start of vegas trip

been back from vegas for many days already… jet lag isn’t as bad as i thought it would (feels like i’ve not enuff sleep that’s all) but definitely missing the weather… but not the casinos there…

the trip there was pretty uneventful… transited at taipei instead of narita so the flight was shorter at four hours… we reached taipei in the wee hours of the evening/morning so there wasn’t many people or shops opened… even the only food stall there closed shortly after we arrived… not that we could eat anything (they love to feed people on planes)…

in any case we were off again in less than an hour… this time it was a much longer flight at 12 hours… i was concerned that i would be fidgety, bored and worse… unable to sleep… but i managed to entertain myself wif a couple of tv shows and short naps… still it was a while before we touched down at rainy cold los angeles airport…

what was surprising at the airport was that we didn’t touch down near the airport terminal.. but in the middle of the ‘plane-park’ and had to take a bus to the main terminal… it sorta made me realise how beeg that airport really is while standing in the dark but warm bus that was trundling towards tom bradley terminal…

the terminal/customs checkpoint was exactly as i imagined to be (too much US tv i suppose…) as it was brown, grey… metal and wood all together… a bit old-ish… i passed thru customs pretty quickly (after a few ‘where r u going… how long are u goin to be here’ type of qns) and spent quite some time waiting for the luggage to appear… in fact i was more worried at losing my luggage than not being able to pass thru customs!!

in any case… the luggage arrived and we managed to clear customs (not after waiting for half an hour for my colleague who filled in the immigration form a bit too honestly…) and make our way to the other terminal to catch the connecting flight to vegas… first class seats leh… kekeke though i was very quiet in my window seat and sat next to an army dude (who sat very straight thruout the flight) but the funny thing was when the plane was somewhat on the tarmac… and the pilot announced that we had missed our timeslot for takeoff… i was like ‘wth… can miss the timeslot one?!’ and had to wait for another ten to 15 mins before we could take off… lol

spent most of the hour’s journey to vegas looking out of the window and seeing patches of lights when we pass by the other cities along the way… trying to take some photos of me wif biggy t (who was on the flights from SG to LA and LA to LV) and of the patches of lights outside…

after a while i caught a glimpse of this MASSIVE lighted city and the pilot then announced that we were nearing LV soon… but it was not till we descended a lot more and i saw the familiar buildings and lights of the strip.. that it hit me… ‘omg vegas is HUGE’… we took some time to descend.. circling around the vegas area before it was our turn to touch down at the airport…

and u know when u are in vegas coz the moment u exit the gate… u see slot machines EVERYWHERE… this was to be a theme that would permeate the whole of our trip there…