One step closer…

I sent off my request for a rewards ticket to Hong Kong and if it’s accepted, I’ll leave for Asia on August 18. I plan to stay a full three weeks, eight days in Taiwan, the rest of the time in China. Wish me luck.

The Discussion: 12 Comments

Okay, I guess I am the first official luck-wisher – much good luck, Richard!

July 17, 2005 @ 8:48 pm | Comment

Thanks Lisa. Once I get the tickets in my hand, it becomes real. I’m really doing it.

July 17, 2005 @ 9:07 pm | Comment

You could always sell your house to your friend and use the money to finance your life until you secure your interests over here.

July 17, 2005 @ 9:45 pm | Comment

One step close to your “get back to prison free card?”

July 17, 2005 @ 9:56 pm | Comment

Re your intinerary. There’s me and pete in Guangzhou and Sam in Shenzhen. I could make it to Hong Kong easily enough though as I don’t think you strictly need to come to GZ/SZ.

Still, I’m glad it’s all happening. Remember, the hardest part of any journey is the cab to the airport. After that everything just clicks into place….

That’s the best advice I ever received. The second part (‘if it doesn’t click into place you can always go home’ doesn’t really apply here as you’ve been to Sing/HK.BJ before).

That’s how I found myself by myself in HK at aged 17. Best thing I ever did.

July 18, 2005 @ 1:34 am | Comment

Richard, best of luck and keep us posted. My HK trip for this year is unfortunately cancelled. Otherwise we may even be able to catch up over a cup of tea.

July 18, 2005 @ 1:40 am | Comment

When your bags are packed, and just before you’re ready to go out the door, sit down for a minute in silence. That’s an old Russian custom, a very practical one – sit silently for a moment before a long journey, to clear your mind in case you forgot anything.
Works wonders. Also tends to make the long journey more smoothe.

July 18, 2005 @ 3:37 am | Comment

sit silently for a moment before a long journey, to clear your mind in case you forgot anything.

Works wonders. Also tends to make the long journey more smoothe.

HAHA..it will also be the last bit of silence you will get to experience for a long time.

July 18, 2005 @ 4:21 am | Comment

Gordon,
WHAT? WHAT? I can’t hear you, everyone around here is shouting into their cell phones.
Hm, somewhere I saw a spoof of how famous movies might change if the characters had cell phones.
Mel Gibson in Braveheart:
“They will never take our FREE….”
….(brring! his cell phone rings)

July 18, 2005 @ 7:03 am | Comment

an old Russian custom

But whatever you do, don’t go back inside to fetch anything you might have forgotten! That’s bad luck. (Не так ли?)

July 18, 2005 @ 10:42 am | Comment

Vaara,
P’nyatnya! Or more simply, “poin’el”
(Sorry, I don’t have Russian fonts on my computer)
And on the other side of exits and entries, DON’T shake hands across the doorway, because that would imply a barrier between you and your guests or your hosts…. ๐Ÿ™‚

July 18, 2005 @ 10:57 am | Comment

Ouch! I’m sorry to see that you will be coming to Asia at the exact time that I am leaving for Japan, and then the US for my friend’s wedding. Anyway, best of luck!

July 20, 2005 @ 3:48 am | Comment

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