@USA June 2014
This is the day I am going to leave for the USA. It is going to be a 6 weeks long trip and it is going to be the longest I am away from Kenzo and I know that I am gonna miss him. I do remember how I struggled on the 2 week USA trip last year and the 2 Sydney and Melbourne trips I had. If those10-14 days are tough then what would 6 weeks be like?
It is also the first time I am going to travel alone. It is a 13 hour flight plus 3-4 hours wait before departure. Thinking about the whole waiting time really makes me a bit worried as boredom might make me insane.
The day started very typical for us, it was a saturday so we went to the mall. I am sulking a bit as I am afraid of the long boring flight, slumped in small economy plane seats and how long I will be away from Kenzo. I am also filled with worried of how kenzo will react if he dont see me anymore and other petty thoughts that can make any dad feeling down.
After lunch we proceeded at home and stayed in our room for try to rest a bit. I also made some final check on what I need to bring and if they are now all in my luggages. As the hours passed and as my flight gets nearer and nearer I am getting sadder. Half of me would not want to leave but I know I can no longer back out. Around during this time I am also reminding Kenzo that I ain’t gonna be there in the coming days and that I have to go in the states but will surely buy him toys.
Then before I knew it, I have to go. My heart is now as heavy as a brick and seeing Kenzo in his usual way not really understanding that I am going to be gone for a long time. We brought him to Momsie’s house and we drop him off there. On the way there I just reminded him that I will be away, just to make sure he gets it.
No serious overly dramatic goodbyes, just like in my previous trip, just a simple monotone BYE!, I prefer it that way.
It is now getting dark,Tereh decided to get some food at Mcdonald’s drive thru. I ordered Mc chicken and a diet soda. That’ll be my dinner for that night.
I got to the airport without much issues. I said bye and maybe a reminder to take care of Kenzo, though it is not needed as it is obvious his mom will surely do that, But I just have to say it.
Inside the airport, I arrive in time to get to a newly opened counter and immediately checked-in my bags. Done in a jiffy. But now I am faced with more than a 3 hour wait. I had a book but I prefer to look for an outlet so I can have internet using 1 day 3G connection on my phone. Luckily, I found a outlet where other tourist also gathered around. I hooked up and burned my 2 hours there watching youtube and surfing the web.
Then it was time to board. The dreaded cramped airline seats and the long, long flight to the other side of the Pacific. After being uncomfortable for more than 13 hours we all arrived in the nice city of San Fo.
We arrived about an hour early. I tried to access the public Wifi so Susie will be notified but to no avail. I cannot log on to the internet and it means I cannot be reached, this gets me a bit distressed. I just hope all will be well and Susie will be able to find me somewhere around SFO. Then the immigration happened. I thought, as I heard in the news, Obama wants airport lines shortened but what I saw was horrendous queue. I waited for about 1 hour and a half to be serviced. It was really long wait but after that all are easy. I went out the door and easily saw Sam and Susie waiting for me. In a few moments, Eric was there in the van with Ginger.
The we left the airport and noticed all the landmarks, buildings, billboards etc we saw last time. Then I kinda miss Tereh and Kenzo and honestly hoped they were there to enjoy all with me.
The first stop before heading home is IN & OUT burger. It was around 10pm already and weather is pretty cold. We ate outside the resto as we were with Ginger. The burger as usual is nice and after a few chitchat we ended the day.
Upon arriving at Gilbert Ave., we settled down and shared a few stories and the place hardly changed and made me remember the time me and tereh spent a day there last year.
I was given the master bedrooom, which initially I was shy to accept. I said that I can maybe sleep in the living room but they insisted that I get the best room. I feel queesy because they all get to share a room while I am only a visitor gets the best one.
All in all I am very thankful for the welcome and hospitality they have given.
I woke that morning very excited that in a few hours I will be boarding out of SFO. In a way I kinda dont want to leave a tranquil place like Menlo but I gotta go home to see kenzo and give him the toys he have been waiting for.
It started typically, breakfast with Eric and Sam. After a few moments I am left alone as Eric will have to be at work and Sam will be with her mom. At around 8am I did the normal ‘walking ginger’ routine. I am a bit sad as it is gonna be the last day I am gonna walk the route of nice neighborhood, surrounded by huge redwood trees, nice people and houses. After that chore, I drove the Lexus to pick up Susie and we headed to Trader Joe’s and Costco. We filled up the whole trunk and backseat of Lexus with groceries and went back to deliver the stuff we bought in the 2 houses.
We bought a roasted chicken at Costco and that was my lunch. It was juicy and very tasty for a roasted chicken I am used to getting in Manila. After abount an hour I went back to Gilbert Ave. to fix my luggages and complete the whole packing of stuff.
In mid-afternoon, Eric picked me up and invited me for our last Coffee together at Peet’s in Menlo. We have been spending real good conversation at Peet’s during his free time.
I left Gilbert for the last time that afternoon. We hauled my luggages and after Coffee and chit-chats we picked up Sam and Susie. It is around 5:30pm which is still very early for my 10:30 flight but Susie insisted that we go to the airport.
The way to SFO was slow as we got a bit stucked at the afternoon rush hour but I arrived in SFO in about 6:30 and I waited for an hour before I am able check-in my stuff.
First thing I did after checking-in was get a dinner. I still have 3 hours to burn. I saw a good burger joint inside SFO and great thing is they do soda refills, which is good especially I am killing time. This time what entertain me is my Spotify, which also saved me from boredom on our bus ride to and from LA.
The same gate we waited on the last time was the same gate for this trip, which just like many things in america brought memories of 10 months ago.
A small part of me is sad to leave US but a larger part want to see Kenzo.
Finally they called us for boarding and that brought a smile in me as I know in just a few hours I will be home.