Now that I’m officially an EMPLOYED PERSON! Vacation means that I no longer have to fight for expensive plane tickets with the majority of the families during school vacations.
Spying a good deal on flights, I quickly booked a return ticket to Taipei for just 198SGD per person via Tiger Airways. I flew from Singapore on Saturday Morning at around 8.30am and arrived at Taipei Tao yuan airport at 1.30pm. Coming back, took a Wednesday flight at around 2.30 pm and arrived back in Singapore at 7.30pm.
So I had this notion that I was a free-spirit and a 11 day vacation was sufficiently long (which on paper sounds like it is).
Plus I went in July, which is SUMMER! I love summer:)
After trying to work out our itinerary, I realized that I’m much closer to being a greedy-ghost. I just wanted to fit everything in! And I also learned that right smack in the middle of summer = hell’s fire which I suppose partially explains why tickets during are cheaper.
I then proceeded to go through the entire 5 stages of grief for my impending trip:
” What problem, there is no problem. It’s fine, I’m pretty sure if I just find a mode of transportation that travels at the speed of light and not waste time doing human business-y stuff such as eating and pooping, I will be able to accomplish everything on my list”
“Why can’t I change my flight?! what is this “non-exchangeable” word? Is it even English? Are you saying that I don’t deserve to be treated like a proper customer just cause I’m cheap?….!!!”
“Ok babe, what if we just Fedex ourselves to China via express shipping and then take a train to Xiamen and switch to a boat to Taiwan, we can make it by dawn…oh it costs a billion dollars to get there that way?…ok… Plan 2, what if…”
“Why was I so stupid. If I had just paid that $50 more to take the return flight on a Sunday and flew there via Scoot so that we could get the overnight flight. It would have been perfect…”
A friend of mine actually did that. He flew during the same period to Taipei via Scoot which had schedules arriving in Taipei around 5am in the morning (Save a day!) and it ended up costing just $200.
“F*** it. Still going to Taiwan. Sayonara suckers”