To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Running for home2

"This is it, it's March 16 and few hours from now I'll be in Cebu", I told myself. My flight was at two in the afternoon and it was already eleven in the morning and I was still packing. I didn't realize soon that I had lots of stuff with me, those for giveaways and some things I decided to be better at home.

I think it was five minutes to twelve when I went out from my apartment. I got to the airport by 1pm and I thought I was the only one who hadn't checked in yet. I was close to flying time and guess what?  I had 24kilos excess baggage! I was told then to go to Thai Airways  excess baggage counter to pay 6,000baht. I ran to the counter  and I was a bit annoyed to find out that nobody was there. I ran back to the check-in counter and asked where should I pay and the counter attendant told me to go to Thai Airways office instead.

The office wasn't near Philippine Airlines check- in counters and goodness! all the transactions there needed a queue!Yes! Without separating different transactions! A customer may inquire some flights and get some options, plus paying some if confirmed so of course that transaction alone takes a lot of time.

That was quite a bit long queue for me and I had to wait again. I waited for my number, I didn't see it and later it jumped to the next number I was holding,. I went then to one of the counters asking why my queue wasn't called and the lady in there just told me to get another queue number again as it went passed already.

There I went pissed off and told her I didn't need to do what she told me, and she had to attend my need. I got so mad and all first, of them not being in their post, in the excess baggage counter and they just refer transactions  in their office which apparently takes more time as all transactions  there are mixed up. I thought that was a lousy way of service,  do they have service? One may also take the map how far is their office from other check-in counters.  I think this system of Thai Airways should be improved. They should simplify their counter's functions. No wonder I observed lots of displeased customers in their office.

Anyway, the other counter offered to do my transaction right there, of course in Thailand, you'd be surprised finding working  Thais doing their work fast. You may want to take a test, check their supermarkets counters. They wouldn't really mind the long lines, they just do their work at their own pace when the cashiers are more comfortable.

I ran back, yes really ran to the fastest I could to get back to  the check- in counter to present the receipt, got my boarding passes and headed to the gate. I was lucky at least no one else was in the line for immigration check. And yes, the immigration officers are more pleasant I think especially if to compare to the Philippines. A lady with Philippine Airline's banner was there waiting at the main entrance after I had my immigration check done. She guided me the direction.  Obviously, I was the last one to come. I should be earlier at least if the excess baggage counter attendant was on the post, it took me thirty minutes just to get my excess payment. Just to pay and getting the receipt  for that  long  isn't quite fine and not fair at all.

I got on the plane running and glad I just had my backpack and my brand new notebook in my hands.  We left the airport for a few minutes more as there was a repair being done on the ceiling as we were told. I thought they were waiting  for me hahahaha! I had a great flight, PAL had its senior officer on board and yes, drinks were bottomless. I had red wine and the meal was good. It was my first to sit on the center aisle as well making me appreciate more the beauty of the aircraft. I got to Ninoy Aquino International Airport still smiling despite the Thai excess baggage payment counter nightmare.

Have I mentioned I'm so grateful to the very  kind Thai taxi driver who helped me with my things? He headed with me  all the way to  Suvarnabhumi buliding pushing my cart minding I had three bags with me. And to think I didn't ask for any help. That was the best thing that happened to me that day...and yes, the bottomless drinks! hehehehe! :D

Running for home1

Had been days since the protest strike again in Bangkok. I was excited, no, not to the protest but coming back  home. Tuesday, March 16, was the date I was bound to have my vacation in Cebu. Unfortunately,  I was not in good health prior to the trip. I have had difficulty breathing! I could feel the pain in my chest and I have to admit that my situation for days was  troublesome.

On  my way to work Sunday in the morning last  March 14,  I felt the worst I could imagine. My whole body went numb, I couldn't make any move  and my chest pains went  stronger. That was so uncomfortable luckily  I still managed to handle two classes until I gave up and decided to run to the hospital.

I had a couple of  tests and had my check up for three hours, I was so scared and later in the afternoon I got  my results and I was told I was fine. I couldn't believe  what I heard, I shared the inconveniences I've been through and it was no way I was just okay. The doctor told me then to have a retest and will see the result or else I had to be admitted.

Oh God, I was just two days away for my travel and it wouldn't be fine of me being admitted really. I knew there was a little  cardio problem and yes it had to be treated. Moreover, at least, I should know what was going on with me.

The hospital asked me to sign some documents and one required a contact person in case of emergency. I was caught up it wasn't easy to give a name. I felt so all alone and nobody. I finished the form writing my workplace's manager name and my company's contact number.

I was praying I was just okay  while waiting for the second result, I was told  I could get it in an hour, I tried calling my Fil. colleagues then. The two came to the hospital and the other one stayed. It was a relief at least to have somebody to talk with while waiting for the result, that time, the conclusion was crucial. And there it came, it was again, NEGATIVE. I was given some medicines though for the night and the following day. I thought it was great to  finally go home both that night to my apartment and  a few more days  to Cebu.

Had dinner then with that friend after. And I got the full report by the way  from the hospital just days ago  right after getting back from my vacation, it says I had " hardened artery". Will be back soon in three months for checkup.