Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Travel: your papers please sir...

Given that the story seems to be doing its rounds without me, I should confirm the facts: I remembered to pack my suit, I remembered Mrs Universal's cake plate, I remembered all the different international plugs for my computer and at the last minute I grabbed my Skype phone.

I did not remember my passport.

In fact, it's not that I didn't remember it, because that would require me to have thought about it some point, then forgotten. And the sad truth is that it never even crossed my mind. Never again will I be able to those airport documentaries and laugh at the morons who arrive at an international flight without thier pasport. (Although, in my defence, I did not actually try to check in. I called Mrs Universal's sister, and she performed some heroics.)

But I have put it all behind me. I am sitting in The Plaza Travellers' Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport - a pay lounge for travellers without access to other lounges - one leg away from the warmth and light of Brisbane. And it is brilliant. There are hardly any people here, so it has the quiet ambience of a first class lounge. The food is better than I have eaten in any other lounge. In the five hours I have been here I have eated roast chicken stuffed with vegetables, bok choy with oyster sauce and mushrooms, some tempura vegetables and a couple of spring rolls. And a bread and butter pudding. The seats are comfortable, I have a little marble table to myself and wireless internet access. So I have been able to sit here, sending and recieving email, and chatting on my Skype phone like I am at my desk. At last, a truly mobile office - well, not quite an office, because I have also had a shower, changed my clothes and had a fifteen minute seated massage. Brilliant.

Actually, one criticism: the toilets are outside and around the corner, and let's face it, one of the best things about a plush lounge is a plush bathroom to go with it.

The Plaza Traveller's Lounge
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong, HK$300 for the five hour package which includes a 15 min massage, or 2 hour nap


Blogger Damian said...

I should also add that I did not pack all the right plugs for my computer. I left out the Australian one! Found it last night when I returned to London.

Monday, April 10, 2006 1:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that on the HK lounge website, the guy in the picture (top right of page) sat at a table looks like he is snorting something :P

Monday, April 10, 2006 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger Damian said...

Wow - he must have bought the more expensive package, that includes drugs and a massage with a happy ending.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:29:00 PM  

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