Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The wolf of Wall Street and great service on Japan Airlines to Tokyo


Yesterday I flew into Tokyo on Japan Airlines.

Unusually for me, I left for the airport in Manila quite early, fearing traffic and mayhem along the way since US President Barack Obama was due to arrive at about the same time and air traffic was supposed to stop for at least 30 minutes.

I was pretty sure that the roads would be clogged as well.

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ALL ROADS LED QUICKLY TO THE AIRPORT

For the first time in quite a long time, there was actually minimal traffic on the way to the airport. And when I got to the airport, it was actually pretty empty.

I now realize that flying out of Manila's NAIA 1 mid-afternoon is best for a pleasant experience, compared to taking an evening flight.

In the evenings, NAIA 1 is complete chaos.

NICE TO SEE EVERYONE AGAIN

Business class on Japan Airlines

So it was a pleasant check-in experience, and I was glad to see all my old friends at Japan Airlines.

I used to fly this airline to Tokyo almost every two weeks, so there was a time when I literally knew everyone on the airport staff.

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I don't go to Tokyo as often anymore, and some people at the airport have changed.

But today I saw about four people I knew at JAL who I've been talking to for years in the course of riding this airline like a bus, and they certainly helped me with a seamless flight experience.

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They all know I'm always last to board the flight as I'm always online in the lounge until the last minute, for example; and yesterday someone came to get me at the lounge with a walkie talkie, and so I did last-minute emails while she monitored the boarding process.

I finally stood up to head for the gate when there were only five people left who still had not boarded the plane.

JAL STEWARDESSES ARE SO NICE


Onboard, I was reminded of how nice the service of JAL is.

Almost every major airline's business class staff is very good, but I have to say that JAL stewardesses are in a category of their own. They help with everything and they notice everything.

Today, for instance, I was rubbing my hands with a wet paper napkin dipped in some tea, just because it felt very dry in the cabin. I have been almost living in an airplane for the last few days, after all.

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I wasn't doing this very conspicuously -- in fact, I was trying hard not to attract attention because it does seem unusual to be placing tea on your hands.

A stewardess came up to me with a worried look. She then asked me if I had hurt myself or if she could help.

To an observer, it did seem like I was applying some first aid to a cut.

THE MEAL ON JAPAN AIRLINES

The meal yesterday on JAL

Meanwhile, I had the Japanese meal yesterday, as I've just come from two weeks of European food and all I want to eat now is Asian.

AND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

And while I was eating, I finally got to watch The Wolf of Wall Street.

Many people have been talking about this movie, but I don't have the luxury of watching movies or videos in my never-ending Travelife -- except on airplanes. So I've been waiting for this movie to pop up on an airline's inflight channel.

NOWHERE LIKE THE MOVIES



Having known people in the financial industry all over the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York, for over two decades, I have to say that the people depicted in this movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" seem so unreal.

However, this is mainly a movie about brokers breaking rules and doing drugs to get to #1 -- and I don't really know any brokers, as most of the people I got to meet in the global financial world were fund managers, hedge fund managers and CEOs.


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And most of them were -- and still are -- incredibly driven, terribly competitive, and very successful at what they do.

But none of them were into drugs or unhealthy lifestyles.

In fact, most of the people I know are almost fanatical about keeping their health and energy levels up.



THE ONLY BROKER I KNEW

The only broker I really knew in Tokyo just happened to be Japan's most successful broker -- he had the girls and the glitzy lifestyle, but he was incredibly vain, so he was way more into maintaining his health and physique than into drugs and shady deals.

So although the movie The Wolf of Wall Street was interesting, it seemed quite exaggerated to me.

Still, it was good entertainment on the way to Tokyo for just another chapter in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




3 comments:

  1. I love your blog. I read it at least two times a day in case you post something new

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  2. How can I also meet finance guys? I want to meet and marry someone like this!!!

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  3. Pls keep writing interesting stories. I work in an office and this is my break from my boring life. :-)

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