Friday, 22 June 2007

Superheroes

If you can be a superhero, what super power would you like to have? I asked.

Best friend, who’s sitting next to me, said, “I wish I could stretch my arms and grab that thing over there.” You mean like in The Incredibles?

YK said, “I wish I could clone myself so that my clone can go to school while I play on-line games at home!” SK wanted to be invisible so that he can get into all kinds of mischief without being caught. CH wished he could fly.

“Fly?” I exclaimed, “You can slowly fly to our next holiday destination, I will teleport!”

Yes, that’s right. How I wish I can teleport to anywhere I want in the blink of an eye. I love traveling but being stuck in a plane for hours really sucks. Maybe I’m just unlucky because I always end up with a kid who’s kicking my back or one in front who would bring the seat all the way down until it reaches my nose. Ok, I exaggerate but oh, how I hate flying.

I dislike the arduous check-in process, the crowded airports, the smell of diesel before the plane takes off. During take off, I shut my eyes and chant “Om mani padme hom” till we’re up there, safe among the clouds. I dislike the hours spent on the crammed seat (I'm a cheapo, no first class or business class for me) and the nauseating smell of plane food wafting through the cabin. I hate turning this way and that, trying to catch some sleep and waking up with a stiff neck. I love kids but wailing babies onboard ... now that's another story.

During descent, my head often feels like exploding. I pray that the pilot is skillful enough to make a smooth landing. I’ll walk out in a daze, looking like shit... limp hair plastered to my head and skin totally dried out like a lizard. For days after that, I’ll be shouting because of partially blocked ears. Don't even talk about jet-lag.

I used to arrive on the other side of the world feeling like a light-headed zombie who has left her brain at home. I’ll sleep for days when I get home, body rhythm totally messed up.

So you see why I wish I could teleport. Oh, one more thing... a Miss Universe contestant wished she could have a wallet that keeps producing money. I would like to have that too!

4 comments:

Random Magus said...

I wish I could be invisible, read minds and fly... a super superhero!!!!!!

Blur Ting said...

Wow! An ambitious one :-)

HollyGL said...

I'm liking the invisible idea. I also wish I could teleport myself to a warm, sunny beach at will!

Blur Ting said...

Don't you both want that wallet too?