Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Precious time together
I spent the past week in Jordan with Pae. For those who think it's "a trip" or vacation, honestly it's less touristy for me and more like "going home". Pae had no flights as it was her four days off plus a few available days where she was not scheduled. The various "revolutions" in the Middle East have caused RJ to experience a much slower "slow season" than usual since many flights were not fully booked as tourist avoided areas of unrest. Some flights were even cancelled completely due to airport closures (Tripoli, Libya).Outside of visiting Jerash during my first few, sunny days in Amman, we did a lot of eating, watching videos, talking and just basic "being together". The weather turned freezing cold with wind and rain so staying inside was preferred to venturing outside and risking sickness. We did however make it down the street to Starbucks for HOT COCOA and a cinnamon twist! As you can probably tell from the photos above, we spent a lot of time in Pink Pajamas!We took the occasional picture, must messing around or whatnot. We had a good time being together during a time when Pae was actually supposed to be visiting Bangkok and her family in Ubon. Ticketing issues and unreasonable prices, even with a discount, made me flying to Jordan the better option.Actually, Pae flying to Thailand was so unreasonable as she would have had to purchase Business Class seats both ways plus domestic tickets between Bangkok and Ubon. It was just out of reach for us money wise, especially since we are planning and paying for our wedding.We'll be trying to get me back to Amman for the second half of my school break (in 2 weeks) if we can secure some heavily discounted tickets on RJ. As Pae's "travel partner" I am able to buy tickets at 50% or 90% discounts, each having a different level of priority. If a flight is full or overbooked and I'm holding a 90% discounted ticket...I'm poop outta luck and I make the long ride back to my apartment in Bangkok and try again the next day. We're gonna give it a try though! We've had no luck with discounted "partner tickets" yet, but we're crossing fingers!We're also trying to work out a family trip to Korea, which would be a tour package rather than going it by ourselves with a subway map and guidebook. Pae and I have done that on our own before, but this time is more about taking her parents. A tour would put us, P'Neung, P'Nut and mom and dad in Seoul with a larger group of tourists, being shuttled here and there to attractions and hopefully to some Cherry Blossoms and good food! A lot easier for the parents. Actually, it seems that Thais prefer tours, almost all vacations here are sold as tour packages. Hoping La Nina doesn't mess with the Cherry Blossoming time period...colder weather further into spring in the area could lead to later blossoms, again, crossing fingers!So, here are some more randoms from the past week. I flew back on Pae's flight, RJ 182. I actually slept while she worked for 9 hours. Feel a little guilty about that, but I had taken allergy meds after the first meal service and that stuff puts me out like a light. Plus, the flight departed Amman at around one in the morning and flew overnight to Bangkok...so it was time to sleep, or in poor Pae's case, time to watch over all of us sleepers!Pae looked super cute, the most lovely flight attendant on the plane to look at and to watch make her way back and forth up and down the aisle! The prettiest smile and often a shy one when she caught me staring and smiling every time she passed by my seat! Hahaha, I'm glad I got to be on her flight at least once! How often do you get to spend a whole shift at your girlfriend, fiance or spouse's place of employment, much less at 39,000 feet? Good times!