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asia adventure: TSA-HND

March 16th, 2015 / by / in: travel / No responses

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After the hospital visit in Taipei and some calls to make sure Mike wasn’t totally voiding his insurance by flying while sick, we were off to my favourite place in the world, Tokyo! Flying on my favourite airline (ANA), no less.

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I liked that we got to fly into the main Taipei airport (TPE) and then fly out of Songshan (TSA). THE MORE AIRPORTS, THE BETTER. Songshan is very close to downtown Taipei. You probably remember the Transasia flight that recently crashed after taking off from Songshan. If you’ve seen the video of the crash, you know how close the airport is to Taipei.

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A cute robot!

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The seating area around the gates is weeeeeeird. It’s all very wide, very long, circular couches. No chairs.

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Checking out the lounge.

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Lounge food.

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Our chariot awaits. And by chariot, I mean an ANA 787. (heart eyes emoji)

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 A fun mural in the gate area. The “LOVELY CITY” part changes colours.

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<3 Taipei

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 Mike and a cabin full of Japanese salarymen.

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The always beautiful 787 windows.

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Rolls Royce engines 4 lyfe.

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The best part of departing an Asian airport: the staff on the tarmac wave and bow at the plane.

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Take me away, Rolls Royce!

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ANA slippers, of course.

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I couldn’t capture it in photos, but the 787 cabin is so SPACIOUS. With high ceilings, big windows, and the extra room, it just feels so open and airy and nice compared to other airplanes. If you’re claustrophobic, business class in a 787 is for you.

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I kind of felt like I was in an airplane commercial.

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Sayonara, Taipei!

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Charging my stuff.

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Fluffy clouds.

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The meal for a two hour flight. Because Asian airlines. OBVIOUSLY I had the Japanese meal. The international meal sounds terrible.

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I love mini wine bottles. I love mini everything.

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If you ever fly on ANA, be sure to try their “original drink” 香るかぼす, which is kabosu-flavoured. Kabosu is a Japanese citrus fruit. I wish I could buy cartons of the kabosu drink and take it home with me.

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Wahhh, so beautiful. Nicer food than I’ve had on some longhaul flights!

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The meal was really good too. I love Japanese meals on planes because I love eating a lot of tiny delicious things in one meal. Some Japanese meals are mediocre (ahem, Air Canada), especially when catered out of non-Japanese cities. But! ANA’s meal was tasty.

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The cute sakura box dessert.

So then we landed at Haneda and wooooooooo we were in TOKYO! We took the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa station and then transferred to the Yamanote to get to Shibuya. Easy and cheap! We stayed at the Shibuya Granbell, a hotel in Shibuya that I’ve probably written about before. We’ve stayed there enough times that I’ve filled up their point card.

Next entry: Tokyo!


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