samedi 13 janvier 2018

YOU GET OLD ONLY WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A PROJECT TO DO said Sir VS NAIPAUL

YOU GET OLD ONLY WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A PROJECT TO DO

As our reading abilities evolve, so does our choice of literature. After the usual classics of school years, one ventures and discovers, the other literature, which to me was Alberto Moravia (Italian, Jewish) and Agnar Mykle (Norwegian). Australia provided the local literature, Nevile Shute who was a celebrated Brit-Oz writer and of course I was already interested in understanding what made Australians, Aussies. I recognized the unique nature of Australian Humour, and The Outcasts of Foolgarah by Frank Hardy was a favourite. If you ask me what defines an Aussie, I can flatly claim: An Aussie is a person who has an Aussie sense of humour.

All that was gobbled up when I was introduced to the West Indies and its literature, I fondly remember my good friend Lincoln Myers from Trinidad who told me about VS Naipaul who was to be a constant companion and eagerly read each and every book he published, especially his travel books, starting with India: An area of Darkness. Visits to various Caribbean islands made me want to read other writers from the region, before plunging headlong into the magical realism of Latin America.
I am reading this morning Inner Engineering by Sadhguru.
Here is something he writes:
Learn to place your intellect in the sheath of your awareness rather than in the sack of memory and identification.
That reminded me of what Naipaul said: you feel old only when you don’t have a project, something to look forward to.
Whatever your age, rather than dipping into the memory captured by your experiences or thoughts, look forward to creating experiences and thoughts. In this way you invigorate yourself: mind and body


What projects do I have?
Apart from planning travels which are always a pleasant task…
A Diabetes and Wound Clinic in Easter Island helped by my Omaha Indian friends

Disease Prevention Public Health Education in a village along the Amazon

And Cuba that unending feast is always an unending project!

mercredi 3 janvier 2018

YOU WILL COME BACK AGAIN: LES AU REVOIR new artists to discover through SPOTIFY

There is something so wonderful about being in a city that you love and feeling very peaceful in your heart, and you are surrounded by silence and solitude. You friends and other lovers in Cuba are enticing you with their tender emails and messages and telephone calls. 
I have in front of me the last book by Sadhguru
Inner Engineering which I refer to from time to time.
I am using Spotify streaming service and I select the music to suit this dreamy mood. Even among the selections, now and then a song wafts through and touches your heart. You dont know the artists but with Google and YouTube and Wikipedia you soon know who they are.
I was listening to LES AU REVOIR
Here is the song in the original Greek.
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/les-au-revoir-tha-ksanartheis-lyrics.html#ixzz539p1TMHw
Greek

Tha Ksanartheis

Δεν με μέλει αν οι όρκοι μας σβήστηκαν
Δεν με μέλει εάν όλα ξεχαστήκαν
Πίστεψε με διόλου δεν πονώ
Κι αν εσύ ξεχνάς, ξεχνώ κι εγώ
 
Δεν με μέλει αν η καρδιά σου άλλον θέλει
Δυνατά σου το φωνάζω, "δεν με μέλει"
Δεν ζηλεύω αυτόν που αγαπάς
Δεν με μέλει, όπου θέλεις ας πας
 
Θα ξανάρθεις,
Όσα χρόνια κι αν περάσουν θα ξανάρθεις
Και συμπόνια θα ζητάς μετανιωμένη
Θε να 'ρθεις με ραγισμένη την καρδιά
Θα ξανάρθεις
Δεν μπορεί παρά μια μέρα να ξανάρθεις
Όταν μάθεις πως βγήκες γελασμένη
Θα ξανάρθεις ντροπιασμένη μια βραδιά
 
Δεν με μέλει αν πουλάς την αγκαλιά σου
Κι αν μοιράζεις σ' όποιον να 'ναι τα φιλιά σου
Θα 'ρθει η μέρα που θα με ποθείς
Σου το λέω, να το θυμηθείς
 
Δεν με μέλει που όποιος θέλει σ' αγοράζει
Κι αν ξέχασες τους όρκους δεν πειράζει
Ότι τώρα δυνατά ποθείς
Θα 'ρθει η μέρα να το βαρεθείς
 
Θα ξανάρθεις,
Όσα χρόνια κι αν περάσουν θα ξανάρθεις
Και συμπόνια θα ζητάς μετανιωμένη
Θε να 'ρθεις με ραγισμένη την καρδιά
Θα ξανάρθεις
Δεν μπορεί παρά μια μέρα να ξανάρθεις
Όταν μάθεις πως βγήκες γελασμένη
Θα ξανάρθεις ντροπιασμένη μια βραδιά (x2)


http://lyricstranslate.com/en/tha-ksanartheis-you-will-come-back-again.html#ixzz539orZcEJ

English translation

You will come back again

I don't care if our vows are erased
I don't care if everything is forgotten
Believe me I'm not in pain at all
And if you forget, I forget too
 
I don't care if your heart desires someone else
I'm shouting you that loudly, " I don't care"
I'm not jealous of whom you love
I don't care, wherever you want, you can go
 
You will come back again,
No matter how many years will pass, you will come back again
And you will ask compassion regretful
You will come with broken heart
You will come back again,
It can't be, you will come back again one day
When you find out you were fooled
You will come back ashamed one night
 
I don't care if you sell your hug
And if you give your kisses to anyone
The day that you will desire me will come
I'm telling you that, you should remember it
 
I don't care that anyone who wants can buy you
And if you forget the vows it's alright
The thing you strongly desire now
The day you will get bored of it will come
 
You will come back again,
No matter how many years will pass, you will come back again
And you will ask compassion regretful
You will come with broken heard
You will come back again,
It can't be, you will come back again one day
When you find out you were tricked
You will come back ashamed one night (x2)


I love the sentiments expressed. I have always felt that those who treaded upon me on their way to somewhere or other, will always come back 
So I close my eyes 
think of a few friends who went away and say:

You will come back again..

and here is the song:


lundi 1 janvier 2018

WELCOME TO 2018 CONTINUATION OF THE HAPPINESS OF 2017

Historically speaking, the New Year's Eve has not been kind to me. I can think of only the disasters that had happened on that day in various countries: Melbourne, Guyaquil, Miami, La Habana, I can go on and on.
I wanted it to be, as it was when I was a junior doctor, like any other day, one day passing on to the next, without the pressure that one had to be joyous and make decisions or resolutions. All seemed artificial. In Baracoa, we used to sit up all night by the Malecon singing and watching the sun come up before going home and those days were pleasant.
As usual cards and messages and videos, some of them not very nice, began arriving. I appreciated the fact that people are thinking of you, at least fleetingly, for that moment while they are dispatching these missives to the coterie of their friends!









But this year it was different and I enjoyed it very much.
First of all I had arrived in the USA feeling very content and happy after my trip to Asia and Qatar. I had the luxury of spending the last two days of the year in complete privacy and tranquility at the empty home of my sister. I was invited to dinner to my best friend's house and there were just six of us.
we had enough food and wine and champagne to drink but the centre of attraction was the depth of our friendship and how much we were concerned about each other and genuine expressions of affection. 
This was not a liminal moment but a moment well lived and I felt very good.
It is good to have FRIENDS..
We humans are capable of maintaining intimate relationships with 10-15 people at any one time, but up to 150 social relationships at a time. this number is referred to as Dunbar Number.
Since I have CUBA where friendships have a deeper meaning (a social context, solidarity in that context ) and have a roving geographical realm, the number is slightly higher for me, still intimate relationships are within the 10-15 range..
Last night included some of those from 10-15 intimate range.
From Wikipedia:
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individualknows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.[1][2] This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size.[3] By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships.[4] Dunbar explained it informally as "the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar".[5]
Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 250, with a commonly used value of 150.[6][7] Dunbar's number states the number of people one knows and keeps social contact with, and it does not include the number of people known personally with a ceased social relationship, nor people just generally known with a lack of persistent social relationship, a number which might be much higher and likely depends on long-term memory size.
Dunbar theorized that "this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size [...] the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained". On the periphery, the number also includes past colleagues, such as high school friends, with whom a person would want to reacquaint himself or herself if they met again.[8]

dimanche 31 décembre 2017

GRATEFUL FOR 2017 WITH ITS WONDERFUL JOURNEYS

I am recuperating nicely from the last trip in the tranquility of my sisters home in Miami, while she is away with her family on Caribbean cruise.
This last trip was typical of most of my trips in 2017.
Left USA on Japan Airlines F to Tokyo, connecting with Japan Airlines J to Singapore. Stayed at the Lounges till I could catch a Malaysian Airlines J flight to Kuala Lumpur. Welcomed as usual at the Double Tree Hotel at KL. a nice lunch with some friends. Facial by Anna and this time a hair cut by a bearded Chinese by the name of Andy. The trip from KL to Brussels was a bit tiresome, even though I tried to break it at Doha. KL to Doha on Qatar Airways J and then about 13 hours in Doha which I spent at Marriott Marquis Hotel and it was good to see my friends. The flight to Brussels was too short on Qatar Airways J. Brussels was very cold usually in the -2, -3 range and I couldn't get warm. I can't say I enjoyed being there. Was eager to get to Cochin. Leaving Europe felt like lifting a huge weight of your shoulder as if some cumbersome and unwanted burden was pushing you down. Cochin was delightful, spending time with friends and enjoying the food. Met some new people as well. Flight from Cochin to Doha was short on Qatar Airways J. Once again a short stay at the Hilton Doha, saying hello to some friends and the next morning a very long flight on Qatar Airways J to Miami.
Now waiting for the Big Moon, the Wolf Moon, the first of the two Big Moons of January 2018. To me, tonight is a continuation of the good year past so there are no new decisions or resolutions, just a prayer of thanks to my friends who have kept in touch with me and made this journey through life a pleasant one.
Some of my thanks for this wonderful year 2017 were due to :
Airline of the Year without any doubt Qatar Airways. I took about 30 long and medium haul flights on QR in 2017
The best convenient/comfortable/city visited was Doha (9 times, never as a destination but as a stop over )
Other cities visited more than FOUR times 
Cochin, India 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Paris. France
Brussels, Belgium
Miami, Florida  which has always been close to my heart.
Remote places visited in 2017 include 
Easter Island  Rapa Nui in the Pacific 
Leticia  along the Amazon in Colombia
Iquitos along the Amazon in Peru
The country I most visited in 2017 was USA, because of my project with the American Indians 
Nebraska Iowa Oklahoma South Dakota Florida Wisconsin Minnesota Michigan 
Countries visited in 2017 most of them more than once 
USA
France
Belgium
India
Singapore
Malaysia
Cambodia 
Colombia
Brasil 
Chile 
Peru

The best country for me still remains CUBA.

samedi 30 décembre 2017

LISTS FOR 2018 TRAVEL AND MUSIC AVOID THE FIRST AND EMBRACE THE SECOND


Towards the end of the calendar year, popular travel magazines and websites begin to predict or adivine the best places to travel for the coming year, predicting that they would be the popular .
to me there is only one use for such list, it helps me avoid those places.
Here is one such list :
  • Mauritius. ...
  • Marrakesh, Morocco. ...
  • The Bahamas. ...
  • New Orleans, Louisiana. ...
  • Egypt. ...
  • Fiji. A beach at sunset in Fiji. ...
  • Archipelago Sea, Finland. An island near Helsinki, Finland. ...
  • Greenland. Homes on the island of Uummannaq, Greenland.
  • Copenhagen
  • I would miss not visiting Marrakech the coming year, but then again Marrakech was always a popular site and this year more so. 
I am sure the pundits at Lonely Planet would conjure up their own list, which I could use to avoid more places.
My plans for travel in 2018 would include 
Israel
Colombo 
Melbourne
Easter Island
The Amazon
and the other usual culprits which cannot be considered as Travel but rather than homecoming! 
But when the papers, journals and websites publish lists of music to listen to, I pay close attention as this is the time to learn about great musicians from other countries.
This past year, I discovered Revivo Project from Israel and today I downloaded a video of Yasmine Hamdan, a Lebanese singer who lives in Paris.
Some new artists I am hoping to listen soon are:
Oumou Sangare  Mali, I have listened to her music but she has an album, Mogoya

Songhoy Blues from Mali
While listening to Iceland Symphony Orchestra, I discovered a group called Hjaltalin.. just amazing. It shows how much more music to discover!

ah! the pleasures of living..
Talking about travel, my last trip to Cochin was absolutely the best, I cant tell you what happened, I did not do any sightseeing except walk around the familiar streets, but did spend an exceptional day with Friends from Cochin.

There is yet another list travel magazines put out knowing fully well that 99% of the Americans would neither have the money nor the time and more tragically no inclination to do so.
Travel and Leisure had such a list, here is a sampler
Marine life in Madagascar
Humpback whales in Ningaloo Reef
Luxury train trips in Kyushu
It says then many of them are aimed at the Millenials, adding the sad statistic: 48% of the Millenials (the least interesting generation to come) do not take all their vacation days.. Such a tragedy!
At least we don't have to avoid their destinations, they just don't travel.

May our paths cross during 2018!


MASS CONVERSIONS OF CHRISTIANS INTO JUDAISM : THREE CASE HISTORIES

While there has been historical references of mass conversions to Judaism, they have been extremely rare. All of us are aware of the King of Khuzars/Khazars who converted and his courtesans who followed. There was a group of farmers who were descended from a long line of christians and reading their bibles dutifully felt that the Mosaic tradition was truest, they lived along the Caspian Sea.
I am not talking about lost tribes and their longing to return. My interest has always been jews surviving in extreme isolation and not those who "discover" their judaism. Most scientific thought would support that having Middle Eastern genes do not constitute a Jewish ancestry, such as the claims of Lemba in Zimbabwe who have their majority genes from Africa. 
I am talking about Christians who are religious who convert their practises into the Jewish one, en masse, usually at the behest of some charismatic preacher. I know of two such communities, one in Erode in Tamilnadu in India and the other in Medellin, Colombia. Their followers number in the thousands and they are fervently religious.
Jews of Cochin, like Jews of Lithuania or Arab countries have a great admixture of local genes , have an unbroken history going back at least 1100 years . The last remaining jew of that community in Cochin is Elias and he recently accepted an invitation to visit the Erode Community. He was well received by them and he was suitably impressed with the observance of jewish law among the people in the community.
In this remarkable photo, you see from left to right, the leader of the community in Erode, Tamil Nadu. Sitting next to him is Abraham Ben Hur, a Nasrani from Wayanad, Kerala who is an expert on the Jewish Origins of the Indian people and his latest book is on the Lost tribes of Israel. Next to him, is the last jew of Cochin, Elias Babu. I maintain that the Cochin jews, especially those who arrived before the 16th century have Yemeni and Iraqi origins. Just look at the man sitting at the extreme right. He is an Israeli of Yemenite Origin.
Jewish identity is a complex matter. Religion while remaining central is not essential for a Jewish identity and those new comers who are identifying with Jewish religion only will have a difficult time to understand the psychological aspects of Jewish Survival and that too with profound success.

Even in Israel only 22 per cent of the Jewish population is religious and the figures would be lower in the western countries with large jewish populations (namely USA France UK and Argentina). In the USA, only about one in ten or 10 per cent of the Jews are Orthodox or religiously obervant, as understood by non jews. Majority of Jews identify themselves as Jews but only ten percent follow the strict religious traditions.
So, the belief that being religious and being well off has no ground. Jews are the best educated group in the USA and as such are financially better off. It is interesting to note that Hindu migrants from India are much better educated than Muslim migrants from the Subcontinent and it shows in their income distribution.
I will follow with great interest the development of the Erode Community
I did not say much about the third christian community which converted into Jewish practice. They are in Uganda and their interesting history would make a blog of its own.

WHY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018, WHY NOT, GRATEFUL FOR AN EVENTFUL 2017

Some one from Cuba: I am supposed to pretend to be happy at this time of the year!
Advertisements from Malaysia to Qatar to Miami all inviting you to have a GOOD TIME on the evening of the 31st for a few hours .
What about the rest of the year 2017?
It has been such a good year ,2017, each year trying to do their best to become the best year of your life..
This has been such a good year..

Cuba firmly in my heart with some new players entering and cementing of old friendships.
A firm good bye to Europe after 12 years of uncomfortable and at times miserable, especially in France, visits. 
Firming of friendships in Miami, especially with M@G.
Closeness with UmonHon tribe of Nebraska
New countries  Qatar and some innocent friendships 
Travel Travel Travel North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia.
More travels within the USA meeting wonderful people in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan
Multiple visits of friends to La Habana. Meeting of Cuban scientists in Barranquilla.


December coincided with a gift of a book by Sadhguru by a close friend in KL, then enjoying reading it, a wonderful visit to Cochin, possibly the best so far and an incredible tranquility to the heart!
So the best present for 2018 came in 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

All is well in the life of this wandering Jew.
Grateful for a wonderful 2017.
Learning more about our people wherever they are and listening to their history through words and songs, becoming acquainted with names like Medioni and Boniche..and of course Enrico Macias..
Je suis juif espagnol
je suis grec armenien
but we are also Syrian, Yemeni, Iranian
all those people who do not have a voice or not heard 
including the 900 000 jews kicked out of Arab Countries!

ACTIONS PROVE WHO SOMEONE IS, WORDS JUST PROVE WHO THEY WANT TO BE

ONE of the more significant events of 2017 has been the official acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capital.
Most of the world agree, based on historical facts, that Jerusalem predated Islam by centuries, has been the capital of Israel for ever and it is as important to the Jews as Mecca and Medina to the Muslims. 
The Muslim world was up in arms! Remember the sophistication of the Malaysian MPs who are debating on the length of the skirts of Air Asia Flight attendants? Egyptian gunmen murdering Copts at worship? Iranians voicing their dislike of the clerics?
Why do they hate us, Jacobo Timmerman, the argentine born writer asked his mother when he was young. His erudite mother replied: They hate us because they don't know us!
Bernard Lewis has repeatedly said: Societies that do not treat women freedom and treat them as equals and those who treat the minorities among them in an oppressive and brutal fashion, are bound to lag behind in catching up with the rest of the world!
This action of recognizing tacitly what has been a fact for 3000 years demonstrated an ignorance and also the division between the educated and not so well informed. The debate about al Aqsa mosque which was built long after the death of Mohammed, on the site of a jewish holy site, was once again surfaced. It is debated and supported that the current day mosque in Jerusalem is not the mosque referred to in the Koran.
Yogic philosophy stresses that of all the structural defects that brings us unhappiness, the strongest and most fundamental one is IGNORANCE. Propaganda is not knowledge, it will be conceived as knowledge when there is no freedom of expression or intolerance to diversity of opinion.
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
Jersualem of Gold 
If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its cunning.
La Shanah Ha ba'ah b' Yerushalayim
בשנה הבאה בירושלים
These are millennial old prayers of the Jewish people!

May all the human beings be allowed the right to become enlightened, knowledgeable, understand intolerance and avoid it, embrace diversity
To begin with:
we are ONE עם ישראל

IRAN IN MY HEART : LET US LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN

One of the first countries I became aware as a child for its culture and literature was IRAN/Persia. The fact that my father had spent some time in Abadan may have influenced it as well.
Over the years I had kept abreast of what is happening in Iran. As a Jew, it is not advisable for me to travel to Iran (nor to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for that matter) and I lament the fact that I cannot enjoy Iran to the fullest. Fortunately, during a period of two years, a good friend of mine from Teheran and I met twice in KL and twice in London, and the exchange of information, information and affection was intense and mutually beneficial.
There is no hatred between Jews and Iranians and an effort to convey this message to the Iranians was very well received.
here is the video clip of every day Israelis saying I love you to Iran
It becomes all the more relevant now that Iran is engaged in proxy war with Saudi Arabia by supporting Shia militants in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. There is a simmering rivalry between these two entities which paradoxically have benefited women as they want to show to each other who is less conservative than the other. Iran for the first time allowed women to watch a sports event. (men were barred. which centuries are the clerics living in?).. oh vow..
The Iranians are the most educated of all in the Muslim world, Turkey included and you can only suppress them by force for so long, it is amazing that the Clerics have survived so long, since 1979 as I do not get the feeling that they do not have the popular support. As my friend said to me: I am glad they taught me Islam and now I am in the west  I can honestly reject it.
The current discontent is just the tip fo the iceberg, it wont be long until Iran and its educated, sophisticated population flare far beyond military might to suppress it. The Pen and now Internet is mightier than the sword and nooses of the Oppressors!
From BBC:

What is behind the unrest?

The protests were initially against economic conditions and corruption but appear to have turned political.
Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.
Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans like "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.
There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran", a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.
Other demonstrators chanted "leave Syria, think about us" in videos posted online. Iran is a key provider of military support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
It is also accused of providing arms to Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which it denies, and is an ally of Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah.
I wish all the best and good luck in the world to my Iranian brothers and sisters and I too want to join the Israelis to tell them:
I love you Iran, I love you Iranians 

vendredi 29 décembre 2017

QATAR AIRWAYS DOHA TO MIAMI QT 777 ON A BOEING 777-300 ER 28.12.2017

The sun rises early in the desert and I wanted to get to the airport early enough for the long flight from Doha to Miami, a distance of nearly 10 000 km, covered in 16 hours.


 Ms MD from Sri Lanka, whom I had known from previous check-ins, was a good omen for a pleasant journey that awaited me. It is always a calm feeling to begin a long journey with pleasant interactions such as thing one with the sweet young lady, who has a name which means Honey.
 The first ever friend that I made with QR was on my first stopover/transit in Doha in 2012. AAT is from Dimbulla in Sri Lanka and he and I have been friends ever since and as luck would have it, he was at Al Mourjan Lounge. Without my even asking, as he knew what I liked to eat, food began arriving at my table. AAT uses his position at QR and takes advantage of trips to see the world: he has been to Tbilisi, Fort Cochin in addition to visits home. 
When my younger brother joins me on my next trip, AAT would organize our stay in Sri Lanka.

 I have ran into AAT on various occasions at Al Mourjan over the years even without making prior arrangements. Things happen for a reason, say the native Americans
 Psychologiaclly preparing for long trips is very important, otherwise you would feel anxious about the time not passing. My own way is to utitlize the time for the benefit of my mind and brain, as I have 16 hours and be as pleasant as possible to the onboard staff as well as enjoy slowly over the course of the flight various delicacies offered by QR 
Normally I begin with a glass of Larsen Champagne but I was adjusting to the Miami time and wanted the champagne later..
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 Falafel wrap with Tahina, rocket salad and mint yoghurt
Selection of two indulgent individual desserts
 Most people are busy settling into their seats so they dont pay attention to the Boarding music . A few months ago QR changed it and it is now Dan Al Fardan's composition that greets you. She is a Qatari
 Good opportunity to read New York Times, which is the best newspaper in the world. An interesting article on how leading Nutrition researchers in Malaysia collude with Food companies and the result? Malaysia is the fattest country in Asia. They do not realize that in a few years time, half the population would be dying of Diabetes, a disease so easily prevented: of course there is no room for Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Milo if you want to avoid Diabetes and be faithful to your gene and eat like your grandmother!
 Dozing on and off, reading Sadhguru's book on Inner Engineering, which is an excellent and I recommend it to one and all, so that you can learn ways to improve your inner self and find yourself happier than ever before. I enjoy when the flight is over Iceland and Greenland as these islands conjure up my imagination!
 Smoked Salmon and cream cheese roulade, caperberrries and confit tomatoes
 I really enjoyed my main meal as I am a fan of Japanese meal and it reminded me of the various visits to Japan to study their nutrition: the best in the world 
 Tofu in Panko bread crumbs with curry sauce. Japanese rice (tastes different from other asian rice) with edamame beans and mushrooms
 I normally dont eat desserts but on board QR is an exception. White chocolate and mango mousse cake.
 Passing over Greenland. The flight was windy and turbulent and when I spoke to the First officer he said it is common this time of the year. Over Greenland and northeastern Canada the turbulence was heavy. I dont enjoy reading or eating when the flight hits turbulent.
Even the Karak Cardamon tea fails to soothe me.
 Just before landing the Thai and Hungarian cabin crew offered a snack which I graciously accepted: a selection of what looked like arab savouries
I made friends with Ms J from India who is the Chef d'Cabine. Imagine how hard these Cabin Crew work to please the passengers and also to maintain the highest levels of Service QR is known for! She said she got up at 3 am to get ready to go to the airport at 5 am and by the time they get to the hotel in Miami, they would have been working for 22 hours, but they get a 5-6 hour break in between when they go to rest and refresh themselves up. It is inredible they always look their best, act their best and give their best. Kudos HE Al Bakr, the CEO, whose personal imprint can be seen in all aspects of passenger care of this 2018 Business Traveller Airline of the Year: well deserved award and I am glad that I have made many friends who are part of the reason why QR is so good!
Looking forward to my next long haul QR flight which would be to CMB!