There's a term in Chinese used to describe businessmen whose families live in the US but who have businesses in Asia, and thus are always flying back and forth. Tai kong ren is a play on words because it sounds both like the word for "astronaut" but also sounds like the words for "No wife" man.
I sometimes feel like I'm married to one of those "astronauts." Bryan travels a lot for work, and most of it involves airplanes. In fact, my astronaut reached a big milestone last week.
That's right. He became a million miler on American Airlines. No, he did not get to talk to the pilot, nor did he receive a special black card with his name on it. They did, however, announce it during the monumental flight.
There are some perks to "being yoked to Executive Platinum" (as my friend likes to put it). He has so many miles that you can both fly to Asia for free, First Class.
In First Class you get 2 seats: one for you, one for your Totoro.
But of course, you pay the price by having him away from home, a lot.
I've decided to dedicate this post to Bryan in celebration of his Million Miles.
Bryan often will take food photos for me on his many trips. Join me as we take a brief culinary tour around the world, experiencing all different kinds of cuisines from the various continents that Bryan has visited.
Peking Duck from Beijing, China.
Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) from Shanghai, China.
A fiery hot Sichuan meal from China.
A Chinese Family Style FEAST from Taipei, Taiwan.
Fresh sushi from Tokyo, Japan.
Korean BBQ from Seoul, Korea.
A hot bowl of ramen from Hong Kong.
Ham, bacon, and a poached egg on top of toast from Sydney, Australia.
A burger from Gourmet Burger Kitchen in London, UK. [heh, I actually took this picture because I went with him to London during his business trip]
Momofuku Pork Belly Bun from New York City, USA.
The World Traveler himself.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. Someday I may post more pictures and write detailed posts for some of them. Until then, enjoy these pictures! Have a great weekend.
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[…] The weather is pleasant; the culture is vibrant; and they speak English. It’s also a beautiful city, with large bodies of water everywhere and stunning views of the city. We were here with the extended family celebrating Bryan’s parents’ retirement. Bryan had told them that, as a retirement gift, he would fly them anywhere in the world, first class, using his millions of miles. […]