Today the sun was shining bright in Singapore. I could see it from the windows of my classroom, where I was teaching all day.
My timing, as always, is excellent.
I could also see this beautiful patch of green.
It covered one of the underground garage entrances, and was a welcome break in the glass and cement office park.
You see the stairs leading to the grass? I wondered if people actually used them…perhaps sit in the sun on days that are a little less tropical.
So I asked.
Apparently Singapore always has weather like this. No cooler season that drops the temps below even 80 degrees. That’s when I knew — I could never live in this island paradise.
(My hair told me so.)
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Tagged Business, classroom, frizzy hair, glass and cement, grass, green, Humor, inner voice, life, paradise, photography, Singapore, skyscrapers, teaching, Travel, tropical climate, tropical island, undeground garage, weather
Greetings from Singapore!
It took exactly 24 hours of travel time, but I’ve arrived on the other side of the world. And since we crossed several time zones, it’s already the wee hours of the morning Sunday.
(Don’t worry — I’ll get that time back on the way home.)
My room is at the very top of one the hotel’s three towers and overlooks the city. Here is a taste of what I can see:
During the drive in from the airport, I also discovered quite nearby the Singapore Flyer, a large ferris wheel similar in scope to the London Eye.
I may need to check that out in the morning.
What am I talking about it? It’s morning already! Time to get some sleep and adjust to Singapore time.
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Tagged airplanes, Business, ferris wheel, Humor, life, London Eye, Marina Bay Sands, other side of the world, photography, Singapore, Singapore Flyer, tall order, time zones, Travel
The Egg is headed to Singapore today for a business trip.
My stay is regrettably short. The weather forecast is stormy. But this is my hotel.
I think I can make this work.
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Tagged Business, business trip, Humor, life, photography, Singapore, storm, the bright side of life, Travel, weather
I flew home from Frankfurt today, and the fine folks at Delta upgraded me to Business Class — a first for me on an international flight.
I hope it’s not the last.
Sure, the attendants are friendlier, and the food is fresher and more readily available. But the real selling point?
When you have a nine hour flight, being able to stretch out your legs — and even lie down if you want — is the greatest luxury of all.
Thanks again, Delta, for showing me some love.
How ’bout we keep our relationship at this level…hmmmm?
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Tagged airplanes, Business, Business Class, Delta Airlines, flight attendant, Frankfurt, furniture, Germany, Humor, international flight, life, transportation, Travel, travel upgrade
When I travel for business, I often go from the airport to the hotel and back again, which doesn’t guarantee much of a view.
Of course, my hotels don’t often look like this –
This is where I’m staying today: the Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein, located 45 minutes from the center of Frankfurt, Germany.
It’s part of a chain, if you can believe it — one of a collection of properties set in a private parkland well outside the city. The castle has been fully renovated, somehow maintaining its period details while being outfitted with all the bells and whistles you need at a conference center.
It has its own winery and spa. Two serve-yourself-anytime bars. Archery. There’s even a resident chocolate lab in the lounge named Easy.
It’s all so…Downton Abbey, don’t you think?
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Tagged airport, business travel, Castle, Chateau Schloss Lowenstein, chocolate lab, conference center, Downton Abbey, entertainment, fitness center, Frankfurt, Germany, hotel, Humor, life, spa, spin-off, Television, Travel, TV, winery
It is a cold, incredibly windy day in New York City.
I had appointments this morning, which meant two hours walking around outside in the bitter cold. I was dressed for it, but was still feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Then I saw these guys.
Can you imagine having to do your job, hanging on the side of a Manhattan skyscraper, with the cold winds whipping you around?
I suddenly felt a whole lot warmer there on the ground.
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Tagged bitter cold, Business, grounded, Manhattan, New York City, skyscrapers, walking, weather, wind, window washers
I just attended a business meeting at an airport hotel.
Not near the airport. Not within two miles. Not conveniently offering a hotel shuttle.
In the airport itself.
I never went outside. I never saw the city. Heck, I never even saw the sun except from the meeting room windows (and we drew the shades).
Then I jumped on a plane and headed home — on an earlier flight, no less, because I was at the airport and could.
Is it wrong to want to minimize the travel in my business travel? To reduce the trip to the quickest way between points A and B and back again? To forget the city my meeting was in because I never made it to the city?
You know, I’m okay with that. ‘Cause I’m almost home.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Commentary, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airport, airport hotel, Business, business meeting, business travel, commentary, hotel shuttle, Humor, life, meeting room, points a and b, transportation, Travel
February 2, 2013 in Business, Design, Games, Life, transportation
Tagged bridge, Humor, hump, life, photography, road sign, weird news
Have you ever wondered how budget airlines can offer such low fares?
Pull up a chair.
I flew Spirit Airlines today for the first time. The one-way flight from New York City to Fort Lauderdale was an incredible $83…so I bit. And learned how they quickly make up the difference.
It’s kinda ingenious.
While all airlines charge for checked baggage, Spirit also charges for carry-on bags beyond your one personal item. And that charge is on a sliding scale: $30 online, $50 at the counter, $100 at the gate.
Plus, it’s cheaper to check the bag. Needless to say, I had no trouble finding overhead space on today’s flight.
Spirit also charges for all in-flight drinks and food, following the movie theater practice of combo meals. So folks who want a soda end up spending more because it appears to be a better value to buy more.
Yep. When all was said and done, I’m pretty sure my ‘budget’ flight cost as much or more than the Delta flight that was my second choice.
Oh well. I did get animals crackers with my Diet Coke.
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Tagged airline, animal crackers, baggage, budget airline, carry-on baggage, checked baggage, Fort Lauderdale, low airfares, New York City, sliding scale, Spirit Airline, transportation, Travel