JFK: AA Flagship Lounge

American Airlines Admirals Club Flagship Lounge at Terminal 8, New York JFK International Airport. The Flagship Lounge is for First Class Passengers, as well as AA Executive Platinum and oneWorld Emerald members traveling internationally. It is located near the TSA Security Check Point, before the walkway to the satellite terminal. (The regular Admirals Club is located at the satellite terminal.)

Flagship Lounge Reception DeskLounge Seating by the WindowSeats Overlooking the TarmacWorking Desk with a ViewSemi Private Work BoothsTables at the Dining Area
Self Service Dining AreaSelf Service Dining AreaSeating at the Dining AreaCorridor in the Shower AreaToilet and Vanity Mirror in the Shower RoomVanity and Shower Stall
Shower StallShower RoomCorridor in the Shower Area

JFK: AA Flagship Lounge, a set on Flickr.

HND: Hello Haneda!

Seating Area at the Sakura Business Class LoungeSakura Lounge EntranceFirst Class LoungeBusiness Class Desk by the WindowBusiness Class Lounge

HND: JAL Sakura Lounge, a set on Flickr.

During the six years that I lived in Tokyo, I have gone through the Haneda Airport only three times, on regional flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong. The experiences then were mostly positive, with the exception of boarding and disembarkation not through jetways but by bus; although two of those flights were with Japan Airlines. (I would understand a foreign airline like Cathay Pacific not getting a preferential treatment; but this was JAL, one of the nation’s main two airlines.)

The rest of my trips originated and ended at Narita. You can blindfold me, and I can still find my way to and from and around the airport: Any trips from home to the Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo stations, and then with the N’ex (Narita Express) to T1 or T2; Continue reading

No Fly List for Certain Canine Breeds

This pug may be adorable, but unfortunately, its family has joined some other flat-nosed canine breeds that are now banned by Cathay Pacific and other airlines.

Cathay Pacific has banned the so-called brachycephalic breeds due to concerns that certain types of short-nosed animals have an increased risk of breathing problems and overheating due to the stress of flying.

Click HERE for Cathay Pacific’s complete list of canine and feline breeds that are banned from flying.

The US Department of Transport released figures, based on reporting by US-based airlines, that showed the short-faced dog breeds contribute to about half of in-flight canine fatalities. Because the short face restricts breathing, it is more difficult for such breeds to cool itself down by panting.

For a complete report on this story, read it HERE at CNN.

HND: Dreamliner at Haneda

Soon enough Bloompy will try the New York-Haneda (JFK-HND) route, a roundabout way for someone who resides in California; but after years of landing at Narita (NRT), it will be great to land inside the city of Tokyo.

Below is a recent late-night testing of Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Haneda: Between 23:00 – 04:00 when the airport is not open commercially, Boeing and Haneda conduct a “dress rehearsal” for the eventual landing, taxiing, and parking of Dreamliners in the near future. This one belongs to All Nippon Airways (ANA).

And below is ANA’s Dreamliner Interior Shot. Minute 01:50 is what matters to Bloompy: Washlet (Smart Toilet: Bidet function built into the commode)! How I wish all airlines in the world would install this. (There is no audio for this video; don’t adjust your volume.)

de Soematra 1910

Built in 1910, an old house on Jalan Sumatera 75 in Surabaya has been converted into an entertaining place, with two formal dining rooms; a couple of sitting rooms fit for high teas; a piano area; a formal café, and a terrace seating area.

The glory of this Dutch Colonial architecture in Indonesia has been restored. Any damaged original elements, such as the tiles, the ceiling, the stained glass windows have been restored and/or faithfully and meticulously replicated.

Dining is by reservations only, two-days in advance at the latest. Walk-ins are limited to the seating rooms, unless they are already reserved and/or occupied.

A new annex consisting of two dining halls and separated from the main house will function as a restaurant in the near future.

A Dining Review can be found HERE.

Architect Hidajat Endramukti of Endramukti Design led the one-year restoration and renovation.

de Soematra 1910
Jalan Sumatera 75
Surabaya
East Java 60281
Indonesia

Tel: +62 (031) 5010-666
Fax: +62 (031) 5023-666

http://www.de-soematra.com

[UPDATE: 23 September 2011]
As of September 9, 2011, Erni D. Susanti resigned as Manager of de Soematra. A replacement has yet to be named. More updates to follow.

The FoyerThe Foyer, facing the entranceThe Foyer, facing the Indigo RoomThe Foyer, facing the Piano RoomThe Piano Room
One of the sitting roomsOne of the Sitting RoomsThe Indigo RoomThe Indigo RoomThe Indigo RoomThe main corridor
A desk at the corridorThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining Hall
The Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallSalade de crevettes Soupe à l'oignonMain entrée of SteakCrème Brulée

de Soematra 1910, a set on Flickr.

NRT: Narita Express vs. Airport Limousine

You’ve made it through the long dash to the immigration, and then through the long queue there; customs are behind you, and now you are at the Narita Arrival Hall, and given the options of how to reach the city. There are actually at least 5 ways of which I can think: Private limousine or taxi; pick-up by a friend or company car; take the slow train; take the fast train; or take the airport-city bus.

I have experienced three of these methods, but one of them, the taxi ride, can cost upward Continue reading

NRT: JAL’s Sakura First Class Lounge

There are two sections of the Sakura Lounge at the Main Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport (there is an additional Sakura Lounge at the Satellite Terminal): The First Class and the Business Class lounges. At the main entrance, guests either make a left turn to head for the FC section or a right turn for the BC section.

Immediately behind the check-in counter at the First Class lounge, one could find another counter, this one for Spa treatment. Each guest is allowed a 15-minute massage, courtesy of JAL: Full body massage, Head massage, or Foot massage (reflexology). But really, a 15- Continue reading

McQueen at the Met

I knew early on that one of the highlights of my New York visit this time would be the retrospective of Fashion’s Alexander McQueen at the Met Museum; and it did not disappoint. The only wish I had was for the museum to be emptier so I could enjoy the exhibition more.

Despite the crowd, I was able to come close to most of the work. Not only were they innovative in the design and creative in the patterning, but they also had great tailoring and flawless execution. Each hem, each stitch were made to look very effortless yet to appear Continue reading

Die Boer vs. El Negro ("Die Swarte")

Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now:”
The South African Political Posters and Prints are on display at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Among others is this political poster, depicting a frolicking couple of wrestlers, the White Guilt and the Black Power.
The work is on view March 23–August 14, 2011.

For more info, CLICK HERE