Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A Getaway Is Good
This trip, the reasonably-priced resorts provided me solitude and seclusion from most modern distractions. I didn't require the rooms to be luxurious, neither do they need to be like rooms in high-rise hotels. It needed to be decent, clean and rustic so that a short holiday could make me feel like I'm really away from the city. (Well, no, I don't want to pitch a tent!)
Generally, I'm not confident of third-party online booking sites for hotels. I prefer to deal direct. That gives me leverage and bargaining power. So sometimes, paying more translates into better deals. This round, if I may say so myself, I negotiated a rather agreeable deal. :p Importantly, the resorts indulged in all my whims and fancies.
Obviously, the one thing that I can't do without is speedy internet access. I thank the internet gods for granting me free and stable wifi throughout the trip so that I could leisurely surf through whatever and any site. Although the open wifi resulted in sharing options, so the security settings on the Macbook flatly rejected to sign me into a couple of websites, like Singapore Airlines. Grrrr. Oh well. I wasn't going to change any flight timings, so I wasn't too ruffled. I resolutely left the work laptop at home on this getaway. There's absolutely no need to dot these restful days with work matters. I'm prepared for the avalanche of work upon return.
I impressed the socks off myself because I didn't even log in to Skype to chat with the man. I just left him text messages once in a while as per my normal habits on work trips. I relished the quiet and shared laughter with the girlfriend too much to babysit him. Anyway, the man isn't needy. He's been gainfully occupied with plenty of distractions and the company of loads of friends.