I stayed up too late last night, and drank too much celebratory wine. I was hurting when the alarm went off at OMG o‘clock.
My first flight was on Singapore Air. It was nothing special, which was a bit disappointing – I used to love flying with Singapore, but I’ve given my business to Thai Air and Swiss in the past few years. Singapore was hot and humid, which was a lovely change from Perth – my teeth were chattering as I walked into the airport this morning.
Second flight was on Thai Air, Singapore to Bangkok. The flight is less than 3 hours, and yet they managed to serve a hot meal, and keep my glass of champagne topped up. Can’t ask for more than that, really. I even caught a bit of a nap.
As I stepped off the jetway in Bangkok, there was a Thai agent holding up my name on a board. She escorted me to the buggy waiting, and we zipped over to transit security, and then on to the Thai Royal First lounge. It was a first for me, riding in the buggy past all the people walking. She blipped the horn at a couple of people who impeded her progress chauffering me to a shower and ice cold bubbles.
She handed me over to a lounge attendant, and I booked a spa treatment. But first, a desperately needed shower. L’Occitane products in the shower room! Ohh, lemon verbena, my favorite! Across from the lounge is the Royal Orchid Spa. Passengers traveling in Thai First get an hour treatment. I chose the foot and leg massage, and the head and neck massage. I was seriously dragging when I arrived, and now I am so relaxed, yet energized at the same time. I had to stop myself from moaning aloud, the knotted muscles felt so good when they unknotted. When she was massaging my neck, it was comforting beyond the relaxing muscles. I reflected that no one has touched me there since Stephen. The back of the neck is a vulnerable place, yet it was so deeply comforting to have warm hands there, however briefly. I don’t even know how to describe it – I think I felt my spirit starting to revive. We humans need the touch of other humans, don’t we?
I’m pouring champagne down my neck at a pretty good clip, and I had a delicious bowl of shrimp wonton soup.
It was so good, I think I might have another! Hmm, or maybe the green curry? The service is…well, not what I’m used to. The attendants don’t bend over when presenting you with food or drink, they kneel. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
3 hours until my flight boards – Thai first class to Zurich. Oh, I just heard the unmistakeable ‘POP’ of champagne opening. Excuse me, won’t you?