Continued from here.
July had been busy, like it has always been since I started working. This year’s July, the annual travel was planned just right after the annual deadline at work, instead of around October.
Having not been travelling overseas since October 2015 and not doing as much research as I would normally do, I was actually quite nervous on the travelling day. A lot of thoughts were hanging in my head that I prayed more than I ever did before.
The 6 month passport expiring period fell on the day I would be flying back to Malaysia (if I counted the “6 month” definition correctly). I thought it would be just fine, until the moment when we were about to board the plane from KLIA2 bound for Haneda. The airport security staff reminded me that my passport would be invalid in 8 days. I nodded knowingly, until the moment it struck me that we would be in Japan for 9 days. I prayed that I would be fine.
While trying to catch some sleep on our flight to Haneda, I just remembered that I had not checked in our flights to Sapporo the next morning. I had not even printed our flight itineraries. I would normally always had all the printed papers in my file but decided to “save some trees” by having them on soft copy. Hence, forgetting to print the most important papers of all – my flight itinerary. Again, I prayed that I would be fine.
All the way to Haneda I could not really sleep. Lessons learned – it was better to be safe than having to worry during travelling.
My immigration process went through. I am in Japan! Alhamdulillah.
Our original planned time of landing in Narita, Tokyo was early in the morning of 30 July. The re-routed flight left us in Haneda, Tokyo late at night. There we were in the middle of the night at the airport, waiting to board our next flight early the next morning.
Unfortunately, the international terminal was pretty crowded for an airport at such wee hours. Probably because it was a summer weekend. Imagine if one person took 4 seats to catch his sleep, how many seats left for the rest?
After killing time walking around the lively airport in the middle of the night (lively with people, but the shops were closed), we settled at one of the seats nearby the praying room. That was immediately after a person taking the 4 seats left. The rest of the unfortunate passengers settled on the cold floor of the airport.
Our checking in of ANA flight to Sapporo the next morning was also smooth. There was nobody at the check-in counter and immigration. After showing my flight confirmation numbers from my mobile phone, boarding passes were printed and we boarded the plane safely. All is well. So far.