Monday, 20 October 2008

Those carefree days


My favourite yearly Special Holiday Escapades supplement came with the main papers today. I look forward to this paper containing pages chockful of exotic locations and colourful pictures with delight every year.

This year's supplement is disappointing compared to previous years. It's visibly thinner with hardly any features on interesting far flung destinations. Newspapers are funded by advertisers and I see less sponsorship this time. The main article "Exotic Istanbul' is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and another one on Hangzhou is by AirAsia. The other vacation spots are Tokyo and South Africa. Cruises is a hot topic this year because it is relatively cheaper compared to air travel.

The trend now is vacationing on a budget. In the midst of factory closures, retrenchments and an uncertain future, frivolous spending is a thing of the past. Even some F1 teams are fighting for survival as their sponsors start pulling out.

The recession has barely started and I'm already missing the good old days. This morning, I stumbled upon CH's Flicker album showing our vacation photos and I wish for those carefree days again.

12 comments:

Charlie Hotel said...

*Sigh* me too

WaterLearner said...

I need a break very badly too. Work has been very very stressful for me since I was back from US (like two months ago?). Sigh.

I would probably be going to Myanmar in end nov or dec after my half marathon :-). I really look forward to getting away.

ckl said...

I can foresee that this whole summer will be taken up by selling, buying & moving house - I need a holiday, badly :(

Blur Ting said...

Water - Maybe the slowness of Myanmar will provide some respite from the stress at work.

Blur Ting said...

CKL - Oh, that sounds so hectic! Especially with two young kids and doggies...

Hope you'll settled down quickly and take a break.

Blur Ting said...

CH- We can go Pulau Ubin for our next holiday :-)

Blur Ting said...

My mum was suggesting to my kids "Come back to grandma's house for your holiday lah!"

Nick Phillips said...

I haven't had a real holiday in ages. The amount of pent up stress I have, I probably need to get away for a year! LOL!

The World According To Me said...

Nice pictures. It seems this credit crunch is a global thing.

It's my first day back in the office and I'm wishing I was still away, taking lots of photographs!

shello said...

nice to see your sweet face again :)

Blur Ting said...

Nick - Yes, you really do need to go on a holiday. But then again, there are so many attractions just at your doorstep...Sunway Lagoon, Genting Highland... Singaporeans travel all the way there just to holiday!

Blur Ting said...

Hi Shello! It's so nice to see you back at my blog! Your kids are all so tanned and healthy looking. And they've grown taller!!