How far can your credit card and your credit card company bring you?
Take a look at this promo material that I received from American Express.
The promo says that every time I use my American Express Card, I am entered into the draw to win a trip of a lifetime to the edge of the stratosphere at an altitude of more than 55,000 feet, a chance to see space as seen by only few and be the first from KSA to journey to the edge of space in this millennium. The promo ends on 31 October, 2007.
This early, there are already so many ideas going in and out of my mind about this ranging from simple to outrageous. Like if I win, what sort of things I will do up there? Will I wave the Philippine flag while singing Lupang Hinirang or Ako ay Filipino (I am a Filipino), recite Panatang Makabayan, blog, or what? Will I meet the likes of Yoda, Obi-wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Captain Kean-Luc or Captain Katryn Janeway? Will I be able to see Pluto, the ninth planet that we came to know when we were young but turned out to be not on Aug 24, 2006? What will I say to reporters? I presume this will be a big media event.
You may call me too optimistic or presumptuous or whatever. I will not mind it. I want to be up there. And besides dreaming is free, right?
There is one thing that bothers me though. If you noticed, there is a phrase on the right side of the promo material that reads “Wish you were here?”
Does this mean that this trip on the edge of the space is one way and that I will be there for the rest of my life, just floating forever? If this is the case then, it is really “Wish you were here!” and my ultimate cry will be, “Ibalik nyo ako sa Pilipinas!” (to experience R.A. 9372).
Before I snap and go beyond dreaming (to state of halucination), let me ask you these. If you were given this chance, what sort of things will you do up there? What do you suggest must I do first when I am up there?