I am finally here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It took more than 30 hours to fly here from Singapore: Singapore to Frankfurt, then to JFK in NYC, then after a four-and-a-half hour layover in JFK, a Delta flight to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).
I lost track of how many movies I watched already. I tried not to watch stuff I had already watched (which is really difficult, since I kinda review movies and catch premieres all the time). I recall catching Safe (Jason Statham rules), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (so-so) and Disney's Tangled (very good) on my flights.
My first meal in the US for this trip was McDonald's at JFK airport. I know, it is tragic. I miss my Bak Chor Mee already.
I didn't have time to whip out the camera so here are some photos from my iPhone 4S. Below is the view of from my SQ A380 flight and one above is of the Detroit Airport.
The DTW airport is surprisingly pretty. Lots of shops and a tram system INSIDE the terminal. It looks like a scene from the movie Total Recall. One of the best looking airports I have seen in the US (sorry, LAX and JFK, you guys need to upgrade).
By the time I reached my hotel in Ann Arbor, it was time for dinner. I had a very nice sea bass at the hotel restaurant.
I spent the night sleeping on the opposite side of the hotel bed because the wifi signal was too weak at the head of the bed. Such is the life of an internet junkie.
I fell asleep watching the US Elections news blasting away on the telly, with news folks analyzing every word and gesture made by Romney and Obama on their third debate ("You see that pat he made on the back? It means he is in charge…").
There were also countless commercials whacking the other candidate and his policies ("I am so-and-so and I approve this message.").
It seems like yesterday I was here in the US to see Obama run against McCain in 2008. Back then, when I was in Congress watching Obama speak about the need to get the bailout voted through, his hair was black. It is now white after four years in office.
While I was up in the air, Tim Cook announced the new iPad mini and a tweaked new iPad (iPad 4?). I hope you guys didn't buy an iPad 3 a.k.a. New iPad yesterday. Never buy stuff just before an Apple announcement (says he who bought an Airport Express just before the new one was announced).
It is now 6am here and it should be 6pm in Singapore. Why am I up so early? Yep, say hello to my friend, Jet Lag. My body clock will take a while to adjust.
I also took the Bike Friday Tikit folding bicycle out of my luggage and set it up last night. I hope there will be time to do a little riding around Ann Arbor.