Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I met a co-worker in the bar for dinner and after we ordered a manager came over and asked if we wouldn't mind being interviewed as Channel News Asia was coming in to cover the celebration. I figured what the heck. We were then brought over the Presidential Sling as they wanted these to feature in the coverage being filmed. So now in front of me I have a beer, a sling and a glass of wine (we had ordered a bottle before ordering dinner) decisions, decisions, decisions.
We have our dinner and then about 30 minutes later the news crew shows up we get moved to another table and since our slings were not fresh we were brought new ones as well as new burgers. They took shots of the food and drinks alone, then they started directing us:
- Eating I don't eat burgers so I just went for the fries.
- Talking and looking at the TV coverage (the inauguration wasn't on at the time).
- Toasting with our Presidential Slings
After these shots were taken we were interviewed. I was asked what I thought of Obama's election, what I wanted to hear him say during his speech, what I was hoping he would bring to office and a couple of other things as well which I can't remember at this point. My co-worker was asked as an Australian what the inauguration meant to him. It was a lot of fun and being given free food and drinks was a nice little benefit.
I stayed up to watch the speech and at 1 AM (Noon eastern) there was a round of applause after Obama was inaugurated and the bar passed out free champagne. My co-worker texted me in the morning to let me know that he had just seen me on the news I missed it unfortunately, I keep checking the website to see if they post it and the hotel has said they will try and get me a copy of the clip as well. The web does have videos posted and I may be in 1 of them but my computer can't show the video clips :(
In case you were wondering what is exactly in a Presidential Sling - Jim Beam, Gin, Southern Comfort, Pineapple Juice, Blueberries Grenadine and some other stuff as well.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Most Expensive Meal
100th and 200th blog post
Introduction of a new travel companion
On leap day I composed a list of 29 places I wanted to visit and since then I have managed to visit 5 of them since this:
- Hong Kong
- Great Wall of China
- Disneyland Paris
- Key Largo
It's hard to believe that two years have gone by already. Looking forward to see what year 3 brings.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thankfully Ike and I were in business class where the seats are twice as wide and much more comfortable.
Ike wasn't sure whether he wanted to share the seat with me or sit on the footrest.
Once the video programming started Ike decided since the screen was much larger than usual he would sit in the seat with me.
By the time the flight took off it was about 2 AM, all I wanted to do was sleep but I forced myself to eat, I was paying for business class I was going to enjoy all the perks of it. The dinner menu was:
- Gooseliver terrine and duck rillette with fig and mixed salad
- Braised chicken in mustard vinegar sauce with green beans and celeriac-potato puree
- Gourmet Cheeses
- Vanilla creme brulee
The only good thing about the flight being delayed 4 hours is that I ended up arriving at SIN (yes that's the official airport abbreviation for Singapore) at the same time as my friend Michelle so we were able to share a taxi to the hotel. After a quick drink on the patio of the hotel bar I managed to sleep - hopefully jetlag won't set in again, once in a week is enough for me.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
1) ATMs in the US are designed for people to lose their cards, money comes first then the card. In the UK the money isn't dispensed until the card is removed from the machine.
2) I miss the snow. I really love the look of fresh fallen snow on trees, especially when I don't have to drive.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Since my last post I've been catching up with friends and family in the states, checking on the progress of my bathroom remodel (no I don't want to talk about it), and relaxing.
Ike on the other hand has been rather excited he had his first Christmas: