Thursday, November 22, 2007

Business tripS

I have just came back from Wuxi, from a 4 days business trip.

Yesterday, I took a 1350 flight from Shanghai Pudong airport, but we were not allowed to take-off until 5 plus. Imagine, stucked in the plane, for 3 hours plus, STATIC. Goodness, touching down at 2230, I was lucky R came to pick me. But he looked tired. Reached home at 2330, I was exhausted. Not sure what in the world was wrong with the air traffic controller. It was sickening when you hear the pilot says:

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your pilot, so-and-so speaking. I am sorry to inform you there is a delay in our flight. We were just informed by the air traffic controller that we are not able to take-off. No finite time is given. We would have to wait at least 2 hours for clearance. Meanwhile, I will update you every half hour.”

THEN almost an hour later:

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your pilot, so-and-so speaking. I am sorry to inform you that we are STILL not able to take-off. We are number 20 in line. We are not given the finite time to take-off. Apologise for inconvenience caused. Our ground crew will re-arrange connecting flights for those transiting in Sg. Really sorry for the inconvenience. Please feel free to approach our cabin crew should you need any assistance.”

THEN almost an hour later:

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your pilot, so-and-so speaking. I have a good news for you. (My heart was popping hard, thought we can finally take-off!!!) For the past hour or so, 5 planes took-off, and now, we are number 15 in line.” (Gosh……. You can imagine how I felt at that time…)

THEN almost an hour later:

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your pilot, so-and-so speaking. Finally, we have got clearance from the air traffic controller. We are ready to take-off in 5 mins. Cabin crew, please select doors to automatic and prepare for departure.”

Now, I am “fishing” in the office. Tons of work as usual, due to traveling, work piles up but my eyes can barely stay open.

Have just confirmed next week itinerary. Not gonna be a good one.

1) Flying to Shanghai early morning on 27th Nov, Tues.
2) Flying to Shenzhen in the evening.
3) Flying back to Wuxi the next evening.
4) Make my way to Shanghai on 29th Nov, Thurs.
5) Meeting with customer on 30th Nov, Fri.
6) I am not sure if I should stay in Shanghai for the weekend or back to Wuxi.
7) Stay for a week in Wuxi.
8) Flying back to Sg on 8th Dec.

Madness…….. but I feel good to be back for a while.

7 lil' thoughts:

宝茹 on 9:43 PM said...
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babyfiona on 12:56 PM said...

wuah! madness!

Renge on 10:46 AM said...

waw, tat reli tired.
hope u all d best in ur work.

jam on 2:11 PM said...

You really travel a lot!

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