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Manila - Singapore - England - Scotland

After 13 hours, 3 movies, 5 TV shows, 2 full meals, 1 in-flight magazine (read from cover-to-cover) and numerous conversations with my colleagues, we finally arrived in London.. just in time to catch our connecting flight to Scotland!


London Heathrow

* Thank God for the gift of aisle seating as I had the chance to stretch every few hours. I could have happily walked for miles upon arriving in Heathrow after that grueling flight duration.





London Heathrow

* While Heathrow Airport has a reputation for being a black hole in terms of luggage, our whole group's was thankfully complete.


London Heathrow

* Taking the connecting tube from Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. Taken just as that gentleman was scolding me for stepping on the yellow line.


London Heathrow

Heathrow Terminal 5 is a HUGE, multi-layered, state-of-the-art, airport servicing 35 million passengers a year.


London Heathrow

* Dedicated primarily to British Airways, the airport offers a lot of good food choices and duty free shopping, both of which I enthusiastically partook of.


British Airways

* And here's the plane for our 3rd flight since we began this trip.


Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport, while being tiny compared to the airports I've seen in my lifetime, had affordable food, clean restrooms, a stacked grocery (WH Smith) and most importantly, for the people in our party, FREE WIFI!


Aberdeen Airport

* A Ben & Jerry's ice cream vending machine. Only in Scotland!


Aberdeen Airport

* Though we were in Scotland, seeing this Chivas signage by the airport exit oddly made me feel like I was home.


Aberdeen Airport

* A gentleman lying in the smoking area outside the airport, like a boss!


Aberdeen Airport

* At this point of the journey, we entered the euphoric state that only occurs when one is very tired AND excited / enthusiastic at the same time. From here on, my travel buddy, Luis, and I had absolutely no problem finding topics to laugh about and things to laugh at, such as the name of this company. (Tip: say it out loud) 


Scotland Obelisk

* Or this random standing stone, which uncannily resembles a ....


Scotland Signs

* Or the name of this town! (Tip: say it out loud, as well)


Scotland Signs

* Or this Ford dealership, which wasn't even trying...


Mansefield Hotel

* Home for the next three days! Centrally located in the middle of the charming and historic town of Elgin, the Mansefield Hotel was as comfortable and home-y as they could come.


Mansefield Hotel

* While waiting for our welcome lunch to be served, the boys and I took the time to admire the rare, aged, Scotch brands proudly displayed all over the hotel.


Mansefield Hotel

Now THAT is a bar!! Composed of brands 70% of which I had never heard of before this moment, I promised to sample at least a dozen of these before leaving this place.


Mansefield Hotel

* Because after a 3½ hour flight from Manila to Singapore with a 6 hour lay-over, a 13 hour flight from Singapore to London with a 4 hour lay-over, an hour and a half flight from London to Aberdeen, and an hour and 45min bus ride to Elgin, THIS attic room is a sight for sore eyes and feet.

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