This is Barbell Dancer, coming to you live from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand! The time is currently 8:58am, temperature is 25C on it's way to a top of 36C with humidity around 88%. I'm currently sheltering from the unpleasant heat and humidity in the Royal Silk lounge, writing this blog post.
My long awaited holiday to the Emerald Isle began last night, with the first leg of my trip completed at 5.33am Thailand time (GMT+7; Indochina Time Zone). The nine hour flight from Melbourne to Bangkok was made all the more bearable by the extra savings I have been putting into this trip that allowed me the fly Business Class (Royal Silk Class, Thai Airways), so I could actually stretch out and snooze for most the the flight. Even better was that it was a night time flight, so it was already dark and I could snuggle up under the blanket, put my head on the provided pillow and sleep.
Or, rest is probably a more accurate description of what I did. We encountered a few patches of turbulence in the air and I was woken from a doze several times by the ding of the seatbelt light going on and off. I didn't get off to a good sleep until about 3.00am Thailand time, and then woke up around 4.30am for breakfast.
Of course, due to my allergies, breakfast didn't actually look like this, however it was superb. In fact, all the food I was served was excellent: I'd informed the airline of my allergies before I flew, so they were prepared. I'd expected fairy basic meals, standard aeroplane fare with water in plastic cups and microwave meals served on a beige coloured tray.
Well, was I ever wrong!
Two Course Dinner: 12.00am, AEST
Fresh strawberry and blueberry fruit salad
I left the garlic bread
Breakfast: 4.30am, Indiochina Time
Fresh fruit salad
I left the roll, croissant and danish
Cup of peppermint tea (my order)
Usually, when places say "we've catered for your allergies" they take one ingredient out of whatever everyone else is having and congratulate themselves for making no effort and serving me something that is, at best, bland and tasteless, and (more often than not) quite unappetising. So I was most pleasantly surprised by the effort Thai Airways put in to make me special meals that were both allergy free and delicious. What made me even happier was that these meals, for the most part, matched the Metabolic Precision style of eating that I try to follow. MP is a system that was introduced to me by Pat and Hilal and, if you're interested in knowing more, I advise you to give them a call at Evolving Physiques or click on the Metabolic Precision link above to find your nearest MP certified trainer. Simply put, a metabolically precise meal has protein, carbs and a source of omega-3, and of the three meals I was served on the plane, two of them met this criteria. Score!
Images of Bangkok from the window of the plane as we came into land. Photos: My own
Landing in Bangkok was a fairly standard experience, although I did get some rather lovely pictures of the city lights at night (or, technically, early morning) as we came into land. As we flew over south-east Asia I also got a look at Vietnam from my window, although I wasn't able to take a good picture, and you could clearly make out the lights from the cargo ships below. It was quite pretty.
Unfortunately, the que to get through customs with a foreign passport was not so pretty, and it took me around twenty minutes to clear customs. Once I was through a settled in the lounge, however, it was lovely and I'll be quite content to spend another four hours just, well lounging around.
My next flight leaves for Heathrow, London at 12.40pm and is a twelve-hour leg, so I'd be lying if I said I was looking forward to it, but hopefully flying Royal Silk class will make it a little more bearable.
Barbell Dancer, signing off.
Total Distance from Melbourne to Cork: 17, 415km
Distance Currently Travelled: 7, 368km
Distance Still to Travel: 10, 052km
Next Leg: Bangkok to London, 12hrs
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