Ever since I can remember, I’ve gotten super-tense for early morning departures of any kind. It’s something I’m slowly getting better at, but this morning was no different – I reckon I was operating on 3 hours sleep, max, after leaving the house at about 5am to be at SYD by around 5.30, for a 7.35 departure.
Oh well- that was the deal if I wanted to fly Cathay Business and arrive at a decent hour in HKG – but it meant my pictures of the journey are a little lacking as I slept most of the way.
Checking in for Cathay was handled quickly – no one in line. I was given a lounge invite on CX stock for the Qantas International Business lounge, and headed off through customs to hang out in the lounge for a bit and grab some breakfast.
After heading off to board and finding my seat in 16K (my first time in a ‘herringbone’ set up, which I actually quite liked) departure was bang on time, I settled down for some excellent service from the CX hostesses on board. They were truly superb; every need predicted and catered for without drama.
After a quick breakfast of fruit salad, I was left alone for a nap. The main food service on CX110 is lunch, and delivered about mid morning AU time. It was pretty good too – nice bistro quality breaded lamb for a main, served with a berry cheesecake dessert.
Thankfully I got another snooze before our somewhat cloudy, windy and generally adventurous landing at Hong Kong (no out of the window photos thanks to the hard-to-photograph CX herringbone layout), but as I gathered my gear to leave, I realised I’d mislaid my wallet during the flight.
I was pretty sure it was around the seat somewhere, and what ensued was pure comedy – three different hosties started to pull apart the seat, with cushions departing from the seat frame rapidly, and petite hands thrusting into and behind the seatframe to see if it could be found. As the engineering department was about to be called and turn-around cleaners were beginning to enter the cabin, a winner of the three was found and my wallet thrust into the air in victory! I made my merry way off to the train into the city, after thanking the three crew profusely for their efforts.
I spent a good three days in Hong Kong being a typical tourist – walking everywhere; getting some shirts tailored; going up The Peak; seeing the light show; and generally getting rained on unexpectedly. I can’t wait to head back again at some point in the future – I just scratched the surface.