First off, let's do some recaps about my flight over as well as the arrival on Friday morning! The flight was thankfully uneventful – and even surprisingly brief, which indicates that I must've dozed off at some point, which is so unlike me, and which I don't even remember doing! It could be because the flight was relatively smooth most of the way, and with me not having a clock or watch on hand to keep an eye on the time, time actually went by perceptively quicker than it would've otherwise. Heh. So that was all well and good.
Now, Perth airport had been held up the day before by a strike by customs' workers, so I'd been prepared to get stuck at immigration coming in. Much to my surprise, though, I got through within, like, fifteen minutes: came into the terminal building, headed to immigration, polite chit-chat with the guy behind the counter, headed to baggage claim, got my stuff, proceeded to customs, didn't get my stuff inspected, was shown the exit: "Have a pleasant stay." Well, I will, thank you very much!! And off I went. It was 5:20am by this point – the plane had touched down half an hour earlier than scheduled! – and I'd told Jade to pick me up at (eeek) 7am! Which meant there was time for a coffee and a chillout in the arrival hall. Thankfully, Jade had the good sense to arrive earlier, so she was there by about 6:15am. So it was all well and good, and this being springtime, the climate was nice and cool but not freezing, and all in all, it was a good arrival! EXCEPT...
A rather traumatising event unfurled while I was about to get my cuppa coffee at the arrival area. I'd walked past the tall flight of escalators and moments later, I heard a series of loud crashes. Then the people in front of me, who could see the escalators behind me, reacted with surprise, even shock. I turned around just in time for some poor guy to land at the base of the escalators, having taken a nasty tumble down the hard and jagged escalator steps! Oh dear!! I had no idea how far up he'd been when he'd fallen, but let's just say he landed hard in a crumpled heap and proceeded not to move. Immediately airport workers began rushing towards him, and there was a lot of hoo-haa as emergency personnel were called and
So that was that. On the flight over, I'd sat next to a girl from China who didn't speak much English and needed help filling in her forms. And then it turns out she had a bit of Tourette's because she kept sighing and hmm-ing and haw-ing almost involuntarily throughout her waking hours, as well as spouting random exclamations of Chinese phrases every now and then. And at one point, two babies in nearby seats began to cry (oy vey!) and the Chinese girl began making crying sounds along with them, which was pretty amusing if not a bit interesting. And to add to the fascination on board, some guy sitting in front of me began to watch Final Destination on his laptop, which, as you might know, features lots of people dying in horrible grotesques accidents, including a nasty plane crash in the first movie (and SPOILER ALERT at the end of the fifth movie). Um. Not the best movie to watch on a flight, perhaps?? Oy!
Okay then, I'm gonna pause on the blog updating for now. I'll come back soon with more recaps on the past couple of days, including Berni and Mike's gorgeous wedding... but for now I'll leave you with a couple of pics of Jade and Chris's lovely guestroom in their renovated upstairs area! Yup, I walk in and this is what awaits me. Mmmm. Comfy. Bliss.
And here's a self-indulgent pic of me in a fancy mirror on the wall. Oh, I should add that on a whim, I splurged on a new camera on Thursday. A very impulsive buy, but after so many recommendations from friends – and having inexplicably lost my big-ass fancy camera in KLPac a month or so ago, oy gevault...! – I finally settled on a Canon Powershot S95, which, believe you me, makes any ol' picture look pretty darn good. Check me out as proof of that. It's just the camera working its magic, HEH. Okay, I don't look half bad either, all garbed up for the wedding last night. But more on that later. Okay, till then... see ya!