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for the love of miles

September 25th, 2014 / by / in: frequent flyer stuff / 2 Responses

I’ve been reading some criticism of those who obsess over frequent flyer miles and those who mileage run and I figured I’d write an entry in my defense. I’m aware that to most people, spending extra time sitting on a plane is basically torture. I get it. You’d rather die than spend […]

goodbye bangkok, hello tokyo

April 20th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

On our last day in Bangkok, I woke up with a cold so I didn’t really feel like doing anything. I got some cold medication at a Thai pharmacy for something like $1 and spent most of the day being lazy. We got a late 4pm checkout at the Conrad thanks to […]

onward to bangkok

March 30th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

After Tokyo, we were headed to Bangkok. The flight we’d booked was actually a super cheap fare from Toronto to Bangkok, but since the flight stopped in Tokyo anyway, I turned the stop into a couple days. (Because how could I not? TOKYO!) The flight from Tokyo to Bangkok is […]


December 14th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

Once again, here I am on Air Canada 001, headed to Tokyo from Toronto. (I wrote about my last time on this flight here.) The weird part of this flight was that moving map wasn’t working so it seemed much shorter than 13.5 hours. I usually watch the map (obsessively) […]

goodbye toronto

December 13th, 2012 / by / in: travel / No responses

I’m at the airport (YYZ) right now, waiting in the international lounge for my flight to NRT. My flight is AC001, which is the only Air Canada YYZ-NRT direct flight. It’s funny — I’ve now flown AC001 (YYZ-NRT), AC002 (NRT-YYZ), AC003 (YVR-NRT), and AC004 (NRT-YVR). (There is no AC005.) I almost […]

new blog stuff

December 11th, 2012 / by / in: travel / No responses

In preparation for my upcoming six month trip to Japan, I’ve changed my blog around a little bit. First of all, I’ve changed the title — it’s now called MELISSA DREAMS OF SUSHI*. Because you know, I do. Delicious fluffy tamago and pieces of silky buttery toro haunt my dreams. […]

welcome to portland

August 26th, 2012 / by / in: travel / No responses

Yeahhhhhhh… so I guess I kind of neglected my poor blog for awhile. I was busy! Sorry, blog. But I’m back! NOW I WILL FINALLY POST MY PORTLAND/SAN FRANCISCO PHOTOS EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE FROM A MILLION YEARS* AGO. And update on various other life things because I’m going to Japan […]


February 20th, 2012 / by / in: travel / No responses

YES! Finally. It only took me a month, but this is the LAST of the mini RTW posts! I will do a summary post at some point (including what the whole trip cost) but for now, here’s the last flight of the trip, FRA-YYZ. I think we were a little […]


February 5th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

Another flight post! This one is Thai Airways ICN-HKG. Really, this trip was as much about the journey as the destinations. Trying new airlines and visiting new airports. I know most people hate flying, but I am (obviously!) not in that group. I love flying. I love airports. (But I […]