My 2015 bucket list

Earlier this week Lucky published his 2015 bucket list, though he only talked about the festivals he wanted to visit.

While I haven’t planned far ahead yet (and still have a tiny bit of travel to do this year), I do have a little travel planned for next year, and I figured I might as well share it.

Phuket

This is a confirmed trip. I’m flying with a friend (who came with me to New Zealand back last February) down to Phuket most likely in Thai’s business class, and we’re staying at The Bell Phuket, which we booked on a package.

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Dragonair updating A320s

Back in March my pal Jason went to Chiang Mai and came back, reporting on his (now qamostly-abandoned) blog:

At least they updated the seats with the new economy seat covers!

After quite a bit of digging time (which included Jason sending me an Air China A321 Economy Class photo to try to give me an idea of what the cabin looked like, I found a picture of his cabin on Travel Codex:

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Review: Kyushu Karnival – Hoteiya Yufu City

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
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Ranking: Location 5/5 Service 5/5 Modernity 5/5 Little things 5/5 Meals 5/5 Overall 5/5

The hotel we would stay at for the fourth and fifth nights were very hard to decide. I actually wanted to stay at the ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky, since I also wanted to acquaint with IHG (and cross off two hotel chains in one trip). However my mother wanted to stay near Aso, and wanted us (me and my sister) to experience the ryokan life my mom and dad had visited some 20 years ago.

I really wanted to stay at the Irifune Aso, which looked modern while cultural.

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Irifune Aso

However the Irifune Aso was out for the nights, and TripAdvisor #1 ryokan Sozankyo wasn’t nearly as nice as we’d hoped (apparently HK$1000 per person doesn’t seem like high quality to my dad)

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First impressions of Mongolia

Ni hao from the Air China Business Lounge Beijing!

I was in Ulaanbaatar a bit for some work, and as my agency doesn’t have a dorm in Ulaanbaatar (hell, I didn’t even know Ulaanbaatar had clinics), I stayed at the Ramada, which my agency paid for. The joys of not working in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai… 😛

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Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter King Bed Non-Smoking Room

I’ve spent a day or two off in other cities after work, including Tokyo and Shanghai, and even my favourite city, Hanoi.

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Streets of Hanoi

But I did the same in Ulaanbaatar, and bloody hell, Ulaanbaatar was just surreal.

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Review: Kyushu Karnival – Exploring Beppu

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

How do I start with Beppu?

Idk

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Well, Beppu is a place where I definitely wouldn’t look at the vibe. It’s definitely not a charming city…but it is a pretty dramatic one, I’d say. There’s not a single person on the streets, and smoke (from geothermal heat) comes from everywhere in the area – in a way that feels pretty cool.

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Beppu Geothermal Heat

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How Cathay Pacific screwed up my December trip booking

This post is by my friend Jason, who wrote up one trip report here already and expect another one from him soon. He booked on his iPad, and didn’t take any screenshots, so sorry for the lack of them. I’m going to add in some gifs to make up for it.


A couple of weeks ago, my family decided to go to Nagoya for our Christmas trip. When I was still in Europe, I got a nasty surprise when I saw that quite a lot of my Asia Miles were expiring by the end of the year. So basically, I had 40,000 miles to burn (I know, not a lot but…) on this trip.

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