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Monday, May 21, 2007

Just wanted to let you know that I'm safe and sound in Boise, Idaho!

And truly, nothing really escapes God's power.

You see, when Karl and I bought our plane tickets to Idaho from Singapore, we were not-so-pleasantly surprised to find out that we were going to have a TEN HOUR layover in San Francisco. So we thought, hey. Maybe we could just take a speed tour of the city. I mean, neither of us have been to San Francisco before, so we thought this might be a good chance. Little did we know that the ten hour layover would work in our favour later in the day.

It all started at 4:45am when Karl and I reached the airport, ready to check-in for our flight to Hong Kong. Milling around a little bit, we saw that our flight had been CANCELLED! Apparently, lightning had struck the plane and it had to make an emergency landing in Macau on the way to Hong Kong from Chicago for repairs. The two of us panicked. Well, I panicked but I just started praying silently and we walked up to the counter to ask for help in re-routing. After standing in line (and playing Uno at the counter, imagine that.. haha gamers) for about an hour or so, we were told that we would be re-routed to the same places. Hong Kong, and San Francisco, and were given a paper itinerary. We were so relieved.

We were also told that we got to take Singapore Airlines, and then Cathay Pacific to HK and San Fran respectively! Truly a blessing in disguise :) However, we were also told that the first flight would be at 11am. We looked at my watch, and it said 6am. We had to wait three hours before we can attempt to check in AGAIN. Remember our ten hour layover in San Francisco? Yeah, that worked out pretty well, so we chopped off four hours, so we had six left.

Armed with our paper itinerary, we walked from T1 to T2 where the SQ counter was to check-in. They asked us for our paper TICKETS, but since the itinerary were all we got from them, we just shrugged and said we didn't have it. Then we were told to go to the SIA office on the other side of the terminal. There, we were told to go BACK to T1 to obtain the paper tickets and then RETURN to T2 again to check-in. Now, we have about 50kg worth of luggage to lug around, and I hadn't had any sleep the night before in order to wake him up on time.. so I got frustrated. The lady at the SIA office counter compromised and had United (the airline we were flying with) to give them clearance for our tickets. Yay!

We got them, boarded, and flew to Hong Kong.

When we arrived at Hong Kong, the first thing we noticed was the horrible weather. It was stormy, rainy, windy, foggy; I didn't even see the runway until we actually touched down on it. Then we remembered why our flight was cancelled in the first place. Lightning storm near HK / Macau. I prayed that we would be kept safe from the weather, and after that boarding the plane, we had a pretty uneventful flight to San Francisco. Not even a single baby cried on the 12hr flight!

In San Francisco, we ran into a bit of trouble at customs. Well actually, I did. I didn't have a return ticket as I wanted to purchase one when I got here, and they wouldn't let me into the country on the Visa Waiver Program. I understood and had to spend some time explaining to them why I only had a one-way ticket. They told me I had to purchase a return ticket, and I agreed. But Karl didn't know I was in the Secondary Customs unit, and as my handphone was with him, I couldn't call him.. so one of the officers informed him of my situation. The whole thing turned out to be an ordeal I never want to go through again. The two of us were asked questions separately; he in the baggage claim area where I asked him to wait for me, me in the Secondary Customs unit. I was afraid that I'd be sent home immediately, so I started praying (and crying; I just really wanted to see him). We both told our story which mostly coincided.

They searched all our luggage, my laptop bag, everything. They even made me turn my laptop on and he checked through my files, I guess to see if I had any malicious intent. I also pulled up the MSN log that I keep of Karl and my conversations, so maybe that helped. Or that huge wallpaper of us when the computer starts up :P They also took my camera and slim planner for further scrutinization, together with the supervisor. I asked if I could make a phonecall to Karl, and was allowed to, so I did. My voice started cracking as I was tired and stressed, and he worried, but I told him that I'd be out in a bit.

After three and a half long hours, I was asked a few more questions and I could buy my ticket (USD1500! I'm broke now) back to Singapore. I gladly did so, was handed my passport and necessary documentation and I left the secondary office. Karl and I just both started crying in each other's arms before we headed out of baggage claim to our check-in.

Again! Remember the ten hour layover? Just sitting in the Secondary office alone took three something hours. Since I had six hours from the flight delay, I chopped off another four, leaving us two hours to check-in, eat, and get to our flight which was at 7pm. We checked in, grabbed a bite, and got to our flight just in time.

The ten hour layover was a blessing in disguise, truly!

So yeah, that's the story. :)

We got here safely, we're okay now! A little cold here compared to Singapore (8°C!!) but we're just relieved to be out of San Francisco. :)

Oh, and we just bought a Wii.


Yes, it's 7:30am...

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To whoever you are, wherever you are, I love you. I probably don't know you yet, but when I do, I'll know, and so will you. And you'll love me for who I am, as will I.

You might be living in my neighbourhood, or some other town or country far away. I don't know. And neither do you, at this point.

Wherever you are, I know I'll find you... if you don't find me first.

It's just a matter of time.

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