Local Heart, Global Soul

March 11, 2018

A Speedy Drive By Changi Christmas Spirit…

Filed under: Changi Airport,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Singapore’s Changi airport is massive. We’ve arrived with our friend “Velvetine” and got though check-in quickly because Singapore airlines have a special check-in desk for disabled travellers.

My chair gets it’s own boarding stickers and ticket and I can stay in it until we get into the plane.

Having my own wheels is an advantage because when you get one from the airline, they often have someone assigned to take you to the gate.

That is all well and good if that’s what you want but it doesn’t allow for a browse in a bookshop, a stop to buy my duty free perfume or some time out for a meal.

The only downside is that when Himself wheels me, he walks fast because he’s still in “get to the gate mode” and he doesn’t stop very much. Therefore almost all photographs are taken when moving at more than optimum speed.

We always check in very early because we always prefer to be killing time in the airport until the last minute, rather than at the hotel.

Himself gets into his familiar “travelling mood” It’s a sort of itchy and antsy mood, wanting everyone to be ready to walk to the taxi three hours before pick-up, or preferably twenty-four hours before pickup, it’s a worry of missing connections, forgetting things, unexpected delays. He gets grumpy and flustered, but that’s also coupled with a methodical organisation in packing, all the paperwork has been checked, rechecked and then checked again. It’s a mood the whole family is familiar with and I’m sure he’s not the only one to have these “travel moods”. We let him do this thing, he’s like a shepherd herding sheep, even if the sheep do already know what to do and where to go.

Most of the orders and constant reminders are superfluous, but on occasion he’s reminded me of something I really needed so it’s an “ok, here goes his travel mood again, let him do his stuff and it will pass” time. We all have our quirks, this one belongs wholeheartly to Himself. He is right of course, getting to the airport does mean no frantic panics if the taxi doesn’t turn up, there is a traffic jam, or any other unexpected delay. It was a week before Christmas so the decorations were out in all their glory and had attracted small crowds of people who were admiring the display.
I joined them (in a fashion) as Himself in “hurry mode” whisked me past…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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