Countdown to Hong Kong

Only a few more days left before I get on a plane heading westbound to Vancouver and then to Hong Kong. I’m very excited to be going there because I haven’t seen my girlfriend for almost a month. Plus, I’ve never been outside of Canada let alone outside of Ontario so this is going to be a great experience for me. I’ll be bringing my camera with me so I’ll be sure to take a lot of pictures. My girlfriend has a lot of things planned so they’ll never be a dull moment. With Chinese New Year approaching, I’m sure that there’s going to be a lot of things happening.

Chinese New Year runs from February 6 to 18 during this calendar year. Originally, I had planned on visiting Hong Kong for ten days from January 31 to February 11. I wanted to stay longer but my coworker had to fly out to Trinidad for a project. He and I cannot be out of the office on the same days so I had to be back from Hong Kong before he left. When I told my girlfriend that I couldn’t stay too long she started to get upset. As much as I wanted to make my stay there longer, it wasn’t out of my hands. The company will probably make millions of dollars and can afford to fly my coworker to Trinidad for a few days so I doubt that they’ll care about my vacation.

In the business world, time is money. The company is willing to invest a lot of time in something if they believe that it will generate a profit. They’re willing to fly you to another country for a ten minute meeting if they believe that the meeting will result in a capital gain. The company cares about your personal life so they’ll attempt to make accommodations for you the best that they can but when it comes down to a multi-million dollar project, they require you to be there. The higher up people look at the bigger picture and see profit. It’s the responsibility of the lower down people to accommodate the employees.

I was rather upset as well when I was told that I might have to cut my vacation short. It’s not feasible to fly to Hong Kong and stay for a week. A drive up north is worth staying for a week. A flight across the world is worth staying a lot longer. But you can imagine my excitement when my coworker told me that the project date was moved ahead. Instead of heading to Trinidad in February, he left for Trinidad last Wednesday. That freed up the week in February so I jumped on the opportunity. I had to make some changes to my itinerary to extend my stay there for another week. This change cost me an extra $50 on top of what I was already paying for my flight.

I’m not sure why I had to pay extra since I made the changes online and I doubt it affected anything. If I had initially booked those dates when I first booked my flight, the price would have remained the same. But because I made changes to my flight, I had to pay. I hate service charges and I think that they should be abolished. I’m doing everything so there shouldn’t even be a service charge. I’m the one who’s booking the flight, selecting the seats and printing out the ticket but all they’re doing is running a web application to get all of that done. There’s no manpower involved in any of that, only the energy that I’m using to point and click.

I didn’t care too much about the extra charge since it meant that I get to spend an extra week with my girlfriend. I would have booked the flight to allow me to stay another week longer if I wanted to but that would have meant that I’ll be using up all of my vacation time. I didn’t want to use up all of my vacation time because that would mean that I’ll get to see my girlfriend once a year. I plan on spreading out my vacation so I can fly over there more often.

Twelve hours from now, I’ll be in Vancouver, British Columbia waiting for my flight to Hong Kong. I plan on taking a lot of pictures while I’m on the road. I had a dream a few days ago about going to Hong Kong and forgetting my camera. I was pissed because I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures. As it gets closer and closer to flight time, that dream is almost coming true. I have my camera but I can’t find the charger for it and the battery is running low. When I get home I’ll have to run out like crazy to find it. I hate doing things late minute but it looks like I’ll have to this time around.

I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted when I’m off on my little adventure. I’ll be sure to post a lot of pictures for everyone.

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