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20 April 2010

Volcanic Ash to My List-of-Must-Do’s

By Xian Kim

On Thursday evening, I received an alarming email from our station manager in London, informing us that UK airspace was closed due to the volcanic ash from Iceland. The first thing that ran through my head was Mars and the colour red. I could imagine the streets of London covered in ash, with hot steam rising from the ashes.

http://article.wn.com/view/2010/04/1/Icelandic_volcano_glacier_melt_forces_hundreds_to_flee/

The reality of the situation was a volcanic ash cloud was hovering over Europe and the North Atlantic region. This blanket of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano had forced the cancellation of at least 70,000 flights, leaving passengers stranded at airports around the globe. If you Google ‘volcanic ash’, a long list of articles will pop up, showing pictures of people stuck at the airport as they had nowhere to go and were eagerly awaiting the green light telling them that they could go home. Imagine being stranded in a foreign country, with nowhere to go, and having absolutely no idea when you could go home. There were speculations that the airspace would be closed for weeks, even months!

www.telegraph.co.uk
People living in Europe had to opt for ground transportation like ferries, trains, and busses to get home.


Some say that the eruption is a sign that we should slow down. Take some time to evaluate our lives. With our bustling schedules these days, how many of us actually take the time to think about what we’re doing with our lives? Is what we’re doing worthwhile? Are we proud of whom we’ve become? What kind of things would we do differently?

It is often at times like this that we come up with a List-of-Must-Do’s. Most people would include must-do-activities, must-see-destinations, and must-meet-people.

Mine is a Must-Visit-List. Specifically, the Roman Coliseum and the Acropolis in Athens. To physically stand at the avenue where ancient history and incredible battles took place would be beyond words.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roman_Colosseum_With_Moon.jpg

AirAsia just might be able to help you fulfill YOUR list. We’ve come up with a Rescue Campaign to aid stranded passengers in Asia by offering low fares to any ASEAN destination. It’s an initiative to help out those who are stranded and can’t go home. All you need to do is present an air ticket to any destination in Europe with any airline to any of our Sales Offices in Malaysia and Singapore.

Find out more at: http://www.airasia.com/nl/nl100420qqbd_my.htm

Which destinations are you going to cross off your List-of-Must-Do’s?