Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class – Taipei to Singapore

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Eva Airlines
Royal Laurel Business Class
Flight BR225
Leave 7:40 AM, Arrive 12:05 PM

I arrived at the gate early to see if my watch was actually at the gate.  Upon approaching the desk, the agent was very friendly.  I explained the situation, and she was expecting me.  She asked for some identification which was quickly produced, and she handed me a sealed bag with my name and the contents of the package on the outside.

Upon opening the package, I was very relieved to see my watch and quickly put it on my wrist so I wouldn’t “lose” it again.

Mini-Cabin
Mini-Cabin

Once boarding started, we boarded when business class was called. Once showing our ticket stub we were pointed to the right where we had once again chosen the mini-cabin. In fact, we had chosen the exact same seats.

Royal Laurel Seat with Pillow
Royal Laurel Seat with Pillow

Waiting at our seat was a pillow, however there was no blanket this time.  Sadly, pajamas were also missing on this flight.

Headphones
Headphones

Also at the seat, was a set of headphones.

Pre-Departure Drink
Pre-Departure Drink

Once we got settled into our seats, we were offered a pre-departure drink and “refreshing wet towel”. I chose some water.

Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu

We were then presented menus and a wine list.

Breakfast was served about an hour into the flight.

Breakfast
Breakfast

I chose the Western Breakfast which included cut fruit, yogurt, museli, and I also chose an apple danish. The fruit was good, but the apple was starting to turn brown.

Asparagus Omelette with Chicken Sausage
Asparagus Omelette with Chicken Sausage

For the main, I chose the Asparagus Omelette with Chicken Sausage. The omelette was serviceable, and was served with beans, spinach, hash browns and a tomato.

The breakfast was unmemorable for the most part.

The rest of the flight was smooth. I watched a couple of movies since there wasn’t enough time to really get any sleep.

Overall, I really enjoyed Eva’s Royal Laurel Business Class and would gladly fly it again in the future.

Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Upon returning from a quick jaunt into the city during our nine hour layover, which did not include much since the Shilin night market was closing down upon our arrival other than a very good foot massage, we headed to the Eva Airlines check-in counter to try and find out more information about my watch.

The check-in agent informed me that I could retrieve my watch at the gate.

Lounge Signage
Lounge Signage

We initially headed to The Garden Lounge, but the front desk agent recommended that the Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge was actually a better lounge.

After walking the additional 100 feet, we presented our lounge invitations and were welcomed in. After a long flight from Los Angeles and a night out, I wanted to freshen up a bit and took advantage of the shower rooms.

Lounge Seating
Lounge Seating

The lounge contains plenty of seating with several different seating areas.

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Shower Room

The shower room was spacious and functional. It had all of your basic needs including plenty of towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, hair dryer, razor, and grooming amenities.

Toilet
Toilet

There was even a fancy Japanese toilet with heated seat.

Shower
Shower

The water pressure was on the low side, and the tile floor did get slippery after using shampoo and/or soap.

Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread

There were several hot options for breakfast including eggs, sausage, bacon, noodles, dim sum, congee and oatmeal. There was also cereal, breads, muffins, pastries, fruit, cookies, salad, donuts and vegetables. There were also several types of juices, and canned drinks.

Ice Cream!
Ice Cream!

Maybe best of all is the self-serve ice cream station for breakfast.

The Infinity lounge is perfectly functional, and very convenient if needing to take a shower during your layover. The food was edible but nothing really stood out, except for the ice cream of course.

Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class – Los Angeles to Taipei

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Eva Airlines
Los Angeles to Taipei
Flight BR11
Leave 3:50 PM, arrive 10:50 PM + 1 day

Check-In Counter
Check-In Counter

Upon entering the Tom Bradley Internation Terminal at LAX, there is a separate check-in area for those flying Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class and Eva Airlines Infinity Miles Gold Status. Although there were customers being helped we were quickly helped by another representative manning another desk. Check-in was quick and efficient. We went through security for first class and business class passengers, which was great since there was hardly a line.

Gate Area
Gate Area

At the gate, there are separate entrances for business and economy classes, but there were many passengers trying to board all at once despite the militant demeanor of some of the gate agents.

Business Class Mini-Cabin
Business Class Mini-Cabin

Upon boarding, we were warmly greeted by the crew and shown to our seats. Since we were sitting in the mini-cabin we made a right turn upon entering. The mini-cabin was empty which allowed for some picture taking. We chose the last row of seats, 11D and 11G. Although I have read some bad reviews of these seats, lucky at One Mile At A Time also sat in the last row on his flight from Taipei to San Francisco and seemed to enjoy the experience, so that helped in making a decision. Although the reverse herringbone seats are angled slightly towards each other, there is enough privacy if sitting in the middle seats next to a stranger thanks to the privacy shield between the seats.

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Pillow and Blanket

Waiting at my seat was a pillow and blanket.

Headphones
Headphones
Headphones
Headphones

There was also a pair of noise cancelling headphones which really did not do a good job of reducing outside noise.

Slippers
Slippers
Slippers
Slippers

There was also a pair of slippers waiting in one of the storage compartments.

Seat Controls
Seat Controls

The seat controls are rather easy to use and fairly intuitive.

Outlets, Entertainment Remote
Outlets, Entertainment Remote

The entertainment remote, electrical outlet, USB plug, reading light and headphone plug in are conveniently located.

Pajamas
Pajamas

Once boarding was winding down, we were asked if we wanted a pair of pajamas to which I accepted. They run slightly on the larger side, but are comfortable and aren’t too warm.

Refreshing Wet Towel
Refreshing Wet Towel
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Pre-Departure Water

We were offered a packaged refreshing wet towel which is actually a towel inside of the package, along with a pre-departure beverage whose choices included water, orange juice or champagne.

Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
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Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
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Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List
Wine List

We were then handed menus. I had already pre-selected my meals online but it was nice to see what the other options were. Although Eva Airlines no longer serves Dom Perignon in business class, the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 was also a nice choice. Right as were ready for pushback, it was at this point that I noticed that I didn’t have my watch on. I frantically checked my pockets and carry-on luggage to no avail. I asked my wife if she happened to pick up my watch somewhere as she thinks it’s rather humorous to take my things such as phone or keys, hide them and then watch me search for them. Since she knew this was a serious thing she said that she hadn’t seen it or taken it. We called over one of the flight attendants and asked them if it was possible to call the lounge to see if the lounge attendant at the shower suites had seen my watch. She quickly went to the cockpit but came back and told me it was not possible until we were up in the air. Once we were up in the air, they were able to follow-up with the lounge. The lounge attendant did find my watch and thankfully turned it in to the lost and found. The flight attendant told me that they were going to send my watch on the next flight and I would be able to pick it up at the airport or gate on my connecting flight. Having a nine hour layover turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Diet Coke
Diet Coke
Veuve Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot
Arare (Japanese Rice Crackers)
Arare (Japanese Rice Crackers)

Feeling relieved and suddenly more relaxed, I order a Diet Coke and a glass of Veuve Cliquot once we were in the air. A small ramekin of arare (Japanese rice crackers) was also served.

IFE Screen
IFE Screen

The entertainment system features a large screen with a pretty decent entertainment selection. I found enough variety to watch a few movies during the flight.

Cured Scottish Sea Trout
Cured Scottish Sea Trout

Meal service began with a cured Scottish Sea Trout, which was tender and flavorful. It came with a small salad. A nice way to begin the meal.

Pumpkin Soup with Cream and Chives
Pumpkin Soup with Cream and Chives

Next was the soup course, consisting of pumpkin soup with cream and chives. The delicate pumpkin flavor was not lost with the cream and chives. The soup had a velvety texture and was another nice dish.

Salad
Salad

The salad consisted of field greens, radishes and rather long shaving of carrot. The salad was doused in dressing, but the greens were fresh and crisp.

Oriental Lobster with Seasonal Vegetables and Egg Fried Rice
Oriental Lobster with Seasonal Vegetables and Egg Fried Rice

I had selected the Oriental Lobster in Ginger and Spring Onion Sauce with Seasonal Vegetables and Egg Fried Rice. The lobster was cooked well and was rather tender. Only the tail and one claw was served, so the portion was on the smaller side.

"Fruit Course"
“Fruit Course”

I skipped the cheese course and was kind of surprised when the “fruit course” was a whole apple on a plate. I also passed on the ice or pecan tart.

Mood Lighting
Mood Lighting

Once dinner service was completed, the main cabin lights were turned down and the “stars” came out at night to help get a good nights sleep.

Hamburger
Hamburger

I was able to sleep for about five hours, a record for me on a plane. Once awake a flight attendant asked if I was interested in partaking in the snack menu. I decided to go with the hamburger, which was actually not too bad. Although a little on the dry side, with enough mustard I was able to eat it. The fries were surprisingly fairly crisp as well.

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit

Breakfast began with a generous fruit course, which was ripe and pretty sweet.

Shrimp and Lemon Ravioli
Shrimp and Lemon Ravioli

The Shrimp and Lemon Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce sort of looked like a hot mess with the thick blob of tomato sauce drowning the two ravioli. The ravioli were tender but missing was the shrimp. They must have been on strike that day. The boiled root vegetables did not add much to the dish.

The rest of the flight was uneventful. Upon landing we were thanked for flying Eva Airlines. I was advised to go to the customer service desk for more information regarding my watch. The customer service people were very friendly and helpful. There seems to be somewhat of a language barrier, as they kept telling me that I would need to come back to the customer service desk before my next flight to pick up my watch, but then told me that the watch would be waiting for me at the gate. This transpired a few times. In the end I decided to get to the airport early to check-in and then try and find out more information about my watch. I am eternally grateful to the shower suite lounge attendant at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX for finding and turning in my watch to the lost and found, and also to Eva Airlines for getting my watch on the next flight to Taipei so that it would be there before my next flight. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!

Introduction: Asian Mis-Adventure

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Introduction: Asian Mis-Adventure

Early last year United Airlines announced that their award chart would be devalued on February 1, 2014, in which there would be an award chart for flights on United Airlines, and another award chart for flights on their Star Alliance partners.

I knew that I wanted to book flights prior to the evaluation since I was planning on flying on partner airlines rather than United Airlines itself.

In the end, I ended up booking a “free one way” from Toronto, Cananda to Los Angeles, with a six month stopover before continuing on to Asia.

I previously posted reports on my trip to Toronto.

Air Canada Business Class, Toronto to Los Angeles

The Carbon Bar

Cafe Polonez

Ritz Carlton Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto

Lee Restaurant – Toronto

I managed to book an Eva Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Taipei, before continuing on to Singapore.

The return flight was from Bangkok to Seoul, with a short layover before continuing onto Los Angeles on Asiana airlines.

The entire booking was 120,000 miles per person round trip in business class.

The trip report will also contain restaurant reviews and some of the things we did on the trip.

There were plenty of “mis-adventures” on this trip, including forgetting my watch at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX, forgetting my daypack in Singapore, leaving money in the safe in Kowloon, and a lost credit card.