June 4, 2012 - CST to June 5, 2012 GMT + 8
Lara picked me up at 6am and we carried both my heavy luggage from third floor to her car. -_- It was raining so hard and I can see lightning on our way to the airport. It was beautiful. And scary too.
On the way outside of the apartment. I saw a penny and picked it up because they said if it was heads up it can bring you luck. :)
I never knew Memphis Int’l Airport is big. When I arrived, of course I only saw a part of it so I’m a bit overwhelmed that it is huge. And very different from NAIA. Gahd, that airport..I just can’t —
A delta employee helped me carry my bags to the check-in counter and he even stayed while I checked in. Because there was no weighing scale at my apartment, of course my baggage were uneven. The box weighs only 32lbs while my suitcase was 62, and only 50 lbs is allowed for each. *sigh* So I had to open my suitcase there because I don’t want to pay $115 for extra baggage. I tried to plead them but they were only kind enough to say I can get some stuff out of the suitcase and hand-carry it because two hand-carry bags are allowed. Thank God I prepared an extra bag in case this happened. I just didn’t like having to dig through my things at the airport. :|
Getting through the airport gates area was another problem. They held me up for a while because I only got school ID and they’re asking me for a companion. Um hello? I’m a fully-capable-to-travel-legal adult! The guy checking called for his supervisor and so I was asked to move to the side and wait. The supervisor asked me if I’m travelling alone and if I have other IDs. I said no. I rummage my wallet and showed her my credit card because she asked for it. After a while, she wrote something on my boarding pass and let me through.
But then at the scanner, I was held up again!! -_- This time it scared me. I know US is strict with things carried in the passengers’ bags and it was weird that they asked me to follow them and put gloves on and then rummage through both my bags. One of the lady asked me if I have anything that can cut myself. I was taken aback but eventually muster the word NO. They took everything out and asked for every object and I was quick to explain everything like, “that’s food”, “that’s chocolates..you can open it if you want” etc. It was scary.
They scanned my bags again and eventually let me go. They got my EOS shaving cream that I accidentally took with me because I only got random stuff from my over-the-limit suitcase and forgot that liquids that exceed 7oz are prohibited. But I was just glad I got out of there.
The first segment of my flight was from Memphis to Detriot. It only took an hour to get there. I met Ate Merly, a Filipino living in Memphis and someone I was on the plane with. She approached me thinking I was Filipino and we chatted. I also met more Filipinos while waiting for our next flight. They’re all so kind and kept on giving me advice about living in the US like I’m gonna come back soon and live there. But I am thankful for their advises. Filipinos are like a big family when outside the country. ;)
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is one of the best airport I have ever been to so far! They said it is one of the airports where planes make stops to get passengers. They have this tram to transport passengers to their boarding gates. And there’s even a fountain inside. It is soooo nice. :) The layover was 5 hours so I had time to go around.
I had McDonald’s at the airport! FINALLY! :D This is the first time I had it in the US. Haha. :-) I
It’s more fun in the Philippines commercial flashed at the screen at the airport! :)
The flight from Detroit to Nagoya was a little delayed. Now this is my longest plane trip ever - 13 hours!! Because I was too tired I couldn’t even wait until the plane took off before I dozed off. But it was weird because I thought I’ll sleep like a baby the entire trip but I still had trouble..it was very hard to sleep. -_- I hated it that the plane doesn’t have screens for each passenger unlike the one I rode going to Japan and LA. There’s only a big screen and separate headsets for everyone. But at least there’s radio..which was weird cause it gets signals from all over. There’s like a Chinese station and a European one. HAHA.
Crazy Stupid Love..again! :)
We were served three meals plus two snacks so I am very very full. It was just a little weird that we were served dinner, breakfast and lunch but outside it was always so bright. HAHA. Oh, and if before I can’t finish my food, now look!! -_-
Because I had trouble sleeping, I just resorted to reading and so I finished Divergent by Veronica Roth! :)
All the windows were closed and everyone was trying to get sleep until a guy saw this magnificent view and everyone was suddenly awake and trying to get a glimpse of Alaska! :) I swear the flight attendants were trying to get the passengers to sleep but failed miserably because of the chaos the view brought. Haha.
It was also snowing then. It was magical!
I was being a good student and trying to finish my practicum paper while at the plane because the deadline was June 5th. I did everything I could but my paper didn’t make it because I arrived like an hour before June 6th. :|
Next layover was in Nagoya, Japan. Our stay there was super fast because our flight was delayed. We took a lot of time in getting through security that we only had enough time to pee haha. :))
From there, Matteo Guidicelli was in the plane as me. He was sitting at the row after me. :)
We ate again at the flight! I had to eat it still because I paid for it (I mean MIM did)! It took us 4 hours to get to Manila. And oh man is our airport crap! I never really saw how bad our airport is because I only see it from outside until this trip and I feel really sorry for us because it is really really really ugly. Imagine being in an airport like Detroit or Nagoya a few hours ago and then seeing NAIA.. I am ashamed that this is what the tourists see when they arrive.
The line in the immigration was super long and no one even bothers to arrange or help the tourists. I wished I knew Matteo Guidicelli because he was helped by a Delta person and got through immigration fast, oh VIPs. We don’t even know which line are we getting into. Some foreigners only realized they’re in the wrong line when they’re in front already. And mind you, it will take you forever to get in front. In Japan, everything is well-organizedl. Airport personnel usher people to where they should be.
Also, it is too hot in our airport. Or maybe that’s because there were a lot of people at that time. But still..
Anyway, it was already 2am when we arrived home. :)
PS: There were a couple of turbulence on my whole trip and I loved it!! :) It wasn’t scary at all because it was like riding a roller coaster. I love the feeling it gives my stomach~