A Rough Start
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In December something amazing happened at my job. Our boss told us we could have the Monday of the Lunar New Year off. YAAAA!!!Then a few weeks later something just as incredible happened not only were we getting Monday off but we were getting that Tuesday off also. Double YAAA!!! I know a day off for a holiday may not seem like a big deal to most but when you only get a week off and maybe 3 days for national holidays its a HUGE deal.
The original plan was to go to Thailand but the tickets were too expensive. Eventually we found the tickets for Guam which were under 500 USD. Three friends and I sat off for Guam on Saturday.
When we got to the bus terminal I was promptly asked to leave and switch to another bus because I couldn't sit on the floor. Since no one was willing to give up their seat I said goodbye to my friends - who were all confused about what was going on - and got onto a second bus.
Security check point...check. Immigration...not so much. I showed the woman my passport, visa, and Alien Registration Card. She asked if I was returning to Korea, I told her yes. She said I couldn't return because my visa had expired and I needed a new re-entry visa. For weeks I had been asking Mr.
The flight from Seoul to Narita was nice enough. We had a long layover so we decided to do what we do best and began to drink at the airport cafe. We had some Sapporo, meet some nice people, then it was time to be off again. As we were boarding the plane the security woman said that she needed to do a random check of one of us. All my friends looked at me...TRAITORS I hate you all!!! I then took off my shoes and socks, she checked my bags pulled out random things then repacked them all while the people who were boarding got to watch. Not humiliating in the least...she was nice though. We had a small little conversation in Japanese then I boarded the plane for Guam with what little dignity I had left, which fit in a sandwich size ziplock baggie :P
Once again the flight from Narita to Guam was nice. There was no one in my row so I stretched out and went to sleep. I woke up right before landing and waited patiently to get off the plane when I heard "Rayna R****** please report to security upon exiting the plane." Crap...what did I do this time. My friends laughed, I slumped down in the seat. I said goodbye to the flight crew and hello to the officers from border patrol. They asked if I was Rayna...yes. Why was I visiting Guam...vacation. How long was I going to be there...5 days 4 nights. Was I a US citizen...yes. Why was I in Korea...teaching. This is all at the gate after we left the airplane. So the same people who saw me being checked in Japan now got to see me being questioned in Guam. My ziplock baggie of dignity was not empty :( After they found out I was a US citizen they turned their attention to Mohamed. Poor Momo...we went through the "VIP" line at immigration and right back to the little office. Our friends had no idea what had happened to us they searched the airport and finally found out from the airport police we had been detained for questioning. They left for the hotel.
The people in the back were surprisingly very nice. I could hear the questions I am sure I was suppose to but I am nosy. Of course they searched Momo's bag. And an hour later we left the airport. I have to give it to Momo if it had been anyone else that would have ruined their trip...me included...but he brushed it off and kept on moving. :) He said that he would understand if I never purchased a ticket with his name on it again. I told him that I would be proud to be on the same ticket as him. He is someone I truly respect even when I am giving him a hard time. We got a cab, found the hotel and put our things away. We looked for food, but didnt find much, did find booze. Momo doesn't drink so I drank for him and me. Told our friends what happened then went back to our hotel rooms where I fell asleep on a cloud and woke up in paradise.