Now, I have been born and bred in the Philippines, but sometimes…. sometimes I really don't get what people are saying.
After a bad couple of weeks at work, I was desperately looking forward to my vacation. I come into the new NAIA Terminal 3, impressed at how big the place is, the cleanliness and marveled at the….umm…lack of people in the terminal. But, as with the other NAIA terminals, the layout is pretty bad, but the absence of running, screaming, crazy people hitting me every 5 seconds makes it less noticeable.
And besides, I was determined to be happy that day, and so I go about smiling at everyone and was at peace with the world.
When I get to the security gate, I asked them if I should take out my laptop and the liquids from the bags, and they said no. I said to myself, OMG, no need to unfurl my bag?! and take off my shoes?! (insert wide eyes of glee here). So I load my stuff in the conveyor, take off my belt and that was that. After spending many harried hours battling with the lines at various airports the previous year, I took it as a good sign that my vacation is going to go great.
As I walk into the security doorway, the security lady points me to the x-ray machine for bags and says, "Step in!"
Startled, I stepped back and looked at her, then tried to enter the doorway again.
She gestures with her hands, this time more firmly, pointing to the x-ray machine and says "Step-in!"
I tilt my head to the right, not understanding what she was saying, and decided to continue and walk up the platform right after the doorway. Now this incited her ire and she continued to gesture firmly to the x-ray machine and said:
(I stare at her with a befuddled look)
Then, one of her co-workers suddenly shouts:
"Put your slippers in the xray-machine!!"
(Step-in is slang for flip-flops in the Philippines)