Day 1: Travel From Toronto To Bangkok via Taipei

After arriving in terminal 3 (Eva has since moved to terminal 1) at Pearson International Airport in Toronto I find the EVA air counter.  There are a lot of people checking in and the lines are pretty long.  Fortunately, I am an Aeroplan gold member so I can use the Star Alliance Gold benefits to get into the short line.

Eva Air Check-In - Pearson International Airport Terminal 3

Eva Air Check-In – Pearson International Airport Terminal 3

When I check in I am told the plane was oversold so I will be upgraded to premium economy.  I figure this is similar to the United Plus seats; where there is just a bit more leg room but not much else.  It turns out these seats are way better than the standard economy seats.

They are configured 2-4-2 which takes one seat out of the 3-3-3 configuration in economy. The best part of the seat is it’s recline. It’s not the standard back recline, it seems to move the whole seat into a more comfortable position. There is even a leg rest that comes out to give you a quasi-lazy-boy feel.  Unfortunately, it’s not nearly the lay flat seats of Laurel class but it’s a pretty good step up from economy; especially for free.

Eva Air Premium Economy Cabin

Eva Air Premium Economy Cabin

Plaza Premium Lounge - Pearson Airport Terminal 3

Mini Cupcakes at the Plaza Premium Lounge – Pearson Airport Terminal 3

Stepping back for a moment, Eva air departs from terminal 3 in Toronto. This means that it doesn’t have access to the maple leaf lounge.  As a star gold member they give you a pass upon check-in that gives you access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. The lounge is small but adequate. It has beers and liquors and a bit of food. I wouldn’t say more or less then the maple leaf lounge but it’s a different selection. It seems to be aimed more at the Asian taste.

My arrival in Taipei is on time so I have plenty of time to check out the Eva lounge.  It’s really nice.  There is a selection of liquors and beer in the fridge along with the standard assortment of sodas.  But first I opt for a shower after the long flight.  There is a queue, but I am given a buzzer to alert me when it’s my turn.  Just as I open my beer, the buzzer rings.

I am amazed with the shower facilities in this lounge. The shower is very clean and well appointed. I relax in the hot shower for a while, taking a long deserved break from the 15 hour plane ride.

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Nex-3N: The New Camera For My Trip To Asia

The time is fast approaching when I will be hanging up the coat and gloves and departing for Asia for 2 months.  It goes without saying there will be many breathtaking photo opportunities along the way and I can’t wait to capture them all!

My old Panasonic DMC-ZS7 has been my trusted companion for many years now and its sad to see it being put aside for a new travel companion but sadly that time has come.  There area some dust/particles inside the ZS7 lens that are ruining the photos.  I can edit it out but this is getting tiresome.

Today, I announce its replacement.  After reading many reviews and user opinions I decided on the Sony NEX-3N with the 16-50 kit lens.  I really wanted the RX100 but it was simply out of my price range.  This camera is not quite as portable as the old ZS7 or the RX100 but its a decent size to carry around and so far the photos have been absolutely stunning.  I will be updating this blog during my travels (or perhaps after) with undoubtedly many sample photos.

Front view of Sony Nex-3N

Front view of Sony Nex-3N

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PMP Application Is Finally Complete!

It’s been a long time coming but I finally completed my PMP application.  You have 90 days to complete the application and I am finishing it just a few days before the time expires but it feels great to have it done.  Now comes the hard part of studying for the test.  That will have to wait until after my 2 month trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Taiwan. Super excited for that!

Kayak On Order!

I finally ordered my kayak.  I tried quite a few different ones and finally settled on the Riot Edge 13.  REI in the United States had it on special from its outlet store so I pulled the triggered and ordered it.  I have a business trip June 25th to 28th which will be when I will pick it up.

 

Riot Edge 13 Top View Riot Edge 13 Side View