About the cover:
A holiday to the Philippines a few days back allowed me to capture more images as usual and one of the most evocative I find worth sharing to be the theme cover for an update on this website was the scene on Philippine Airlines' Airbus A340's window. I was on a return flight to Heathrow aboard PR 720 the 1st of April seated on the passenger seat ‘51K’ by the window as I have intentionally made to check-in online about 20 hours before the flight to have the freedom to take such seating option.
As views by the window usually ‘blow us away’ even though the window I’m looking at that time is 'windproof' so I was caught staring for awhile before I even realize that the heat of the noon sun was getting unbearable enough for me to ‘luxuriate’ other than enduring the heat at above 30°C when I realized I had a camera with me.
So that was how I manage to 'compose' the scene making it easy for the pilots to steer the plane without them knowing that a premium economy seat may somehow get me on the ‘hot seat’ without the burden of deciding for the safety of all passengers on board. It was less than 45 minutes that the PAL A340 just stood there at the end of runway 24 and while it was first in line, it kept on burning fuel keeping 4 turbines running while waiting a clearance from the control tower to align for take-off as a few incoming flights were landing.
It was nothing different from being stuck in traffic at EDSA during the rush hour that you are prone to fancy taking a jet to your destination but of course even that may not be the best option as the experience taught me. Life’s queues do suck but the embarrassment maybe worth an absolute relief when you discover that your final turn to the end of the line is taking a lot longer than anticipated.
As for me, a camera at hand and keeping my sanity in place to recollect the images and the story behind to be shared in writing after I made it back on the ground in one piece couldn’t be more satisfying.
Demet Wilfred Flores
05 April 2017