9.183 Grilled Y/F Tuna Steak

9.183

7 (Sat) July 2018

Grilled Y/F Tuna Steak

2.5

from The West Wing

in my room

(Noomoo Hotel)

-Hulhumale, Maldives-

solo

Summer Solo Vacation in the Maldives, Day 1.

In Male.  Here for my first liveaboard experience.  Joining a group assembled by my dive teacher DV comprising his students/friends/ex-girlfriends.  For 7 days, we sail through and dive amidst the central and northern atolls of the Maldives.

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Flying in on AirAsia via Kuala Lumpur, I had an 8.5-hr layover in the airport. Having purchased a premium ticket package, I had access to the lounge.  Though technically not a “business class” lounge because the budget carrier doesn’t have business class, it was nicer than lounges in most airports, with decent food.

BEST IN LOUNGE – an on-going ranking of dining experiences in airport business class lounges:

  1. TURKEY: Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge (8.052 Köfte + Piliç) (9.056 Pide)
  2. SINGAPORE: Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta)
  3. NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – KLM Crown Lounge (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  4. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Abu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad Airways Lounge (6.154 Shakshouka)
  5. AUSTRALIA: Brisbane Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.242 Scallops)
  6. JAPAN: Haneda Airport International Terminal (8.202 Clam and Spicy Tofu Stew)
  7. JORDAN: Queen Alia International Airport – Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge (6.159 Memories of Hummus)
  8. THAILAND: Suvarnabhumi Airport – Royal Silk Lounge  (7.306 Fried Black Cod …)
  9. MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur International Airport – AirAsia Premium Red Lounge (9.183 Grilled Y/F Tuna Steak)
  10. GERMANY: Flughafen München – Lufthansa Lounge (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  11. RUSSIA: Moscow Domodedovo Airport (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  12. INDIA: Indira Gandhi International Airport (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  13. KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Asiana Business Class Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (5.363 Past + Sandwich for the Elite)
  14. KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (6.090 Shin Ramyeon BLACK)
  15. KOREA: Incheon International Airport – Star Alliance Lounge (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…)
  16. UNITED STATES of AMERICA: John F Kennedy International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  17. SWITZERLAND: Geneva International Airport
  18. CHINA: Hong Kong International Airport (5.182 Har Gao)
  19. PHILIPPINES: Ninoy Aquino International Airport – MIASCOR Lounge (4.272 Chicken Curry…)
  20. FIJI: Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

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We will board the boat tomorrow morning.

Tonight, we’re staying in town.

For dinner, I opted to stay in and order “room service” from the restaurant next door.  Being my first ever meal in the Maldives, I chose what appeared to be the most local item on the menu.  I’m assuming “Y/F” means “yellow fin.”

It was fine.

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Maldives is strictly Muslim, so alcohol is tightly regulated.  No duty free liquor allowed, even bags are scanned/searched upon arrival at the airport for contraband.  Locally, booze is sold only in specially licensed hotels where only foreigners are permitted to stay.  Before agreeing to join this trip, I was assured that our boat has a fully stocked bar.

I went to sleep completely sober – can’t recall the last time that happened.

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