Fish Fish in USA (Pt 11, July 20)
I took a cab from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Raleigh town.
This was the place where I was going to stay for a night, before I went to visit a laboratory.
DAYS INN - RALEIGH DOWNTOWN
300 North Dawson Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Among all the hotels I have stayed, I would say this was the best. In term of the reasonable price (I paid about US$75 per night), very clean and great place for me to really have a nice rest and do my work. So, I decided to make a promotion for this hotel here.
The general manager, Danny was a fun to talk with guy. Very helpful as well. At first, he was teasing me by saying he was from Thailand, I knew he was playing fun of me.
"Nah~ I'm very sure you are from India. From your name. Also your look." Ha! I was right about it.
Blah... blah... blah...
Then come to a sentence that delighted me.
"Hmm... you are very smart for your age. Where are you from?" He suddenly said this to me after we talked for 5 min.
*blink blink* Woo~ smart for my age? ^_^ So, happily, I called mum after I got back to Japan, told her about this quoting. Guess what mummy reaction, "Hey, did he ask your real age or not? Tsk tsk tsk... that man got cheated by you already lar~" *urgh~* Hello~ mummy, why pour cold water on your daughter like this one?? *myak!*
Anyway, I was given a very nice room with King size bed... at the ground floor as I had a large and heavy luggage. Great!!
But once again, before that, he was teasing me he gonna do extra charge on me if I wanna stay on the ground floor.
"Hey!! I'm a student, don't bully me like this ok? I am only a poor student." I protested. :P
And yes, of course there was no extra charge for that.
Oh~ the TV was way too big for me to watch programme alone with this king size bed.
I love the microwave. Also the ironing board. Impossible you will find these facilities if you are in Japan. Not even to mention the King-size-bed.
I love this corner the most. Man~ I spent almost my leftover time that day preparing my 30 min presentation for the laboratories on it. While the leftover time, I slept like a piggy fish on the HUGE bed. ^_~
Even the bath room was a very pleasurable one. The funny thing was, after I put 2 dollars tip on my bed that next day morning, I was given 3 sets of towels instead of 2. Geee...
This was the dining room at the lobby for you to take breakfast from 6 to 10 am. The breakfast is attached with the staying.
Further behind this dining room, I had my chance to check my email for free. But, they blocked the access into blogger.com. Ah well~
I kept coming out here to fill up my water. I was consuming a lot of water that day. The juices were only available until 10am.
Feel like itchy to munch on something, there is always a vending machine for you to crave for one.
I was extremely hungry by the time I settled my things in the room. Immediately, I walked over to a fast food store named Quiznos Sub to settle my hunger. It was specialized in sandwiches. Oops, my first franchised fast food in US.
I chosed a regular veggie whole wheat baguette-style sandwich. This regular is an 8 inch for US$5.29.
Also, I saw soup corner. I chose a cup of broccoli cheese soup for US$1.99.
Argh~ my eyes could eat more than my stomach. I took me a long 1 hr before I actually finished them.
My stomach turned from a starving stage into a bloated stage.
I like the bread, not so much on the filling, too much pickles. But the spicy sauce that added in was really great. The soup was so so, good to sip for the first few spoons, after that, I felt very satiated with it.
*sigh* I admit I am more to a rice person.
After the lunch, I went back to my room, took a quick bath. And there I went to meet my dear Mr. Chow. He was especially lovely that noon.
By the time I woke up, it was already evening. I walked out to try to find some nice place to eat. Turned out to be nothing after a 15 min walk... kind of dangerous too for me to walk alone in that neighbourhood. So, I turned back to the hotel.
I gave up the idea... and decided to try another new thing.
What?? I made my 1st home-delivery call for the 1st time in my life. You hear me. Yes, fish fish never made any call before for home delivery.
I took out my address book, pick up the phone (by the way, all the local calls made from this hotel is FOC ^_^)... and prepared myself well to sound like I am a cool fish while making the call. God knew how my heart was bumping like crazy that time.
Oh... the phone got through quite fast.
"blah blah blah..." I didn't relly hear what was the guy talking on the other end of the phone.
"Hi, I would like to make a pizza order" (what a nonsense quotation... what else would I want if not a pizza??)
"Your phone number please..." Before I managed to say anything more, he wanted my phone number.
"Huh??" I thought I heard wrong.
"Your phone number." He repeated again.
Phone number?? For what, I thought.
Anyway, I told the number to him.
In a minute, amazingly, he said the address of the hotel I was staying perfectly.
Oh, very impressive. Now I see why he wanted that.
(Ok, I know some of you might have laughed out very loud now how "sakai" fish fish was. Hey, it was my first time ok~)
"What would you like."
"Veggie lover please. Any small size?"
"Nope. The smallest is medium." He said.
"I'll have that then. Think and crispy one please. That's all."
"Ok. Your pizza will reach you in 45 min. How would you like to pay?"
"By cash." I said.
"Thank you." He said. I hang up my phone. Tee hee hee... my first time was a "success". :P
I didn't see when the pizza arrived. But after paid US$15.06, I got a hot and nice crispy HUGE medium pizza.
They named this medium?? OMG!! I wonder what will the LL size will look like then. *shudder*
Argh~~~ such a lovely pizza. It was very yummy. I LOVE IT!! It tasted different from the one in Japan, though both of them are pizza hut. I prefer the one in US.
I chomped on 3 cuts... and that was the maximum I could take.
It was a lovely meal I had with this can of nice cool tomato juice that I got from the plane. So thirst quenching.
The leftover 5 cuts?? I devided them into another 2 meals to finish them.
Man~ see how big it was?
That night... I saw gym room for free, only after I took my bath. *iish*
That night... I had my laundry perrfectly done after couldn't find any place to wash my clothes in New Orleans.
That night... was the soundest sleep I had since I started my journey in US.