8 (Fri) April 2016
by Korean Air
on Flight KE 650
-Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean-
A busy day for GMTD.
Starting with International Potluck Lunch. As per WPRO tradition, every year on/around World Health Day (see generally 7.093 Oops), staff assemble into national/regional coalitions and prepare contributions of food for everyone to share.
To facilitate the process, the staff association distributes a spreadsheet listing all staff and their passport states, which provides an annual accounting of what countries are most represented. This year (93) : USA (15), JAP (10), KOR (11), AUS (8), CHN (7), PHL (7). (If certain members of the American contingent were redistributed according to their “deeper roots,” for example me to the Koreans, then USA would drop to 10, and Republic of Korea would top the list with 12.)
In my dual capacity, citizenship on one hand, ethnicity on the other, I was on the steering committees for both Team USA and Team KOR.
A few hours later, dinner with various colleagues at the home of my new director.
The previous occasion that I’d been invited to her home was for a dinner party almost exactly 2 years ago (see 5.096 Dinner à la DHS).
TEKASM (Try Every Korean Air Special Meal). Flying often as I do on Korean Air, I’ve grown weary of the standard food offerings, certainly the bibimbap (see most recently 7.025 Bibimbap), even the meals on business class (see most recently 7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet). But then, while booking a ticket through the carrier’s website for the first time recently, I discovered that Korean Air offers a range of “special meals” that can be ordered in advance. Every option may not always be available. And the quality and composition may differ depending on the port of departure. Though anticipating that the food won’t be that much better than the ordinary, I’ll attempt to try every one, 20 in all, opting for the surprisingly blah over the predictably meh.
Finally, a midnight snack, on the plane, en route to Korea for the weekend.
The Hindu Meal was pretty good. Biryani rice with a spicy lamb curry on one side and a creamy mixed vegetable curry on the other, plus a big-ass pile of chick peas. One of the better in-flight meals that I’ve had in recent memory. I seem to have a thing for this kind of airplane food (see also 3.282 Murgh Dum Biryani).
1 down, 19 to go. So far, not so bad.
The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series :
- TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) — complete (85) (5.247 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…)
- TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) — complete (36) (6.095 DONE)
- TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) — complete (10) (6.081 Lobster, Baby.)
- TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) — complete (6) (5.339 Roasted Squid)
- TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) — complete (45) (6.207 Dok + Ok)
- TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) — cancelled (10) (see most recently 6.359 Kangkong Lechon)
- TETRITSA (…Thai Restaurant in the International Terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport) — in process (4) (see most recently 6.069 Spicy Stir-Fried Shrimp & Seafood with Basil)
- TERSP (…Restaurant in Serendra Piazza) — in process (3) (see most recently 7.060 Vol-au-Vent de Poulet…)
- TEKASM (…Korean Air Special Meal) — in process (1)