27 March 2010

Crossing Time Zones

I just did my taxes today. Apparently, I am getting a few bucks from the government back. That's always a good thing.

Last Friday, I went to the International Students and Scholars Services here in the university. I had some legal business to take care of. I needed to extend my legal stay here, and so I submitted some paperwork that they needed, and I will get the new paperwork back next week. Hopefully, this is the last time I will do this, as I am itching to earn real money and graduate from the program. Well, the good thing is that I seem to be on the right track with the proposal defense, and I am scheduled to defend my dissertation proposal in three weeks time.

Once I get my paperwork back from the ISSS, I need to take care of my visa application. I am renewing my visa for the USA this summer, so I am flying back to Manila to do that. I need to fill in some forms and schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in Manila. Yes, I know, it is a hassle, but unfortunately, I cannot renew my visa here in the United States. So yeah, I am flying back to do that, after all, I haven't visited the Philippines for the past 3 years.

So here I am again in my geeky mode. I am flying from Buffalo to Manila via New York City, Anchorage, and Taipei. This is going to be a long flight. As usual, I computed the statistics of my flight times, and after this trip I will have the following stats.

Upon coming back here, I would have flown 355.48 hours of flying time. That translates to about 14.8 days in the air, or 2.1 weeks. I would have flown a total of 152,483 miles, which would circumnavigate the Earth about 6.12 times. This is 0.638 the distance from the earth to the moon. The Boeing 747 is still the most frequent aircraft that I would have ridden, and Delta Air Lines is my most used airline. I would have taken off or landed in Buffalo Niagara International Airport a total of 27 times, while the second most-used airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with a total of 19 take offs and landings.

Ahh, the joys and pains of travel. No wonder I always fly with a good book in my hand.

(Morehead, from my University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Series)


  1. Wow, that's a super fucked up itinery! Love the stop in Anchorage though. Will you have time to go out during the layover or are you just jumping in another flight?

    Was your last visa valid for three years? Since you say you haven't visited home in 3 years...

  2. Zhu,

    I know! I also am excited about the Anchorage stop-over, but no, there's no time to get out. I only have about 2 hours of lay-over time in Anchorage both ways, and going to Manila, it's in the middle of the night, at 2:00 AM!

    The United States gives student visas that are valid for 5 years, so I got mine back in 2005. And usually, I don't visit the homeland religiously, and 3 years ago, the main reason I visited it was because I needed to conduct an experiment and needed Filipino subjects.

  3. Aha! you've just disclosed your carbon footprint. I wish there's a way to shorten our flying times but as it is, we're stuck with this kind of technology to bring us from point A to point B (after ditching the Concorde for good). In the meantime, keep bringing a good book onboard.

  4. TNP,

    As much as I want to reduce my carbon footprint, there is nothing I can do. I can't sail across the Pacific. That's too slow. They should come up with a warping mechanism so I can just warp myself on the other side of the ocean. But then I would lose the joys of travel.