Sunday, 22 April 2012

Tiger Airways SINGAPORE-MACAU - Most memorable flight

Hello everyone, I'm back!  I apologise for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, it has been a busy period of time - finalising my semester of study here in Hong Kong as well as finding the time to travel around Asia! Hopefully, I'll be able to squeeze in a few more trips before it's time to depart...

I had a really interesting conversation with someone recently about my blog.  Ok, I've had many but there was one that I really found interesting.  I was asked how many more photos great photos I had 'hidden' or 'archived' in my hard drive.  This sort of got me thinking a little and it inspired me to upload a few from a flight I experienced late last year.  This was the flight from Singapore to Macau that was my arrival into Hong Kong for what would turn out to be a whole year of study at HKU.  Most of you probably know that I originally set out to study for a semester only, but after staying here and experiencing everything Hong Kong has on offer, I couldn't resist indulging in another semester abroad.  This is not only about my travels around Asia, my University experience has been something I'll treasure for a very long time.  I've met many fantastic people and have been exposed to countless opportunities - which I don't think i'll ever have the time to write about!  If you want to find out more, the only was would be to chat over a coffee... :)

Ok, you may have noticed that my title claims this to be my most memorable flights.  This is quite a strong statement to make after travelling quite a lot over the last few years, in Europe, the US and Asia.  When I initially boarded this flight, I was excited about arriving in Macau and then Hong Kong - where I would spend the next few months studying abroad as I mentioned above.  From the the first photo below, this flight seemed just like any other.  Tiger Airways once again performed very well, no complaints with service, spot-on as usual.  Read my other blog about my general impressions of Tiger Airways in Asia:  HERE

Love this photo as it gave a nice size comparison.

Almost there, waiting a few moments until it was our time to take-off.

A nice overview after departing moments ago...  Great to have a sunny day also.  Funny though, how it's always sunny whenever I am departing a city for elsewhere...  I always seem to leave during the best weather of the week! :(

Everything after this photo was seriously cloudy. The weather was not as pleasant as expected, though the captain did warn us we may get turbulence. So, it was pointless taking out my camera.  However, around 3/4 of the way to Macau, I saw a gap within the clouds.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing...   From absolutely nothing, this is what lay before our eyes.

It may sound strange - but this is honestly the most amazing cloud formation I have seen in my entire life. It was GIGANTIC!  Photos still don't do it justice... 

Formations below were intriguing also!

It's sights like these that you don't always notice at first.  This is why photography is such an important part of my life.  It allows me to appreciate things that may seem obvious or would otherwise be ignored...

The photos below - I just can't put words to them.  Interpret them as you wish.  I was speechless for not only the rest of the flight, but for about a week.  And looking back at them now, I still am!

The sign that we were moments from touching down in Macau!

Literally 2 seconds to go!
  Hello Macau!  and a big hello to Hong Kong in a few days :) 

Arriving back in Macau was a great feeling after visiting it several years ago.  I couldn't wait to see Hong Kong again also, as I had many fond memories of my time spent there previously.  

Returning back to the conversation I had with a friend a few weeks ago, I'm sitting down with a bit of a smile while writing this.  How many photos I still have archived is something I don't want to scare people with, let alone myself.  The more I think about it, thousands of blog posts spring to mind, asking to be written.  Sometimes, I guess I too ignore the treasure trove I have hidden away.  For me, yes, photographs are memories and 'evidence' of the amazing journey I've had throughout my life.  However, there is one thing that remains much more powerful; and that's memory.  Often, it's not the finished product that is the most satisfying experience of all.  It's the process and the people and places I've met along the way. 

That's why I want to make the most of my last few moments in Hong Kong.  I'll miss it no doubt, but one must keep moving forward...   I hope I'll find the time to spend photographing Hong Kong over the next few weeks.  If you're up for it, let me know.  I'm always happy to meet up and go photo-shooting.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos that accompanied it.  My next post (which is coming very soon) will be my touchdown in Hong Kong and a bit of a rundown of how I felt settling in, preparing to live here for some time.
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