Malaysian Airlines 370

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello !

Oh, my gosh ! One post in March ! I need to get this done today, March 31 .  Last week was  Spring  break, no school for one week…. ( and no school today, Monday, either. It’s Cesar Chavez day, here in California ). I could have posted at least one more or two, but work  got in the way.  I have 2 jobs, you know.  I barely worked since the start of  semester,  and I’m grateful my bosses have not let go of me, yet.   When I told my supervisor about my one month vacation in the Philippines  this coming June, she gasped and said Nooooo !  She thought I was resigning.  Well it was nice to see that reaction.  I am their best stylist and sales clerk , after all. ( pardon me bragging….I have my sales stats as proof ) As for the other job at Baskin and Robbins…. I’m the manager, too, and yep, I  do the schedules of  my co-workers, go to the bank to deposit the  sales money, and scoop ice cream.  I can go on vacation whenever I like.

So, has anyone of you still following up this Malaysian Airlines tragedy ? I still do… almost obsessing  on it, actually , so much so that I’ve become quite familiar with aviation lingo. Thanks, CNN.   To date, the Malaysian officials had changed the last words of the co-pilot, from Alright, goodnight to Goodnight, Malaysian 370.  What the heck ! Couldn’t they even get  that right ?  My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the passengers,  but it doesn’t mean I have no empathy for Malaysia and Malaysian Airlines. Who wants that to happen ? After all,  my  father worked with Philippine Airlines for 20 years.  Dad’s first cousins ( a couple with 3 small children )  died in a plane crash.  And I heard  my brother’s girlfriend  is emotionally affected by this plane tragedy.  Her own mother died in a plane crash here in the US, leaving behind 2 small kids,  and a husband ( her dad ) who was not able to get over her death, and died a broken man. ( a Harvard Law graduate, still very young, and could have remarried and have had a successful , productive law practice… but none of that happened. )He  left Boston to live in San Francisco, with  his daughter ( lived in his daughter’s apartment for a while, together with my brother , but passed  away 2 years ago. )  That’s eternal  love, I guess. ……. ponders ………  My brother’s GF looks exactly like Charlize Theron, like an identical twin, I swear. In fact, she was a former model ( with Ford modelling agency ) and was a magazine’s cover girl once.  My bro was transferred to LA last year, and we thought, oh, oh, long distance…….. but lo and behold, GF  went with my brother to live in LA.  Her apartment is now for rent, at $ 4,500 a month, lol.  I mean, she owns it. Their landlady in LA thought she was Charlize Theron, and found out she wasn’t when she saw her signature on the rental contract.

As usual, I’m digressing again.

Where was I ? Oh, yes, Malaysian Airlines 370.  I cannot imagine what the families are feeling now.  Losing an only child ( China has One-Child policy ), a parent, a spouse….  ”  My son…. my only son, where is my son?”  , cries a motherThe husband of the flight attendant says he hasn’t told his 2 kids…. a young couple are gone too, leaving behind  their 2 very young children in Beijing. They’re not coming home.

This is so gut – wrenching.  However, I hope the grieving families stop saying  the Malaysian authorities are murderers.

“ponders”

You know, I don’t know if I can  write about this… maybe it’s too private…… CNN just featured a documentary  on survivors of plane crashes and emergency landings that caused fatalities.  A close relative  was a survivor when the cargo plane he was on  crashed in the sea…..* think Tom Hanks and the cargo plane of FedEx *  ( good thing it was near  the  shore ) and  our relative  managed to swim to the  shore. But he’s not the survivor that I want to write about here.  She was a young girl , about 5 years old when it happened.  It was an emergency landing on the runway. Her mother died.  The young girl survived,  with a scar in her hip to remind her of  that tragedy. I guess that’s a hint .

This is it for now.  My next post will be the last  on my Euro tour.  France.  I know….

Good day, and PEACE.

 

 

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59 responses to this post.

  1. My heart goes out to the passengers of that Malaysian airline.

    And yay for Philippines. I hope you have a great time here in June!

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  2. I’m getting nervous, Addie ! 13 hours on the plane ! Aaargh. Agony and torture ! ! I have plane phobia.

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  3. Frightening and oh so sad! Life turns to crap on a plane and it affects all these networks of people forever. I don’t like flying either. It’s a necessary evil. Safe travels~

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  4. Posted by demonsking19 on April 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

    its tragic.. those who have lost their familes,loved ones,may they Have patience.

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  5. It’s really so sad. My heart goes out to all the affected families.

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  6. So sad and I can only imagine how frustrating it must be not knowing what happened to the plane and your loved ones. I guess that’s why the families turn their frustration and anger against Malaysia and the Malaysian authorities. Btw. who was that surviving girl from the other accident you mentioned?

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    • For some reason, I don’t want to say it directly, but I did give a hint. One thing, it’s mindblowing that this stuff is so close to ” home” … meaning to my family. You know that relative I mentioned who swam to the shore ? His son is now leaving in our house in the Philippines with my 70 year old aunt. If that relative didn’t survive the plane crash, his son wouldn;t exist, * smile *

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    • Do you know who she is ? 0_0

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      • It’s a cousin?

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        • No, the cousin who survived is a guy.. the one who swam to the shore.
          Ha ha… it’s like a mystery puzzle. Mitzeemee, the hint is there. You know, like , her mother died????

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          • At first I thought it could be you, but then I remembered you’ve written about your mother. I also don’t remember you writing anything about a hip scar…it isn’t you right?

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          • Please don’t tell me it’s you..

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            • MY brother’s GF ! !

              My mom is alive and kicking, he he.

            • That’s so scary! What a traumatic experience it must have been..And btw. I should have been able to figure it out earlier, as you mentioned in your post that your brother’s GF’s mom died in a plane accident..sometimes it’s just hard imagining such bad things happening to Charlize Theron clones:) I feel so sorry for her loss and for what she must be going through these days..

            • MitzeeMee, She cannot remember. She remembers a little what happened before that, and nothing else. She doesn’t even remember that the plane was going down. She was spared those memories.

  7. Hello Renxkyoko! Great thoughts we have in here!

    On my end, I’m still clinging on to the hope that debris belonging to MH370 (or maybe even the plane itself intact!) will be found soon. I think only this way can families and friends of the passengers find closure.

    Initially, I didn’t quite understand why the technology of today — year 2014 — still proves insufficient to find *one* missing plane. Unfortunately, satellites can only scan the Earth’s surface. And while I’ve read studies that have performed detailed, three-dimensional mapping of the ocean floors, months and maybe even years of field work have been dedicated to make these maps. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had satellites that scanned the ocean floors as well? That would make finding the plane (assuming it sank in the ocean) much easier.

    Just thinking about what it was like to be in that plane gives me the chills. And it could have been us, or our mom or dad, or our best friend on that plane.

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    • About the mapping of ocean floor…… do you know just 5% of earth’s ocean floor have been mapped and explored ? And most of these areas are in the seas around the US. To think that the entire surface area of the moon has been mapped already.. I think Mars’, too. Weird, isn’t it?

      Experts say there’s no way that plane can land on the ocean in one piece. The waters of the ocean are like concrete, believe it or not.

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  8. It’s very very sad.

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  9. RIP… :(
    * * *
    @”My next post will be the last on my Euro tour. France. I know….” – can’t wait… ;)

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    • yes. They can’t be alive. But I understand the families and loved ones of the passengers cannot accept it yet.

      Oh, yes, France ! ! I think I need 2 more posts to wind my travelogue down.

      Cheers, Melanie !

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  10. I have to be honest, I’m absolutely flabbergasted, apalled at the rate that the Malaysian airline ceo and his board members are handling this, It’s been close to a month now and they are NOWHERE near even figuring out what happened. My heart goes out to the families, I can’t even begin to imagine the agony they are going through :(

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    • That’s what makes it so fascinating, Andy ( in a bad way, of course ). It’s such a mystery. And yes,the Malaysian authorities have been screwing up the investigation, big time, but I’m sure there’s nothing nefarious about it. They want this solved as fast as humanly possible. There are so many countries helping solve this mystery, and searching and searching and searching. The cost is staggering. I don’t know whos footing the bill.

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      • Someone will have to, pretty sure it won’t be Boeing though! they only sold the plane so they Dodge that bullet hum :-/

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        • Boeing 777 is a very safe plane. They cannot sue the company. If it’s due to maintenance negligence, Malaysian airlines is a goner. But I don’t think so. The Malaysian gov’t owns it. It;s their flag carrier.

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  11. they really dropped the ball on how they handled this! The first thought that came to mind when I saw the news, all I could think was “idiots, a plane doesnt disappear! they are flying below radar, flew off course and if you closer at the radar!!!”
    they were too busy focusing on trying to paint the pilot as a terrorist!

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    • It’s still a mystery, Rebecca. It couldn’t have been a catastrophic plane accident… the plane flew for 7 hours ! ! The latest news is, the Malaysina authorities are taking this as a criminal act.

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  12. It’s a strange tragedy, senseless of course but it seems at the moment to have had no purpose at all which is bewildering and perhaps somehow even worse than an equally awful but explainable tragedy…I cannot even begin to contemplate the feelings of the families, so I send my thoughts instead.

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    • Ste, I don’t know if this is inappropriate and insensitive, but there are more killings here in the Us that are even more tragic, and if bundled together, they would number in the thousands … they are now all buried… no one nor government has done anything for them. I’m saying this, because, yet again, there was mass stabbing at a high school here in the US.

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      • Some people are sensitive over such mattes but not myself, I tend to be a realist, sometimes brutally so…I appreciate you not dressing up your feelings. Your high school problems really are bewildering, It does beg many questions about what is being done to sort these things out…sometimes it is the common sense things…like planes for example…don’t make signal markers that can be turned off for example.

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  13. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A PERSONAL SIDE TO THE TRAGEDY…AND MYSTERY!

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  14. Yes, such a tragedy, our hearts and prayers goes out to those left behind and may the souls of those who perished rest in eternal peace.

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    • And it’s such a mystery, DeDivah. Nobody knows what happened. I hope the grieving families start to accept it , for their peace of mind, and just think their loved ones are in a better place now. * sigh * I guess that won’t happen yet.

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      • Do you have any conspiracy theories?

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        • 1. catastrophic event, like a fire that emitted persisitent smoke ( no flame.).. or decompression, and everyone on the airplane became unconscious…. debunked due to flight path… only a person or persons can do those flight manuevers… and it flew for 7 hours
          2. suicide….. debunked…. if someone wants to commit suicide, he wouldn’t fly for 7 hours…
          3. the most probable cause is something intentional and nefarious, but for what reason is a mystery… why fly for 7 hours… where was he going to land ?

          4. the plane flew and landed on Diego garcia island, a US military base somewhere on Indian Ocean. Crazy.

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  15. Wow, you know a lot of people connected with plane disasters. Fascinating personal stories. As for Malaysia, so frustrating and upsetting for all concerned, but the families. My heart breaks for them, not knowing.

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    • Oh, my word. I just realized that. I do know a lot of people connected with plane accidents ! ! That’s weird.

      Brenda, the Philippines consists of 7,000 islands. The modes of transportation are either by plane or boat. The probability that a plane crashes is very high. dad’s first cousin was a businessman who flew at least once a month, 12 x a year, so the probability that he would be in a plane crash was even higher. The plane he was on was a DC9, a common plane in the 70′s, old technoloigy.

      And not to mention boats overloaded with passengers sinking in the high seas.

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  16. It’s really such a tragedy and one can only feel compassion for those left behind, families, friends and acquaintance.

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  17. It’s a heart-wrenching, gut-twisting time for so many folks. And I can only imagine the fresh bubbled up pain that comes for those who have been through the horrific experience–to hear and know that others are going through the tragedy is something so truly hearbreaking.
    I wish you a safe–and hugely happy time on your trip. Look forward to hearing about it on your return!

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    • I sure will take tons of photos of my vacation experiences in the Philippines ! ! Definitely better ones than the ones I have of Europe. ( No tour manager to hurry me up ! ! )

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  18. What would be really sad if neither debris nor the flight recorder is ever found. And what if the aircraft is found years later in a totally unexpected non-searched area– like the Pacific Ocean or even the Himalayas. So much for all the speculation. Prayers to all the families, friends– and victims. Peace.

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    • It took them 2 years to find the black box of Air France.

      It’s sad enough to lose a loved one, but this way ? Not knowing ? It’s unimaginable.

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  19. I’m obsessing about that plane as well. I’m praying the black box battery does not run out of juice before they get it. I lost my dad in an accident, so I know a bit what its like, and for their deaths to just end in mystery would be too cruel. It’s really great that you do so well at two jobs. Have you had time to read my book yet I wonder. Hope you like it :)

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    • Do you watch it on CNN ? Oh, boy, CNN is milking it like you won’t believe it. lol

      I’m sorry to hear about your father. I haven’t lost anyone , not my immediate family, heaven forbid, so I don’t know what it’;s like.

      OMG ! ! I haven’t even bought the book ! ! ! Yet ! ! But I will, promise ! ! ! I promise ! Promise, promise ! !

      I really will , Peter Wells.

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      • If they find the box it will be the most amazing thing ever, and a fantastic example of international co-operation, but spurred on by an awful tragedy. To lose someone like this is terrible but not to know the cause makes it so much harder. I am looking forward to you reading it. Perhaps you will do a nice review if I promise to send you a supply of iced buns ! (always so lovely with a cup of tea ) :)

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        • yes, I will do a nice review.

          I actually bought 2 books by 2 bloggers, Nicholas Conley’s and Serisayadavid’s … I finished reading Mr. Conley’s, but I haven’t read Ms. david’s… and I got her book 4 months ago ! !

          Lovely iced buns with a cup of tea… oh, so English…. ( Imagine me having that, instead of my regular peanut butter sandwich and a mug of cocoa. )

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  20. With all the concern about terrorism in the skies these days it is going to be a long long time before I ever strap myself into one of those things again. Did you know that in most airplanes, the passengers feet are only about five orf six inches above the large gas tanks and the wings are also fuel tanks? I have always been nervous about being virtually surrounded by all the highly-flammable fuel as I fly – - so I simply keep my feet on the ground these days.

    The real tragedy here, I believe is the dreadful loss of life – - if that is what happened – - and all the terrible agony of those who lost loved ones. My heart goes out to each of them.

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    • Hello, Mr. John ! ! Wow, first time here on my humble abode ! !

      You are right re airplanes and those fuel tanks. Do you know my mother calls a plane a FLYING COFFIN ?

      aaargh. I don’t want to think about it. We’ll be going to the Philippines in June, a 14 -hour flight ! ! My Mom and I have plane phobia.

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  21. I think the are things in heaven and earth that cannot be explained by modern science.

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