Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Holiday season

I just spent a frustrating morning trying to book a flight out to Bangkok for a meeting on 17th December. The trouble is, most of the flights are fully booked. As you know, it is the holiday season here. In Singapore, people plan their holidays way in advance to secure the best tour packages. I find that a little puzzling. I mean, how can you tell if there'll be blizzard or flooding 6 months down the road?

I've aborted trips that I have paid for due to last minute emergencies. So, I tend to be more careful (read as: last minute) when it comes to planning for holidays these days. That usually means paying a premium during peak season.

C.H.'s sister is leaving for the USA tomorrow. It's not exactly the best time to travel there as we've been reading about the bad weather and flight delays in the places she's heading to. I've also read about hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battering the US North-west, blocking roads with trees, power lines, high water and mud.

I am so grateful that we went there last year instead of this year. Despite the better weather last December, Mother Hen still had to brave through heavy snow to drive us from Portland to Bend. Thank God we didn't encounter any storms or got stranded anywhere. In fact, we were blessed with good weather and managed to visit many beautiful sites in Oregon.


J@n!ce said...

My hubs have problem booking his last min flight too. Better still loh, since no tickets then no need to fly... LOL :)

The Real Mother Hen said...

Our Governor has declared state of emergency. Oregon coast has been hit, while we're lucky, the cascade range blocks out most of the bad weather, so we only have strong wind and some drizzle, nothing much at all. In fact it has been so warm...
Nothing happens, good news actually :)

Blur Ting said...

Janice - I finally got the ticket from a travel agent. Hope your hubby stays around since you're feeling unwell. Hope you get well soon.

MH - I'm glad to hear that you're not affected. Sounds really bad along the coast.

WaterLearner said...

Haha... I am quite a control freak who likes to plan in advance. I can't plan a holiday last minute. Neither does my job offer me the luxury of being able to take last min leave without proper instructions before hand.

Nice Pics!!

Blur Ting said...

I usually plan ahead too to secure airtickets and rooms. However, this year, we decided to cancel a trip to Turkey (which we had already paid in full) because of bombing and threats. From there, I sort of realised that since the situations around the world is so unpredictable, I wonder if it is a wise thing to plan so far ahead.

2 years ago, we went to Sri Lanka. After we returned, the situation there got so bad, it is now off-limits to tourists.

WaterLearner said...

Talk about Sri Lanka. I had to transit in Sri Lanka for my trip to Maldives in July. So many places were still off limits to tourists. But I like the temples there.

The World According To Me said...

I like your pictures.

It's just rain, rain and yet more rain in London!

Amel said...

LOVE the pics. Ohhhh your boys are soon going to be MUCH taller than you he he he he...

GOOD LUCK with the flight!!!

Blur Ting said...

Yah Amel. That was last year. Now they're both taller than me :-)

I managed to get the ticket today. Yay!

Trinity said...

Hei Blur ting, you are in Singapore? I will fly to Singapore this 13th Dec! is the weather in singapore good enough for landing?

Amel said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!!!! That's GREAT, Blur!!! So they're taller than you already? Uups...I forgot they're teenagers now he he he he...and they grow SO fast ha ha ha ha ha...

Blur Ting said...

Hi Trinity, the weather in Singapore is quite cool these few weeks. However on some days like yesterday, it rained the whole day. But whatever it is, we never get any extremes... so it is always safe. I hope you have a wonderful time here!

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