It was the 27th of December – I and my mom would return to Jakarta tonight. Oh, how sad I was. I went to some stores in the morning because I needed to exchange some things that I and my sister bought before and on Boxing Day and vitamin for my father. The snow fell – the weather forecasted snow in the morning and continued with in rain the afternoon. I’d miss the snow!
I got home before my brother-in-law got home from picking up lunch from Coconut Island in Markham. We had Mie Mamak, Lady Finger with Prawn, Tofu Salad, Mango Chicken, Spring Roll, and Fish Cake. Thea already had her meal but she wanted the mango and noodle that we had. *smile* Glad that her healthy appetite had returned to normal. After lunch I, my mom and my sister chatted. I’m sure we will cherish this moment.
Around three in the afternoon I headed out to stow back my winter clothing and some stuffs in the storage. I immediately took a bath soon after I got home. Then, I packed the last stuffs into my luggage.
I and my mom didn’t feel like having dinner. I know it’s hard for us to leave my sister and her family after spending sometime with them. We said ‘good bye’ to Thea and she responded with ‘Merry Christmas’. *smile* My brother-in-law drove us to the airport – we’re all quiet; my mom wept through it.
The regular check-in line was significantly longer that the online check-in line. Thank goodness I made the online check-in otherwise I and my mom had to stand in the long queue. I met Joe and his daughter Via that would also fly on the same flight to Jakarta. I was so relieved after we finished the luggage check-in. My sister called from home and we spoke on the phone. We bid farewell to John before we entered the departure gate.
I told my mom that I didn’t like the attitude of the officers (either the ones led to the departure gate or the ones in the security checkpoint). They’re not friendly at all. Pearson is categorized as an international airport but it lacks international airport comforts – it costs you about CAD3.55 to make a local call from the airport, it doesn’t have free internet line (at least I couldn’t find it), it doesn’t have many choices for restaurants or cafés in the departure gates (although the choices are more varied compared to 2005). We had our dinner after we passed the security checkpoint.
The CX829 to Hong Kong via Anchorage should depart on 22:30 but it was delayed until an hour later. I sat by the window and I could see when they de-iced the plane before it took off. I prayed that we’d have a pleasant flight to Hong Kong – it took about 5 hours and 10 minutes from Toronto to Anchorage and about 13 hours and 45 minutes from Anchorage to Hong Kong.
During Toronto – Hong Kong stretch I think I could only watch one movie from the start to the end – The Contract (2007 release, starring Morgan Freeman, John Cusack). It’s a story about Ray Keene and his son coincidental but unfortunate meeting with Frank Cardin, the captured-but-then-got-escaped group leader of paid assassins/mercenaries, while they’re on the hiking trip. I got a new phrase from this movie, i.e., an obstacle to progress – person(s) that is/are deemed by authority going against their objective or agenda.
I also watched Superbad (2007 release, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and one Hong Kong’s cop movie that I forgot the title. Superbad is a hilarious teen movie with “losers try to get laid” theme but better than its similar genre. It creates funny situations and hilarious dialogue although it uses gross out language. I know I wouldn’t choose to watch this movie as movie to watch in the theatre, but it made me laugh constantly during its whole stretch. *smile*
The meals were OK for me. My mom had fruit platters. We slept in between meals and movies. We arrived a bit late in Hong Kong but we managed to have breakfast in the airport.
During Hong Kong – Jakarta stretch I watched 3:10 to Yuma (2007 release, starring Russel Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda) and Bourne Ultimatum (2007 release, starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn). I like 3:10 to Yuma (read the Synopsis and Review by New York Times). Bourne Ultimatum is the third installment after Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy. I skipped the last quarter of the movie – it’s too ‘easy’ action movie.
The Hong Kong – Jakarta regional flight is having more comfortable economy class seats, follow this link (New Economy Class). It has a 3-3-3 seat in a row instead of the usual 3-4-3 seat in a row.
We arrived in Jakarta earlier than the scheduled arrival time. My cell phone got its signal again after about 2+ weeks was dead. It’s hot, humid, and chaotic. It’s Jakarta, dear. What can you say?