Monday, August 24, 2009

In Paradise? Partially.

Updating with slightly slow internet from an island called Bonaire (one of the Netherland Antilles--Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire).
I am on vacation with my parents and we are scuba diving!

All sounds well except for the fact that the plane to Bonaire from Newark was a disaster!
I've been to Bonaire 5 times, this is the 5th year and I've never experienced such a problem with Continental airline service...
The plane's weather radar went kaput, and they were not allowed to fly the aircraft with such a condition, thus we turned back around after 30 min of taking off and flying. But the "turning around" took about 2 extra hours: probably due to making sure the new aircraft was ready and "turning around" = circling around.

Landed back to Newark around 3 am, left Newark around 12 am before. The crew promised to quickly board onto the new aircraft, which would take only 30 minutes since the flight was not full, capacity was 140, 70 passengers aboard. Another lie! -_-;
Everyone was waiting in the new gate when suddenly a woman pulled up with her handy dandy golf cart contraption. "I'm sorry but you'll have to take this flight tomorrow morning at 11 am."

Ok... supposedly the crew went illegal and were not supposed to fly within their hours. That's fine. But tomorrow morning at 11am? Why not earlier?

Then everyone went through the whole process of booking hotels through Continental and food vouchers, all that stuff. It's their loss! hahaha.
So I stayed in an airport hotel (luckily it was a nice one!). I didn't have any change of clothes but did have emergency necessities such as: toothpaste, toothbrush, skincare samples, eyedrops, etc etc.

The next morning we departed the hotel at 8 am to be at the gate by 9 am, then leave Newark at 11 am. Everyone was there... but two. I guess they missed the flight, and it took another 20 min for the staff to remove their baggage from the plane.

So, arrival time was 4 pm, lost a whole day of diving, but all was fine! It wasn't an awfully stressful experience at all... The people were cooperating so nicely because they were tired and understanding... haha!

So I'm not really updating on any beauty stuff since this internet is so slow to upload any pictures right now, and I'm ready to pass out any minute! :D

Hope to update again soon and thanks for all comments on my birthday! Love you all :)

7 comments:

Shopn'Chomp said...

Mika, didn't realize the experience was that lousy. :( Well you are in paradise now and that's all that matters. HAVE FUN!!!

Catherine said...

Oh geez what a trip! At least you're there now! Have fun and hope you have lots of pictures to share with us. :D

Aika said...

Hope you share pictures soon, Mika!

Yumeko said...

oh no, hope everything picks up more!

Shopn'Chomp said...

P.S I just tagged you! No rush since you are on vacay but do it when you get a chance :)

http://shopnchomp.blogspot.com/2009/08/whats-in-my-bag.html

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