30 Apr 2007

Good words from HH the Dalai Lama

I am reading The Many Ways to Nirvana written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama now, and I found the verses "Generating the mind for enlightenment" so beautiful. Dalai Lama says that these verses can help us cultivate our inner peace and develop altruism. These qualities are not just important to Buddhists. They are in fact very useful for everyone who suffers so much from this so-called modern society. If we have strong inner peace, we will not be affected by any negative situations we encounter. If we all believe in altruism, then happiness will never be fantasy anymore. I agree with this notion, and I hope whoever reads this can take a minute to contemplate the meaning of the verses.

Generating the mind for enlightenment

With a wish to free all beings
I shall always go for refuge
To the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha,
Until I reach full enlightenment.

Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
Today in the Buddha's presence
I generate the Mind for Full Awakening
For the benefit of all sentient beings.

As long as space remains,
As long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I, too, remain
And dispel the miseries of the world.

Dalai Lama says to recite these verses three times, and if possible contemplate on the meaning of it in mediation. The meaning of these lines are truly beyong religions.

26 Apr 2007


My friend, Pan, recently took this lovely picture. Doesn't this beautiful firework bring new hope for future? I just love the combination of the firework and those red lanterns.

virgin atlantic advert.

Hilarious Ad. No offense to lovely gay crowds. I wouldn't mind a fantastic inflight romance. Hoping to meet one on my next flight. ;)

17 Apr 2007

Thai Airways 777-300, AVOD?

This huge bird will take me to Athens, Greece this June. I haven't flown Thai for ages. I can only recall their good seat pitch. Their old aircrafts have 34'' seat pitch in economy class.What a treat!

Some people say their food is good, but I think it depends on the flight. I still remember the horrible breakfast on the way to Kathmandu, Nepal. I don't understand why they serve green curry at 8 am.

Their service is indeed quite good, but almost all major Asian airliners provide excellent services. I guess it is the reason why Thai's cabin service could not impress me.

What terrifies me most is the lack of in-seat video on Thai. Though they have overhead TV on board, I don't want to have a sore neck when I arrive Athens. I have been checking info about Thai's T7, and I found that they just started the cabin retrofit programme for these aircrafts this year. Thai will retrofit all its 777-300 with new seats and personal entertainment system. I hope that I will be lucky to ride on the newly retrofitted T7.

I requested seat 32K. I wanted to reserve 31K, the first row of economy, but I was too late. I know the seat pitch on T7 won't be as big as Thai's old aircrafts, so I only hope that it will not be too crammed. My last T7 experience with BA was terrible. I believe the seat pitch in only 31".

Athens is really a popular destination. You can tell from the airline's booking. This explains why I cannot book my flights with Singapore Airlines. All sold out, and it was March. Honestly speaking, I prefer flying SQ because of their excellent service and entertainment system. If I had the chance, I would definitely go for it.

In fact I am hoping that Thai will use its new aircrafts to serve Bangkok - Athens route. They have upgraded their Zurich route with new A340-600. Why not upgrade Athens route? It is always fun to try new products. It is sad that when you have the chance to change aircrafts, you still get the same one, which is what I will get this time.