Review of Air China Business Class – A330

Review of Air China Business Class – A330

I was not expecting much from Air China business class, which is why I am surprised that they still failed to satisfy my expectations. We were flying on a United Global First itinerary, from Taipei to Dulles, with a stop over in Beijing.   We arrived at the Taipei airport and quickly checked in at the Air China business class and first class line.  I kept joking that I could not remember the difference between Air China and China Airlines.  The desk agent was wearing a China Airlines uniform, our boarding pass was printed on an Air China ticket, and our lounge pass was printed on China Airlines paper.  Perhaps I was not the only one who was confused.   Immediately upon clearing immigration, we found our way to the China Airlines lounge, but were told we needed to use the lounge near gate D4.  We bypassed the Star Alliance affiliated Eva Lounges and followed our lounge pass to a dungeon of an airport lounge.  The United lounge in Minneapolis was nicer than this.  The food was decent, but there was no view of the run way, no windows, no ambiance.  We were disappointed, but waited our 3 hours to board.   The Air China A330-200 was dated, to say the least.  We do not fly business class a lot, considering most of our flights now are on Air Asia, so when we do, we want to make the most of experience.   The seats were worn around the edges. The yellow and white pillow, matched with red blanket, red slippers, and blue and grey seats were not too...
Foodies Guide to Taipei

Foodies Guide to Taipei

Our initial purpose in going to Taipei was to visit a friend during a visa run from Bali.  Plus, we heard there was good food.  And, it is impossible to find a dumpling in Ubud. I was jonsing for some dumplings. I laid out a plan of where to eat, and most importantly, what to eat, as I started to create a Foodies Guide to Taipei.  And, if you are wondering how much food can two people eat in 5 days, check this out: Stay tuned for more information on the Foodies’ Guide to Taipei, or subscribe to the With Husband In Tow...
Visiting the Hello Kitty Restaurant Taipei

Visiting the Hello Kitty Restaurant Taipei

Like many women around the globe, I have a strange infatuation with Hello Kitty.  I am not sure why, and I have no idea how it started, but there it is.  I think it is just something girly for me to latch onto, maybe even something to annoy Eric with. Which is why I made such a big stink about visiting the Hello Kitty themed restaurant in Taipei.   We planned to arrive just before opening at 11:30.  There was already a line.  Granted, many of the people in front of us had smaller children they were brining along, but not all of them.  I felt girly for sure.  Eric pretended to hide during my photo taking.  Can you spot the annoyed husband in the photo? Hint: There may be more than one. When the doors finally opened there was a bum rush to the hostess stand.  She kept calling things out, but I had no idea what she was saying.  I started to figure out that most of the people in line had reservations, and they were quickly sat.  I pushed my way to the front and informed her I did not have reservations.  She said that was okay, but there was a minimum of 300 NRT per person for the table.  That is about $10 a person, which is not a lot, but the gorgeous Hello Kitty desserts only cost about 110-180 NRT a piece, which meant we would have to order drinks and who knows what else to get to the minimum.  It also meant that I would have to force Eric to eat a Hello...
Never Leave Bali – Experiencing Travel Frustrations

Never Leave Bali – Experiencing Travel Frustrations

We had not even landed in Taipei, when Eric passed me a note he scribbled on a piece of paper: “NEVER LEAVE BALI” It was the mantra we kept repeating, over and over, during the 24 hours it took us to leave the comfy confines of our home in Bali and to start enjoying our time in Taipei.   When we first booked our flight from Bali, we had no idea it was Galungan, one of the more important holidays of the year.  I would have preferred to enjoy the holiday in Bali, but instead we worried about making it to the airport without getting stuck behind temple processions and blocked roadways.  We left hours before our departure to ensure we caught our flight. In the end, we zoomed to the airport in about an hour, cutting at least 30 minutes off the usual midday travel time.  Then it quickly became a hurry up and wait game, as our flight was almost two hours delayed.  The Bali airport, even the new, “modern” one, is not one that you want to spend five hours in, as we did.  Luckily, we found free wifi so I was at least able to be productive.  And, we did not need to share the waiting area with cockroaches, like we always did at the old terminal.  Airport DelayLuckily, we were able to stretch out on the five hour flight as most of the seats around us were empty. The food on our Eva Air flight was actually pretty decent, and I enjoyed a movie before sleeping a bit.  Just before landing we circled the...
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