Top 100 Movie Review: No. 100 – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Ranked 100 on IMDB Top 100 Movies.  Watched May 2017.

Actors: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf
Director: Michael Curtiz

My rating: 9 / 10
Danelle’s rating: 7 / 10

Synopsis:
Brought to the White House to receive a Congressional Gold Medal from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Broadway legend George M. Cohan (James Cagney) reflects on his life. Flashbacks trace Cohan’s rise, from a childhood performing in his family’s vaudeville act to his early days as a struggling Tin Pan Alley songwriter to his overwhelming success as an actor, writer, director and producer known for patriotic songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There.”

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Top 100 Movie Review: No. 083 – The Graduate (1967)

Ranked 083 on IMDB Top 100 Movie list. Watched May 2018.

Director: Mike Nichols
Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

Nathan’s rating: 7.5 / 10
Danelle’s rating: 4 / 10

Synopsis:
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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Kathmandu and Nepal 2018 Bound

So it’s over 4 months since I returned to so-called reality of the working life. A necessity for sure in the economic world we live in, I need that money to travel the world. So unlike the aftermath of other big trips which usually means 2-3 years before travelling again this time I have a short 17 day trip around Kathmandu and Nepal via short one day stopovers in Hong Kong.

KathmanduFlights Booked
So I’ve booked my flights, starting with a paid economy one way ticket to Hong Kong with a mid morning flight on 12 October for $448.64. The mid morning flight means Qantas First Class Lounge time in Melbourne 🙂 From here I booked a return business class award on Cathay Pacific for 76,000 points and $593 HKD ($100 AUD). And finally another award ticket in Business Class on Cathay Pacific costing 65,000 points and $471 HKD ($80 AUD).

By Hong Kong (SAR) law airlines can only add charge actual taxes to award redemptions and not additional airline fees which is why I booked award flights from there but paid for the flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong. If I had booked award flights from Melbourne it would have cost about the same money and a lot more in precious points. This cost me $628.64 and 141,000 points for 1 economy flight and 3 business class flights. Booking all this flights as award redemptions would have cost $603 AUD and 169,000 points so I’m happy to pay $25 extra to save 28,000 points to go towards another business or first class flight in the future. I think I’ll use Hong Kong to position more award flights in future.

The flight up with Qantas will be on the A330-300 in economy (see a review here) as a Platinum member I have a small chance of having an empty aisle seat next to my window seat, I guess I’ll see. The Hong Kong to Kathmandu return business class flights is also on a A330-300 in Business Class but this isn’t like the modern long haul international (see a review here of this regional product) but will be fine for 5 hour flight even if the return flight is overnight.

But the real highlight is the return nine hour fifteen minute Cathay Pacific flight in business class on their new A350-900 service. This flight leaves Hong Kong at midnight and I’m sure I’ll enjoy when the seat turned in at flat bed (see review here).

Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-900

Lounges
One of the reasons I booked this flight this year is to take advantage of my Qantas Platinum membership. This gets me into the First Class lounges in both Melbourne (Qantas) and Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific) along with standard lounge in Kathmandu.

I’ve been to the First Class Lounge in Melbourne most recently as part of the Emirates First Class flight back n November 2017 (review here). Hopefully this time I might get to use the massage service.

The big chance here is to visit the large range of Cathay Pacific Lounges in Hong Kong. These are:

  • The Wing (First and Business Class Lounge) – Gate 1
  • The Bridge (Business Class Lounge) – Gate 35
  • The Cabin (Business Class Lounge) – Gate 23
  • The Pier (First and Business Class Lounge) – Gates 62
  • The Arrival (Business Class Lounge) – Passengeway between Terminals 1 & 2
  • The Deck (Business Class Lounge) – Near Gate 16

The Wing even has a private Cabana!

Cathay Pacific The Wing Private Cabana

The Cathay Pacific Lounge review here is something I’ll be reading a few times to plan my two visits to Hong Kong.

I might even find time to visit the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge (review here) as well but I’ve been there before and while I recall it was very good I think compared to Cathay Pacific’s Lounges I known where I’ll be spending most of my time 🙂

Now for the actual trip in this three places which I’ll cover in my next post.

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Africa 2017-18 Retrospective

The hardest part of a long an enjoyable trip is saying goodbye and transiting back into the so called ‘real’ life of Monday to Friday work. You end up in a half way situation of remembering fondly your trip but not wanting to look back too thoroughly as you’ll be sad you aren’t still there but not able to fully commit back to your normal life. At least this is my experience after a great trip and that’s exactly how I feel back my African Adventure.

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Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 62 Johannesburg to Melbourne, Australia

Monday 22 January 2018.
Highlights: Qantas Business Class experience, Returning home.

The last day of the trip was here and started with boarding the QF064 Johannesburg to Sydney for the 11 hour flight home. I flipped over my Fitbit watch back to Australian time and according to my watch it was now Monday 22 January 2018 not Sunday 21 January 2018 as the Johannesburg TV screens stated 🙂

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Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 61 Cape Town to Johannesburg, South Africa

Sunday 21 January 2018.
Highlights: Cape Town Airport Lounge, Business Class Flight to Johannesburg

The trip is over and it was time to start the long trip back home. My flight wasn’t until 1.25 pm and checkout from my room was at 10 am. I took advantage of staying in a room with both a TV and cable. This allowed me to watch a little of the Australia Vs England One Day International before checkout.

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Lounge Review – Johannesburg British Airways Galleries First Lounge

When visited: January 2018
Time of day: Late Afternoon / Dinner (16.15 to 18.10)
Rating: 3.5 / 5

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