At about 1:30 am Manila time I finally made it into the hotel, which means that I traveled for nearly exactly 24 hours to make it here. Exhausting! It was interesting at the main Manila airport (Where the service goes the extra SMILE!) where it was line after line that seemed fairly pointless. Medical, then immigration, then finally customs. Before customs I waited a good ten minutes to turn $40 int a solid 1860 Pesos, of which my taxi ride from the airport (another 1o minute line) cost 240. Arriving at the airport, they insisted on calling Kristin’s room to make sure she was really expecting me, gave me a key and I had finally arrived. Whew! Too bad the key they gave me broke Kristin’s keys, but I suppose it couldn’t be perfect. It is awesome to be with Kristin again! 🙂
On the plane I was super annoyed with an older lady who took my Window seat. She practically refused to move, finally saying “well, I don’t want to be sandwiched between two men!” I just kept reiterating that she was in my seat. As a stewardess came over to see what was up just as I said, “fine.” She asked me if I was sure that was OK, I just nodded and sat down, not wanting to push it anymore. The lady got the patented MN passive aggressive treatment from then on as I pretended she wasn’t there. But when I looked at her, sleeping with her head against the bulkhead, which was the only reason I had wanted a window seat, I knew she had come out ahead. Sigh. I didn’t even get out the noise canceling earphones, which actually served as awesome earplugs on the first leg. I read a little, watched the movie without sound (its amazing how much more of the set details and acting you can absorb that way) and mentally willed the time to go faster. It felt as long as the first flight.
I think it is time to go wander around having successfully retrieved three roles of toilet paper which they are unexpectedly stingy with in a $110 a night hotel. Called the front desk and talked to two different maids in the hallway and put that in the stash. I have the “please clean our room” tag out, so hopefully we’ll get at least one more as I have stashed the rest away 🙂