by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor
At 12:35 a.m. earlier today, I arrived in Manila, Philippines. I flew from Chicago to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong, I connected flights to Manila. I almost did not get a seat on the plane because apparently, the flight was overbooked. Luckily, I did, and flying went well overall.
As I sat in the plane, an approximately 15-hour flight, I felt strangely lonely. I had always flown with family, but this was my first time traveling alone. I read the book “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth until the plane turned off all the lights, and then I started watching movies. The plane actually had recent movies, so I watched “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Bridesmaids” and “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” all in a row. Then I fell asleep like everyone else. Normally, I would be trying to adjust to my destination’s time on the plane, but I figured that I should not walk through an unfamiliar airport while drowsy.
We landed in Hong Kong, and it was exciting because I’ve never been to Hong Kong. I mean, I was just connecting flights, but hey, I can still say I’ve been there. I felt a bit nervous about getting lost, but connecting flights was pretty easy; I just followed the signs, went through security, went to my gate and waited for the plane.
The flight from Hong Kong to Manila lasted only an hour and 40 minutes. I mostly slept. When we landed in Manila, as I walked off the plane, I immediately felt this heavy humidity. It is currently the rainy season in the Philippines, and the weather is hot all year round. After going through customs and claiming my baggage, I went outside to find my uncle. I was trying to pick out my uncle in the crowd, but he found me first.
My dad’s side of the family lives in the Philippines, and when I visit there, we stay at my grandma and uncle’s house in Quezon City. When I got there, it was 1 or 2 a.m., and I crashed.
This morning, I played card games and Forbidden Island with my cousins Kevin and Matthew. My aunt and uncle came over for lunch, and afterwards, I went out with my aunt to watch movies, one of which was a French movie called “All That Glitters,” which was playing for the French Film Festival. The festival is free, so many people had to line up to get tickets. The theater was completely packed, but I really liked the movie, and I will definitely try to see if I can rewatch the movie and check out the sound track.
So far, I’ve been pretty tired, but I’m glad to see my family in the Philippines, especially since I have not visited the Philippines since I was 13. I will be staying here in the Philippines with my relatives for 10 days, and then I will travel to Taiwan.