All times are in Philadelphia time.
Here’s some stuff I wrote on the plane flight to China.
So I am on an airplane to shanghai right now and I have a couple of observations:
1. On any flight from the United States to an East Asian country, all of the white people are in first and business class and all of the Asian people are in economy.
2. Little kids are cute until you put them on a 14 hour plane flight.
3. Finding the right boarding gate is mad easy: just listen for Chinese (or Korean or Japanese) and follow the direction the sound is coming from until you find a huge crowd of Asians. You are in the right place.
4. Watching white people trying to ask questions to Chinese flight attendents is mad funny.
5. Watching Chinese people try to talk to chinese flight attendants is even funnier.
Airline peanuts suck. No surprises there.
Dinner looks like this:
Boredom is setting in. I already spent an hour drawing a castle type thing in my sketchbook (maybe it will make its way into a future Omjii…) and I finished reading those stupid in flight magazines about the airline’s sponsers in New York City or whatever. The movie playing right now is boooorrrrriiiingggg… it’s some chick flick I already saw. My Macbook Pro’s battery can last for 8 hours, but the flight still has 10 hours left to go, so I still need to wait for 2 hours until I can use my laptop. That means all I can do for now is type and play games on this iPhone and listen to podcasts on my iPod. Or I could sleep…
Anyway, lesson learned: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING A BOOK ON A FLIGHT TO CHINA!!!!!
I made a little visit to business class (shhh…. Visiting another part of the plane is against the rules, but I imitated Jason and bam- shabamed my way there). Everybody in economy was sleeping, but everybody (and I mean EVERYBODY) was on a laptop in Business. Took me a moment to realize why: Business and First class have power outlets at every seat. Lesson: if at all possible, do not fly to Asia on a Boeing 747. 747s only have power outlets in the front of the plane. Instead, try to fly on a Boeing 777, which has power outlets throughout the entire plane.
Also: ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ is a terrible movie.
6 hours down, 8 more to go. T.T
The kid sitting a few seats over from me is also going to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall! Even crazier: he’s in the Wharton school with me too! Even even crazier: he’s living in the same dorm as me! Oh- meh-gah! He’s from around Detroit, Michigan, so he probably knows very little about Philadelphia. Muahaha.
He has a buzz cut for the summer. LOL.
Random: when you type the name of a city on an iPhone, the phone automatically turns the text into a link leading to that city in Google Maps. Way cool. Except too bad there’s no Internet connection on this plane to view Google Maps with. In flight wifi does not work over the Arctic Ocean, apparantly.
DANGIT. My iPod ran out of batteries. Now I have to waste precious laptop battery power to recharge it.
Romance movies are so cliche… I started watching one half way through and was still able to predict everything that happened next.
Some lady in the movie that was playing came on screen at one point holding the most lopsided cake ever. I mean, points fr effort and probably taste (it’s a chocolate cake), but seriously, complete fail on presentation. I could do a better job than her.
It’s midnight back home… I wonder how everybody’s day was. Sigh… I miss my friends already. T.T
Haha, introducing the smallest, driest sandwich in the world…
Typical airline food. Oops, did I say food? I meant ‘food shaped generic edible items.’
Also, I don’t get why they gave us water in sealed plastic containers and then offered us water in cups a few minutes later. Seems like a waste of plastic to me… I guess one could argue that the sealed containers can be saved for later, but then again, couldn’t you just get a cup of water later if you really need water? O.o
DUN DUN DUN… TURBULENCE. Vomit comet time…
Also: my biological clock is mad confused right now. It’s 1:30AM back home but I’m wide awake and the sun is streaming through the windows. LOL.
Also also: turns out with wifi turned off, the 17 inch MacBook Pro’s battery can last up to 10 hours!?!?!? AWWW NICE! :D
The time at home is 3:00 AM. All of my friends are asleep at home but I’m still awake on this plane.
Wake up to an incredible Sunday, everybody. :)
The captain just came on and made an announcement about turbulence again. Immediately after, a flight attendant translates the announcement into Chinese… and it was hilarious. Why? Because when the captain spoke in English, he said like, five words. When the flight attendant translated into Chinese, he went on for five sentences. LOL.
Muahaha, I think my crazy plan to beat jetlag is working. The plan is simple: since much of East Asia is 12 hours off of time at home (plus or minus a few hours), night at home is day here and day at home is night here. People’s biological clocks get messed up because people tend to sleep according to their home schedules on the plane, which is fine and dandy until you land in Seoul or Tokyo or Shanghai and find that after a good night’s worth of sleep, you are now stepping out of the airport into… more night. Now your sleep cycle is still set to home tine but is exactly opposite to what it needs to be in Asia.
Getting around this problem is simple: screw up your sleep cycle on the plane so that when you step off of the plane in Asia at night, you’re ready to fall dead asleep. I’m doing this by… not sleeping on the plane. This way I’ll be mad tired when I land in Shanghai at night… perfectly ready to sleep.
Of course, if you land during the day, then just sleep a lot on the plane so you will be ready to go upon landing. “So seem-pel!”
I’m mad tired already. Gah.
Also, we just flew over Beijing. Looks like our path took us up from the USA over Canada, across the Arctic Ocean, into Siberia, over Russia and Mongolia, and finally into China from the north. How perplexing. I suppose that route is shorter than just crossing the Pacific.
Oh boy, breakfast (or is it dinner again? Depends on whether you go by time at home or time in Shanghai, I suppose) time, which means it’s time for another round of MYSTERY AIRLINE FOOD GUESSING!
This is supposed to be fried rice. You be the judge.
Apparantly Seoul is actually closer to Shanghai than Beijing is to Shanghai. So to all of you guys going to Korea this summer… VISIT ME! Haha, I shall show you the sights of Shanghai.
Also: you know how your ears pop when the plane you are on starts descending? Yeah, still surprises me every time even through I’ve done this a bajillion time.
My rear hurts from sitting for so long.
The captain just announced that we’re landing through a thunderstorm. Oh snap. If you are reading this, it means I survived. Lol.
Also, I’m completely aware of my use of the second person and blatant disregard for pronoun-antecedent agreement throughout this posting. This is a blog, not an AP English essay. Cut me some slack. :D
Hey look, there are thunderclouds outside the window. I would so take pictures, but I don’t have a window seat and my camera is packed away. The crappy camera on this iPhone is the only camera I have right now. Gr.
We have landed in the midst of a thunderstorm. Daaannngggg. Oh, and we’re not allowed to leave the plane until quarantine officials give us the okay.
6:30 AM. Two weeks ago, a good many of us would be waking up and dragging ourselves over to North Penn High School. I can’t believe graduation was only a few days ago… being in Shanghai with Graduation still a clear memory feels really bizarre, surreal even. I miss everybody.
The sky outside is a dark inky gray and fog that just rolled in has made visibility outside almost nonexistent. Chinese quarantine officials are in the front of the plane giving us the medical okay to get off the plane. Welcome to Shanghai.
Okay, so the quarintine officials were using these infrared gun things to get a rough reading of our temperatures and then following up with tongue thermometers for any people with slightly off readings. I had a slightly off reading, so they had me do a tongue thermometer thing. Turns our my reading was off because there is a lamp thing right over my seat. LOL.
The officials are in full biohaz suit things and look kind of like kids playing astronaut. Here’s some pictures.
Oops, the flight attendants just told us not to tale pictures of the quarantine officials. Too late now! Muahaha.
Kay, we should be cleared to go soon. I’ll write more later and look forward to talking with you guys via AIM or Facebook or iChat or something.