Leo’s travel journal

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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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le-meridien-vienna

westin-zagreb

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20 January 2009 at 20:27

Langkawi – alas?

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Trees
Trees

So who says you can’t travel in style in your own country?

Langkawi Sunset
Langkawi Sunset

Don’t we all love the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and The Westin Langkawi?

Langkawi Sunset
Langkawi Sunset

I know I do! Will be heading up north pretty soon! Stay tuned for stunning pictures!

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14 November 2008 at 19:03

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

looking over my shoulder…

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Krakowskie Przedmiescie street, originally uploaded by Exposure-photo.

today marks the 7th day since i stepped on that flight heading to copenhagen. its been quite a long week, with successful transactions both in copenhagen and warsaw.

also had my first encounter with the polish pharmacist – a pleasant one nonetheless. flu really gets you especially in the climate here. it is probably compounded by the change in humidity as well.

so, after a long lunch of prosecco, spaghetti bolognese and beer, i’m having a nice espresso – the first proper one since copenhagen, at costa coffee. the cashier (whose name is intricately polish) is a real cutie.

staying in the financial district of warsaw has its good and bad. the place is buzzing on weekdays, but is dead on weekends. plus the constant reminder of the girl with buildings of the big 4 firms (EY is opposite, Deloitte building is in construction right outside my window).

i’ve also been reading a lot, mainly due to the abundance of time. i’ve been through 4 of daniel silva’s books. also working out at the fantastic westin workout gym on a daily basis. i don’t think i have the tolerance to do a run outdoors due to the recovering flu.

i’m pretty thankful that i remembered to pack the winter coat. it certainly came in handy. ambient temperature is charming but the wind chill is killing.

Why I love Europe...

Why I love Europe...

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27 September 2008 at 23:17

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from warsaw with love

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the majestic, originally uploaded by mr.sparks.

a nice view of the mid-section of my hotel, the westin warsaw. within the glass atrium are three bubble elevators that span the entire height of the building…

it’s always an interesting ride up or down from the floor that i’m on – eleventh. here you can see a short video of the ride..

the hotel gm got his panties knotted up due to the fuckups of his dear colleagues… hence, i am getting a 50% discount off my bill when i check out, and an additional 2 nights complimentary stay with breakfast on my next trip to warsaw…

it’s a wonder how a little email to the worldwide office and VP of the chain can do… how about that? 🙂

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27 September 2008 at 2:46

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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 Méridien 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