The boarding pass had my family name right but the rest of the name sounded very China. One of the given name sounded like a trunkated sylable of Pudong. Maybe they did not allign the printing properly. Since this is a flight I am taking and for security reasons, I thought it would be better to verify with the counter staff.
I waited for them to sort my name out which took quite a while. Since I could do nothing, I took out my iPhone and wrote on my wall "At the airport...." Just before I could continue any further, the service counter stafff then told me, Sir, your flight is tonight. No actually this morning. You missed your flight"
I was really taken aback. How could I read the time wrong? The printed time on the e-ticket was 01:40. I thought it was 1.40pm. Normally it would be 0140 hours without the colon. But in the airline industry, this is the format used. All the while I had the impression that I shall arrive in the evening in time for my friend to greet me at the airport.
I went to the ticketing counter. I was trying my luck to see what they would charge for a ticket tomorrow early morning. The price...a little over the return ticket I had purchased. For that one way ticket price I could go anytime. Since it was a leisure trip, I decided to cut my loss.
I have been a bit apprehensive of this trip. I have free accomodation but my friend is only free during weekends. So I am pretty much on my own. My first worry is the language. I do not really speak the language. A splatter here and there would give me a away and I am sure I would be fleeced. Secondly I always think that this place is polluted, dirty and the people are not so friendly. Then the toilets are dirty. Something I have a problem with. I was anxious and a bit stressed when this day came.
A friend who normally would not ask so much about myself had been asking a few times when and what time I was departing. Last night he asked again what time was my flight. Out of curiosity I asked why he was asking. He said, "nothing la..just asking". So I told him I woud text him before I board. Little did I know that I was suppose to fly off two hours later last night.
Surprisingly I did not feel any loss. I felt relieved. Maybe my heart and mind was at home.
ps. Thanks to Leggy for his many rides to and fro KLIA.