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I packed my bags in eager anticipation of the coming Holy Week and spend my time in my hometown, but as fate would have it my usually incomprehensible lolo (how I call the boss of my boss) informed me and our database administrator are going to the Indian subcontinent to setup the now popular MMORPG (Massive Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game) Ragnarok took the nation by storm (and the money of students that should've been spent on more important things). Look, I know we're going there but I expected that to be after the long break and not Holy Thursday (2004). I can only say yes out of obedience and instead fired up my browser and googled my way to various things Mumbai has to offer to challenge my adventurous spirit.
Holy Thursday, when most Filipinos either go to a pilgrimage or the beaches, I boarded a Singapore airlines flight to the Lion city where we'll catch our connecting flight to Mumbai.
The flight via Singapore Airlines was a remarkable one with SingAir's on-flight entertainment and superb service made the three and a half flight to the Lion city seem like just a trip to Quiapo. Their lovely flight attendants with their all too familiar uniform and beaming smiles would surely brighten up your day.
Changi airport was another surprise-- it's an oasis welcoming us to the concrete jungle that is Singapore. The airport terminal has pocket gardens planted with colorful flowers and lagoons teeming with kaleidoscopic kois highly seductive for shutterbugs like me.
But wait. I have no camera!
Nada problema! It was actually my plan to buy a digital camera since i've heard Singapore's dutyfree shops offer the lowest prices for cameras and gadgets. I asked around for a particular model and got it-- a Canon Digital Ixus IIs -- the first digital camera of the flightless tutubi saw the light through its shutter
I wanted to explore more of Changi airport but time constraints I had to board my connecting flight to Mumbai via Air India with its aroma and exotic ambiance
After around six hours sitting snugly in my seat and watching movies, we touched down at Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport (just call it Mumbai International Airport) with its exotic olfactory stimulation welcomed us