Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TSA Spoiled My Luggage!!!

The main thing I love about Las Vegas is the shopping, the fact that I can walk around the Strip at 10pm and there are still lots of people and that the city is very compact because everything is at most only 30 minutes away. But, still gotta move on...As we went to the airport shuttle and onto the shuttle bus to collect the rental car, nothing could calm my anxiety and anger. I was really damn worried and anxious to rip it open and check because my textbooks and notes were in it, my graduation gown and Phi Kappa Phi medallion were in it and my F.R.I.E.N.D.S COMPLETE series BOXSET was in it as well! I've also heard enough horror stories of things missing after TSA opened to inspect it and with these horror stories playing in my mind, nothing could help calm me down...
We then drove back to my mum's cousin's place and settled down. It was damn kind of them to put us up in the San Francisco leg of our tour, and they were really nice hosts! My uncle brought us to Costco, which was Walmart in a bigger and cheaper way, to get a replacement luggage and things which we need. In the end, we settled for a 4 piece luggage set because we reckon that there will be more shopping and we might as well get it now since we would not be bounded by any more domestic flight baggage regulations.We then had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Finally, DECENT Chinese food, although Panda Express does help curb the need for Chinese food... BUT, FINALLY, DECENT Chinese food!!! Wah lau, try being in my shoes lah. For like almost 5 weeks, Panda Express was the only (kinda) decent Chinese food, buay tahan one lor!

Got back, washed up, booked a cab and slept early. We were going Yosemite the next day and since the meeting time was damn early and we were not familiar with the place and especially where to park, my dad wasn't really keen on driving down to the Embarcadero area where the meeting place was, so we had to book a cab.

The thing about me and Yosemite is that I'm NOT AT ALL impressed. After seeing Wichita Mountains on day 4 of my on-campus residency where the colours are damn beautiful and clear (blue is damn blue, green is damn green, brown is damn brown) and heading out to Grand Canyon while in Las Vegas, Yosemite really pales in comparision with its blobs of varying degrees of brown. Adding fuel to fire, Yosemite is at least 5 hours away, which meant we spent a whole 10 hours on the bus, which also meant a waste of time to me, although we caught both sunrise and sunset on the bus.
More San Francisco adventures coming right up!

5 comments:

oOFooi said...

Yo, love the car so much and the tour in San Fransisco, US. I so admire of you.

Jas aka paced said...

Thanks!

CNEIL said...

The TSA ripped up my luggage too. I've never had this happen at Changi.

CNEIL said...

I forgot, here's the link.
http://cneil.blogspot.com/2007/06/not-drug-dealer.html

Jas aka paced said...

cneil: I did not file a complaint cos I knew it would be troublesome. Luckily this luggage was gotten from a lucky draw and I managed to find a cheap and good replacement, otherwise I would really have made that complaint.