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Flight to Hong Kong

2009 December 24
by will

I’m in Hong Kong! Woot!

I arrived at Hong Kong yesterday afternoon and to my surprise, it was warm and sunny unlike the last time I was there where practically every day was raining. It was a tad too warm though. I was expecting slightly cooler weather (coming from Japan). My Uniqlo “Heattech” turtleneck was a bit too much for Hong Kong weather.

My plane!

My plane! I flew ANA.

Anyway, when I purchased my flight, I decided to take a window seat. I usually get aisle seats because of my long legs but because the flight to Hong Kong was only a few hours, I thought I’d be able to manage the discomfort. Also, I wanted to look out the window and see pretty things. And boy did I see pretty things! FYI, my seat was on the RIGHT side of the plane cabin. THIS IS IMPORTANT! I’ll explain in a sec.

The runway at Narita airport makes a right 180 degree U-turn so the right side of the plane faces towards the airport and the long runway strip when taking off. Because I was on the right side, I saw the pretty planes docked at the airport and planes taking off on the runway!

Plane taking off on the runway.

Plane taking off on the runway. Yes, that little white dot in the sky is a plane.

Also, because the plane loops back towards Hong Kong on the right side after take-off so I got to see Tokyo and its surrounding area through my window! Ok, it’s not really Tokyo city but Tokyo and Chiba prefectures but hey, who cares! It’s pretty!

Tokyo and its surrounding area.

Tokyo and its surrounding area.

What’s even cooler is that the right side of the plane faces Mt. Fuji on its way to Hong Kong! I WAS THERE 4 MONTHS AGO! And now the top is completely frozen.

Mt. Fuji over the horizon.

Mt. Fuji over the horizon.

The plane actually flew really close to Mt. Fuji. So close in fact, that I could make out the crater!

Top of Mt. Fuji.

Top of Mt. Fuji.

Can’t really make it out in this thumbnail but in the full sized version of this picture you can! It was really cool. A few moments after passing Mt. Fuji, lunch was served.

Flying through clouds during the descent.

Flying through clouds during the descent.

North American airlines should take notes on how to prepare airplane food from ANA. I’ve flown on Air Canada, United and Continental, and their food is utter crap! The in-flight meal from ANA, however, was absolutely delicious. There were soba noodles, pork stew with rice, a Japanese styled eggplant salad, pickled clams and scallops. I felt like I was eating real food and not heated up cardboard that they serve on North American airlines. Bleck!

After passing through Mt. Fuji and eating lunch, I slept and watched some of the in-flight shows. I watched this Japanese variety show where 5 talents played retro video games. The challenge was to beat 10 random NES and SNES games in a row. Some of the games were easy like Super Mario Bros. 2 (the Japanese version), some were pretty hard like Ghost and Goblins (probably one of the hardest games I’ve ever played). It took the talents over 5 hours to win the challenge. Watching them play those games brought back some good memories of my NES and SNES. Oh yeah…

Prepare for landing!

Prepare for landing!

I got to the airport and headed straight for immigration. Piece of cake! No line ups or anything! Why? H-K-I-D. That’s right! I got one of those “I Win in HK” cards because I’m actually an HK national! Woot! I passed through immigration and laughed at the ridiculous line up everyone else had to wait in line for. Sucks to be them. I mean, Merry Christmas!

-will

3 Responses leave one →
  1. yuki permalink
    December 25, 2009

    So “duck chick” Will…

    Merry Christmas!! Say hi to Serene for me~~

  2. yuki permalink
    December 25, 2009

    super nice pics btw…

  3. will permalink
    December 25, 2009

    The line up was really bad. I think there were a few flights that came in at the same time. There was NO ONE in the HKID card line. I took less than a minute to pass through customs. It was great.

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