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Duty Free! Duty Free! Duty Free!
As I heard this soft voice, I slowly open my eyes. Then again, I heard the soft voice, in an almost whisper sound, Duty Free! I'm not dreaming, this is real. Then, the lady with the trolly, politely ask me, "duty free Sir? Would you like to buy some of our in-flight products?" I politely decline.... In flight shopping gives me the creep. Not my thing, I supposed. Then the lady slowly walks away, pushing the trolly in a narrow aisle. And in her soft whispering voice called out again... Duty Free! Duty Free! Duty Free!
I checked my watch... Medyo antok pa... 4 hours na palang naglalakbay sa himpapawid ang eroplanong sinakyan ko. Nakaramdam ako ng pagkalam ng sikmura. Oh great! Did I missed the meal? Hindi man lang ako ginising ni Ms Beautiful na Stewardess. Hinanap ko yong sticker na idinikit ko sa headrest ng upuan, it says there,"wake me up during meal time!" Wala! E kaya naman pala, nalaglag si sticker. Tiis muna stomach ko.
Still another 4 hours before we landed at Dubai Airport, the stopover! Medyo mahaba-habang byahe pa to. I scroll down the inflight movies available dahil nawala na antok ko. Pero yong gutom ko di pa nawawala. Scroll down, down, up, down uli... Finally, I choose "Hugo" A story of a boy set in the late century settings, with his magical adventures!
When the movie is about to start, pause muna! Di ko matiis gutom ko! Di pala ako nakapag lunch sa Casa Airport, kakahanap ng postcard para kay Axl. Nagpalinga-linga ako baka malapit lang si Ms Beautiful Stewardess. Paglingon ko sa kanan, across the aisle, medyo nasilaw ako sa nakita ko. A man in a blue suit? Seriously? Nagulat lang ako, I'm not against Fashion Freedom! Kung meron man ganon na terminology. Sumasakit na sikmura ko, sumakit pa mata ko, kasi medyo glossy blue suit ni Mr. Fashionmista. Di ko tuloy makita si Ms beautiful.
Teka, engot lang, nakalimutan ko, may pinipindot nga pala para umilaw then lalapit na sayo si Ms beautiful. High Tech coz it's de-pendot! Ayan na lumalapit na sya, nagready na ko ng baon kong English na malapit ng maubos, to explain my delima. She's so kind to give me my meal. Pero natigilan ako, hindi kaya tira-tira lang to? Ang sama ko lang! Pero kahit ano pa yan, pag gutom ka, sige lang!
I continue watching the movie while eating. Medyo interesante movie na to, I thought while finishing my meal. There's one line there that has been delivered beautifully. And it caught me thinking also. The boy said, "If the world is a big machine, then, I'd like to be a small part of it!" Then the next scene shows a big clock with all its mechanism exposed, with all of it's parts moving in a slow motion pattern.... Tik tak tik tak tik tak tik tak..... Then I dozed off into deep sleep again.......
After couple of hours, I heard laughter nearby! In a panic mode, I wake up drastically thinking we landed already. Hindi pala, false alarm! Yong mga nagtatawanan pala is a group of Indian women in their mid forties, na ginawang cocktail party the other side of the aisles. Yes, they were drinking, not juice but wine! Hanep, mairaos lang party or some sort of celebration, kahit saan ok na. Yan ang tinatawag na Party in Heaven... Ang lakas ng tama nyan... Para kang nasa langit!
Time check, 1 hour before we start to descend in UAE air zone. Yes! Malapit na, half of the trip is almost complete, but not the adventure. The lady in the trolly again pass by, but not with the products, this time she offers something to drink. I ask for pineapple juice and water (sabi sa advise sa comfort in the air, drink a lot of water daw). Then the lady ask the Chinese Grandmaster este grandma sitting besides me, If she likes something to drink. I almost fell out of my seat when she ask for a beer! Budweiser! Ikaw na grandma, ikaw na ang grandmaster sa inuman. The drunken Master!
PA announcement: Please remain seated, fasten your seatbelt, and refrain from using the toilet. We are about to land in a few minutes. Cabin crew, in landing position!
That was a smooth landing in Dubai airport! But not with the other passengers. Two guys started to grab their hand carries and started to walk towards the exit while the plane is still in motion and the seatbelt sign is still lit. Maliwanag naman ang instructions, translated in different languages, that you have to remain seated till the aircraft is in full stop and the seatbelt sign is off. And when Mr. Steward ask them to go back to their seats, they refused to do so, that resulted to a heated arguments. It almost end up calling the security on board!
WHY? Yan ang malaking katanungan na pilit kong hinahanapan ng sagot. Bakit nga ba may mga tao na ang hirap umitindi! Simple instructions di pa maka comply. Na e-ebak na ba sila at kailangan magmadali? O sadyang may mga tao lang na extreme? Pag sinabi mong tayo, uupo. Pag sinabi mong tawa, iiyak. Ang sakit sa utak isipin ng ganitong sitwasyon.
At bago pa lumala sitwasyon... Nag full stop na! And people started to get on their feet, and started to open the overhead compartment. And as I reach the tarmac, I said to myself, I completed half of the journey back home.... The other half is about to happen in less than 2 hours...
Please proceed to gate 125, and wait for your boarding announcement...