Several months ago, my sister pointed at my wrist watch and commented,”What? You’re still wearing a watch? That’s so old-fashioned! Once you have a cell phone, you don’t need a watch anymore.”
Her remark struck a chord in me. And subconsciously I stopped wearing a watch.
After all, if I did wear a watch, I’d always take it off to play the piano or type on the computer keyboard. A watch was a habit from my past.
However, when I travel, I do miss my watch. My iPhone has to be constantly ON to tell the time. And yet, it’s practically useless without wireless internet or global cellular roaming features, which I switch off to avoid hefty charges when crossing international borders.
I crossed the international dateline some point between the first and second Korean movie onboard the eleven hour flight. By the time we landed at Incheon Airport, I was hungry for authentic Korean food. It was 4:30 pm. I had 3 hours to kill before the connecting flight.
To my surprise, there was free wifi — strong enough to check Facebook and write a short blog.
It was strange to arrive on a Monday evening after leaving first thing Sunday morning. This entire week I’ve been trying to figure out how I managed to travel forward in time by simply passing the international date line.
I am now exactly 12 time zones away from East Coast USA. I think I am 6 time zones from Hawaii and 6 from the Netherlands.
The clock on my iPhone automatically adjusts to the right time in whichever time zone I’m in. I should stop worrying about what time it is.