest

19 March 2008
LOT Polish Airlines LO534 Budapest-Warsaw (420 miles)
The Westin Warsaw

25 March 2008
LOT Polish Airlines LO751 Warsaw-Kiev (560 miles)
President Hotel Kiev

28 March 2008
Lufthansa LH3237 Kiev-Frankfurt
Singapore Airlines SQ325 Frankfurt-Singapore (7984 miles)

29 March 2008
Singapore Airlines SQ118 Singapore-Kuala Lumpur (184 miles)

Anyone flying the same flight / staying at the same places as I am in these periods? Let me know!

38 hours of flying, 18,882 miles on 11 flights in 27 days across 6 cities… *makes mental note to stock up on Valium*

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5 February 2008 at 21:06