Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Greeter's Lounge

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The greeter’s lounge at the arrivals section of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is a hot, crowded and noisy place that looks like a chicken coop, but I love it. Whenever I go there I see the same thing, but I find it fascinating, still.

Buzzing with so much excitement, it is a place where, in the middle of the night, not a single person looks sleepy. Everywhere I look, I see faces glowing with wide-eyed anticipation, unmindful of the place’s chicken coop atmosphere. With bridled impatience, greeters alternately glance at their watches, the small monitor announcing flight schedules, and the arrivals ramp across the street.

It is a place where expressions of heartfelt delight abound. Cries of She’s here! That’s him! Welcome home! Welcome back! – all uttered with undisguised joy - can be heard all around. The way people’s faces light up as they catch a sight of the person they’re waiting for amidst the crowd is very heartwarming.

It is a place where all waiting ends. It is where you will witness the sweetest of kisses exchanged by couples reunited after long periods of separation. It is where the person you’ve been waiting for becomes that person you can finally press your face into and wrap your arms around.


jacqueline said...

and the departure area is the opposite.. :) but still has the chicken coop atmosphere though.. :)

Anonymous said...

I love observing people in the greeter's lounge. But I dislike it when I'm about to leave someone or a group. As always I don't look back, I'd only shed tears if I do that.

I also find it interesting to observe people's luggage. The colors, sizes, etc. =)

Angeli said...

hi jac. unless i'm leaving too, i never go to the departure area. i can't stand all the goodbyes. it's heartbreaking.

hi wits! oh yeah, the luggage! :) it's like you can tell something about a person by what he or she decides to bring, di ba? nakakatawa nga kung minsan. :)

Kayni said...

i honestly don't like the greeter's lounge, unless we're all talking of the same place where people wait for their arriving family or guests. whenever i arrive, it's so packed with people and i can't even get through. chicken coop is the perfect word. remember, i don't like crowded places.

Amelia said...

I like the scenes in the greeters lounge too :) the thought of being with your loved ones is definitely heart-warming...the never ending hugs and you can even see couples kissing and all that ;)LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

i never noticed that festive atmosphere. i blame it on the effluviums circulating in that flying aluminum object you are forced to inhale for a long period of time. :)

Angeli said...

hi kayni. whenever i'm there, i usually just sit in a corner and observe the people around me. my excitement overpowers whatever annoyance i have for being cooped there like a chicken. :)

hi amelia. oh yeah, the kissing! i've seen several. and it's such a sweet thing to see, diba?

hello anonymous. you don't even notice the person there to greet you (unless she notices and approaches you first). :)

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