Saturday, November 05, 2005

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."

The festive times were up whether its diwali or eid...for me it was a quick travel time...yes friends I had taken a quick flight to Vancouver ..a 2 1/2 hrs flight and my return was same evening back to California...!!!

"Remember where you have been and know where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way." ~ Nikita Koloff

When I boarded the plane...I was just thinking about the security checking and it just brought back all the flash-back as when I used to travel to US to Canada or vice-versa...it was just taking your bag and going across the border...no questions asked..no papers stamped. In those days I used to wonder when I used to hear the stories of India-Pakistan...and I used to dream ever this can happen in those borders....a hope...a dream ...but it was just a dream...as the one that didnt had any restrictions ...due to whatever happened in past...that freedom is lost.

"There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am," and those who come into a room and say, "Ah, there you are."

haha this quote always makes me laugh as..this quote I literally see...rather than reading it :)...so I am a visual person.Well...my flight was nice & calm as I was trying to sleep and when I landed Vancouver...gosh believe me...it was a great relief...coming home :)

"He who would travel happily must travel light."

I wish I could explain this to the Canadian Customs Officer hehehe...he was arguing with me that if I travel to US to my family still I carry clothes hahaha..I laughed...and I said..Sir, am traveling back this evening itself...& believe me..he was a bit zapped and asked me what do I do for living hahahaha boy ..I can never forget his face. He was a very nice guy..with great respect he wished me 'good luck'.

"Let your memory be your travel bag." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I had to kill the time till my flight back to California which was 5.40 and it was only 10.15 a.m. :)

"Reading, to most people, means an ashamed way of killing time disguised under a dignified name" ;)

I had taken this book with me of Donald Trump ~ The Art Of The Deal, ( I am sure people would know him at least if they see 'The Apprentice' - a great show on Project Management).I will not discuss about the book here...:) but would like to share something that I liked what he says and I believe in that too...thats why it strikes me so well :)

"Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make." ~

So true...believe me guys...some of his experiences that he has shared..really gives a worthy tips to all !!! :)I was so much enjoying this book until to see that its time to go...!!! Everyone gets scarred when its flight to US...I really donno why? Either its the security ...or the questions that they Customs & Immigration Officers ask...but believe me..they are human like us and they are very nice and respectful...at least thats what I have found so far...!!!

There was no line-up so I straight went to the officer and he was such a pleasant guy with a beautiful smile on his..face..I can still remember him (not disclosing the name), but yes I have met some of serious..non-smiling but hey...they joke too :) and they never smile even then when you are smiling hehehee...isnt that a comedy :)

"If crime fighters fight crime, and fire fighters fight fire, then what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that to us, do they?" ~ a humor quote by George Carlin

I forgot to mention, I was flying by Alaska airlines...guys believe me the service is awesome...people are so good...I just was in love with the whole customer service concept. I met this Flight Attendant ~ Keith, a very nice looking...with a smile always on his face and very generous and friendly with people..the whole flight he kept us entertaining...he had very short hair..and typical Mullah (priest in Masjid) type of beard...no mostache..but still he looked so handsome..that beard suited him so well that many times he doesnt suit to the right people who actually have to grow for there religious reasons.
I want to mention about Keith, as I didnt know how my 2 1/2 hrs flight came to an end..until his last conversation....about ... that in front of my seat there was a celebrity who was flying with us...a hockey player...gosh!!!!!!!! I was freaking out...am a hockey player and a sports fan...was like..what??? and you are telling us now.........:)

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go" ~ humor quote by Oscar Wilde

Through out the flight Alaska airline gave the feeling of one family on a trip :) It was awesome coming back to California..as I felt am coming back home again :)

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings."

While at the end I had a fine dine at 'Passage to India' ...thats how I celebrated my Diwali & Eid :) I was thinking...wow going to one country from another that too in one day :)...but it gave me a lot opportunity to see, meet and talk to people...& know them and the world!!!

"Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions." — Peter Hoeg

"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." — Mohammed

Think after reading this quote....

"Hitler didn't travel. Stalin didn't travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn't want to have their orthodoxy challenged." — Howard Gardner

aah! a happy ending to yet waiting for another journey ;)

"When you plan a journey from your mind into mine, remember to allow for the time difference" ;) Posted by Picasa

5 comments:

Keshi said...

aww what a wonderful post yet again...and soo true!

what caught my eye the most was...

**Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." — Mohammed

that's so true...no point having being educated with 2-3 degrees etc etc if u haven't travelled at all...no many learns anything without exposing himself to the world...

Enlightening post Dawn...
Keshi.

PuNeEt said...

Wishing u a very very Happy Birthday

Have a great day n a great year ahead...

Wishing you all the success n happiness...

God Bless

Will come back on ur post ;-)

Take care
Cheers

Mirzaghalib said...

I hope u managed to find Tim Hortons in Vancouver ;)

Dawn....सेहर said...

@keshi: Thanks dear for all the encouragement that you give me through your wonderful gestures..:)
huggs n lots of hugggz
cheers!

@puneet: yes..dear am waiting on for you to come on the post back ;)
Thanks for all the best wishes...I just love them all :)

@mirzaghalib: its been ages to see ur comment here ...yes..u gotcha my weakness..Tim's :)
cheers!

PuNeEt said...

@ india - pak
yes that freedom is lost...

Everyone gets scarred when its flight to US...I really donno why?
woooops is that soo
they are humans like us...
ok that was a news to me ;-)

hey it was nice reading abt ur journey...
awesome quotes yet again

Keep rocking

Cheers

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