Valentine Love - Flight Simulator

Today was Valentine's Day.. or so people said :)

Today was the day i rediscovered my love.. my love for Flight Simulator that had borne the brunt of other personal hurricanes in my life. now that may sound uncool.. very boring... but people for lack of anything better rediscovering your love for something or someone is cool on Valentine's day..

guess that makes me a complete geek.. the process had started 2.5 years ago when i decided to join a computer firm instead of a bank that the whole of my campus seemed to be obsessed about.

i played the cessna 172 flying lessons for half of the day and was rewarded by a student pilot licence by the end of the day.. now that is something i can feel good about.. if nothing else.. and to quote another stag friend of mine "spending time with a woman the whole day, you wouldn't be talking about anything accomplished by the end of the day"

the valentine reminds me of a chapter in my life that was closed some years ago.. valentine's was the day when the flame had died out and had left me more experienced and more practical..

and in the night i fly to china.. china - a superpower, the dragon who looks the elephant in the eye.. china of today, SARS.. BIRD FLU... the beehive of diseases now plaguing the world.. i don't know whether the dragon will blow the fire on me and extinguish the life i take for granted. nevertheless i look forward to the trip of the land behind the iron curtain.. i have a list of things i think of buying from there:
1. DV cable for my digicam - will it work with the firewire port that my laptop proudly possesses
2. A cool backpack - don't they make all that stuff in china?
3. A cool pair of shades - don't all the chinese looking guys in the action movies seem to be wearing them?
the preparation for the trip was the chat on yahoo with someone in china room.. the golden piece of advice i got from there was - "Keep some cash on hand".. and that scared me.. 'cause when i board my flight today i will have no foriegn currency in hand.. a stark departure to the TC i would carry in my earlier trips while being in satyam.. another piece of advice was to carry some 200 of chinese currency per day for expenditure except the hotel and captain, that is what i intend to carry... 1400 of chinese currency for 7 days :)

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