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Here’s How I Prepared for My 15-Hour Flight to Hong Kong

Hello from Hong Kong! Before I share how I survived my 15-hour flight, I need to tell you about my personal second trimester challenge: I’m determined to eat less ultra-processed foods. We asked a nutritionist about her favorite grocery store snacks, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to eat better.

For more ways to improve your life, keep scrolling.

On the program today:

But first : Let’s go to the other side of the world.

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Long-haul flights can be numerous

But I was ready – or so I thought. Before boarding my flight to attend Art Basel in Hong Kong, which is returning in greater numbers post-pandemic, I read what BI’s travel journalists have documented in recent years.

I knew I had to wear layers because the plane can get cold at 34,000 feet.

I knew to download podcasts in case my in-flight entertainment didn’t work. (Thank goodness it did. I finally got to watch Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” And yes, America Ferrera’s monologue moved me to tears, as did everyone else on set).

I knew to wear comfortable clothes and choose an aisle seat.

But let’s face it, long-haul flights are still just that: very long. What got me through it was having patience and knowing that I would wake up to a city with delicious food, great art, and beautiful weather.

Those slow 15 hours – and a bit of jet lag – were worth every second.

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Credit card points are upset

Swiping your credit card to get points can cost a lot more.

A recent agreement between two of the largest credit card networks – Visa and Mastercard – and US merchants focuses on the fees that retailers pay for processing transactions. Under the agreement, the fees, called interchange, would be reduced and capped for a few years.

Another part of the regulation allows merchants to charge consumers more for using specific credit cards. This could be a blow to cards that offer better cash back perks and rewards, as they typically come with a higher redemption.

The new era of credit card points

Learn more:

You may have to pay more at checkout when using your Visa or Mastercard.

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Forest City in southern Johor is one of the most infamous developments in Malaysian history.

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The glow of a ghost town

Malaysia’s Forest City aspired to become a “living paradise” with $100 billion spent to develop the area with luxury condos and villas. But the dream never came to fruition and the Chinese developer behind the project went bankrupt as the city turned into a ghost town.

Today, the city has reinvented itself as a tourist destination, with a water park, an artificial beach and a golf course.

Business Insider’s Marielle Descalsota spent 48 hours in Forest City to see how much things have changed.

Malaysia’s $100 billion ghost town attempts to pivot

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The Beyoncé effect

In February, Beyoncé became the first black woman to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her single “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

His new album “Cowboy Carter” was just released yesterday – and five black country artists, two of whom appear on the 27-track project, revealed its impact.

“Buckle Bunny” singer Tanner Adell, who appears on “BLACKBIIRD,” told BI that she is “grateful” to Beyoncé for inspiring more people to get into the genre. Shaboozey, whose voice is featured on two songs, says he hopes this moment isn’t just a trend, but a turning point.

Here’s what the country’s rising black stars are saying.

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What to do with our free time

The average American has more free time than they think, and they struggle to know what to do with it.

By one estimate, Americans actually have four to six hours of free time each day. But time spent in front of a screen, especially in front of television, takes up the majority of hours.

And there’s also a societal aspect to the fact that we avoid leisure, because many Americans pride themselves on being busy.

Americans have more free time than they think.

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What we’re watching this weekend

“A Gentleman in Moscow”: The first episode of Ewan McGregor’s historical drama is available on Paramount+.

“Lisa Frankenstein”: Zelda Williams, Robin Williams’ daughter, makes her directorial debut in a new version of the “Frankenstein” story on Peacock.

“It’s a piece of cake ?” : The show about hyper-realistic cakes is back for a third season on Netflix.

See the full list

More top reads this week:

The Insider Today team: Joi-Marie McKenzie, editor-in-chief, in New York. Jordan Parker Erb, editor-in-chief, in New York. Dan DeFrancesco, associate editor and presenter, in New York. Lisa Ryan, editor-in-chief, in New York.


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