11 nov 2014,, I fainted on the plane during my midnight flight from KL to Osaka. I made all the stewards and stewardesses panicked. I thought I was okay,, until the pilot called for ‘any doctor available on the plane’ on the speaker. I still didn’t think that doctor was for me until he came. I was lying on the floor with few stewardess surround me; one of them was helping me with the oxygen, another stewardess making sure 2 thick blankets were enough for my shivering, and another stewardess was helping me translate my English to Japanese—the doctor was a jap.
Dear God,, all I asked was my 3 hour blackout so that I had enough energy tomorrow to explore Osaka by myself. I still thought I was okay—I just need to lying down because the economy class was so cramped the lady sitting next to me was snoring and was overweight so I was cornered at the window and couldn’t had my sleep—until the doctor said I was food poisoning. Uh-oh! Someone could die because of this unfortunate thing! Moreover, the doctor said he couldn’t find my pulse! Am I dying now?? I thought I was just a little weak because too much sitting and the snoring lady next to me!
It was so tragic. If something really bad happened to me, I would feel so guilty to my parents—they didn’t know I was travelling alone. My mum thought I was with my friends, but in fact, they took another flight the following day. So I fainted on the plane, all alone, and my holiday hasn’t even started!
Around half an hour after I took the medicine the doctor gave me, I feel much better. Then the stewardess helped me move to business class. And guess what! I had my 3 hours blackout there! God really did grant my wish in a funny way! I knew I was okay—my guardian angel always beside me all the time and I knew I never travelled alone!
And 12 Nov 2014,, I touched down the land of the rising sun for the first time! I had another 30 minutes slept on the train from the airport to my hotel. And thanks God, this 30 minutes was enough for me and I didn’t missed my train station. And as I promised myself, I went to Cathedral of St. Mary in Tamatsukuri.
#LittlePilgrimage 25. Cathedral of St. Mary of Tamatsukuri, 2-24-22, Tamatsukuri, Chuo-ku, OSAKA 540-0004
My friend was right about local people in Osaka—they are so nice and helpful! After asked direction to few people, I managed to locate the Cathedral! Lucky I was well-trained finding churches in Singapore! Haha.
I almost missed the church, because apparently it was under renovation. The building was all covered up with brown net. I noticed 2 windows which didn’t covered by the brown net, and they looked like church window, so I turned my pace. I remember I asked God to wait for me at Tamatsukuri Church, and He did! A worker who was working at that renovation building led me to a back door and finally to a small room which was the church. He even turned the lights on just for me, and let me had my lone time inside the room. It was a solitude moment which was very peaceful. After few minutes praying and humming ‘Ave Maria’—another promise I made for myself, I walked out of the church.
As I wandering around the church, I noticed that this building was bigger than I thought. And because it was still under renovation, so the room I visited probably was the temporary room open for Mass. I supposed the original church was much bigger than the picture I took. I didn’t take more pictures, because most of the building was covered by brown net, and some area was blocked from entering. But I really enjoyed myself walking around the neighborhood. Even the worker—who led me to the church, said thank you for my visit. What a great day after I fainted on the plane!