10.049 Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut


23 (Sat) February 2019

Termite Mushroom Steamed Halibut

(with jade melon mixed vegetables, steamed jasmine rice)


aboard Cathay Pacific – CX 903

-Nadi via Hong Kong en route to Manila-


Mission to Fiji, Day 8.

In Nadi.  Concluded a series of planning sessions in Suva – Monday to Thursday – in preparation for the Fifth Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health, which will be held in Fiji in August 2019.  Now on the other side of the island to conduct ocular inspections of potential venues.  This is the second such scoping mission in advance of the Fifth Meeting (see previously 9.286 Kokonda with Grilled Prawns).

FJ 391

Lunch on Fiji Airways – Nadi en route to Hong Kong – was pretty bad, perhaps the worst ever.



As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class (see BEST IN FLIGHT), including lounge access (see in BEST IN LOUNGE).  Any comments here, even the negative ones, are simply relative to other business class experiences, just for fun, not complaints per se.

Hong Kong International Airport – Cathay Pacific Lounge (The Wing)

Snack in the Cathay Pacific Lounge – layover in Hong Kong – was very very good, far beyond my first impression nearly five years ago, coming closer to the high expectations of what the business lounge for one of the world’s most luxurious carriers representing one of the world’s most exquisite food city should offer.  As a result, its ranking jumps from #25 to #13.

Wonton Noodle Soup (3.25) + Scallop Dumpling (2.5) + Steamed Cabbage (3.0)

CX 903

Alas, dinner on Cathay Pacific Airways – Hong Kong en route to Manila – was surprisingly mediocre (“termite mushroom”) for business class on one of the world’s most luxurious carriers representing one of the world’s most exquisite food city – though not so surprising in light of prior experience.  The photo from five years ago shows the exact same dishware, so apparently they haven’t made any effort to improve anything in terms of the food service.

On the other hand, the seating system may be the best that I’ve experienced, including a tray that could be pushed aside to allow for the passenger to rise mid-meal, and a monitor that could be adjusted for angle and proximity – too bad the flight was only 2.5 hrs.
All within easy reach: headphones, device charging ports, storage pouch, mirror, aircon vent, seat adjustment, remote control that included a clock and time-to-destination monitor.

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