Between the 20th of October through the 30th, the boyfriend and I traveled overseas to Penang, with two layovers in Hong Kong. We flew Cathay Pacific Airlines for the first time and were both quite impressed.

The food was good, and I would say that the Indonesian Curry Chicken was great. On long flights they serve lunch and dinner, and on short ones they serve one meal. For snacks they have Cup of Noodles and also various assortments of other foods, like roasted peanuts. They have a variety of alcohol; beer, wine, and liquors. Everything was complimentary. My only gripe with the drinks is that they serve their red wine cold. Many Asians do. But hey, free booze. How can I even complain?

Indonesian Curry Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Steamed Carrots and Broccoli.
Indonesian Curry Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Steamed Carrots and Broccoli.
Braised Beef with Jasmine Rice, Broccoli and Carrots.
Braised Beef with Jasmine Rice, Broccoli and Carrots.
Word Traveler.
Word Traveler.

I haven’t traveled internationally in quite some time, and a lot has changed with entertainment since I’ve been aboard a plane. Instead of big screens in the center of the aisle for all to view, with one or two set movies, they have small ones in front of every seat. Touch screen of course, with so many options to occupy your time. Movies, tv sitcoms, music, games, information about other countries, and maps. They keep the entertainment pretty up to date, and offered some surprisingly recent films. One of the games I played teach and test you on other languages, pictured above. Of course, I still advise to bring books on your flight. An old school, classic book, with a cover, back, and papers in between.

My funny boyfriend.
My funny boyfriend.

You can play games with another passenger, so the boyfriend and I played chess. He named himself Balls. I won.

Noodles with chicken and bak choy.
Noodles with chicken and bak choy.
Braised Beef.
Braised Beef.
Chinese Fried Fish with Sa Cha Sauce, Leeks, and Jasmine Rice.
Chinese Fried Fish with Sa Cha Sauce, Leeks, and Jasmine Rice.
Braised Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary Sauce, Parley Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Carrots.
Braised Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary Sauce, Parley Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Carrots.

The parsley mashed potatoes and caramel custard were pretty good. They also served chocolate ice cream for dessert for one of the meals!

We paid almost $1,400 per ticket, which is about average, more or less, for a round trip flight from here to Asia. We flew out of Chicago because it is usually cheaper than Grand Rapids. It’s quite a long flight, and even more so with the lengthy layovers factored in. The service was always good with friendly pilots and flight attendants. The food was enjoyable, as were the drinks and media entertainment. This airline is highly recommended.

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