Category: travel

Turning down turndown 1

Turning down turndown

One of the putative benefits of 5-star hotels is the turndown service. You know, smiling ladies arrive in the early evening, fold down a corner of your bedding and leave you a chocolate before...

…and the winner of the worst bed in business class goes to 1

…and the winner of the worst bed in business class goes to

South African Airways, narrowly defeating Qantas, who held the title unopposed until they introduced the “new” Skybed with the A380. This now means they are 5 years behind the curve instead of 10. I...

Travel is so much less worrying these days 0

Travel is so much less worrying these days

stuck in Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong waiting for a delayed flight to Toronto. Looks like I am going to miss my connection to Montreal. used to be this was a cause of...

The Grumpiness of the long-distance traveller 0

The Grumpiness of the long-distance traveller

Not one of my better travel days. Left the wonderful Best Western (USD77 a day wonderful) at 6am this morning after getting up at 4:30 (sleeping-in anxiety means I set three alarm clocks and...

Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad? 0

Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad?

I understand that in different cultures, the word “salad” has different meanings. In Italy, a salad is 5 types of lettuce and olive oil. Where I grew up, a salad is as many raw...

What is wrong with the food on qantas? 0

What is wrong with the food on qantas?

Seriously, I think today’s business class menu was put together by a lazy, hungry drunk. Entree was conventional – Parma ham, parmagiano and rocket. Only the halal, kosher, vegan, vegetarian and readers of the...

Visions of hell: #1 LAX 0

Visions of hell: #1 LAX

Well, I am just devastated. I have been amusing myself for the last several hours blogging how I am keeping sane while sitting in LAX Terminal 4, only to find that my iPad has...

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens 1

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens

It is a strange fact of serviced apartments that their kitchens are “fully equipped” in the sense that Coles is “where Masterchefs shop”. Drawers and cupboards seem to be populated at random from the...

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way! 0

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way!

Never let it be said that I am reluctant to try new things. Hence this week’s experiment with Oaks Dreriora (I mean Aurora). I did go into its 67 stories with open eyes –...