No PAL review this time. Instead, I chose to come home quickly from Singapore…in economy class. And I’m so glad I did.
I asked for your feedback and appreciated your feedback, which was fairly evenly-divided between taking the quick United option home or taking the more exotic Scoot + Philippine Airlines option.
Had I been able to get out of Singapore same day on PAL, there is no question I would have taken that option. But when I weighed the extra night in Singapore coupled with a night in Manila and a night in New York, it just became too much. I missed my wife and son too much. I could not bear being away longer. I’m gone so often already.
Life has been a roller coaster lately. While the blog has been a thankful source of stability, my other business has been…well, a beautiful challenge. Even when I’m home in LA, I’m in my office long hours and sometimes I simply have to remind myself that I work to live, not live to work. And two of my greatest blessings in life are my wife and son. I love them so much and it’s not just about providing resources for them: time is the currency of love.
The 15-hour flight to San Francisco was fine. I was seated in a window seat in the third row of EconomyPlus and the flight went out many open middle seats, including mine. That made all the difference in allowing me to eat dinner after takeoff and then sleep for the next seven hours.
Speaking of food, I was not about to risk 15 hours without a solid meal so I ordered Nando’s via Grab to my room at the Andaz. We still don’t have Nando’s in Los Angeles and I just love it.
And this was a wise choice, not so much because the food was bad on United, but because of the menu choices. Since UA28 leaves Singapore at 9pm and arrives about the same time in San Francisco, two dinners are served. For both meals the choices were pasta or chicken with rice. I looked at the chicken and it was not a chicken breast…it was gristly, fatty strips of meat in a sweet sauce. Yuck.
The pasta, however, was quite tasty and filling. The first pasta course was cheese ravioli served with salad and ice cream. A midflight snack was sliced chicken on white bread with a Kit Kat bar, which I did not eat. Before landing, the pasta was noodles in a cream sauce with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and fruit + cookie on the side.
Was it economy class food? Yes. Did it lack protein? Yes. Was I thankful I ate at Nando’s before the flight? For sure. But was the food bad? Not at all.
All my blog posts for the day were done and the internet did not work, so after waking up I spent the rest of the flight binge watching another new show (for me), called The Man in the High Castle.
It’s by Amazon and envisions a world in which the Germans and Japanese had prevailed in World War II. Quite an interesting show.
I arrived in SFO on-time and with great delight noticed that the last San Francisco to Burbank flight had been delayed four hours. I was scheduled to fly into Los Angeles (my upgrade had even cleared), but flying into Burbank would save me 40 minutes. An agent in the United Club happily moved me over. I then had some dinner in the SFO Centurion Lounge before boarding the 50-seat CRJ home. From BUR, it was a 15-minute Uber trip home. My wife and son had already gone to bed, but I kissed them goodnight and was able to soon fall asleep.
I’m suffering from jetlag, but it’s not too bad…
I love taking my son to get coffee with me. Yesterday we were in Orange County and stopped at a cool coffee shop in Costa Mesa called MoonGoat. Augustine loves using a spoon to scoop up milk foam from my cup. And I love to see his smiling face.
PAL can wait. Because my little pal and my dear wife are more important. Heaven knows I travel enough as it is (more trips are in the works). These extra two days meant the world to me. It’s good to be home.