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Quick shower during stopover in Kai Tak, Hong Kong


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We landed in Kai Tak early in the morning. Kai Tak was my favorite airport back in 1997 as I transited there at least six times that year. The fun part is watching out for the landing because the plane overflies much of the city before making an abrupt banking maneuver to set its course to land on the airport that sticks out of Kowloon [Kowloon-travel-guide-987518].

On the ground, there was time to get a shower as we were connecting within 2 hours to Manila. Also stayed at the lounge while waiting for the flight back. Ah, the pleasures of flying business class!

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Emirates into Hong Kong


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Flight details: EK89 J A310 Dep0600 Arr 0800 MNLHKG 702 miles

I had to wake up very early as my flight would depart at 6AM. So I had to be at the airport between 3-4AM, two to three hours prior to departure. With me I brought only two handcarry items (didn't want to check in luggage due to the numerous connections and wait at baggage claim) - a garment bag (with my suit), and a 22" carry-on with wheels. Good thing business class allows for up to two hand-carry items. The most important item in my possession - the proposal (won't mention how much the deal was but it was a big amount in those days).

Emirates is one of my favorite airlines, even way back in the 90s. They were the first to offer individual video screens in economy (early 90s), and their business class seats (even on the A310) had leg rests that extended farther than a Laz-y-Boy. Immediately upon getting into my seat (first row), I was "mobbed" by 3 Filipina flight attendants, (I later found out they were complaining about their purser who was too uptight), given first class treatment, and well-looked after. Why don't we have these services as much anymore? Do passengers have to book $10,000 first class seats to be treated like royalty? In any case, times have changed.

This first leg of the journey was a great way to start of the long trip. I managed to enjoy it overall even though I was in for some challenging times in JFK.

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