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Your crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot - Terry Baker
"Between Yourselves - NetLetter"
number 226 date Dec 26th 1997
. Welcome to Bill Bartlett, living in Hackett's Cove, NS, about
Kal Kalinowski, lives in Beaconsfield, QC and has an
Jack Maloney, retired General Manager in Calgary
. NEWS FROM THE DISTRICTS.
Keith Hatfield sends us this information for the
Atlantic Canada Pionairs Autumn Newsletter -
The Christmas Party (which I got back just in time for): Held in
Halifax Dec 9th at the Armdale Yacht Club.
A head-count of 89 partook in a hip of beef buffet dinner and
shared a great evening that included dancing, prizes,
and festive cheer.
'The semiannual Pionairs Directors meeting with the Executive
Committee was held in Toronto on November 20th. The highlights
from the meeting are:
*Pionairs have built up an equity surplus of $46,713.
*Meetings are scheduled with our health care insurers to review
the plan experience to date, and to set future rates.
*The pension plan continues to experience excellent investment
returns with current equity at $4,460 billion. There was no
encouragement from the company that any kind of pension
enhancement would be considered."
The Atlantic Pionair district has been asked to host the 1998
Pionairs system golf tournament, and are looking for volunteers
to handle this undertaking
. Tom Anderson sends us a report on his recent cruise -
We had a great cruise on the Sky Princess, November 25 to
December 9, between Hong Kong and Singapore (14 days) with stops
in Canton, Manila, Kota Kinabalu, Saigon, Bangkok, Brunei and
Thanks for posting our request for info on hotels in Hong Kong
and Singapore in "Between Yourselves".
We received recommendations from Tom Au Yeung and Mac Francis.
We subsequently stayed in the YMCA, "The Salisbury" in Hong Kong
which was quite nice and conveniently located.
In Singapore we stayed in the Hotel Asia on Scott's Road.
After spending a couple of days visiting the usual atrractions
in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Stanley market, Jade
Market, Hong Kong Park, and wandering around Kowloon we boarded
the Sky Princess which was docked right near our hotel.
Nearly every second day we stopped in a different port of call.
We took shore excursions at each port. It was a study in contrasts
between the different countries. All were interesting and
different. Some of the ports were a fair distance from the major
cities (2-3 hrs) so we ended up with some long bus rides.
I took the excursion to Pacsanjan Falls in the Phillipines where
boatmen in dug out canoes literally carried two people in a dugout
up through the rapids to the falls and then we "shot" the rapids
on the way back.
In Borneo I rode "The Last Train to Borneo", sounds more exciting
than it was, but it was fun nevertheless.
Bev took a cooking class on local cuisine at the tour agent's
house. The local people were all friendly.
In Saigon we had lunch, on our own, in the Rex hotel next to
two other people from Montreal (they were not on the cruise),
it's a small world.
Most of the people on the cruise were American with some
Canadians and Swiss. There were quite a few interliners and some
AC people, Paul Cooper and Kathy Baltz.
The cruise line was superb, with excellent service and
Mac Francis is taking the same cruise in the opposite direction
right after us.
I would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a
little adventure, but you know after spending over two weeks in
crowds and crowds of people it is nice to be back in Canada with
some "space", even if it is winter.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Tom & Bev Anderson
. Air Canada is now operating the Airbus A319 and A320 jet liners,
side by side on a ramp, the two types look identical, except
the A319 is shorter in the fuselage. Apart from the A319 with
the old TCA colours, how does one tell the difference?
The A319 has one over wing exit, and the A320 has two over wing
exits - easy!
. INTERLINE STUFF.
Beijing 5 days/3 nights, departures on a Thursday US$799.00 pp dbl.
includes hotel accommodations and round trip space available
air on Northwest, transfers, 1/2 day tour of Tianammen Sq.
a full day tour of the Ming tombs and the Great Wall.
Bangkok 6 days/4 nights, departures daily at US$429.00 pp dbl.
includes hotel accommodations and round trip space
available on Northwest.
Sydney/Auckland combo. 9 days/6 nights from US$1149.00 pp dbl.
includes hotel accommodations, round trip space available
Air Zealand and air between Sydney and Auckland.
Call 1-800-422-3727 for more details.
John Hayes found these on the internet -
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of
Saturn are composed entirely of lost baggage.
When asked why he was referred to as 'Ace',
Capt. Ray Lancaster, USAAF replied ' Because during
World War II, I was responsible for the destruction of
six aircarft, fortunately three were enemy'.
. That's it for this time, please we need your input, send
comments and email addresses of any others who may be
interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry.
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