If you’re reading this, I can assume that you are at the very least, mildly interested in the area of travel hacking, air miles collection or perhaps luxury travel. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here is another short piece on my no-bullshit journey on how peasants can travel in luxury.
Yes, it is almost impossible for an Average Joe to earn one million miles in a year. For most, they won’t even earn that many miles in a lifetime.
On the other hand, 100000 miles per year is definitely doable with a little discipline and patience. And yes, every little bit of expense matters so we have to make every dollar count – which is ideally 4 miles per dollar.
Anyway, Taipei Taoyuan Airport’s Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge was nice. The food seemed better than those in Plaza Premium that’s accessible via Priority Pass. Then, it was off to flight SQ879 by Singapore Airlines.
Being able to board before Economy Class is definitely a perk, but there wasn’t really a need to chiong anyway. Business Class is entitled to 40KG per pax, which is a ridiculous amount. The combined luggage weight of my wife and I didn’t even exceed 30KG even after buying dozens of Man Han beef noodles.
The plane seemed to be a little old and definitely needed a little bit of refreshing. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner would be awesome – Bali, I’m coming. Putting that aside, man .. it was a great way to fly. Leg-space is fantastic, and the screen is nice and big. Service is what I’ll call “politely efficient” as always, for SQ.
The entire dinner took rather long, taking into consideration that there were appetizer, baked goods, main course, dessert, cheese, fruit and pralines and gorgeous, endless drinks.
I selected the option to Book-The-Cook which was why I was served Grilled pork fillet with apple balsamic sauce, olive oil mashed potato and sauteed vegetables. Well, not exactly mind-blowing fantastic, but I’ve tasted restaurant that served food that’s worse than this. And yes, the legendary garlic bread is indeed awesome.
Nuts over nuts, anyone? It wasn’t warm, by the way. Ha!
Like the Qatar Airways’ flight, the seat is very adjustable and the flight didn’t feel tiring at all. Two movies and a nice dinner passed by in a flash.
Having been to Taiwan numerous times, this short trip was spent walking around places that tourists usually wouldn’t visit. Both the eateries below are awesome choices. My tip? Don’t bother with the travel blogs. Go with random stops from Google Maps, and take a peep to see whether the locals are dining inside.
Sure, Ding Tai Fung xiao-long-baos are awesome. But hey, eight of these soup-filled beauties cost me a mere NT$60, which is about S$2.70.
In case you’re wondering whether if I’m YOLO-ing, I flew to Taipei on Scoot and stayed in a hostel for my entire stay. It was a fun experience! Taiwanese hospitality is infectious. And now, I can proudly say that I’ve completed the grand slam of staying in regular hotels, beach resorts, hostels, Airbnb apartments, hot-spring hotels, home-stays (min-su) and motels (!) in Taiwan.
Last but not least, picked up a little gift for myself at Taipei’s only 24-hour Eslite Bookstore.