I am with the others in the "insanely jealous boat" but I am also so happy for you that you will be on this amazing trip. I hope you get a ton of pictures to share for those of us who can't experience it first hand. Thanks for that. I also hope that you stay safe and healthy for it. Don't get swallowed by a whale shark. I know they are placid creatures but if you swim in the wrong spot as they are opening their giant mouths, I doubt it would notice prior to swallowing. Ha ha
All packed and ready for my 0300 pick up for the airport. It looks like I am MOVING to Indonesia, instead of just going for a month. These bags don't look big, but they are. The blue suitcase has only camera gear at 49 lbs. The red bag has all my dive gear, clothes, and eveything else I need.
The black bags are carry-on. The suitcase is barely legal size and weigh 30 lbs. I have to make it look like it only weighs 15 lbs. It has some more camera gear as does the backpack. Ridiculous!!
I checked in at 0400 with no coffee onboard. That is never a good idea. I left the pouch containing ALL of my flight tickets for the entire trip on the counter! Luckily, someone at the gate asked me how long the flight to Singapore (via Hong Kong) is. When I looked for my tickets........MAJOR Panic!!
They called the check-in counter and they found them. They gave the pouch to the slowest person in the airport. Mind you, the Raleigh airport is small and I was not that far from the counter, but would have to have gone through security again. The flight was boarding and I was still in a panic. Finally, the guy shows up with my pouch in-hand. THANK YOU up there!!
Now, I am in Chicago waiting 14 hours to board my flight to Hong Kong. The lounge is nice with all kinds of free food and drinks (including any adult beverage you could want. Unfortunately, the LAST thing I want at 0800!
Well, sounds like you have the red eye to Hong Kong... good news!
Also, sounds like you have far too much time to kill...bad news.
Ya staying inside the complex or are ya putting around in the mean time?
Just a quick note from Singapore while I have access to internet. All I can say is FIRST CLASS ROCKS!! Too bad it will probably never happen again.
The flight crew slipped me a great bottle of champagne, but it got nabbed going through security. I guess someone will have a nice bottle with their next meal.
Today is an early flight to Monado on the Island of Sulawesi where we will be going to a nature reserve. I hope to be able to post photos from there, but will have to see.....I am packing a ridiculously HEAVY telephoto lens, so I hope to get photos.
"They gave the pouch to the slowest person in the airport".... Sounds like even the staff was suffering from lack of coffee! Haha Hope you reach your destination soon, and are out there enjoying nature without a care :)