3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 3

Welcome aboard!

 

Day 4: Abu Dhabi Day 2 & Dubai Day 1

After one night of nice hotel stay, I woke up and decided to go to swimming pool in the hotel.

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The swimming pool is located 19th floor of the hotel and I can see wonderful view of Abu Dhabi from it. Since, it was February, it is considered as winter in Abu Dhabi, although the temperature was 25 degrees Celsius and there were nobody in the pool. So I enjoyed so much in the pool with the great view.

I spent about an hour in the swimming pool and get ready for check out after that.

 

Emirates Palace Hotel

Emirates Palace Hotel, some travel books and websites call it “7 Stars Hotel”. This hotel became very famous because of the movie, “Sex and the City 2”. This hotel is also one of the most famous places in Abu Dhabi and I decided to go there (not to stay, but for cafe).

However, the hotel has a policy that only hotel guests and restaurant guests can enter the hotel building. So, I booked a cafe through the concierge of Hyatt hotel and went for lunch.

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The hotel building was rounded by many fountains and it was hard to realize that I was in a country in desert. At cafe in a lobby floor of the hotel, I had this hotel’s signature cappuccino which is decorated with 24K gold leaves (60 UAE Dirham), as many tourists do in this hotel.

The interior of the hotel was also gorgeous and I can easily recognize that this hotel is called as “7 stars hotel”.

 

After I visited Emirates Palace Hotel, I took a taxi ride to Dubai.

 

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Continued to 3 Nights 8 Days Trip:  Part 4

 

 

Travel Item Review: MUJI Passport Case

What makes traveling less stressful?

When I travel, I sometimes get frustrated with many papers I have to carry with me, such as passport, boarding passes, luggage tag receipts, lounge invitation, and customs declaration form. All of those papers are very important, especially passport is one of the most important things you need to protect.

Sometimes, it’s hard to find the perfect passport case/travel wallet. However, a good passport case or a travel wallet can make traveling way less stressful and also reduce the risk of losing important documents during the trip.

I’ve traveled many destinations and have used some passport cases in my life and I met one great passport case. I would recommend MUJI passport case for people who travels constantly.

There are some special features of this passport case.

On the left side of this case, there is space for a passport and boarding passes & other documents.

On the center, there is a pen holder, as you need to carry a pen while traveling to fill in forms and documents.

On the right side, there are places for credit cards and keys. Why credit card holders? Well, there are a lot of chances to use credit cards while traveling, including duty-free shopping and in-flight sales.

You can store all of these safely in this passport case as you can close it with a zipper. So, there is very less risk of losing those important documents and credit cards, unless you lose the passport case itself.

I also love the design of this passport case, as it’s designed very simple and minimalistic way.

You can purchase this amazing passport case with US$15.00 (unfortunately, they only have the online store for US and all Canadian retail stores are located in Toronto as of January 2017).

Good news is that MUJI is planning to open stores in Vancouver by the end of 2017 (1 at Metrotown and 1 on Robson Street). In addition, MUJI will have a pop-up store at Fairmont Vancouver Pacific Rim Hotel from January 27th to February 28th.

Travel with Thomas Review

 

Travel with Thomas is a great blog page for students who love to travel or who want to travel with affordable budget. Thomas introduces destinations from all over the world, where he has visited. He also introduces activities, places to see and stay in those destinations from a student’s perspective.

As the PUB201 lectures mentioned, specifying the target audience and building community are very significant for shaping a professional self. Thomas’s blog has a very clear target audience. The title of the blog, “Travel with Thomas “ helps the audience to have a clear understanding of what this blog is about. He also clearly defines the target audience by writing “Explore the world on a students budget” under the title. His “About” page also clearly state his target audience and what he hope to achieve throughout his activities on the blog page. As he mentioned about the budget on the subtitle of the blog, he also focuses on budget of travel for each destination.  Each blog post has “cost” section for the audience who wants to know the cost of places he visited and stayed. The cost of travel he introduces is very student friendly and matches his title of the blog. 

In terms of contents of the blog, each post is well organized starting from a clear summary, which gives audience overall ideas of the destinations he introduces. Followed by a summary, he introduces cost and activities/attractions of the destinations. The structure of each page constantly use similar same format and it makes audience easier to read. One thing I noticed is that Thomas summarized his review for Cinque Terra with  “final say” section in the end and rate each element of the trip out of 10. I think it’s very useful method to deliver the information to the audience for the better understanding of his contents and what he liked about and didn’t. So, I would like to see his rating and “final say” for another post, review for Barcelona trip. I really like that Thomas uses artistic photos throughout this blog and it helps to keep the design theme. Keeping a constant design theme strengthen the branding and his professional self.

Thomas’s blog also has social media engagement. Thomas’s Instagram posts have a lot of hashtags to reach as many audiences possible. The link for his Instagram page shows up any pages on the blog and the icon is very easy to find. On the Instagram page, he posts pictures related to his blog posts. The bio of Instagram also has the link to the blog page and it seems very helpful to get the audience from Instagram to his blog page.

Overall, Travel with Thomas has very clear his professional self and deliver clear messages to the target audience.  I really liked Thomas’s blog and I would like to read more of his blog posts and discover the places I’ve never been.

Process Post 2

In this week, in the lecture, we had a guest speaker, TJ Dawe.

He talked about what your brand is and how to build the professional self. Building audience is very important key to lead my brand success. In order to build the audience, it’s is necessary to identify the tribe for my blog.

In my blog, my target audience is very narrow and specific. However, if I successfully reach the target audience, I can build a strong brand, which people come back to my website to get information nd value the contents.

Here are some key points to build the audience/tribe I learned from the class.

  • What is the tribe you lead or participate in?
  • What unique value do you provide to the tribe?
  • What action do you want them to take?
  • Does your community already exist?

In my case, the community of people who love airplane and travel already exist. However, I still believe that I can provide the unique value to my audience, as I like the aviation industry, not only traveling or airplanes. For example, I compare and contrast different airlines safety videos and put my personal opinion on those videos and analysis of how safety video can attract passengers’ attention.

I’m hoping that I can expand the network of the aviation industry enthusiasts in Vancouver and hopefully connect with other people in Vancouver area who share interesting information about airlines, airplanes, and airports on website, social media and blog.

Flight Review JL017 YVR-NRT Economy Class

Welcome aboard!

I chose a flight review as my first blog post of this year.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays in Japan, this flight review is about the flight I took to go to Japan from Vancouver. JL017 departs Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 1:00 AM and arrives at Tokyo Narita International Airport at 4:30 PM on the following day due to the time difference.

As always, my travel starts from taking this picture.

The check-in started from 3 hours before the departure time. The check-in was pretty smooth and it was handled by Swissport Staff, instead of Japan Airlines staff members.

 

It was a very snowy day, however, the lane left the spot on time. It was my first time to fly with Boeing 787-8, which is one of the newest aircraft in the market.

SEAT & LEGROOM

My seat was 45K, which is an exit row seat with window. I am very pleased to get an extra legroom!

One thing that makes JapanAirline’s 787-8 different from any other airlines’ 787-8 is that Japan Airlines is only one airline which has 8 seats in a row in the economy class, as other airlines have 9 seats in a row.

The plane took off smoothly and shortly after take off, beverages and snacks were served. I was surprised that hey served hot towels for even economy class passengers, which many airlines only serve for premium class (first and business classes) passengers.

LUNCH

After the snack, the lunch was served.

The menu was beef sukiyaki and teriyaki chicken with rice, bean salad, Japanese udon noodle, fresh vegetable salad,  fruits salad, and miso soup.

It seems very healthy as they serve many kinds of salads and way more vegetables comparing to many other airlines’ in-flight meal.  I also liked that they serve a small bottle of water with a meal, since the inside of the airplane is usually dry and the body tend to be dehydrated during the long flight.

It was pretty good as an economy class meal

During the flight, I enjoyed 3 movies, which are “Start Treck Beyond,” “Your Name (Japanese title: 君の名は), and Shin Godzilla (Japanese title: シン・ゴジラ).  As the flight was 9 hour, I only had 1 hour to sleep, but I was satisfied so much to be able to catch up with latest movies.

The pillow has an interesting shape and it fits on the neck and comfortable.

Supper 

Prior to arrival, the second meal was served. The meal was tuna sandwich, pasta salad, and sliced apple.  It was decent for the second meal for the 9 hours flight, but I was expecting a bit more, like one more items like yogurt.

Shortly after the second meal, the plane was ready for descending to Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT).

The airplane arrived at Tokyo Narita International Airport on time. Shortly after landing, the airplane arrived at the spot and I left airplane with almost no tiredness.

Overall, it was very enjoyable flight, as Japan Airline had many latest movies, good product and seats, and tasty in-flight meals.  In addition, flights attendants were very welcoming and polite throughout the flight and make the flight very comfortable.