Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Up in the clouds

I spent most of my day yesterday in two airports.

I woke up at 1:30am to get ready for my 4:30am flight to Cebu. Hubby wasn't all too happy to wake up and drive me there but he was worried about me taking the cab all by myself in that un-godly hour. When hubby dropped me off at the lobby, I kissed this sleepy man goodbye and then met my officemate and we checked in together. I saw a lot of sleeping people and wished I could too. First things first I bought two steaming brewed coffee to boost our spirits.

The flight was uneventful, except for an elderly needing some oxygen. I was half-awake and half-asleep all throughtout the flight. Everytime I fly I want to seat by the window and just stare at the clouds. They were fluffly blue and so much like cotton-candy. I imagined I was sitting on one of them, looking down on what's going on in the earth below.

After our training we headed straight to the local supermarket to buy some "pasalubongs" (tagalog for presents for our family and colleagues back home). We had about one to two hours before we go to the airport again for our afternoon flights. We had lunch at a local restaurant called Golden Cowrie. We ordered tuna fingers and this super tasty baked scallops with cheese on top! It was awesome and to our great surprise very very affordable.

By 2:30pm we were again headed to the airport and were checked in before 3:00pm. My colleague was going to our other branch office in Davao and so I was to head back to Manila alone. He had an earlier flight and so I was left alone in the waiting area for about one-and-a-half hour to wait for my flight. I wanted to fall asleep but I was a little wary of strangers and looking vulnerable being female and alone in the airport. Thank God for technology and the good book I brought along with me...I did not really noticed the time.

I was reading Paulo Coelho's book called Like a Flowing River. It was a collection of short inspiring stories. I particularly liked the poem by Manuel Bandeira.

Be like the flowing river,
Silent in the night.
Be not afraid of the dark.
If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back.
If there are clouds in the sky,
Remember, clouds, like the river, are water,
So gladly reflect them too,
In your own tranquil depths.

a beautiful poem and a beautiful book. God bless everyone!


Kalyan said...

So you had a nice time out there with the good food & an equally good book to give you company...That's a very nice inspirational poem...Thanks for sharing & stay well!

louann said...

Wow how tiring hehe. But at least you got to travel :)
The food looks yummy. Am suddenly craving. And it's 10AM in thr morning.

aart hilal said...

I'm also a big Paulo Coelho fan and I don't know if you’ve heard about his blog
I started as a fan and now I'm collaborating with him and thought that you would like to enter his universe.
Check out the blog, if you want, or subscribe to his newsletter

You'll see a community of warriors of light sharing ideas, dreams and most importantly following their personal legend.

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See you there and have a great day!

akanksha said...

Hey i love paulo cohelo too.
Great inspiring words out there.:-)

Sweet Girl said...

BOOKS are really good company..
even I like paulo coelho's book
nice poem!!!!!!!!

michiko said...

don't you wish golden cowrie also has a branch in manila? then we'll be eating there all the time :)

Colin said...

At least it got you away from the wicked lady tigress :)

It's wonderful being able to look down at the clouds below and I remember taking my daughter on hol and she sat by the window so she could watch the sunrise, an awesome sight.

We waited at th airport for some 6 hours so he went to sleep on th bench and I always have a few books with me, the time soon passes.

The food sounds wonderful, and I really must start getting some of my recipes together and post them :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
God Bless

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Kalyan - eventhough it was a wee bit tiring, I did have fun doing it. And with good food and a good book I can never go wrong=)Oh and of course...good coffee!

@@@Louann - oh you are soooo right there my dear. Tiring but not half bad=) Yup the food is good, you should try it next time you go there.

@@@Aart Hilal - I visited the site it's very good! thank you very much for sharing. Will visit it often. So lovely of you to visit, hope you'll come back again soon.

@@@Akanksha - thanks! It was very nice.

@@@Sweet Girl - Glad you like it sweet girl. Thanks!

@@@Michiko - I sooooo wish it my friend, another resto to add to our list of favs.

@@@Colin - Well, only physically though...the perils of having a mobile phone - makes one very very accessible. =(

Sure loved the clouds and the view.