Ten “Thank You”s!!! – From a Day Full of Flying! – Movement Labs

Ten “Thank You”s!!! – From a Day Full of Flying!

Flying gets a bad rap: Delays, mechanical problems, missed connections, screaming kids, bad food, etc. etc.  Of course, all of these things are annoyances, and I’d be lying if I said I never griped about any of them.

However, in just 28 hours of travel (door-to-door), I can go from my Singapore Home to my (Parents’) New Jersey Home.  These two places are twelve time zones apart – in other words, I literally travel halfway around the world, in just over one day.  That’s pretty freakin’ amazing, if you ask me!

13,400 flight miles/28 hours = 478 mph [769 km/hr]
[And that includes driving, stopover, and customs-clearance time!]

And because I don’t always act sufficiently grateful for the miracle of modern travel while I’m moving at almost 500 miles per hour, I’d like to take a moment for a few “Shout-Outs”:

Singapore Flag1. Thank You…to the super-friendly (female!) taxi driver, who happened to be coming by our building, just as I stepped out the door.  Even at 4:30 AM, I didn’t need to call for a cab!

2. Thank You…to the gentleman at Changi Airport, whose nails were painted like Singapore flags – complete with rhinestone moon and stars.  You made me smile at 5 AM.

3. Thank You…to whatever TSA rules permit me to keep my shoes on for security screening outside the US, even if I’m traveling to the US.  Don’t ask. I have no idea.  But I greatly appreciate the convenience.

4. Thank You…to the super-friendly flight attendant on the Singapore-to-Narita flight.  Your loud voice and good humor reminded me of a tall, skinny Santa.  And when you turned to another passenger and spoke in fluent Japanese, you reminded me not to make assumptions about Caucasian men (or anyone, for that matter)!  [Doubly poignant, because I hate when people make them of me!]

5. Thank You…to all the United Airlines ground staff working to help my fellow passengers make their tight connections in Narita.  I had enough time, but I know many were stressed about missing their flights and definitely appreciated your escort to the gate.

6. Thank You…to the Maintenance Crew who quickly sorted out the mechanical issue on the Narita-to-Newark plane, so that our take-off wasn’t too delayed.

7. Thank You…to United for your eclectic collection of in-flight movies, so I could watch a movie (or two) that I’ve wanted to see, but haven’t wanted to spend time or money to see in “real life”.  On today’s flights, I watched Dreamgirls and Jack Reacher.

8. Thank You…to the adorable kiddo seated next to me on the Narita-to-Newark flight.  You had some high-pitched vocalizations at times, but you were generally well-behaved, you slept quite a bit, and you were 100% adorable (being Thai/Caucasian mixed didn’t hurt much, either 😉 ).

9. Thank You …to myself, for remembering to pack lots of snacks from home.  Excellent for whenever I got hungry mid-flight.

10. Thank You…to my parents, for braving rush hour traffic to come fetch me from the airport.  Love them so much!

And now, if you’ll all excuse me, I’m going to open the windows all the way and lie here, enjoying the cool breeze and haze-free air.  And in the morning, I’ll actually try to post about running!

Who would you like to thank today? (or yesterday?)

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24 Comments
  1. Amy @ Writing While Running June 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I am so glad you made it to Newark safely. I sure hope the first thing you did upon arrival in New Jersey (after, of course, sleeping for 28 hours) was get yourself some good Jersey/New York pizza!

    • Holly KN June 26, 2013 at 2:24 am - Reply

      Alas, my parents had already prepared dinner, so we ate at home. Home food is probably even slightly better than pizza, though. And there WILL be pizza (and bagels, Kim!) before I leave. 🙂

  2. Kim June 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I agree with Amy! Have some pizza and bagels! Oh, and mozzarella! I’m going to make it ASAP now that my exam is over! I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Holly KN June 26, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

      I found some fresh mozzarella balls in the fridge practically moments after walking through the door. Definitely already enjoyed a few of those. And there will be pizza. And bagels. And although I often reminisce about pizza, it’s bagels that are currently on my mind! A toasted everything with a smidge of cream cheese……

  3. Awesome attitude girl 😀 I don’t know why people hate flying either apart from long periods of turbulence. I remember being in turbulence and a family close to me just started praying which made me feel really uncomfortable. Apart from that, I love being able to see the cities from up above especially in the night 😀 Another beautiful thing is watching sunrise or sunset from up above, it’s truly beautiful 😀

    Have fun in New Jersey 😉

    • Holly KN June 26, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

      That…probably would’ve freaked me out, too. After spending five years flying on small planes in and out of a small airport (Rochester, NY), none of the large plane turbulence really phases me. I usually tell myself to watch the flight attendants – as long as they look calm, then everything must be pretty normal… [Although if someone next to me started praying, I’d probably get a bit freaked out myself….]

      You’re totally right – I love sunset/rises from a plane! Usually I’m only annoyed that the airplane windows make it impossible to capture a good pic – just gotta enjoy the moment! 🙂

  4. Meagan June 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Great post! Its so easy to focus on the negative when traveling. Especially when flying. You have a great perspective focusing on the good stuff and saying thank you. Have a great time in NJ and enjoy the breeze 🙂

    • Holly KN June 26, 2013 at 2:33 am - Reply

      Sitting in the kitchen, breeze still blowing through the windows. Gorgeous!!

  5. Allison June 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I need your attitude when flying…and in life.

    Welcome back to the states!

    • Holly KN June 26, 2013 at 2:34 am - Reply

      Ha! I’ll send a little bit of it westward; you try to catch it, OK? =)

  6. Brennan June 26, 2013 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Wake up now. It’s time to hang out!

  7. Jess @thefitspirit June 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Enjoy your time at home!!! It is crazy you can be halfway round the world in a day!!

    • Holly KN June 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Gets me every.single.time!

      [Although I’d be lying if I said that the 18 hours on a plane felt like nothing… 😉 ]

  8. Cait the Arty Runnerchick June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    so glad u made it there safe and sound…and heck YEA for remembering to pack those snacks. props to holly…hehe. 🙂
    okay, i think those international flights need to start telling the USA we should be able to keep our shoes on too!! 😛

    • Holly KN June 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Yessssssssssss………security is generally about 2x faster! 🙂

  9. Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness June 27, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I just found your blog through Amy @ Writing While Running – loving it so far! And I love this post. When I think of flying/traveling, I always think of all of the hassles and stress. So taking a beat to stop and think of what you’re thankful for about traveling is a wonderfully welcome change in perspective. And hooray for getting to keep your shoes on! Score!

    • Holly KN June 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here lately…sometimes big life things get in the way of blogging (but I suppose that’s better than vice verse!). 🙂 But hope to see your ‘face’ again soon!

      And yes – the stress and annoyances are right in front of you (me), and it’s hard to look beyond what’s right THERE. So I think it’s natural – which is why I try to take a moment to remind my self of the awesome! 🙂

  10. Debbie @ Deb Runs... June 27, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I love your positive attitude! Enjoy your stay in the states and the food that you miss back home!

    • Holly KN June 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Gosh. I’ve been so darn busy that the only thing I’ve sought out has been coffee shop coffee (this has worked well with the ‘busy’ thing!). But there IS a Chipotle down the road from our hotel. May be hitting that up later! 😉

      • Debbie @ DebRuns July 2, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

        Woot woo! I hope you hit up Chipotle while you were here!

        • Holly KN July 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

          Finally – yesterday!!! In a major blogger-fail, though, I neglected to get a photo. But I suspect I’m going in for at least one more hit before leaving the States. I’ll have my camera ready! 😉

  11. Allee @ Griselda Mood June 27, 2013 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Ooh, welcome back! I hope you find yourself some good Mexican food while you’re here and suck in lots and lots of air conditioning 😉 Enjoy your family time!

    • Holly KN June 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Hahaha. Had some mediocre Mexican food, but Chipotle is on the agenda. 😉

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