This has been long overdue but I’m about to take on another challenge as The Flying Critic for which I am more eminently qualified to take on, than most travel writers.

Over the last 25 years I have been involved in planning worldwide meetings for such notable entities like International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFACTA). Those and many other entities still ring loud today with their varying subjects liek wake vortex, live animals on board (LAB), baggage tracking, security systems, terrorism and volcanic ash.

I was even one of the very few non-airline personnel that had his own SITA number allowing me to communicate with any airline department, in any country, in the world.

And then there is the more juicy history as a wholesales and consolidator for major airlines like British Airways, Malaysian Airways, Kuwait Airlines, South African Airlines and Finnair. The vast number of military and diplomatic personnel I handled; movie stars and producers; recording artists; a mini-catalogue of varying royal family members; and ordinary people like you and me.


The most I have ever flown in one year was 42 times. And when you’ve been on that many aeroplanes covering the most moden fleets in the Middle East, to some of the worst airlines in Africa, you kind of pick up a few observations (and fears) on route. I pay attention to the little details.

With the upcoming launch of The Flying Critic, I add to my stable of interests by taking on an integrated approach to air travel from an authoritative reviewer’s perspective, to a veteran in the travel industry, and a very seasoned traveler.

Though I’m less avid with my soaring adventures, I will cover everything from the moment the decision is made to fly, to the moment I re-enter my home again: reservations, ticketing, check in, phone and serving manners, personnel, uniform, baggage handling, seat space, comfort, flying in all cabin classes, food, premium lounges, limo services, amenities, access for the disabled, elderly or infirm.

The list may be huge, but my reviews will be incredibly thorough, informative and unbiased.

Look out for the first in my series of reviews. They will be published here on The Walking Critic and on The Flying Critic in due course.



  1. Whoah this place looks amazing and I love the bright colours throughout they give it a truly funky vibe !!

    Last time I stayed in Bangkok was at the Siam@Siam which was great but I think this hotel may give it a run for their money !!

  2. Kevin,
    Your review was delightful and since I will be in Singapore in a short while I’m going to check it out albeit I may skip the pool. In fact I think you’ve turned me off to pools for a very long time LOL. Except for the extraordinary crowds it sounds like an awesome place in your review was excellent.

    • Thanks Amanda. It really was an amazing place. Here’s hoping I can check out a few more of the W Hotels in the future!

  3. Hi Kevin,
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review of the W Bangkok. That massage sounds amazing and so relatively cheap and luxurious compared to the massages you get in the local shopping centre’s in Perth for about the same cost per minute !! And no where near your experience I bet !

    Sounds like writing this review was a sheer pleasure for you, so glad although you were working that you got to enjoy yourself too ! It absolutely shouldn’t be all work and no play.

    After reading your review I would have no hesitation in recommending the W Bangkok to friends and family.

    Cheers Kym

  4. Hi Kevin,
    It was good to have you out from all of the team,at least you got to experience another chapter in your life and come out with and meet most of the amazing girls and guys up here who love their work with such passion and energy,and of course the majestic humpback whales,the next day we had several whale sharks return to the reef also which is great seeing as it is so late in the season,but that is your next adventure is it not mate!!

    • Can’t wait. I feel addicted to it! And the best thing is that I got to experience the remoteness, the peace and quiet of Exmouth too. I will absolutely return again. I promise!

  5. It is the most amazing tastey place of pasta that I tried for quite long time…
    Don’t miss the concept, atmosphere and above all the unique taste and flavours…

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