A Cathay Present: Washington D.C and College Park Maryland

Writing this while having massive US Withdrawal right now, Washington D.C and College Park Maryland can be said as the most eventful place during my two weeks trip to the States. I was there to visit a friend of mine who was on exchange. I had a lot of amazing experience throughout my stay in College Park, Maryland, roughly just about 20 mins out of D.C. I would just like to take the opportunity to share some of my highlights here. I was staying in College Park for 6 days. It does seems to be rather long, but nice and relaxing. While it might not be really relevant since you will probably not stay here unless you are studying in the University of Maryland, I will still like to share a little on it.

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A Cathay Present: Jersey City & Newark

This is going to be a fairly short post since I only spend the morning walking around Jersey City and then a couple of hours in Newark which was even further cut short by the rain. It is lovely to check out this two little cities since they are always considered the underdogs when squaring up against the likes of NYC. It is also one of the reason why I stayed in Jersey City the night before even though I landed in JFK all the way in Queens.

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A Cathay Present: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City

Landing at close to 9pm, we were slightly late in touching down furthermore we had a long taxi. I can’t believe that I was in a metal tube for close to 17 hours, as awesome as Cathay may sounds, I was tired, exhausted and I just want to have a hot bath and hit the sack. I had one night around NYC area before taking the bus down to Washington and meet up with my friend. Thankfully immigration were completely empty and I was the first one thru, there was a slight wait for the baggage and I left JFK at around 915pm. I had actually wanted to take a ride share but it actually cost more than 100USD. HELL. I was staying in Jersey City since that rates are much much cheaper and in fact I got a nice rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City for just 155USD after tax and everything. I made the long journey using the Airtrain, Subway and then the Path, which took me about 1hr 45 mins in total to get to Jersey. Seems like it is a balance between cost and ease. The hotel has a really good location since it is like just a stone throw away from the Path.

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A Cathay Present: Cathay Pacific CX840 777-300ER HKG – JFK First Class

Finally it is time to share on my Cathay Pacific Flight! Its been a long 6 months! I have been waiting for this day since I got the ticket on Jan 1. Way too excited to fly in Cathay Pacific First, up till now, I have only tried premium cabins on SQ, so was wondering how other airlines square up to them. I have already did up a comparison earlier, this time around I am going to share my full experience on Cathay. Just be prepared, it’s gonna be a intensive and long post of pictures as well! I have already read countless reviews online to see how the experience would be like. Good things sure take times! Furthermore I am going to be stuck in the plane for more than 17hours, my longest flight ever. Surely, I am doing it in style! Before that I was at The Pier, all the way at Gate 62 before knowing that my flight depart from Gate 4. It was a mad rush to the gate, super far, even with walking briskly, it sure took me about 15 mins. I wanted to be the first to board to get some good pictures of the cabin. A little avgeek! Boarding almost begin when I reached, with everyone lined up to get the security interview! Thankfully it was organised and I was still the first to board, allowing me to take some pretty good pictures.

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