04 April 2005
I arrived at the boarding gate at 10:32am for my 10:35am departure, which meant I didn't have any time to visit the lounge. Boarding commenced on time and I was on board and having my coat taken within minutes.
Pre-departure drinks were served, and I had a champagne, and a water.
We were in the air on time, and I was unimpressed with the fact that the entertainment system contained no movies. As this was classed as a domestic inter-Asia flight, it was only television shows.
On the first sector, I watched the British show, Faking It. It's where you're taken from your career and have to fake it doing something else. In this episode, a factory worker was taken to fake it as a London fashion designer. I was disappointed that there were no movies offered, because Cathay have a really good selection of movies for April!
Again, food that I had was sketchy - mostly because I had been drinking heavily until midnight the night before and woke at 7am for my mad dash to the airport. I forgot to take the menu - though I do remember that I had garlic bread, salad, ice cream, offered the chocolates but didn't take any, and also experienced the Pacific Sunrise.
This is a CX Signature Drink - champagne, Drambuie with the zest of orange and lemon in the bottom of the glass. The taste is interesting to say the least!
The service was as good as usual, and I enjoyed my hour in the lounge in Taipei on the way. Taipei airport is very old and reminds me of a 1950s school - not the nicest place, but the Cathay lounge is like all the rest, chic, modern and with brilliant Internet access.
The second sector began, and I decided to have a Cathay Delight as one of my pre-departure drinks - which is a non-alcoholic blend of kiwi fruit and coconut. Interesting taste and texture, and very nice indeed.
I watched another television programme, (E! News) and ate a light meal. This one had a lot of prawns in it, that much I remember, and noodles. I ate sparingly as I knew I'd be having dinner on my next flight.
The flight attendants were quite friendly, joking with me when I would be first up front to leave and things like that - I was asking some questions and the head F/A said that he thought I'd only come up early to chat to his crew. All in all a good flight.
Apologies at this point for the above, it's not on par with my usual - it's all hazy. From here, the memory is better!
04 April 2005
Walked kilometres from my plane to my next plane (which could have been the same one for all I know, as I went back to the same place, only a floor higher).
Again, boarding was on time, and we were in the air on time also.
Our Salad course was a Seasonal Salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing. It was uninspiring, and I only ate a little of it. It contained tomato, lettuce and not a lot else.
For an appetiser, we had Balik Salmon with Aubergine Mousse - perfectly presented. The salmon and the mousse were delicious, and the portion size was lovely.
Drinks wise, I had champagne, water, and a bloody mary. White with came with the main course. I chose the Grilled Beef Fillet with Bearnaise Sauce. This came with Buttered Romanesco and Roast Carrots with Barsley and Black Pepper. It was quite good, except the meat went from medium rare to still twitching on the inside, which wasn't so good. I left some of it. Garlic bread was my bread de jour
Other choices were Sauteed Shrimps and Jade Melon with Marinated Pork and steaming rice, or you could get Fried Rice with Shredded Conpoy and Egg White and Barbecued Pork.
Happily, the movies were available on this flight, and I watched Closer with Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. It was a bit too much, and I spent the final 5 minutes of the film filling in my landing card for China.
Dessert was served next, and I had ice cream, plus a cheese plate which was delightful in every way. Pralines (chocolates) were offered at the end as well, and I didn't have any of those.
I still can't get over how attentive the Cathay F/As are - like you're addressed by name by them all, all the time, and they are always refilling drinks and things like that. One F/A spilled a coke over a passenger and didn't apologise, so the head of the flight staff came back and spoke to him. I saw her filling out a voucher for him as well as compensation, and then just after landing, the F/A who had spilled the drink (accidentally when she was giving back the coats I think) also apologised to the man.
Disembarked, and that was that!
Duty Free was offered on all flights, and there are two things I really want - an Emporio Armani side bag, and a men's necklace. The bag I can afford, but justifying $2,800HKG (around $US400 - roughly) for a necklace is difficult, but I am trying.
One more flight on Cathay Pacific to go, before I go back to Qantas for my trip to London, Icelandair to Reykjavik, then British Airways and Finnair throughout Europe. Stay tuned!