June 7, 2010

Did I mention that I need a holiday??

The last holiday I took was way back in 2009. Yes, I realize that that was only last year, but seems like a lifetime ago. I went to Macao. Too short, actually. Only a four-day long weekend. It was good to get away and think of nothing other than where to eat, and what slot machine to play on!

I guess it’s no big secret now, sorry mom. I haven’t told anyone back home yet, except for my parents, that I am planning on coming home for a couple of weeks. Now that I’ve gotten back in touch with my family and some friends, I think it only fitting that I should make a journey back.

I don’t know how many times a day, a week, a month, I’ve said this, but I do enjoy my work. I enjoy it so much, honestly, that the thought of having someone else ‘sub’ my classes, makes me cringe. What will this do to upset the delicate balance I have with my students? Will they do anything at all? Will I come back to an empty classroom? Will I come back to a job?

My big decision with coming home though, is a bit stranger than you would probably imagine. It’s not whether I’ll recognize anyone, or if they’ll recognize me. It’s not will I have a good time or not. My biggest concern right now is getting there and back the most economical way possible, but the most comfortable.

Way back in the year 2002, when I first came to Taiwan, the biggest concern was expense of airfare. I flew the cheapest way possible – economy. For a trip from Toronto to Las Vegas or Vancouver, I can put up with economy service. Yes, in 2002 I was already hitting the big 4-0, but I had never been on such a long journey before. The flight went from Vancouver to Los Angeles, then onward to Taipei. The longest 18 hours I had ever endured. Coming back was just as insane.

If anyone has ever had to fly through United States airspace since 9-11, you will understand. There are more checkpoints, line-ups, verifications, searches, waiting than any normal person should be able to endure. Hell, there’s barely enough time to get out of the airplane, collect your luggage and make it over to the international terminal, let alone stop for a smoke!

After that, I signed onto China Airlines Dynasty program. Kind of like a frequent flyer program with China Airlines only. I figured that since I was travelling from Taiwan to Canada, why not use the Taiwanese airline. Collect the airmiles, then take a short holiday with the airmiles later on.

Also, I had decided that economy wasn’t for me for these long trips. I work many hours a week, 7 days a week, I should be able to fly in comfort. So, business class for me now. Like I say, short trips, for instance to Bangkok and Hong Kong, economy is fine. They’re relatively short flights, so no need to go whole hog. Besides, it’s not easy to book a business class flight from Kao-hsiung to Hong Kong anyway! You need to have been on a previous flight where Kao-hsiung was just a pitstop.

So, I suppose I should be getting my act in gear and finding out about flights. We are now in June. I want to be able to be home for the family reunion in September. Why not? If I’m going to come home for a holiday, I may as well make it a time when the family is together. Kind of like killing two birds with one stone.

Well mom, the cat’s out of the bag. Maybe this will help to boost the attendance at the family reunion. Two weeks is not a long time to visit. There are a lot of people I want to see.

One day while I’m there, Mom and Dad will have to drive to Windsor! They can enjoy the day at the Windsor Casino, while I visit some friends. I don’t know when the last time was that they were there, but I’m sure it hasn’t changed much. Marie and Dave, make sure you got lots of bread pudding with the caramel sauce and whipped cream! Oh yeah, and nachos, and a Griff burger, and …

Okay, must make a few phone calls. See what kind of deal China Airlines has got, and I’ve also heard that Korea Airlines has a special on flights to Toronto. I was kind of worried about having Dad pick me up at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, but hell, he just drove for 13 hours to Quebec and back!

I’m actually looking forward to this trip. I think that there has been something missing in my life for the past 10 years. I see so much of how people interact with family, that that is what I’m missing. Getting back to my roots. Too many of my family has passed on in these recent years, and besides, I need a big family hug!


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