I have signed up with our local TV
station to be trained in producing shows to be broadcasted in cable. Aside
from gaining a new skill, I would have a chance to experiment the possibilities
of this medium of communication.
A journey is set to begin. A journey westward. This is my first journey where I usually go eastward where my forefathers came from. In this journey, I shall battle the cold because I have never known how it is to be like in the winter. I have lived in the tropics all my life. And now I'll be facing the inevitable... Let's journey on.
I slept for
two hours before my mother and I left for Honolulu this morning. I know
it's hard to plan for a long journey to the west. My dog Muymoy
will be missed but I asked my friend to feed him. When I was all ready,
my friend dropped us off at Kahului Airport on our way to Honolulu International
on time but we missed our flight because Mom and a family friend were
taking. I was playing Tetris on my Sony Clie (a palm pilot clone). Gladly,
we arrived in Honolulu on time for our Seattle flight in the afternoon.
We had our
lunch at the terminal before boarding our 230 pm flight to Seattle, Washington
before heading to Alaska in the morning. I was relieved when we're on
the air. I sat by the window and I had a chance to take photographs and
look at the clouds. My eyes were heavy and I slept.
will be six hours long. When I opened my window, the skies are already
dark and I can see the moon. It's so beautiful. I can see the stars shining
as if they are looking through my window. I smiled and went back to sleep.
told us we are approaching Seattle. I could see the city lights. I could
remember the movie Sleepless In Seattle though I haven't seen it. Perhaps
when I get back home to Maui, I'll view it.
We have arrived
on time in Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. I have reached the mainland
United States at last on my journey westward. Now I can put a pin on the
map of the United States. Seattle, is truly a great city as my friend
Keith would say specially the summer.
up my kabarkada in Seattle that I have already arrived. I called him up
this morning before I left for Honolulu. He was very glad to hear from
me again. In fact, he's just a mile away from us. He's at work.I'll be
seeing him on my way back home.
up my brother in Alaska who have arrived earlier. I have asked for directions
where to go. The airport is huge. Gladly, I found a map and I have found
our way to our connecting flight to Alaska.
My mom and
I walked around and took some photographs and finally we found Alaska
Airlines' counter. Our flight falls the next day at 830 a.m. We have to
spend the night at the airport.
and I waited patiently for the airline counter to open. There was a group
of men waiting for their flight to Juneau. We were waiting for our flight
to Ketchikan. I took a nap. My mother took a nap also.
It is really
cold in Seattle. I went outside for a few minutes and I felt the cold
going through my bones. I haven't experienced this. I went back hurriedly
and made myself warm.
Our 830 am
flight never made it. Our plane was undergoing maintenance. We didn't
leave until 2:45 p.m. I was getting impatient but my mother already was.
We boarded Alaska Airlines for Ketchikan, Alaska. It was a two hour flight.
We have finally
arrived at Ketchikan International Airport. I called up my brother about
our arrival. I could see the snow-capped mountains. I could feel the cold
but I no longer feel the shivers.
wedding day. It's one of the best moments of his life. I'm very fortunate
to witness this day along with my mother. My father and my other brother
would be glad to be here, too.
flu here in Alaska and I was bedridden. Even though I was sick I still
went out sightseeing with my mom, mybrother, his wife, and her aunt. I
enjoyed the scenery. The people are friendly and well mixture of people.
I'm gonna miss my new friends.