Thursday, December 18, 2008

The return...

Its been 2 weeks since I last blogged.

Feels like forever!

I have missed checking in on all my friends blogs and must apologise for this.

I must however fill you in on a little something that would help to explain why I have not left tons of love-filled comments as per usual.

We have dial-up here on the farm.

Yes, I just said dial-up.

Yes, you are probably groaning in sympathy.

Thank you for your care.

Just to explain took me 10 mins to open this blog. My blog. 10 mins.

So, I double clicked on the little Internet Explorer icon that brings up all my friends that live in my computer.

Then I went and poured myself a glass of coke.

Came back.

Still no action on the precious computer.

Got a little anxious, but saw that the little green lines were loading at the bottom of the screen, so that meant at least there was progress.

Went and saw what was on the tv.

Came back and Google was there! Typed in my blog address.

Drank more coke.

Drank more coke.

Ate a cookie.

(At this rate Im going to put on weight everytime I want to blog)

Success!! My blog page was open.

Me: Click "sign in" on blog page.
Drink coke
Me: What! Still no sign in page?
Drink Coke
Me: Ok, this is beginning to slightly annoy me.
Drink more Coke
Finally! Blog sign in page open.

You can probably guess how the rest went. No need to torment myself furthur.

But..I am now here and Im going to do the unthinkable..Im going to try and load pictures! This might take the moment, the date on the top of the page says 17th December. If you only however read this on the 18th or 19th you will know why.

I left SA on a bright and sunny Saturday morning on the 29th November. Leaving Ryan and my little flat and all my friends was heartbreaking. But, I had to concentrate on the fact that the ship was delayed, I had already given up my job and couldnt stay in SA for very much longer with no work. So, I packed my bags, gave notice at my flat and got on a plane to come and see my family that I havent seen for the past year.

After way too many hours of being in the air, (10 to be exact) I landed at Hong Kong Airport. This is where the fun starts because I had a 19hr wait at the airport to catch the next 12hr flight to New Zealand.

I did something very smart in my books.

I went and waited outside the doors of the First Class Airport lounge and asked everyone who went past if I could come in as their guest!!
I am sneaky I know. But every First Class passenger can bring a guest into the lounge, completely free of charge! So, in my opinion, why did I have to find a hard bench to lie on and try and sleep/watch that my luggage doesnt get scooped, when I could go into the lap of luxury.

After being there for a little while, I did get in!

Oh Joy! Happiness! Absolute elation!

Why am I so happy do you ask?

Is it maybe because they have HUGE showers and bathrooms, equipped with everything you need to feel better after such a long flight?

Answer: Yes

Is it also maybe because they have computers with FAST internet that you can stay on for hours for free?

Answer: Yes

Is it maybe because while you are on these amazingly fast internet machines, they bring you coffee and biscuits?

Answer: Yet again, yes.

There were also rooms that you could go and lie down in, complete with sleeping chair-thing, tv, music and aircon.

And of course, a buffet (Elastic...are you reading this? You would be proud) I ate 3 times at the buffet. Before you all shake your heads in disbelief, I was there for 19hrs remember?

While I was in the bathroom, I thought about my blog and what I could say on the next one (this one!) I then took these "cool" and "not so cool" things about my trip:

Cool: Buying a new bag before I left to use as a super-big-can-fit-the-kitchen-sink-bag for my travels.

Not so cool: Having the handle break when getting off the plane in Hong Kong.

Cool: Getting a box of yummy chocolate covered Almonds as a present from someone at work.

Not so cool: Having the above-mentioned Almonds all fall out into the bottom of the above-mentioned broken bag filled with too much stuff to find them until I got to NZ and could unpack.

And 2 very cool things I discovered once I got onto the plane to come to NZ:

We got the new plane! With cool seats and new audio visual equipment!!

And lastly..something that really is very cool indeed..being with my family...

Going for a bare-back ride with Ian, my little brother

Out in the city with Colleen...

So, thats about all from me for the time being..

ps: In the time it took me to upload these pics, I ate a choc bar, went and fetched somewarm warm to wear, put on socks and warm item of clothing, checked the tv guide and watched 5 mins of Pursuit of Happyness.

Thats all.



Hannahkin said...

FIRRRST! gonna go read it now :)

Hannahkin said...


1stly, it's time for me to commiserate with you. i HATE dial-up.. and i spent TWENTY HOURS STRAIGHT on an airplane. with no first class lovely stuff... so i know how you feel ;) (i bet you if i'd spent 19 hours in the First Class Lounge, i'd have spent half of them in the bathroom and the other half on the internets. true story.) you are so smart to think of that! because i would've slept on the cold bench. because i am dumb and didn't know First Class people could bring in guests! *puts it on her list of things to remember*

2ndly... i know what you mean when you say that being with family that you haven't seen in ages is awesome. i'm in the US right now (i must've told you that) and the last time i saw all my cousins who are practically my siblings was 5 years ago. i would endure another 20 hours on a plane just to see them... it is such a blessing.

i'm glad you're having a great time!!

sorry about your bag, too. were the Beacon almonds any good? i'm not a huge fan of Beacon.

amy mo said...

Ahhh you're back!

I kept checking your blog to see if you had posted again so I was super happy inside when I saw this post.

1. Holy heck, they have a first class lounge?? I had absolutely no idea. Kinda makes me want to buy first class tickets now. That's awesome that you were able to semi-sneak your way in. Very resourceful.

2. AWESOME bag. NOT awesome that it broke.

3. The longest flight I've ever been on was about 4 hours...and my longest layover was 5 hours. And I complained about it. I will never complain about it again.

4. New Zealand is BEAUTIFUL. I'll have to add it to my Places to Go list.

5. I've missed you on my blog, but I totally understand. I mean, dial-up?? I wouldn't have had the patience to even get to Google. But now I want Coke. I don't even drink Coke.

6. The end :)

Klin said...

I want to come to New Zealand. My dad served a mission for our church there a long time ago.

I am so glad you are home with family.

So sad about the dial up. Been a long time since I had to use it.

Loved your flight story. Thanks for the heads up about the first class accommodations in Hong Kong. Just in case I get there.

19 hour lay over. That is insane.

Glad to have you back.

Merry Christmas Chell

Heather said...

What?? 19 hours is crazy. I think I would have eaten at the buffet 19 times!

Enjoy your family, good luck with the dial up!

angiedunn said...

cute bag, cute pics, and cute post!

{you're adorable.}

dial-up is rough: hang in there. (:

Chellie said...

I remember having dial-up once... many years ago and I was okay with it... ONLY because I didn't know any different. Now, I think I'd cry. :)

Love the pictures... and the first class lounge!! YAY! So glad you got in!

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aurora said...

Well you are to be commended for your valiance in signing in, loading, and posting for all of us! Thank you!

Very smart on the First Class Lounge thing. I'll have to remember that! {as if I travel, ha!}

Sad about the dial-up. But I look forward to anything else that you are able to post.

Merry Christmas!!
love ya'
~ aurora

Rox said...

I am jealous!! That trip sounded awesome!! I am glad you are having a good time with your family!! My prayers and thoughts are with you!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! P.s i would have smashed the modem if i was you!! I get irritated with technology very quickly!! Keep smiling!!

Unknown said...

I came to your blog after hearing great things about it from both Hannahkin and Lauren, and I'm glad I did! You have a great sense of humor and you sound like an awesome person.
Sorry to hear about your having dial-up. :\
I know firsthand all about the wonders of a first-class lounge - I worked in one for three years in Miami International Airport in Florida! It's like another world in there, isn't it? I still miss working there sometimes, although the pay was absolutely miserable.

Nancy Face said...

I loved this post! There was so much to love! :)

I'm so glad you spent AT LEAST a day and a half on the computer so that you could post such an entertaining story, complete with awesome pictures! ;)

You are so brave and smart and awesome for asking people to let you into the First Class Lounge! So cool that you got in, YAY! :D

Love the picture of you and your brother on the horse! :)

Unknown said...

yay!!!!! i'm so glad you're back. and what a great, informative post. sweet to be in the 1st class lounge. a buffet sounds delish. and luxurious showers. you are so brave to ask people to be their guests. and it totally paid off. i'm glad you're with your family, having a nice time!

Nancy Face said...


Lynese Morris said...

What an entertaining blog. I had a good laugh at all your antics. You are so brave to have gone on such a wonderful adventure. i am sure your family appreciates that you are with them so enjoy your time there. God has a plan for you so be patient and all will be revealed. I look forward to the next edition to your blog and trust that you don't get too stressed while posting the next episode. God bless

Mars said...

ah! You're back! Sounds like a long trip to NZ but glad you made it! That's so funny you asked people to let you into the first class lounge! Smart & brave! I'd prob never think to do that. So kudos to you. I LOVE that big carry on bag. Sad that it broke :( Glad you get to see your family! You're so cute! Enjoy your time in NZ! Thanks for taking all day to post on your blog! Eeek I don't know if I could sit there to be patient with dial up...I guess it is better than nothing... :)

Jayci said...

i'm so impressed that you got in to the first class lounge!! you are brave for asking every person that passed. :) nice!!! It sounds like a GREAT place to have a 19 hour lay over. Impressive.

Jayci said...

i'm so impressed that you got in to the first class lounge!! you are brave for asking every person that passed. :) nice!!! It sounds like a GREAT place to have a 19 hour lay over. Impressive.

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