In March 2011, the Hong Kong government announced “Scheme $6000″ where all citizens of Hong Kong can receive $6000 HKD if they submit an application in Hong Kong. No strings attached except for having a new ID card. Thus, I planned for a trip to return in the summer of this year to collect my just reward for being born in Hong Kong (thanks mom and dad!).
On April 30, 2012, I boarded an afternoon flight on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong with my mom. It was the first time we’d had been on a plane in three years, the last time of which was a flight back from Hong Kong, and we were really excited to see my dad and all our family members.
The flight was fantastic, even though it was 13 hours and I was squished in an Economy seat. On every flight I’ve ever been on, I’ve never had more than an hour’s of sleep. There are simply too many movies and TV shows to watch and food to eat that I can’t sacrifice sleep for any of it.
On my flight I watched 4 movies:
- Iron Lady (2011) – Meryl Streep was fantastic as always. This was the first time I’ve learned or heard anything about Margaret Thatcher and the Falkland Islands. I found it to be inspiring, informative, and sad throughout the film. Dementia is a scary disease that affects more on those around the affected than the actual patients. Seeing your loved one struggle with their lives, trying to grasp at the thin threads of their memories, and forgetting who you are, that is the most unbearable experience I can imagine.
- Hugo (2011) – the hype for the film was over hyped. I only found the film to be okay, not something that I could watch again. I did like the twist in the story though.
- We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) – creepy wouldn’t even begin with this film. You know on the outset who the killer is because it’s painfully obvious. This film made me fear having children in the future in case they are born a sociopath and is good with a bow and arrow.
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) – Tom Cruise really made his comeback with this movie. You can’t even imagine he’s 50 seeing the stunts he was doing. The storyline was ok, I got to see the wicked German vertical parking lot, and the addition of Jeremy Renner was good.
We got 2 meals and a midnight snack during the flight. The meals were average. I had chicken or beef of some sort and I wasn’t really hungry because I had lunch before my flight. I also had a Cup of Noodles in the night because I was hungry while watching We Need to Talk About Kevin (not weird at all…).
The plane got to Hong Kong at 9.30ish at night. When we got on the bus to my aunt’s place, my cousin’s girlfriend who is a flight attendant on Dragon Air was on the same bus as us. It was pretty creepy and weird that I walked up to her and said her name and she had a look on her face like “Where is my mace”. We chatted a little bit and got to my aunt’s place safely. We had “a little something” to eat when we got to her house. “A little” became a running joke because during my vacation whenever my aunts would say “eat a little”, it became a lot. Without fail.
I slept a good 5 hours and then began the best summer of my life.