since i never had the chance to do non-work stuff, i decided to skip the drinks that everyone else was going for and spent some me-time.
feeling a bit better and having gotten a refreshing nap, here are some stories i've been wanting to tell since i landed.
first, a shot i took in the SFO-ORD flight. first time i'm surrounded by big americans. it's very different for me because even when i was in australia, it didn't feel like i had left asia!
after the luggage incident, and being cramped in an old plane, i appreciate asian airlines even more. also, asian air stewardess who work very hard, or at least they make the effort, to serve their customers.
while i understand the equality policy that does not discriminate against certain age group and gender, i honestly think american stewardesses have it much easier than their asian counterparts.
on my almost 4 hour flight, all i got was a cup of orange juice. and i had to ask for it myself.
the stewardess just walked out from the back with a tray of juices, but never said a word. whoever wanted one had to put up their hand and ask for it. nothing like "ma'am, what would you like to have?" or even if options were not part of the flight ticket, something as basic as "orange juice, anyone?" would suffice.
after that one brief round of her silently walking down the aisle too cramped for the average american, she just went to the back of the plane and read newspapers.
those who know i have to eat every 4 hours will know that i was feeling quite uncomfortable, especially after 2 transits on a long journey across the pacific ocean. even if they wanted me to pay for some cookies, i would have gladly done so, but there was no such thing.
i'm not sure if their international flights are any better, but this plane was old, had monitors on the ceiling of the aisle, and for someone as petite as me, really cramped seats. i don't know how the americans travel like this if they're double my size!
what a nightmare - and a terrible way to end the journey to what could have been an adventure that i would have been proud to share.