【Non-No Magazine January 2018】 100 answers from BTS - J-HOPE & Group’s part

Q60: Favorite BTS choreography? 
A: ‘Save Me’ and 'DNA’. The dance break in Save Me’s chorus’s House step moves are very cool. My sister said she likes this song’s choreography the most (laughs). As for 'DNA’, I think among BTS choreography, this choreography is one of the best, it’s perfectly choreographed. 

Q61: What do you think about when you’re performing?
A: The intensity of my facial expression and movement. I’d think over the details on how to express the atmosphere of the song. 

Q62: A song that would make you want to dance if you hear it right now?
A: Post Malone feat. 21 Savage’s 'Rockstar’. 

Q88: A place that you want to travel to again? 
A: Sapporo. Although we’ve been there a few times to perform but I definitely want to go visit in private. My dream is to enjoy the hot spring in the middle of the snowy scenery!

Q89: How do you spend your time on public transport?
A: When I want to sleep, I would watch some movies, it depends on the time and mood. From May to July, when when we flied from Korea to Japan, I composed melodies and wrote lyrics on the plane. 

Q90: The food that you would definitely want to eat when you’re in Japan? 
A: Ramen and meat cuisine. I also love eating ‘ひつまぶし’ (chopped kabayaki eel on rice)! 

Q91: Secret of having a beautiful smile? 
A: I’m getting a bit embarrassed to hear this (laughs). Basically, I’m optimistic and I like being fun. Also, I believe that 'smiling will bring you happiness’, maybe that’s why I have such smile.

Q92: What’s your current favorite shoes? 
A: I really like shoes. Recently, I just bought a few pairs of sneakers. I felt in love with one of the pairs straight away, it has a variety of colors and materials! 

Q93: Recently, what kind of scent/ fragrance do you like?
A: Refreshing scent. Recently, I like using the soap with a mint scent.

Q94: Which member do you think is very fashionable? 
A: Rap Monster and V are especially interested in fashion. But the other members have their own style, so they’ve all very cool.

Q95: What sports do you like? 
A: I played tennis from 4th grade to 6th grade of primary school. Although the start of it was a bit weird. My teacher asked in front of the class, “does anyone want to play tennis?” By chance, I had both of my hands out so the teacher misunderstood and then I became a candidate (laughs). I started to play tennis again in the summer, it was refreshing and fun! 

Q96: Your own goal in 2018? 
A: Release the mixtape that I’m preparing (now). And study Japanese. 

Q97: One day, if you could experience another occupation, what do you want to do? 
A: Tennis player! But I wasn’t really good when I practiced in primary school, so competing in Wimbledon, The Championships as a tennis player is just a dream (laughs). 

Q98: Recently, which member made you felt that he has grown (up)?
A: Don’t you think the 20-year-old Jungkook’s face became really refined. When I first saw our 'DNA’ MV (that was released in Korea), I was startled because he was so handsome! 


Q99: Memorable Christmas memory?

RAP MONSTER: I remember when I was 6 years old and I heard that my family is going to travel during Christmas, so I asked them: “is Santa Claus going to come on time?” Because we were going to the countryside so I was worried (laughs). 

SUGA: When I was a child, my family used to eat together. I’m not living with them right now, so I think those were great memories. 

JIN: When I went to the ski resort with my father and older brother! We went every Christmas when I was in primary school! 

J-HOPE: In the past, it snowed heavily on Christmas, the long-cherished White Christmas! I remember building snowman with my family, bustling with noise and excitement! 

JIMIN: I want to see try to make memorable memory of Christmas in the future. My ideal Christmas has to snow, then have fun in the ski resort and lastly go view the night scenery, that would the best.

V: I think couples celebrate Christmas more, but I’ve always been alone since birth (laughs). During school days, I spent it with my friends who were also single. We went to the PC room, played games, ate ramen and we bluffed like: “as expected, it’s the best to spend Christmas in the PC room.” (laughs)

JUNGKOOK: There was a year, when I was sleeping with my older brother, my eyes were half open and I saw my father with a fake white beard. I thought “Santa Claus really came,” I felt asleep with happiness. 

Q100: As BTS, what do you want to achieve in 2018?

RAP MONSTER: Perform in the biggest venue in each country! 

SUGA: Until now, we’ve achieved a variety of goals. We’re fortunate that all of our wishes became true. But I hope next year we won’t get caught on the results while enjoying the music that we like, and I hope we can spend happy time with everyone.

JIN: Make the music that everyone would like to listen to. In private, I want to enjoy the fun of letting off fireworks with the members (laughs).

J-HOPE: Stand on world-class stage, perform many amazing performances. It’s a goal and a dream. 

JIMIN: Personally, I’m not really concerned about the records. We can achieve those records is because of our fans. But the fact that we can break new records, I’m really grateful and thank you. So, I hope 2018 is a year where we could spend more time with ARMYs.

V: After I’ve watched some Japanese movies, I saw a lot of really beautiful places. I want to go outside of the big cities and perform live there, I want to see those scenery in person. And I want to go and meet more ARMYs!

JUNGKOOK: I hope I can make a great song that is able to be included in a BTS album! I’ll keep take on the challenge.


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handy dandy list of arguments to use for not repealing net neutrality

i’ve seen a lot of points come up so i decided to put them all in one post

  • Aspiring content creators will have difficulty in gaining an audience.
  • Current content creators will lose their audience and publicity.
  • Applying for jobs will be harder, as most places no longer have paper applications.
  • Students will lose the ability to do academic work, apply for colleges, find tutoring sites, look for apartments, etc.
  • Online transactions (including buying tickets for concerts, buying plane tickets, ordering food, clothes shopping, and subscribing to Netflix) will be inconvenient.
  • The right to the internet was declared a human right by the United Nations in 2003, as it is a freedom of expression.
  • Corporations will have the power to manipulate how people use the internet.
  • The internet is a crucial source of political expression. ISPs favoring websites over others stifles people’s opinions, violating the First Amendment. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
  • ISPs will be allowed to censor any “controversial” topics that they so choose.
  • It will be difficult for people with similar viewpoints and interests to connect with each other.
  • Research requiring online resources will be limited.
  • Any public services that require internet— like schools, hospital, libraries, and government centers— will need to spend more money, thus increasing taxes.
  • In his message to Congress on curbing monopolies, President Franklin Roosevelt has stated, “The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” In this case, the “controlling private powers” are corporations.
  • Thousands of people will lose their jobs. Websites will be forced to fire employees to keep themselves up and running.

(people under the cut made the original posts where i got shit from, i’m really sorry if i miss anyone)

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I had to pull out of my last panel at Yallfest, guys. I’m still going to be there for the other stuff - the breakfast at the booth, the signing, and the earlier panel.

Anyway, I’m sorry, and it’s on me — if you follow my Tumblr, you might have already read of my boring health problems this year, but if not, it’s this:

Folks who follow me might have noticed over the last several years that I was posting with increasing frequency about brain fog & migraines. In June, I got rapidly sick at a seminar & collapsed. I had to be shipped home, cancel a tour for the 1st time ever, and then spend weeks getting better. I only sort of did. I got hives all over. My hair fell out. My abstract thought vanished- some days I could remember my home address but couldn’t say it out loud. I couldn’t stay awake. I had to sleep every 4 hours, & every time I ate, I got even more tired. And this sleep was a weird, drugged, dreamless, sick sleep. There are photos of me pulled over by the side of the interstate to sleep because when a reaction hit, it was non negotiable. There’s also a photo of my crumpled Evo when I was too tired to avoid the semi truck that ran into me on the highway. I should’ve realized earlier it was an immune reaction, but it snuck up. Blood work rules out cancer, but showed my immune system was gone. Since then, I’ve been on a low histamine diet of about 6 foods (hence the photos of the food I make myself on tour). I got brighter & more like myself. I could write again. Migraines vanished. But I still had to be careful of anything histamine producing … like certain foods. Cats. Plane travel. Stress.

Anyway, I’ve been slowly losing the battle on tour. I’m down to four foods and I don’t want to tell you how many hives I have. The reactions are getting wild again, ramping up, & once again I find myself sleeping by the sides of roads.

I don’t want to disappoint any readers, but I’m taking steps to make sure I make it these last two weeks of events. That means unfortunately I’m trading that last Yallfest panel for sleep. I’m sorry, but I hope you’ll all come to my earlier one instead.

anonymous asked:

airport/airplane with tom holland

cozy tom warning kids 

  • so Tom would want to fly at night mainly because less paparazzi but also because he loves seeing the stars
  • Tom is all for comfort on flights especially long haul flights so he’s gunna be in his oldest comfiest sweatpants and the biggest hoodie he owns 
  • he’s defiently going to be carrying your bag for you 
  • he’s gunna be sleepy so he’s gunna be drinking a lot of coffee and tea
  • he’s a pro at security like he’s done it so many times
  • homeboy is gunna make jokes to the security people and he’s gunna have everyone cracking up 
  • sleepy boy is gunna have his hood up a lot
  • will want to hold your hand a lot
  • at least 3 starbucks trips while waiting for your flight
  • he’s gunna take cheesy instagram pictures of you cuddled up to him while you wait 
  • he’s gunna buy you matching neck pillows fight me on this
  • he’s also going to buy lots of snacks and he’s gunna cram them into his backpack because he hates plane food 
  • he’s gunna have his laptop out answering emails if there’s enough time 
  • Tom is gunna want to take the window seat 100%
  • will stroke your hand when you take off 
  • if you get nervous he’ll snuggle up to you and stroke your hair andkiss your forehead 
  • tom is gunna sleep most of the flight 
  • he’ll be sprawled in the most uncomfortable position but he’d be sleeping like a baby
  • he’s gunna have his hood up with his headphones on leaning on your shoulder a lot of the time too 
  • if he’s not sleeping he’s gunna be chatting to you alot 
  • about everything
  • also he’s gunna be eating alot
  • ‘‘what y/n,the high altitude makes me hungry’‘
  • he’s gunna try read the book he’s been meaning to read,and he’ll read to you while you lie on his shoulder,but he’s gunna get distracted 
  • he’s gunna be staring out the window and trying to take pictures of the stars and he’s gunna get excited even if they come out all black or blurry 
  • ‘‘if you squint you can kind off see the moon y/n’‘
  • if the plane has tv’s he’s not really gunna use his that much,like he’d browse and he might watch an episode of his favourite show but most of his attention is gunna be on you
  • defiently not gunna eat the gross plane food 
  • ‘‘so what do you think about the mile high club y/n’‘
  • will defiently bring up sex on the plane more than once
  • ‘‘I’m only joking y/n….unless your up for it’‘
  • flying with tom is going to be a lot of snuggly clingy tom
  • he’d honestly look so good in his big hoodie leaning against the back drop of stars 
  • lol I love Tom Holland 
Where is everything you want?

It’s “there” isn’t it? In your mind, your happiness, your perfect relationship, dream job, more confidence, a flat stomach are all “there”. You look at your present circumstance, and see its is not “here”. So, by reason and logic and common sense, you tell me it’s “there”. This is an illusion. And until you understand the relationship between a desire and its manifestation, you shall not be able to manifest very much, and you’ll continue to be unhappy with where you are now in your life or mind. 

To manifest anything, it has to exist first. To manifest is to change a desire into another form. Manifesting is not magic. It exists as an idea, a possibility, mere fantasy… The idea of light manifested as a lightbulb. The idea of humans flying became the plane. Heated food became a microwave. Try to think of one creation that wasn’t an idea in someone’s mind first…. 

So knowing that everything exists first, and is manifested second, takes the burden off of you. There is a Native American teaching that everything you want or need is in the air, and you can merely pluck it out as necessary. This, is like that. 

Eckhart Tolle says thought is the most potent form of energy, it vibrates so high you cannot see it. The truth is everything you want exists now in thought level. Make no mistake about it; it already exists. Catch the feeling, the mood, of what your wish fulfilled would be like. And you cannot help but manifest it into your life. 

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[TRANS] Jin’s handwritten letters to Sleepy & Solbi

To. Solbi-noona 

It feels like just a few days ago when the three of us, noona, Sleepy-hyung and I, had to separate and survive on our own, but it’s already the last broadcast. Everyone around me keeps saying that you’re funny and they like you. I’m jealous. They asked me why I did those dad jokes… Anyway, I gained a lot of strength thanks to you in the jungle. You even nursed me… Oh right, I think you shouldn’t nurse people. It’s the first time I see someone pouring the water bottle in people’s mouth when they were lying down. I’m thankful that you gave me water when I was exhausted but… What was it, oh right, it felt like I became the water purifier in the huge water bottle. But still, thank you for nursing me, taking care of me and said I’m your pretty dongsaeng. Let’s gather sometime and go to the jungle again. I’ll wait for that day, adios! 

- From. water purifier Seokjinie - 

Sleepy-hyung, it feels like just a few days ago when we screamed when seeing snakes, screamed when seeing crabs and just screamed for no reason, but it’s already the last broadcast. We met each other outside too but hyung, I ate the king crab that we couldn’t eat that time. Oh right, hyung said that on the plane. Those who buy food for others are hyungs. I suddenly remembered that when I went out to eat with my dad, so I told him, “Dad, Sleepy-hyung said those who buy food for other are hyungs. Hyung, I ate well!” and was scolded. ㅠㅠ I miss you, contact me hyung. 

- From. the hyung who bought you tteokbokki, Jinie -

+ After he sent the letter to Sleepy through Kakaotalk:


Flying with Brussels Airlines from Rome to Brussels in economy.

After a day of prosecco and sun in the eternal city, it was time to head back home with the Belgian flag carrier. And our flight couldn’t have been more Belgian!

I was happy to see the beautiful Rackham waiting for us a the gate. This A320 celebrates one of Belgium’s most famous cartoon characters, the adventurous reporter Tintin.

As I hadn’t had the chance yet to taste the fries Brussels Airlines sells on board I asked the cheerful crew if I could purchase them, even though I was flying in the (meal included) flex class. This didn’t prove a problem and some 20 Minutes later I was munching away. To complete the Belgian experience, I got mayonnaise and a Jupiler beer to go with my fries. The crew also handed out a chocolate waffle and some Neuhaus chocolates…

I was pleasantly surprised by the oven fries. They tasted surprisingly authentic and were quite crispy. I thought the portion was a bit small though. But maybe that’s a good thing for my waist line…

l0rnhub  asked:

Hey! ^^ Can I request the RFA+V+Saeran's reactions to reuniting w/ MC at the airport after being away for a month? Thank you~

A/N: Of course you can, I’d be honoured!! ^^ *get a grip 404, stop fangirling* I mean yeah, psh, you totally can. No big deal. Not at all *smOOTH* ~Admin 404

A/N: Listen,,, that’s a cute prompt but das not a surprise coming from u (also i got some very obvious inspiration from How I Met Your Mother for some of these…)~ Admin 626

Yoosung, Jumin, Saeyoung, and Saeran done by Admin 404!

Jaehee, Zen, and V done by Admin 626!


-Literally BOUNCING

-Up down up down up dOWN


-ARE THEY SAFE?!?!?!?!???!

-He has one of those teddy bears that holds a heart, and like, 7 star shaped balloons

-Do you need all this? No. Does he care? Also no.

-The moment he sees you, he squeals so loud, everyone around him is staring

-R U N S to you, pulling you into a hug

-Makes you drop your luggage and instantly feels bad, and offers to carry it for you

-He’ll hand you his gifts and pull you into another hug

-He doesn’t want to let go, you’ve been gone sO LONG

-Insists on holding your hand and cuddling you close for the rest of the day, he wants to make up for lost cuddle time!

-Begs you to tell him every story and every detail you have about your time away from him

-It doesn’t matter if you called him everyday and texted him as much as possible!!!


-Show him any and all pictures you’ve taken, he wants to see!!

-Is in awe of everything you saw and did

-”MC, can we take a trip together some time? I think it’ll be really fun!!”

-Totally not because he missed you

-He’ll make you dinner while you shower and unwind from the plane ride




-He’s gone on business trips quite a few times since you’ve been gone

-Business trips means places that aren’t home, and places that aren’t home mean different types of things to buy

-Different types of things to buy means aLL OF THE PRESENTS!

-All of the presents means; kidding I’m gonna just leave that there you’re WELCOME

-He’ll have Driver Kim pick you up from the airport, and will wait for you in the living room of your shared penthouse

-As soon as you open the door, you call for him with no response

-Although, Elizabeth the Third meets you at the door Thanks Elly at least you’re excited to see me

-You leave your luggage at the door so you can carry Elizabeth to the living room, where you see Jumin standing the the center of the room

-Or, should I say, the cenTER OF A MASSIVE PILE OF STUFF??

-”Welcome home, Kitten. I take that your trip went well? I missed you dearly. I picked you up a few things because I was thinking of you.”

-A FEW things??????

-”Jumin! You didn’t have to do that! Relaxing with you when I got back would have been enough for me!”


-Confused Jumin

-He just wanted you to know that he saw these things and thought of you but you didn’t even really want it???

-You just wanted to spend time with him??

-That can be arranged

-He has a few of his body guards move all of the things he bought for you into another room and sat on the couch, pulling you onto his lap

-Gently runs his hand through your hair as you tell him all the sights you saw, foods you tasted, how the whole experience felt

-He smiles because he’s glad you had such a great time, but…

-There’s no way you’re leaving him for a month ever again, he couldn’t get you off of his mind

-Accompanies you on trips from now on





-Of course, you always sent him selfies, called every day, and texted nonstop

-He totally didn’t hack into every CCTV he could just to see you, haha, what are you talking about

-The bed felt extremely lonely without you in it with him

-Actually refused to sleep in the bed without you after the first few days you were gone

-He even went out and bought a cake to celebrate your homecoming!!

-Picks you up at the airport in one of his babies

-Yes, he actually left the house to get you, he’s just that excited

-Leaves the cake in the car because he doesn’t want to drop it

-Like Yoosung, R U N S up to you as SOON as you get out of your gate

-Picks you up and spins you around before pulling you close enough to give you a proper hug

-He’ll kiss the top of your head before pulling away to look over you

-He may have every inch of you memorized, but you were gone for a month, he wants to take note if anything changed

-Grabs your hand and your luggage, tugging you to his baby in a haste to show you the cake he picked out!

-It was an ice cream cake

-It’s now melted in the car


-It goes faster when you help him clean, and he pouts the whole drive home

-You’re the one who has to drag him to bed and cuddle him close so he stops pouting

-He quickly gets over it and kisses every inch of your face, making you giggle

-He finally had a good night’s sleep that he hasn’t had in the month you were gone, he’s so content


-Why would you leave this boy for a month

-You left him….with Saeyoung…for a moNTH

-To say he’s salty is an UNDERSTATEMENT

-He’s got such conflicting feelings, because he really missed you, but he’s also annoyed that you left him with his brother

-Saeyoung kept trying to get him to do ridiculous “bonding” activities, so he would immediately call you and say he was too busy to participate

-Had you call him more often than you would text him, he felt calmer when he heard your voice

-Freaked out a lot of the time you were gone because he wasn’t there to keep you safe!!

-He’d pick you up at the airport, and if you’re lucky, he’ll give you a quick (but loving) hug

-You’re in public, he’s not about to make a fool of himself like his brother would

-He’ll bring you to his favourite ice cream place and let you order whatever you want, then take you home

-That’s enough crowds for me today, thanks MC

-He’ll quietly listen and watch as your face lights up in delight as you relive your trip through the stories and pictures you tell/show him

-Forgets that he was ever upset with you leaving, and smiles softly at the fire he can see in your eyes

-He can tell that you really enjoyed yourself, but a selfish part of him hopes that you missed him as much as he missed you

-After your stories and you’ve gotten a chance to shower, change, and just unwind overall, he’ll put on a movie and cuddle on the couch, pulling you to his chest

-A huge, fluffy blanket is literally ENGULFING the both of you

-Nice warm little burritos

-He’ll kiss the back of your head and whisper against your hair that he missed you, and you can feel your heart swelling in your chest and a pang of guilt when you hear the defeated tone of his voice


-Lays his cheek on the top of your head and closes his eyes, listening to the movie in the far background and tries to focus on the fact that you’re home, with him, safe

-Please don’t leave me alone with Saeyoung again, MC. He won’t survive

-”MC, next time you go somewhere, you have to take me. No, there’s no “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts” about it.”


- This unicorn boy cannot function without you

- All he does is lament in the group chat about how empty his soul is???

- Saeyoungkickshimoutofthegroupchatafewtimes


- zenhaveyouhaveheardoffacetime

- So when you first get off from the plane, you don’t see him anywhere and that’s a huge surprise???

- You sit down because you’re a little disappointed, you were really looking forward to see him after being away for so long!

- You’resodisappointedyouactuallytearup

- You hear an instrument playing but you think nothing of it

- But then more instruments join in???

- You look up and there’s a crowd of people instruments around you?!






- He doesn’t let go of you the entire way home!!!

- When ur home, he’s made your favorite dinner???

- And may I add, a candle lit dinner!

- He whisks you off for a cute bath together because you’re probably exhausted after all that travelling!

- Afterwards, you two cuddle on the couch and watch his movies

- “I want you to get as much of me as you can”

- okayzennyboyi’msureithasnothingtodowithyoulovingtowatchyourself

- newheadcanon:zenisanexhibitionist

- listen,,, u may think this night ends with some frickle frackle bUT U ARE WRONG MY FRIEND

- He just wants to cuddle with you in bed and shower you in kisses!!!



- usually she’s the one away on business trips, and of course she misses you on those trips but that can’t compare to now

- the house is so empty without your laughs???


- the RFA has to confiscate it from her because she started bringing it into work

- holy shit this girl misses you

- When this girl sees you get off that plane, she runs to you and embraces you as tightly as she can

- “Wow did you lose your composure while I was gone?”

- “Screw composure, I missed you MC”

- When you guys get home, lots and lots of cuddles!!!

- youregladthebodypillowisntthere

- there’s tons of your favorite baked goods

- she pulls out matching onesies (I think we know where this is going)

- shehassomelingerietoobutthatsforlater


- this girl cannot get enough of your face and the RFA group is sick of being sent dumb photos of the two of you!!! Theyhateyoucausetheyaintyou


- you two spend the rest of the night watching Zen and Disney movies but you’re not even actually watching them, you’re telling her all about your trip!

- She never wants you to stop talking, oh my god you’re beautiful


- Oh my gosh this poor precious bean has no idea what to do without you???

- Most of his days would revolve around you?

- You’re in college so he helped you out as much as he could because he wanted you to succeed and not have to worry about little things!!!

- Clothes? Always washed and folded when you got home

- Food? He always has something prepared for you when you get home

- You’re having a rough day? He’ll run a hot bath for you and give you a massage after (listenthisboyisacutehousespouseokayfIGHTME)

- When he goes out for photography shoots, you’d always be his model??

- this giraffe is your #1 supporter and can’t get enough of you

- While you’re gone, his project is making a collage of your best pictures!

- hasadifficulttimebecauseallyourpicturesareyourbestpictures

- when you get off that plane, V is calmly holding a super cute sign with your name that Zen he made!

- he doesn’t run up to you, he doesn’t make a big entrance, that’s not V’s style but when you reach him, he hugs you so tight you almost can’t breathe

- On the way home, he decides to take a detour to his art exhibit because he just wants to check out some new photographs that were put up(y’all know where this is going)

- when you go in, it’s all pictures of you (thisistotallynotliketheExtragumcommercial)



- “I wanted to sum up how I felt about you but I realized that’s impossible. I love you MC.”

little things about working with Alaska

I mentioned that someone on reddit made an all Alaska version of scared famous and she said “OMG I knooooow I still haven’t watched it yet!! I need to”

She used one of our broom handles as a handle for her pitchfork

None of the contacts in her phone have pictures

When I asked her for a selfie she took my hand that had my phone and moved my entire arm into her good lighting and said “Okay there” and I had to move into her lighting

She has an iPhone X

Yes her wigs look like that in real life

She smells very good

When I told her that I only let people wake me up for food on planes she said “girl oh my god no I told them do not even resuscitate me if the plane goes down”

She keeps her wigs in plastic bags

She is truly the sweetest person on earth. She is so shy and reserved and respectful when she’s not on stage and it was an honor to work with her

At first I didn’t know how to react. I had not received a free meal on a flight in well over 15 years. To make things more confusing, I was in coach and the flight was less than an hour and a half. This is unheard of.

I have to admit it was pretty good. The bread was fresh, the chicken was tasty and the lettuce was actually crispy. CRISPY I tell you. I honestly don’t know if I can fly American domestic anymore.

Genius discovered at the Delta Sky Club just now: Nutella + Biscoff cookies = better than you would think, and I’m assuming you think “pretty damn good.”

So we have a stash of both for the plane.

Airplane Anthropology: Portion Control

Flying back from Hong Kong, packed in a fully-booked Cathay Pacific economy class, I sat next to two men who were the perfect examples of selective eating and non-selective eating.

Observing their eating behaviors alone, on my left, the man chose the chicken orzo pasta special and began his meal by heavily peppering (perhaps also salting, I did not see) the already saucy chicken. After which, proceeded to heavily salting his steamed vegetables not once, but twice and both times shaking the salt pack for more than 4 seconds. Forking a cubed carrot, he used it to wipe up what’s left of the meat sauce.

For beverage, he had an orange juice, and then a Sprite. I suspected water at first, but with the way a bubble or two would occasionally rise up, it was Sprite. He also finished his mini Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Totaling around 700 calories, roughly estimating.

The man on my right received the exact same thing, chicken orzo pasta special, with Coke as his beverage of choice. He downed his cup of Coke. Then, took 3 hasty, un-starved bites out of the main course and proceeded to destroy his Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Then, he threw napkins, utensils, plastic wraps all in a pile on top of his nearly untouched main course. I estimate a total around 240 calories for his meal. That’s 80 for the cup of Coke with ice, plus 120 for the mini Häagen-Dazs ice cream, plus 40 for the 3 tiny bites of his main (yes they were that tiny).

I should add, that neither men touched the fruits or the bread, which was interesting as I ate both of those first.

I must point out that this may hardly be representative of their average eating behaviors—maybe their dietary habits are completely different off the plane—but if this were representative at all, then their physical appearance reflected that. Man on the left was bloated and chubby, and his skin, given he is of the darker sort of Asian, has a grayish undertone I would not attribute to ethnicity. As a passerby I would not categorize him as being at his optimal health. Man on the right, is not chubby by any measure, but has a bit of a belly, and saggy flesh tone. Skin tone, given his Caucasian genetics, is pink and not much more can be objectively deduced in that respect. As a passerby, I would guess that he has a generally healthy lifestyle with the common vices of expat businessmen—such as drinking too much—and definitely older than the gentleman on my left.

Now, the man on my right is a typical example of selective eating, he knows what he likes and eats only that and is unaffected by the portion sizes provided. His food choices were poor but due to his either self-awareness, self-discipline, or not having been cultural conditioned to not waste food, he manages to keep his caloric intake low. Whereas the man on my left is a victim of his preference for heavy-flavors (possibly due to less sensitive taste-buds, but that is another topic), makes poor food choices, and is eating without questioning the portion size presented.

So it was very appropriate that I sat between them and pre-ordered a Low-Calorie Meal.

Sounds entirely trying-too-hard, but in my defense it was partly curiosity. I knew where my weaknesses lie. First, whenever food is being served I feel a need to eat, even if I’ve just had lunch and upon landing will be having dinner. Second, I am still having a hard time saying no to unhealthy food placed in front of me. Third, I still have a hard time deciding my own portion sizes. So knowing that about myself, I set the rules where I could, beforehand, to keep myself from having to face all those difficult decisions. My meal consisted of a small piece of pineapple (5 cal), bread (75 cal), a sip of orange juice (5 cal) 2 short skewers of dry bland steamed chicken breast (90 cal), and sweet tofu (75 cal), which comes up to 250 calories. Just a little higher than the selective eater—because I was not selective and ate everything on my plate—and lower than the man on my left because of precautions taken beforehand.

To wrap up and tie back to a conclusion full-circle, this reaffirmed the idea of Selectively Eating to Achieve Portion Control; you can eat what you like, just maintain awareness and control over how much of it you consume, quality over quantity.

Not all plane food is bad, by the way. Look at this Hello Kitty meal.