Monterey Day 9: I’m going home, alone

Today is the day I go home alone. And as I have driven him to school and college all these years, this is a long “drive” to college and a long “drive” home. 

I spent the morning cleaning up the AirBnB place as much as I could. I am going to miss this place. 

Like all AirBnBs, I am supposed to check out at 11am, but my flight is at 5:25pm and I don’t have anywhere to go. But the host was gracious enough to let me hang around the house till my transport come to take me to the airport. God bless him!

I got to the Monterey Regional Airport very early, too early in fact. And so I just checked in and spent time reading. 

When the plane lifted off the runway at Monterey, it was kind of momentous for me—it’s like a final goodbye. 

The flight from Monterey to Los Angeles takes about an hour and upon arrival, this is all I see of the city, all lighted up and the roads are mostly congested with cars. It is quite a sight. 

And after this, it’s 17+ hours of flight from Los Angeles to Singapore. 



  1. Hi, looks like you will be going through another phase of life. Don't mind me asking. What degree program is your son doing ? Which university is this ? Why did he choose the program and the university in Monterey? Did he sit for SAT ? Did he manage to get scholarship from the university through SAT? The reason I ask is because I'm working in a homeschool centre which encourages the student to sign up for SAT in order to get a scholarship in a US university. They told me that even you get a lower score, you still can get scholarship but at a lower percentage. Just wonder whether it is that simple or that easy to get.


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