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Flight Reviewof ANA: JFK to Narita, Tokyo, and Narita, Tokyo to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

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ANA 777-ER, which I took at JFK

Hi, everyone!  I am in Bangkok now.  I would like to review my ANA flights from JFK to Bangkok via Toky0, Narita.

ANA or All Nippon Airways is an airline of Japan, which was listed as 5 star airlines by Skytrax.  Here is the link to the page.

The airline is a launching customer of B787 Dreamliner with Boeing. I have been looking forward to flying with ANA because I have heard man good things about the airlines.

Ok Let’s start the review.

 

From JFK to Narita, the aircraft was B777-300ER.  The flight was scheduled to take off at 12:30 p m.  The flight was on time and the boarding procedure was very smooth.  They actually departed 1o minutes before the schedule time.

The ANA aircraft is equipped with state of art entertainment system.

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They aircraft provided a way more than enough legrooms.

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ANA flight attendants were always smiling, and it was absolutely a good example of Japanese hospitality.

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As soon as seat belt sign was off, they started to serve snack.  The snack was Japanese assorted crackers.  I choose to drink “KABOSU” drink, which is Japanese lime drink, and made especially for ANA.  Both the snack and the drink were wonderful.

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After about an hour and half, they started to serve first meal.  My choice was Chicken cutlet Milanese.  ANA’s food was delicious.  It was more filling than I thought it was.

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Surprisingly, they also served ice cream, as well!

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After the first meal, the lights became dim, and because I took sleeping med, I was already sleepy by the time I was done with the meal.

I guess about at the half of the flight, they served a sandwich as a snack.

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The way they seasoned it was really Japanese, and that made me feel at home.

Ok the last meal were served 2 hours and half before the aircraft arrived in Narita Airport.

My choice was scrambled egg with chicken sausage.  It tasted real good.!

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OK now, the second flight, from Narita, Tokyo to Bangkok!

 

The flight was actually on time.  They made an announcement that at the very moment of taking off, one of the passenger decided to not to get on board and cancelled his/her trip.  I never heard anything like that before, but I thought it was really interesting

The second aircraft was B-777-200, which was actually older that I thought it was going to be. But the seat were comfortable, and there was enough leg room.

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The service was excellent, and the ANA flight attendants were always smiling, as well.

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As you can see, unfortunately,  the entertainment system were rather old, and I had a difficulty operating it.  But I thought it was enough for 5 1/2 hours flight.

About an hour later after take off, they started to serve dinner. My choice was Japanese Hamburger stake.

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Although, ANA flight attendant recommended Japanese food, but to me this is a real Japanese food. I have not had Japanese style Hamburger stake for a while, so it was so satisfying.

OK, about an hour and half before the arrival, surprisingly, they served a danish.

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I was surprised that they actually gave out something before landing.

Overall, my experience with ANA was excellent.  I will take their flight again from Jakarta to Tokyo on the way back to the U.S.

So I am excited. Go ANA!

I will fly to Laos tomorrow, so I will do more reviews as of tomorrow, so check em out, and bon voyage!

 

 

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“Halal Restaurants” open in Tokyo, Narita Airport

Hi Everyone, and for my Muslim viewers, I hope you are having a good Ramadan this year.

I wanted to share an interesting information.

At Narita international Airport, which is the largest international airport in Metropolitan Tokyo area, will open two restaurants which carry Halal food.

Two them of are certified by Malaysia Halal Consultation and Training.

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One is a Soba restaurant called KINEYAMUGIMARU.  The restaurant is located at Terminal 1 Center building, 5th FL.

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Entrance to Kineya Mugimaru

 

Another one is Tempra restaurant called TENTEI, which is located on the Main building 4th FL in terminal 2.

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Entrance to Tentei

 

In addition, I just found out that Narita Airport has Muslim Prayer Rooms.

I am so glad that Narita Airport is Muslim friendly now.

Well, as for me, I will be off to Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi,  KL, Bali, Tokyo, and Singapore in two weeks, so I will update my blog as I visit these cities.  I am so ecited.

So until next time, Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

Kebun Indah Hotel: True Paradise in Ubud, Bali

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Kebun Indah entrance

Last two years, I have been keep on coming back to Kebun Indah, a boutique hotel or guest house in Ubud, Bali.

I was looking for a boutique hotel or guest house in Ubud, Bali, and I found about Kebun Indah on TripAdvisor.  Not only Kebun Indah was getting many good review, but also the price was very reasonable.  So I decided to stay at Kebun Indah.

 

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The 2nd FL is the room I stayed at Kebun Indah

Kebun Indah is a boutique hotel/cottage situated in Ubud, Bali.  Kebun Indah was an original guest house Ibu Wayan and Bapak Ketut who runs three other guest houses in Ubud, and one in Gili Islands, Lombok.

Here are the list of the hotels of by Ibu Wayan and Bapak Ketut

Please click the link HERE for Alam Jiwa

Please click the link HERE for Alam Shanti

Please click the link HERE for Alam Indah

Please click the link HERE for Alam Gili

 

 

Kebun Indah has 9 houses, and all the houses has its own bathroom.

I stayed in a room called CEMPAKA two years in a row.

Here are some of the pictures!

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Kebun Indah, path to my room upon my arrival to the hotel

 

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Entrance to my room at Kebun Indah CEMPAKA

 

 

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High ceiling of CEMPAKA, Kebun Indah

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Terrace of CEMPAKA, Kebun Indah

 

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Entrance to my room from the terrace

 

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Bathroom in CEMPAKA, Kebun Indah

 

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Couch on the terrace of my room, CEMPAKA, Kebun Indah

Kebun Indah has a SPA called Alam Wangi Spa, situated at the entrance of the guest house.

I paid  about $20 (to the best of my memory!) for full 1 hour Balinese massage. It was rally “enak sekali.” Indonesian, meaning ‘feels good’)

 

The service is fantastic!

At the moment you arrive at Kebun Indah, you will feel the difference from an ordinarily  guest houses in Bali.

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Reception area of Kebun Indah

 

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Reception area of Kebun Indah. The staff are making offering to the Gods of Bali

I arrived to the hotel very late last time I stayed there. I guess It was about 1 A. M. in the morning.

the check-in process was very smooth.  Since they already had my credit card information, they just checked my passport and they led me to the room.

I had to walk down to the house I stayed since the hotel is situated on the hill.  But a security person carried my baggage for me.

The entire process were very smooth, and I really appreciated it especially after the flight from Yagyakarta.

 

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Gate to the housed from the reception

 

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Path to my house

 

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Path to my house

 

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On the way to my house from the entrance of Kebun Indah

 

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Path to my house

All the staff are very friendly and attentive.  They speak good English, and some Japanese.

 

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Staff of Kebun Indah

 

All the houses in Keun Indah have free Wifi.

The room rate of KEMPAKA, Kebun Indah was very reasonable. I paid $60 per night ++ including free breakfast and afternoon tea.

The Breakfast at Kebun Indah is gorgeous.  It features egg, fruit salad, fresh juice of your choice and bread basket.

 

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Breakfast at Kebun Indah

 

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Breakfast at Kebun Indah

 

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Breakfast at Kebun Indah

 

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Breakfast at Kebun Indah

 

The room rate of Kebun Indah also includes free afternoon tea.  The cake is homemade baked at Cafe Wayan, another project of Kebun Indah.  The cake taste so good!

 

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Free afternoon tea!

Kebun Indah provides pick up service  with a van from Ngurah RaiIinternational Airport, Bali.  It costs $25 one way (as of August, 2013).  If you are in a hurry and do not move to other area of Bali by bus or other method of transportation, they can take you to Kuta via van for the same price.

If you want a transportation to tourist attraction, such as Ubud Palace and Monkey Forest, Kebun Indah can provide free transportation to where you wanna go. This option is nonnegotiable though.

Click here for Prama Tour Bus Schedule throughout Bali

 

Well, what is most noticeable about Kebun indah is its view.  Words cannot explain how amazing it looks.  From CEMPAKA, the room I stayed, you will see the great view of rice terrace. Here is the pic!

 

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View from my room at Kebun Indah

 

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View from my room, CEMPAKA, Kebun Indah

 

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Swimming pool overlooking from my house in Kebun Indah

 

So HOW CAN I BOOK A ROOM?

 

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One of the room of Kebun Indah

 

It seems that the only way you can make a reservation is via email and phone directly with Kebun Indah.

Here are the email and phone of Kebun Indah.

email: reservation@alamindahbali.com

phone: + 62 (0)361-974629

PLEASE BOOK EARLY!, because this hotel or guest house is always booked, and I have a impression that you may have to make a reservation at least 6 months before your actual stay to get a house.

 

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Library in Kebun Indah

 

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a house called SANDAT in Kebun Indah

 

I enjoyed my stays at Kebun Inda, so make your way to Ubud, Bali and enjoy your stay at Kebun Indah.

If you are wondering which guest house you wanna stay in Ubud, I have to say Kebun Indah is my recommendation.

Ok, so have a good one guys and Bon Voyage!