Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good morning from the Qatar Airways lounge at Doha's new airport, on my way to Casablanca for the second time this year




A very good morning from the Middle East, living a Travelife.

Here I am in Doha's huge business class lounge, trying to catch up on work before I board the flight to Casablanca. 



This is my first time to use Qatar's business class lounge, even if I have actually been through Doha's new airport on business class six times in the last five months since it formally opened.

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The previous times, the business class lounge was only partially open and passengers were given the option to use the lounge or get US$84 in shopping vouchers and 10,000 bonus miles on each stopover.

Of course, I opted for the shopping vouchers and bonus miles while they were offering it. I don't even eat in lounges, anyway, and all I really care about is having a quiet place to work between flights.

THE BEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE HONEY 
IN THE WORLD
AT DOHA AIRPORT 



With all my Doha stopovers, I actually got enough vouchers to buy two of the largest jars of Balquees honey.

This is probably the most expensive honey in the world, and the largest jar costs a small fortune.

And, thanks to not using the lounge on all my previous trips here, I now have two years' supply of the best honey in the world.

THE BIG NEW BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE
OF QATAR AIRWAYS IN DOHA



As for Qatar's new lounge, it's so big and when I arrived, I was the only one here. I had lots of time to set-up my work area and also to get some thinking time in.

Morocco is going to be a fun culture and shopping trip, but it'll also be a thinking trip, as this is very timely for the end of the year.  I hope to use some of the time to decide on a few things in my life.

THE BEST THING ABOUT THE LOUNGE

The best thing about this lounge is that the work stations have enough plugs and USB outlets for all your devices, so I'm charging my two phones, my iPad, my Samsung Galaxy, my computer and my camera all at the same time.



CUTTING IT CLOSE IN MANILA

As for the flight last night, I almost didn't make my flight out of Manila. This is probably the closest call I have ever had, in a lifetime of traveling.

Dessert last night, on the way to Doha

Even I, the perennial optimist, didn't think I was going to get on my flight.

It was my fault, too. I was scheduled to fly out of Manila at 550 PM yesterday, and at 410 PM, there I was at home, still getting a massage.

So of course I cut it really close.


When I arrived at the airport, I literally went from car to airplane without pausing for breath. Never again, I said to myself.

So one of my many New Year's resolutions for 2015 will be to make it to the airport earlier, as yesterday was really tempting fate unnecessarily, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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