Saturday, June 29, 2013

Flight of the.. Khoos?

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would know that I have been having the time of my life in the USA from Philadelphia with its famed Philly Cheese Steaks, Disneyland with its beautiful Sleeping Beauty’s castle, to New York and its glitzy Times Square.

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A glimpse of our Disneyland experience! Open-mouthed smile

I arrived home this morning at 5am and very ambitiously (and stupidly) decided to stay awake throughout the day to beat the jetlag. I was unpacking my luggage, reorganizing my hard disk and even had breakfast twice! It was all very productive and encouraging but by 10.30am, I was feeling slightly sleepy.

Considering how most of my family was still asleep, I figured a little nap wouldn’t hurt. So I crawled into bed.. closed my eyes.. and the next thing I knew, it was 10pm.

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Now, I have no idea how I’m expected to sleep for the rest of the night and my brilliant jet lag conquering plan was basically blown to smithereens by my inability to nap-control.

I actually had a very good jetlag plan, by the way! I timed my sleep on the many flights in order to arrive home with just the right amount of sleep to stay awake but noo… my body had to fail me and my brilliant plan.

Even watching movies on the plane was a carefully calculated decision! I would begin with a light hearted comedy, followed by a serious movie, back to another rom-com and it would go on in that order.

You see, if I started with a serious movie right after boarding, it would drain me and I might fall asleep right after. And if I watched two heavy movies in a row, I might be too emotionally exhausted to continue. On the contrary, two light-hearted movies one after the other wouldn’t do either because that would put me in too much of a silly mood to proceed with a more heavy movie, and to continue with romcoms throughout the whole flight wouldn’t be feasible because for starters, there aren’t that many movies available (Flew Malaysian Airlines, see) and secondly, I had already watched most of them!

It may sound very silly to you, but to understand the gravity of the situation, you have to first understand how many flights I had to take!

As usual, our journey began in KLIA, which to me, remains the most beautiful airport ever even after seeing all the other airports around the world.

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I was wearing my one and only Juicy Couture ‘airplane outfit’ which I will probably continue to wear for the rest of my life.

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And because my father was feeling generous, we used up some miles on his card to enter the Golden Lounge where not only was there a nasi lemak buffet, but free flow Haagan-Daaz as well!

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Muffin and ice-cream. Most creative caption ever. Repeat the above photo about four more times and you get a rough estimation of how much I ate in those few hours before boarding.

I love airplanes and I love flying and I love airports!! I actually really enjoy turbulence as well. Smile with tongue out

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And airplane food! Open-mouthed smile 

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AIRPLANE FOOD IS SOOO GOOOOOD! Open-mouthed smile Open-mouthed smile Open-mouthed smile 

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Looking poofy with a swollen nose and squinty eyes!

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And within a few hours, I broke a plastic spoon, cut myself, and started bleeding on the plane blanket. T.T

Approximately 10 hours later, we arrived at Narita Airport where after reading about it from Cheeserland, I realized that I absolutely had to try Tokyo Banana!

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TOKYO BANANA! About 900 Yen, which is roughly RM30ish.

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8 pieces of very expensive Twiggies.

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Shaped like a banana lololol. From Tokyo.. lololol.

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AND OH MY GOODNESS, IT’S SO FREAKING GOOOOOOD! It’s soft and creamy and banana-y, it’s basically a creamy sponge cake! My sister and I totally looked at each other with widened eyes and went ‘whoaaa, that was good’. Okay, but if you ever try it please lower your possibly high expectations now to fully enjoy it. Open-mouthed smile 

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Being kawaiii in Japan lololol.

DSC_0041And what is Japan without its famous kitty? Kuching should get Hello Kitty to be its mascot, I think the tourism industry would boom! Smile with tongue out

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After two hours of meandering around we boarded the plane for another 11 hours!

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My first view of America after 16 years!

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The weather was absolutely perfect! It’s probably the best travel weather I have ever been in. It was early summer and was bright and sunny, but the wind was cool and we hardly broke a sweat!

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Gorgeous blue skies!

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My baby brother looking unnaturally buff and serious transporting luggage around.

A few more hours of agonizing transit later, we were flying off again, this time to Las Vegas! The moment we landed, it was unmistakable where we were!

The airport was filled with slot machines!

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I suppose that’s the mark of a good airport, one that gives you a taste of what the whole state/nation is like before you even step out of it.

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An extremely panic-ky one hour later in which we managed to get slightly lost, we were flying off to our final destination… Philadelphia.

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Vegas lights.

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FINALLY!!!

But, of course, no trip is complete without some calamity and half of our luggage ended up lost somewhere on the way to Vegas. Sad smile We only got it back about 30 hours later, so I had to make do with my sister’s clothes whilst my dad basically festered in his own accumulated filth. Smile with tongue out And borrowed scrubs.

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I’ve always been tempted to ride the baggage carousel ever since I saw the scene on Toy Story 2 where the toys got onto the conveyor belt and ended up in this maze of luggage, which I think would make an excellent roller coaster.

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After over an hour of waiting for our baggage by looking at the airport’s extremely ostentatious Rolex wall clock (I mean, come on America, we know you’re rich, but seriously?), we gave up, filed a complaint and made our way to sunny Philadelphia where my sister studies, which deserves another post all on its own.

Flying back was another hassle all over again, but instead of Vegas, on our way to LA with my sister in tow, we stopped at Chicago for a couple of hours.

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Equipped with a new Gap jacket and Guess backpack. Smile with tongue out 


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My sister! Open-mouthed smile 

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Dom posing with a bottle of wine in the US lounge that he wasn’t allowed to drink because he (and I) aren’t of age.

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AND THEN you have my face and unwashed hair at the airport as we finally head home.

Do you all now see the necessity of my movie watching/jet lag plan?

And to those wondering, I managed to finish six episodes of Arrow, Something’s Gotta Give, What’s Your Number?, Gangster Squad, and Rumour Has It. The Bucket List was next but I decided to read instead and finished The Casual Vacancy. Ahha, don’t worry, The Bucket List is on my very own bucket list and I’ll make it a point to watch it sometime soon. Smile with tongue out

2 comments:

  1. you are the smartest klutz i have ever known, tiff :)

    So jealous that you get to travel and do all sorts of amazing stuff this early in life! O.O

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    1. I see how you're trying to hide that insult behind a compliment :p but gee, thanks. T.T

      And I'm pretty sure you haven't met enough klutzy people. :p

      Also, don't be jealous! You studied in the US and you were roughly my age when you were there then! :) Although I do realize that I'm extremely extremely fortunate and blessed. :)

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