May 6, 2010


You ever have one of those, “I don’t want to get out of bed,” days?

Today, is one of those days. Not that there is anything wrong with today. In fact, it is a great day. The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful, warm summer day. A few clouds in the sky, birds chirping, classes went well this morning – fun, actually.

It’s just one of those days that I’d like to lay in bed, a box of chocolates, the T.V. on (saying there is to watch!), and just be a vegetable.

And I think I know what it is. I need a holiday. REAL BAD!

I was sort of hoping to visit my friend, Cliff, in China in the next month. However, due to a few realistic hurdles, it would be nearly impossible to get everything arranged, even for a couple of days, for a trip to China. There’s a VISA to get, book hotels, and airplane. And, as he has informed me, his training is in a somewhat non-touristy area, and for him to get to Bei-jing or Shang-hai would be almost impossible.

So, my alternatives.

Another friend of mine, from my Vancouver days, is Luisa Quintero. She lives in the Philippines. Her and I took the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course in Vancouver, about 10 years ago. I, almost immediately upon completion, ended up in Taiwan, where I’ve been ever since.

She, on the other hand, stayed a couple more years in Canada, then headed back to the Philippines. She has now opened up and English Language Training Centre. We have been chatting online, off and on, and have started chatting more about her new Centre. She has invited me to visit the Philippines to see her, and the Centre. She has also put me in touch, through Facebook, with some colleagues of hers in the Philippines. They also just happen to be FarmVille and Family Feud fanatics. Gives us some common ground other than just work.

Another friend of mine, whom I only chat with once in a while, is Eric. I first met him when I was in Ottawa. He has since moved to Japan as a photographer. He has recently moved, but I can’t remember exactly where!! He’s been busy moving for the past month, but I do believe it is in the vicinity of Tokyo.

A third option, which actually sounds a bit easier, is to meet Cliff in Hong Kong on his way back to Taiwan, in early June. The idea of going to Hong Kong and POSSIBLY Macau again, is very tempting. Macau has casinos!! I’m getting the itchin’ for some blackjack! However, the casinos in Macau, although similar, and in some cases, owned by the same operators in Las Vegas, tend to be a bit more expensive.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Do I go to Hong Kong and/or Macau with not a lot of spendable cash (not enough time to save up), or wait until later and visit the Philippines? When I talk to Luisa, she says there are lots of things to see, places to visit, and of course, her hospitality. I know it would be an informative, networking time for me, but probably not as much fun for Cliff. Although a trip to Japan is definitely on my list of places to see before I ever leave this area, Tokyo does tend to be expensive, as I’ve been told. And, well, Hong Kong is a tad expensive as well, and you add on gambling in Macau, well, there’s no limit to spending except for the limit of cash you have!

The last trip to Hong Kong/Macau, I had plenty of spendable cash. In fact, I came home with a bit of money. That’s always good when going to a casino town! If you can break even, or come out ahead by even $1, then the trip was worth it. However, there have been numerous trips to Las Vegas, where the cash ended shortly before the trip. Not fun. The only good thing about Vegas is there are a lot of other things to see and do. I think after 14 trips to Vegas, I’ve seen most of the hotels, and a good part of the other activities in around the area.

Macau is still a fresh page. The last trip was during the rainy season. When we arrived, it had just started to get miserable. There were breaks throughout the time when the rain stopped, but to go up the Macau Tower to bungy jump, was out of the question. There were a lot of hotel/casinos downtown that we didn’t get a chance to see. And Hong Kong, well, I’ve been there 3 times, and the last time, was a MAJOR shopping trip.

I bought a lot of clothes that I could fit into! A shop called UNIQLO. Apparently this is a Japanese retailer with an (or maybe more) outlet in Hong Kong. Fantastic. Besides, I could do with tossing out some old rags in my closet, and make room for more. Hong Kong is also a great shopping destination, for any of you ‘shopaholics’ out there!

The only thing that would put a crimp in any of this, is the possible job at my Junior High School. I haven’t heard anything yet, however, I’m not counting on it anyway. I still haven’t decided if I would accept the job.

Oh well. Time to think about the options. For now though, it’s early afternoon, I have a few hours of class this evening. I guess it’s time for an afternoon nap. Tomorrow and the weekend are going to be busy again.

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4 responses to “May 6, 2010

  1. Pingback: WaZup! Asia | Blog | 6. May 2010

  2. Marie

    Or you could meet Dave and I in Vancouver in June 🙂

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