2. Site is down because they are having a sale and the site cannot cope.
3. Come back to the site another day when the sale frenzy is over.
4. Find and book ticket.
5. Next screen: Airline asks you to choose their bundle.
6. Select flight only. Dowan bundle.
7. Next screen: Airline asks you to choose Luggage options. Skip luggage because you are Hand Carry only.
8. Next screen: Airline asks you to choose their overpriced food.
9. Skip food, it’s only a three-hour flight.
10. Next screen: Airline asks you to choose your seats.
11. Spend a few minutes looking for way to skip choosing seats because you don’t want to pay. Finally find the button. Continue without choosing seat. You will chance it because it’s only a three-hour flight.
12. Next screen: Payment Page. You notice your flight price is $20 more than you expected. You begin your CSI.
13. After a few minutes, you realize the extra $20 is the travel insurance. Which was automatically added without you selecting it. And you had to scroll down to find it. You deselect the Insurance option. Warnings of Hellfire and Dire Consequences are shown. You ignore said warnings because you already have your own travel insurance. You deselect the Insurance.
14. You notice a checkbox to get an SMS alert on your flight. It costs $2. You laugh at the sheer audacity of the airline to charge for a stupid SMS.
15. Payment Page again. This time the price of the flight is exactly what you saw when you first booked it. Nothing extra. Nothing more. Nothing less. You choose payment options.
16. Credit Card: $10 to $20 per person per flight.
17. eNETs: $8 per person per flight.
18. Post Office or SAM or 7-Eleven: $5 per person per flight.
19. You choose the cheapest option because you want to save money. Then realize you can’t because that requires you to book 14 days in advance. You can only choose the credit card option.
20. You give up and book a full-service airline out of sheer frustration because it sucks to be nickel-and-dimed, and to have things like travel insurance foisted on you without your knowledge. Also, you realize that often, the full-service airline is only a few bucks more by the time you add the options of a LCC Airline. And why do you have to pay to pay for your ticket???
You know, I actually enjoyed Escape Plan 1. It wasn’t a work of art but for a brainless two hours, it was okay. At least it had the novelty of Stallone and Arnie in it.
But Chinese-funded Escape Plan 2: Hades, sinks to a new low. They basically took Stallone’s name and plonked it into a shell of a movie that shares the first two words of the title.
The CG was a joke. The story was a mess. And the acting was just lots of frowning and sweating closeups of the Chinese leads, one of whom is Angelababy’s husband.
Without Arnie, and with Stallone playing almost a cameo role, we are stuck with Angelababy’s Husband as a member of Stallone’s team stuck in an ever-changing high-tech prison.
The Chinese leads are prisoners in the “high-tech” prison where prisoners fight for time in the “sanctuary”. At one point, the lead actor starts a fight and all the prisoners are “zapped”. There is a cheapo “lightning” effect and the cameraman actually shakes to make it look like the prisoners are being electrocuted.
That made me laugh out loud.
It’s a movie that you should not even try to watch for free on your illegal China Android TV box because you can’t get your money back from the producers to pay you for your wasted time, like an oBike deposit.
Instead of calling it Escape Plan: Hades, they should have called it Escape Plan: What the Hell.
You will wish you had an Escape Plan if you watch this sequel. Tellingly, it went straight to VOD in the US. I think it should go straight into the VCD discount bin.
Inspired by this article about a popular local photographer and instagram influencer, Daryl Aiden Yow, whose photos were found to look a lot like other people's, Kim Huat also decided to share his passion for his travel photography.
Kim Huat says he is Singapore's Number One International Travel Influencer and Photographer. He is happy to share his winning game in travel photography and can help you get your Instagram game on point. He spends many hours waiting to make these photos happen!
Kim Huat really really went to this Greece island call Mykonos. He feels like he shot it with a Sony A7RII camera!
Kim Huat spent hours waiting for this moment in Santorini! Then this charbor come and block his view! Chow turtle!
Kim Huat is a son of the beach and loves to wear his sexy beach wear and lie on the beach like those travel babes.
Los Angeles is where Kim Huat goes sunset chasing x.
Faroe Islands got so many houses like Lego Houses! Faroe is faroe faroe away!
Cherry blossom time inside Thailand. Or Japan. Or Taiwan. Kim Huat cannot remember which. Because Kim Huat travels everywhere and is an International Man of Mystery!
When Kim Huat was in New Zealand, he saw the stars. Kim Huat used a Apple Pencil to point at them. It was as if the sky was my blackboard.
Kim Huat went to South Pole and saw these cute penguins! It was so sunny there that he could just wear his favourite t-shirt!
Kim Huat loves the Mehlweg mountain near the town of Marktschellenberg in Bavaria! Such vastness reminds Kim Huat of just how little we are in this world! Do you feel the same?!
Kim Huat turns up the heat in the Sahara desert. His OOTD is on fleek here, because sleeveless is the way to go, when you are in the scorching heat of the desert. Hey, why the camels did not wait for Kim Huat??
Kim Huat can't get enough of Japan, and Shirakawa-Go in winter is his favourite place. Hey kids, why you don't tell Kim Huat where the toilet is?
No place is too far for our intrepid travel influencer. Not even space! Kim Huat is out of this world!
Kim Huat has not just gone as north as Woodlands, he has also seen the Northern Lights! Kim Huat was absolutely awestruck! To quote many Singapore Instagram XMM, the Northern Lights "never fail to disappoint"!
As you can see, Kim Huat is a well-traveled influencer who makes awesome photographs. Just like many Instagram Influencers.
I was on a plane for many hours. I was on planes A LOT. Here is another bunch of mrbrown's Short-Attention-Span Movie Reviews.
1. 12 Strong. Thor is a Special Forces soldier sent to whack Al-Qaeda with a team of 12, after 9-11. Reasonably entertaining but very America Rah Rah.
2. The 15:17 to Paris. Based on the true story of three Americans who stopped a terrorist from shooting up a Paris train. Clumsy movie that used the real fellas acting as themselves. They can’t act. And the movie felt too long to tell the story of something that was over in a few seconds.
3. Den of Thieves. Gerard Butler as Major Crimes badass vs a bunch of professional bank robbers. Better than Geostorm, lousier than Olympus Has Fallen.
4. Ocean’s 8. Watched this on the last day of my time in SF, at an AMC cinema. Entertaining heist movie. The all-female cast was fun to watch. Awkwafina was a hoot. Not as good as Ocean’s Eleven (hard to beat the original) but way better than Ocean’s Twelve.
5. The Mountain Between Us. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba try to survive crashing into a snow-covered mountain. The Revenant this ain’t. But Kate held the show together. A little too long and draggy. Watch only if stuck on a plane with terrible movie selection (I’m looking at you, EVA Air).
6. Molly’s Game. Jessica Chastain is Molly Bloom, who was arrested by the FBI for running poker games for the rich and famous. Based on a true story. If you like Aaron Sorkin’s writing and dialogue, this movie will entertain you. Also stars Idris Elba, as her lawyer.
Not for mother the glitzy and touristy attractions. No, mom sought out the wet markets of Nathan Road, and made us take her to the grungiest, grimiest bits of Hong Kong we could find.
Mom grew up in Chinatown, Singapore, so she was in her element here. We helped to carry her marketing, like dried seafood. If she could cart fresh meat and fish past customs, she would have bought the entire wet market too.
She also insisted on visiting Wing On Department Store and even though the brother and I thought it was very OG, it turned out to be quite well-stocked with decent brands.
We made a side trip to Chueng Chau island, and visited my 堂兄 (paternal cousin) in Discovery Bay.
At Cheung Chau, they were preparing for the Cheung Chau Bun Festival on their Vesak Day. My brother and I purchased matching fedoras because we were vain. It turned out to be the best decision we made, because of the heat and sun.
We took a bumboat to see a temple there, because mom is a temple nerd. Every temple also must see.
Cheung Chau is very pretty and quaint. It is like time stood still here. And you can see a side of Hong Kong that you normally don't see. I was here some years back but it was too cold to swim. This crazy hot summer weather was perfect for a day at the beach.
Back on Hong Kong island, I insisted on taking the tram. It was slow and a corny thing to do, and my brother said he had never taken one before, so I insisted we all try, even though it added 30 minutes to our travel time back to our hotel in Kowloon East. I know, I know, the MTR was faster but I am a tram otaku.
In the end, mom said the ride was ok but "aiyoh so very slow" and "one time is enough". I guess she does not share my love of trams.
On the last day, mom wanted to see The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. In the mad heat and humidity, we climbed the hill. Only to realize it was the wrong temple. It was the Po Fook Ancestral Worship Halls next door.
It was still a lovely view from up there, but down the hill we went, to look for the right trail of Golden Buddhas. We did find it, but halfway up the hill, I decided the heat and exertion would be too much for my 76-year-old mother to reach the top, and declared Exercise Cut.
So we only managed to see One Hundred Buddhas.
It was great for spend time with my younger brother and mom, but next time I’m going to come to Hong Kong in a cooler season. I shall end this post with some photos of the other thing we did a lot of in Hong Kong: stuffing our faces with food.
Inspired by the trending hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob, I decided to share some of my own. For example, I frequently take photos this way with my film camera even though it does not have a rear screen. All of us hipster bloggers do.
I make YouTube videos of myself sticking my butt up this way all the time.
When I read nasty comments on my blog and social media platforms, I can feel the stress coming out of my man bun.
Whenever I get 100 Likes, I hug my monitor, which isn't connected to anything. Not a computer, not a keyboard, not a mouse, not even a power cable. I do my best work on this monitor.
Quietly, my family celebrated Qing Ming again this year. I use the word "celebrate" because this is how we observe this festival. 清明节 or Tomb Sweeping Day is, after all, a celebration of life, as well as a commemoration of our loved ones who are not with us anymore. And an introduction to the next generation to their forefathers, whom they have never met before.
It is a time for all of us to gather as an extended family to reflect and remember, regardless of our religious beliefs.
Even Faith, who has autism, knows to look for Ye Ye's niche at the temple, and to touch the photo of his face in recognition.
(Read the full post and see more photographs at brown.exposure.co or view the embedded version below.)