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明天就是週末了, 不過… 有差嗎?

我從小到大, 除了有一年的暑假在一間貿易公司打工之外, 我從來沒有做過任何的朝九晚五的辦公室工作. 從教英文, 寫書, 翻譯, 到現在的工作, 都是沒有什麼固定上下班時間, 然後也沒有真的什麼周休二日. 所以週末對我來說實在沒有什麼意義, 甚至到現在, 各大小國定假日過年過節也幾乎都要上班…

剛開始這個巴士司機工作的時候, 常常有人會說, 什麼? 明天不是放假嗎? 你還要上班啊? 廢話… 不然你放假出國是誰要帶你去啊? 還是你都是自己划船去度假?

很多人都對我們這個行業有所誤解, 總認為我們跟電影裡面一樣, 光鮮亮麗, 一群空姐圍繞, 常常可以出國玩, 住大飯店, 可以去很多地方看看, 然後也什麼事情都不用做反正都是電腦在飛… 讓我來解釋一下這個行業有多無聊…

出國玩? 是的, 剛開始的時候每到一個新的地方, 確實就會到處看看走走, 但是當你去到了第五次, 第十次的時候… 該看的也都看了, 該去的也都去了, 該吃的也都吃了… 最後通常就是一個人在旅館房間裡, 看電視, 上網… 吃東西也是附近有什麼就吃什麼…

旅館? 住旅館當然好啊, 有人打掃有人清潔, 有什麼不好? 但是當你住的旅館是你的床上有先人留下來的毛髮… 地毯看起來像是1965年之後就沒有換過… 冬天暖氣不是太熱就是冷得要死… 而且你沒有選擇… 還會覺得住旅館很好嗎?

空姐? 別的機隊也許好一點, 本機隊有客,貨兩種, 先說貨機好了… 貨機, 顧名思義就是載貨, 上面的組員也就只有飛行員, 很多人問我貨機上面沒有空服員哦? 廢話,當然沒有… 那吃飯怎麼辦? 就自己熱啊~ OK, 那客機呢? 說真的, 本機隊的航線幾乎都是熱門的長程航線, 熱門就表示班次多, 所以停留的時間少, 不會有機會讓你住三五天的. 長程航線也就是說, 等到到了目的地, 大家都累垮了, 誰要跟你出去玩啊? 當然啦… 還是有例外的, 如果你任性的一心一意要認識空姐, 還是有機會的啦… 但是我害羞這也是家喻戶曉的事實… 所以…

可以去很多地方… 讓我想想… 有住過的有… 北美洲 – 夏威夷, 洛杉磯, 舊金山, 西雅圖, 安克拉治, 芝加哥, 紐約, 邁阿密, 休士頓, 達拉斯… 亞洲 – 東京, 大阪, 曼谷, 雅加達, 新加坡, 檳城, 巴里島… 阿布達比算是哪洲啊? 歐洲只有住過法蘭克福跟阿姆斯特丹. 其實本機隊還有去更多的地方, 不過因為我們還有分東西線的關係… 我只有去過這些. 看起來很多嗎? 你會說, 挖, 還可以去峇里島, 曼谷, 夏威夷, 紐約… 峇里島, 一大清早的飛機, 到了那邊印象中是下午了吧? 然後第二天差不多的時間回台北… 對沒有什麼三天兩夜的… 夏威夷… 這個可遇不可求的班… 夏威夷是從東京過去的, 要熬夜飛過去, 到了是早上八九點吧? 然後有住一天的, 也有住兩天的… 不過這個班… 真的是要燒香拜佛才有可能飛到… 紐約, 如果你運氣好的話, 可以待個24小時, 如果你運氣不好… 你到了旅館睡一覺起來, 就要回安克拉治了… 其他的地方… 算了… 再講我都要流淚了…

當然啦, 這個工作也有他好的地方, 然後確實是比一般上班族領得多一點點錢, (真的沒有多很多), 不過真的沒有大家想的那樣的多采多姿…

大概就這樣了吧…

Not much to say, just some pictures taken on and off the plane. I would like to move to Hawaii some day…

The first few pictures taken from the cockpit during sun raise somewhere over the Pacific. Times like these makes me feel better about my job… P1030384 P1030387 P1030391 P1030393 P1030407 P1030415

Approaching Hawaii
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Waikiki Beach
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Bye bye Honolulu, see you in three years!
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Does anyone know what that truck/car is for?
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I have no memory of this thing anymore… So I can’t tell you if it’s good or not…
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My pee is florescent yellow

This is suppose to be Manhattan… around 19,000 feet…
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So, I come to New York again… This time, Mr. and Mrs Du is here also, so I managed to find my way to 6th Ave and 32nd St. for some Korean food with them~ I was right on time, 12:30 at Harold Square~
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Harold Square, 34th and 6th and Broadway. The big Macy’s at Harold Square.
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Lots of ppl choose to ride bikes around town, so therefore, traffic lights for bicycles~
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This is the restaurant we went, no idea what the name is…
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Kimchee, free of course. Blood sausage~ or Korean sausage, whatever you want to call it~ Yum yum good~
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This is what this restaurant is famous for, umm… Ox Tail soup~ Milky white soup, with slices of beef and rice and noodles~
It’s actually quite light but rich with cow flavor~ you know what I mean… hehe…
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Then, after lunch we went to Serendipity, I been here before, but didn’t go in cuz it was packed… This time, since it’s a Wednesday afternoon, there are still tables available~ First picture, you can see half of Mr. Du, and Mrs. Du with her 5 month big tummy~
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According to them, their desserts are good, but food is OK. Since we already had lunch, we’ll just have something sweet.
As you can see on the menu, there’s a Guinness World Record “Golden Opulence Sundae” for 1,000.00 USD…
Yes, that’s right, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!!! And you have to made a reservation 48 hours in advance… If I save a buck a day…
I’ll be able to have it in 1000 days… Their banana split is 22 dollars, people next table ordered one, it’s pretty big…
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We ordered a Frozen Hot Chocolate. Pretty much every table has at least one, if not one per person.
It’s actually kinda like the frappaccinos at Starbucks, but some how, it tastes better… I’m gonna go home and try to make it…
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That’s it for this trip. Next time, I’m gonna try to have a meal at either Peter Luger or Wolfgang!!!

09-05-09 Anchorage

Posted: May 10, 2009 in Up in the Air

Haven’t been in ANC for a couple of months now…

This was the volcano that screwed up all the cargo and passenger flights back in March. Still bubbling and smoking~
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I was suppose to be back in Taipei on Saturday… but schedule change made me miss out on the typhoon but just in time to have a moon cake~
Here are some pictures of that night…

Over head panel… and the moon… I’m sure most of y’all didn’t get to see the big bright and round moon that night~
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There were two engines on the main deck, not sure who’s it is… and it was mounted on a FEDEX mount… so….
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So here’s the reason why we can’t bike/skate/run around in the cargo hold… it’s got tracks and stuff….

Got this moon cake from The Peninsula in HK… One of them is… umm… Some milky crust with a big egg yolk in it… and the other one is lotus seed paste with a small egg yolk… both pretty good… I think… There’re still a few, if you want to try, call me… hehehe
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It has been a while since I put anything here, not because life was boring, but because I was lazy…

So, here is a summary of July… well, till today that is…

This technically was last month, but… I am too lazy to put up a new entry for it…
It’s a buffet restaurant up on the 12th floor in Min-Yao Department Store… It was well… Chinese…
Hmmm.. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a… 3… You won’t miss anything if you never go there…
And if you really have no idea where you want to eat… Go to McDee’s… hahahaha~
It’s really not THAT bad, but there are better choices…
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July 1st, went to Singapore… There’s an entry for it… so… NEXT~
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Went biking to Bi Tan. With Alan, Jet and Wife, Jay and Wife…
It was not too far, but by the time we got there… everything was closed…
So we just stopped at 7-11, had a slurpee and… went home…
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July 4th, Independence Day
Went to SFO for my Annual Route Check… Call me a lucky bastard if you wish, cuz I got one of the nicest guy as CP~
Ordered this Really Spicy Cold Noodles for dinner after we arrived. Saw fireworks, but it was nothing compare to the ones I saw at Disneyland for their 50th Anniversary~
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July umm… 7th? Went to HK for Visa Run… Don’t ask if you don’t know what it is…
Stayed at The Luxe Manor again, it really is a nice little boutique hotel, you can check out their website for pics…
What’s the web address? Google it please…
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July 9th, went to Anchorage, I was on standby and they gave me this flight and took away my HK and LA flight… Bastards…
Anchorage this summer so far.. had been cloudy and rains occasionally, it’s the middle of July, it’s still like 16 degrees… Celsius..
I guess the world really is going to end, Armageddon I tell you!!!!
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July umm.. Who cares…
This was at this Japanese IzzaGaya place in the Bistro 98 building. Went with Mom for lunch…
If you plan on going there for sushi and stuff.. don’t bother… It’s not good…
Their cooked stuff however… still not that great… Better off to go to umm.. what’s that other place?
I give it a 2.5… If they let me smoke in there, I’d give it a 3.5… yes, that’s a whole point for SMOKER FRIENDLY! hahaha
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Oh, and almost forgot, later that night, a bunch of us went to the new place that opened last month over at Mitsukoshi A11.
Gordon Biersch was the name.. I think.. they have their own beer brewery in Taipei some where, and their food… I like!
Only took one picture all night cuz it was dark… But anyway, this was just a regular cheese burger, a 10 oz beef patty with Jalapeno Jack Cheese on top, I think Swiss or Cheddar was probably be better… Cooked to Medium and it was YUM~ The fries on the side was actually tossed in fresh crushed garlic, so it was REALLY Garlickie!!  I’d go back again, and being a American Food Junky, I give it a 4! too bad you can’t smoke in it… otherwise… 5!!!!

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July 17th – My last flight of the month! And it was to~ Bali~~~ hahahaha~
A holiday flight before I start my holidays! Weeeeeeeeeeee~
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Today, July 19th. Went to the SYS Memorial… For afternoon tea with my parents…
Who’d guess that there’s a cafe/restaurant inside?
The price is 180 per person, and they have…. a salad bar… really, just salad, lettuce, sprouts, hard broiled eggs, canned corn, carrots… And they also have 2 different soups, 1 Red Bean Soup, and Stewed Fatty Pork Rice… Then, there’re fruits, they have Lychee, Watermelon, Papaya, Grapefruit, Pineapple, and… I think that was it… And a few selection of cakes…
There’s also free soda, coffee and tea… The special thing is that you make your own tea, they have about 10 jars of stuff you can choose from to put into your tea pot, and brew your own.  There’re Go-Chi, Dried Orange Peels, Dried Plums, Hibiscus, Dried Rose buds, and your regular Oolong and Jasmine I think… Oh, there’s also Lipton Tea bags…
I actually would give it a 3.5 cuz for the price, it’s not bad~
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So that’s my month so far, I guess I’ll put up the rest of the pics I took this month later… but for now… Dinner time…

Just another day at the office heading back to Anchorage from Dallas…
Being a driver of trucks with wings… We probably have the best views from our office than any office building in the world~
So I thought I’d share with you commoners…
A view inside of my office                                       The center pedestal
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This the the radio stuff                                           The 8bit stone age computer that tells the plane where to fly
and also tells us if we have enough fuel
and how much longer till we can smoke…
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Thrust levers, we have FOUR                                 The Fuel Control switches, it’s in the run position now, of course…
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Left shows the route we flying, and right shows us important flight data
such as altitude, attitude, heading, speed and stuff…
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This is the Fuel Page                                             This is the ECS page shows temps and air systems
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My corner, the round black thing is hand mic, and my little table where I keep my coke and cookies..hahaha
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This is the rudder can adjust depth with that knob in the middle, and the right is where oxygen masks is stowed.
In case that we get sleepy, we get to suck in pure oxygen to keep awake… hahahaaha
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This was over Texas, flat……….                             This is the Rockies Mtn.
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This is Great Falls, Colorado                                  I think this was over Alaska
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Glaciers                                                               And ppl pay to see this…
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Closer to Anchorage now
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More mountains…                                                 The river will lead us to Anchorage, VFR baby!! hahaha!!
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Anchorage, Alaska                                                Airport on the upper left corner of the penisula

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OK, This was lunch at the office…                          I think.. it’s suppose to be Teriyaki Chicken Risotto
Complete with Salad, Cheese and M&Ms
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This was in the hotel room, got it at Walmart… DO NOT BUY!!!! It’s salty and meat was dry…                Ginger Ale
I had to feed them to the trash can… I couldn’t eat it, even if I held my breath with my eyes closed…
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Good thing I also bought these… Chef Boyardee’s Lasagna and Campbell’s Clam Chowder. Both Microwavable

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Got this Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Cheese Puffs… It has a scary FLUORESCENT RED color…. I like the regular ones better…
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