In transit, and thinking | Welcome back

SATURDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2004

In transit, and thinking (about schemes and plans)

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

09:47

“Aircraft Interior Maintenance ASU” is stencilled on the side of the truck on the runway. Behind me, an empty corridor stretches for about half a mile into the heart of this part of the airport complex.

“… to Hanoi, ready for boarding at Gate C6,” a Malaysian woman announces. Her voice is beautiful, and strong.

“Barang bang, barang bang,” she announces again, “… to Bangkok … for immediate boarding” is the only part I manage to make out (I can’t write and listen).

“Longer and more frequently,” I remind myself of a thought I had earlier this morning about visits to my family. I play around with the idea for another couple of minutes before mumbling to myself, “More frequently is more important than longer.” I conclude with a preliminary, pencil-written plan in my head: December, April and August.

Welcome back

Fengshan City, Taiwan

21:15

I don’t really have an “integrated view of existence”. I do have a lot of building blocks, though.

Welcome back, by the way.

23:15

The silence of wide open spaces …

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