Around ten-to-six in the morning my brother drove me to the airport. My parents were also in the car. Suddenly a tinge of sadness touched my heart. I don’t know why.
The check-in process went smoothly yet the check-in attendant told me to go to the gate early because there will be a lot of passengers today. After completing all the routine process I headed out to talk to my parents and brother. My mom looked sad – I know she’s going to miss me. I told them that I’ll contact them when I arrive in Toronto.
I had my breakfast at JJ’s Café in the airport – I like their black coffee – and read “What Should I Do with My Life?” by Po Bronson. (It’s a beautiful book, you should read it.) I texted my team and my friends before I got on the plane.
For Jakarta-Hong Kong leg of the trip, I got seat 31K in CX 718. The food was good – or was it because I was hungry? *smile* The stewardess asked me to fill out their questionnaire – which I filled in willingly. (Hey, I know how hard it is to find respondent that wants to help you to fill out a questionnaire!) In exchange, they gave their green ballpoint. *wink wink*
I slept all the way to Hong Kong after watching No Country for Old Men. It’s a thriller movie with lots of terrifying violence – yet it’s so exquisitely harrowing that I held my breath during a number of its scenes. No wonder it got so many Oscars this year. It’s based on Cormac McCarthy’s book with the same title: “No Country for Old Men” begins when Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin), a Vietnam veteran hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds a pick-up truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law – in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (played by Tommy Lee Jones) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers – in particular a mysterious mastermind (played superbly by Javier Bardem) who flips coins for human lives – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines. (Only within two-thirds of the movie I got what caused the chain reaction of catastrophic violence!)
There were already long lines going through the transfer. I prayed that I didn’t have to get out my laptop from my backpack. Thank God I didn’t have to do it. I looked at my watch… I spent 40-min for this queue. Before getting to Gate 21 for departure to Toronto, I had my afternoon snacking at Popeye.
My travel agent was right when she’s saying that the Hong Kong – Toronto leg was packed. I wasn’t sure what kind of events in Toronto that made all planes bound for Toronto were so full within this week.
I got seat 30G in CX 828. Both CX 718 and CX 828 are new planes with 3-3-3 seating arrangement – provide more leg room and more ergonomic/comfortable seat.
I watched a number of movies in eating-drinking-sleeping-drinking-eating-sleeping mode. (It seemed my mind refused to read even the colorful in-flight magazine.) What’s nice about this in-flight entertainment is that we can switch on and off to as many movies and TV programs as we want, as many music channels as we care to listen, and as many games we can play.
I am Legend (Will Smith) – Can you imagine if you’re living in a deserted megapolitan that are full of blood thirsty zombies at night? The deserted New York City scene looks like the one in Vanilla Sky. Click this link for the synopsis.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris) – A kid movie, I guess. Click this link for the synopsis.
There Will Be Blood (Daniel Day Lewis) – It’s based on Upton Sinclair’s book titled “Oil!”, telling a breathtaking epic about an oil tycoon, Daniel Plainview, set against the backdrop of the Southern California oil boom of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Click this link for the synopsis and this link for movie review in New York Times.
Lust, Caution (Tony Leung, Tang Wei, Wang Lee-hom) – Ang Lee directed this movie. A good one, but I think it lacks connection to me, at least. Click this link for the synopsis.
From the above four movies, I like There Will be Blood – because of the epic story and of course Daniel Day Lewis who won an Oscar for actor in a leading role in this movie. I like him since My Left Foot.
The flight to Toronto was also smooth and arrived on time at 7:15PM. By around 8:30PM I could meet my sister’s family and kiss my nieces. Marcia is such a giant baby for her age of almost six months.