Friday, August 22, 2008

Hello Ho Chi Minh City Kitty

Wow, this 13 hour flight from Seattle to Taipei was the best ever. I boarded a half-full Eva Airbus at 1:30 am, found my entire row empty, took a sleeping pill, woke up for meals only and suddenly it was over. My two hour trip to San Francisco last month felt three times longer. Now, sitting at the Eva Air gate waiting for my flight to Ho Chi Minh City, I feel so, so....happy. Here's why: First, look at the seat I am sitting in while I enjoy free wireless service:

And now, see the gate to which I will enter my what-will-now-surely-be-a-magical year in HCMC:Who could deny the power of HK's extreme cheerfulness? Behind me is a Hello Kitty Playground, around the corner I can see what Hello time it is all around the world, and I can use a pink Hello phone to call home if I want. I am hoping that I will get to board a Hello Kitty Jet for my next short flight...I saw one when we landed. You know that one of these planes would never "fly" in the uptight US. Here's an explanation of Eva Air's Hello Kitty Jet:
"EVA repeated the livery theme inside the cabin by creating a Hello Kitty fantasy with sweet Hello Kitty paintings on the walls, and by outfitting flight attendants with Hello Kitty ribbons for their hair and Hello Kitty aprons. Passengers booked on EVA’s Hello Kitty Jet will get pink Hello Kitty boarding passes and luggage tags. Onboard, they will enjoy a series of inflight Hello Kitty service accessories, Hello Kitty meals, and have access to exclusive EVA Air Hello Kitty duty-free shopping."

I really, really want a Hello Kitty meal.

I have three hours to wait in this very happy place, which makes me even more happy. After two weeks of packing up my life and executing countless details to make this happen, and after a great sleep, I can just sit and relax with all of the kitties. Next week, I will have to start worrying about whether or not I can be Smarter Than an ESL Vietnamese 6th Grader in matters of ancient history.
Oh, you probably noticed my blog name: "Pho~ a long, long way to run..." courtesy of my #1 fan, Karyn Norris. I may have been tempted to choose hers no matter what, because she is my #1 Fan. But this one just grew on me more and more. Dennis says that the lyrics are actually "Far~a LONGER way to run" and he threatened to never read the blog if I dissed Julie Andrews by misquoting her. Well, "longer" just doesn't make you SING it, does it? By the way, I was asked for a pho-netic spelling of pho: it's "fuh."
Well, I am off to find some food. Hello Food?

9 comments:

Brian Bowker said...

You're at the HELLO KITTY AIRPORT??!! Cooooool!! Your adventures are often so surreal...

I'm anxious to hear about your first authentic Vietnamese meal - I hope it is pho "king" worthy!

(What, what's wrong with that??)

The Norris Clan said...

Hello Kitty?! Hello dreamland is more like it!! I love it. You have to try the HK gum if you run across it. It's the best.

Dennis, I'm sorry, but according to five lyrics websites, one Broadway showtunes song book, and my own personal copy of a libretto from a production of TSOM I was in long ago, the lyrics are, in fact, correct as "Far, a long, LONG, way to run"...

Marjie. You are amazing! Can't wait to hear the details of your new home. So honored to have named your next journey...

Brian, I love that you finally got it the "pho king" reference. Well done.

Ms. Chen said...

Oh my!!! I was in awe of the terminal myself...I am so glad you are able to share it with a wider audience. I love my motherland!

Cecilie Eftedal said...

Hannah says: I want to go to the Hello Kitty airport!!!! Rune wants to know if the concept Hello Kitty is American. I say "I think it is", not really being sure....

marjie said...

Hey, Cecilie, I was just wondering the same thing. Hello Kitty originated in Japan, according to Wikipedia. That makes sense...perhaps she is the Grand Kitty of Japanimation?

And Karyn, way to have a Broadway showtunes song book and to be a former cast member of TSOM. Dennis, you have been told.

Elsa, way to belong to such a cool country that builds a Hello Kitty airport terminal...

Megan said...

That is so cool! I absolutely love it! What a happy place to be where everything is Hello Kitty! hahaha. I think that my HK stationary (That I got like, 3-4 years ago) would fit in perfectly. I bet that if my brothers were there, they would probibly fall over and faint with kittens instead of stars dancing around in their heads. I miss you!
~Megan

kumma said...

Being a musical theater guy, I have to applaud your choice of blog names... And, yes, "...long, long way to run..." is the correct lyric.

Come on, Dennis. Don't mess with theater people.

Cecilie Eftedal said...

I will tell Rune about the Hello Kitty origin as soon as I get home, a little embarrassed that I did not think about checking out wikipedia myself. I guess working part time and having a little (20 pounds!) baby at home makes me forget important things....

Anonymous said...

Hey cool! A Hello Kitty fan!:D Do you know that Sanriotown has a travel contest going right now? It's at http://blog.sanriotown.com/traveltheworld:hellokitty.com in case you're interested.:)