Every night after I have done my washing and scrubbing (pot, pans, dishes, floor, you name it), I just dragged my old and exhausted body in front of the computer. This is my quiet time to unwind, to reflect and to greet my dear sisters. Now, where was I in my Tokyo journal? Oh yes, bidding goodbye!
Did I mention that this infrequent traveller always get hit with major weather systems whenever she goes? It was the first snow storm last month I came here, this time I was met with another major snow dump! The highway had practically turned into a skating rink as we watched cars around us spinning like bumper cars! I thought to myself, "Er ... I just don't think I am going to miss this!", but in fact my mind was not on the weather. My heart was still overcome with sadness after bidding goodbye to my parents. It was very difficult watching their frailing figures behind the windows becoming fainter and fainter as we drove further away from the house :( No matter how old and independent you think you are, I think parents and children always tug a special cord in one's heart.
Well, we finally arrived at the airport without incident, in fact too early. We decided to check out the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (kind of like a private waiting area) :
Hehe, even complete with a soup/salad and latte bar for hungry travellers :
I'd say this is more for business travellers as it is facilitated with small conference rooms, internet booths, hehe even alcoholic drinks and showers! Frankly, I think the regular boarding area is quite spectacular and spacious, and the duty free shopping is not bad either.
As expected with this kind of weather, the usual 2 hours delay for de-icing the wings. Hehe, I don't know if you have seen it before, these guys are sitting in a stretch arm of a de-icing truck spraying some brownish liquid on the wings. When the wings turn green, that means the plane is ready to go (sorry for explaining it in such a crude and non-technical way :)
Now I was thankful that I had some bread and coffee in the lounge, otherwise I would starve into a skeleton before the stewardess had the mercy to serve us some food. Hehe, the menu they gave us was so long as if they were explaining how to fly a plane. I didn't hesitate and ordered the Japanese dinner, of course la, I was flying to Japan! Hehe, I couldn't make out what the appetizers were but I tried them all :
The main course :
I couldn't say they were that good, afterall this is airline food, what can I expect? Hehe, in my humble opinion, I think this is better :
Ha, why do I keep talking about food? Hehe, I blame it on princess bb's influence on fine wining & dining. The rest of the journey was pretty uneventful. We had a pretty comfortabe ride and by the time we landed in Tokyo Narita, it was quite late already. The cool Tokyo breeze welcome us and we took a deep breath of the fresh Tokyo air to begin our new lives here. We checked into our hotel and had a long hot shower, jumped into the soft downfilled beddings knowing how hectic and tiring the coming weeks will be like. Goodbye Toronto, Goodnight Tokyo!
P.S. Before I slept, I looked out the window and noticed RSW's buildings (& his pics too) are so close by. This is the same sky (well, close enough) as my love BYJ and RSW. I said a prayer to the night sky and thank the lord for bringing us here!