If you have been following this blog, you would have seen my previous post/rant about my recent trip to the Philippines (previous post: A Very Long Trip Home). I did capture a few images while I was there, that I would like to share with everyone.
Villa Escudero Resort – San Pablo City, Philippines (villaescudero.com, Villa Escudero’s Facebook page)
Miscellaneous Pictures in the Philippines
This morning I arrived home from what has probably been my worst travel experience, up to date. It wasn’t the destination that made it bad. It was the delays I experienced on the way home, that have left me feeling the way I do today. My flight was scheduled to leave Manila, Philippines at 6:30 am a couple of days ago. It was delayed due to some less than desirable weather. A tropical storm hit the Philippines just about the same time I was supposed to flying out, and of course my flight was delayed.
After calling the airline, I was informed that my flight had been rescheduled for 3:55 that afternoon. I showed up to the airport around 1:00 pm to check in. After saying good-bye to my family members that had driven me to the airport, I waited to board my flight. Then I waited some more… And then I waited some more. The flight finally started boarding around 6:30 pm – over 2 hours later than what I was told.
By this time, my connecting flight to New York City, out of Beijing, China, was long gone – it was scheduled for 1:30 pm earlier that day. I didn’t arrive in Beijing until about 1:30 am. The airline provided me with a hotel room for the night, well, half a hotel room. I had to share a room with one of the other passengers that also missed a connecting flight. That wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t terrible. I was able to take a shower and get some food, but I didn’t get any sleep.
Beijing, China – checking into the hotel
I didn’t get checked into the hotel until about 4:00 am. It had taken that long for me to get through China’s immigration and catch a bus to the hotel. I checked out at 10:00 am to check into my flight scheduled for 1:00 pm – a day later than I was originally supposed to fly out. This plane didn’t take off until 2:30 pm, which seems to be on par with what I had been experiencing with this airline.
It took about 12 hours to get to New York City. After getting through US immigration, I grabbed a cab to Chinatown and was just in time to catch the bus back to Virginia – another 7 hours of travel. I had barely made it in time – the bus had pulled into the station as I was buying my ticket.
I finally arrived in Virginia at around 1:30 am this morning. It was a good feeling to finally be home, but the travel ordeal has take it’s toll on me. Besides being extremely tired, my body was sore. My tailbone ached from sitting for such a long time, my back ached, I’ve got a sore throat, and my nose was beginning to run.
I’m glad to be home. It will take me a few days to get over the jet lag. And before I actually lay down and sleep, I’m going out for hot soup and a sandwich.
Recently, I was in our local Wally World (that’s what I call Wal-Mart) grabbing a couple of things, when I came across a table marked “Clearance” in the electronics section. Most of the items on it weren’t really of interest to me. The majority of things were outdated gadgets that just didn’t sell well. There were a few things that must have gotten lost on the back of shelves for years. As I was turning to walk away, I saw something that was hard to believe. I stopped in mid stride and turned my attention back to the table. I walked up to it and picked up a box, checking the price. It was just as I thought I had seen it.
I have had a good DSLR camera on my wish list for quite a while now. Now here I was, looking at a brand new, sealed in the box, Nikon D3300 18-55 VR Kit on clearance for $224.50. I paused and pondered for a moment before making a decision. I really wasn’t ready to spend $200, but this was such a great deal, it was hard to pass up. This camera was being sold for over $200 under market value!
In the end, I left Wally World that day with a brand new camera. I would have opened it up and played with it right away, but I had to go to work. I did bring the camera to work with me, and charged the battery under my desk while I was working, but I wasn’t able to really “play” with my new toy until the next day.
It has been nearly a month now since I made the purchase, and I have taken a few pictures with the camera. I’ve been looking around for accessories to go with the camera, and have a few things marked for later purchases. It appears that I will be spending more on lenses than I did on the camera. I’ll be sure to make updates to this blog, as I pick up new items to go with my camera. Also, keep an eye out for new pictures taken with the Nikon.
It’s been far too long since I have written, drawn, or painted. My creativity has been in a stagnant state. My live has been in going through some transitions, while illness has been doing it’s best to keep me from being productive at all. I’ve been contending with a stubborn cough in the midst of starting a new full-time job.
Now that I have adjusted to my new schedule and my infirmity seems to be subsiding – thanks to a trip to the doctor and a handy-dandy prescription of cough syrup and codeine, I am feeling the urge to be creative once again be stirred from within.
Hopefully, these urges deem to be fruitful and I am able to produce something worthwhile of being posted here, or at least I’ll end up consuming my time surfing the endless depths of the internet and find something interesting and/or entertaining enough that I would want to share on this blog. Either way, I’m hoping to break free from this creative stagnancy I have found myself in as of late.
We are now well into the new year and it is my desire that this year will be productive for me creatively, as well as financially. I am optimistic for what the future holds, and am looking forward to sharing the results of my endeavors with you through this blog.