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When I got here …

This is a continuation from my previous blog:  Flashback: Time to leave home ….

My flight from Dubai – Jeddah was delayed by more than 2 hours (if I’m not mistaken) due to some technical issues.  I was too tired to roam around Dubai Airport.  On hindsight, I should have done that, given the variety of stores and food restaurants that are available.  All I did was to find a nice spot to land my butt and catch some sleep.

Dubai airportSource:  https://flic.kr/p/qBGu2z

[ the waiting ]Source:  https://flic.kr/p/7SUQMY
(One of them is NOT me)

RIMG0052Source:  https://flic.kr/p/7Z65dV

The flight took off from Dubai late in the evening, around 6pm or so.  Reached Jeddah airport some 3 hours later (sometime past 9pm). Went past immigration and baggage check.  Met up with the Uni Meet and Greet Team.  The rep gave me a temp ID and they brought me over to my Jeddah ‘residence’ – Crowne Plaza.  This was my place of stay for a few weeks before I moved into my permanent home in the University Town.

Loved the food in Crowne Plaza.  They really served excellent dishes and were generous in their servings.  Too generous even; I had to request for them to reduce the servings so as  not to waste the food.  Like to thank the University for providing me a great accommodation even though it was a temporary one.

This was the start of my adventure in the Kingdom.  Stay tune for more updates 🙂

Did you know that I can ….

fly a plane?? Nah, Just kidding 🙂 But my brother bought me a ticket (Thank you bro) to check out the Boeing Flight Simulator located at the Singapore Flyer, Singapore.  He probably wanted me to know a bit more about his work.

Back to the story:  The day was downcast. But, it didn’t dampen my spirit and enthusiasm to take the controls of a Boeing plane.  Never had a chance to do this before. (Never touched Microsoft Flight Simulator game as well).  Got to the place and waited for my turn.  We were allotted specific timings to try out the simulator.  (I cannot remember how long the flight simulator session lasted).

My turn came up and off i went into the ‘cockpit’.  I was briefed by a pilot (he went through an actual pilot school and passed out) on all the controls, knobs, display panels etc.  My head went ‘dizzy’.  There were just too many things to absorb in such a short time span.  But I noted that there were several important ones that I needed to know.  To cut the long story short, I had the chance to ‘take off’ from several airports and ‘landed’ the plane safely as well; though I’m not sure whether we had any major turbulence during the simulation 😛  One thing for certain: I’m not making any switch to the aviation industry anytime soon 🙂

My flight experience in pictures:

 

Why did you tear my boarding pass?

DXB – JED:  I approached Emirates boarding desk in Dubai Airport and presented my boarding pass. The lady took one glance at me, smiled and tore it up.  I was aghast.  Was about to question her … just then saw her punched a few keys into the computer, looked up at me and smiled.  “Sir, we’re upgrading you to Business Class”.  OMG.  I thanked her, smiled gleefully and proceeded to the departure lounge.  Thank you, Emirates.

 

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