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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Mom's flight confirmed

Here's another quick update while i'm still online (and my paid Internet connection is only left with about 150MB now).

The time is about 3am now. It is not that i do not wanna sleep earlier (as i had done so for the past two days); it's just that i have just completed the booking for my mom's return flight from Singapore to Wellington after spending hours on the Web and using up lots of the paid data limit. Since she is travelling during the peak seasons (Christmas and CNY), there was no more ticket available for redemption between these two cities. I would have to find alternative route, which is Singapore to Sydney to Wellington.

Unfortunately, not the entire journey could be redeemed via my SIA air miles. As SIA does not fly from Sydney to Wellington, this leg of the journey is operated by its partner airlines such as Air New Zealand or Virgin Australia. I managed to redeem the flight on SIA (from Singapore to Sydney) but to find the next leg of the round trip was a great challenge.

First of all, i gotta look out for the connecting flight timing. Then, i'd wanna use my air miles to redeem the tickets from the partner airlines as well so that i could minimise my cost.

However, as the airlines would have a quota on the seats for redemption, there was no more availability in December from the partner airlines. I would have to buy one ticket from Air New Zealand for the leg from Sydney to Wellington, which cost NZD395.95. In addition, the transit time in Sydney for this connecting flight is 8 hours!

Then for the return flight, i managed to find one that i could redeem with SIA air miles. Yet, all the redemption of the tickets only covers the ticket price but not other surcharges. I still had to scoop out a total of SGD527 for the surcharges and airport taxes. So all in all, i've spent close to SGD1K for mom's ticket as well. I guess i'll just take that as her Christmas gift then.

Anyway, she will be departing Singapore on 11-Dec-2012 and returning on 24-Feb-2013.

My boss is meeting me up for lunch tomorrow and i'd better go to bed now lest i couldn't wake up in time.

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gee, that's quite a rush, 11 dec is just 10 days away, is like should have traveled together instead. well, because of the "challenge" you managed to save from the air ticket to upload another 1GB (am i right in logic ...). and it's not that you did not put much effort for this, you already tried your best to get possible ticket for your mom. unlike last time, you have your mom to accompany you for the dongzhi festival :), gotta make nice nice tangyuan in nz hor, compare to your ex-again-colleague who might just taste soup on that day (no offense, no offense).... wait, december is not winter season in nz, oh well, whatever, it's still a festival kinda celebrated in MY/SG too. gotta build good impression to your new boss hor, don't complain loud about the lunch if it doesn't suit your taste. again, all the best, pin. cheers, have an enjoyable first weekend in NZ :)

hmm, hope i'm not so late to post this - http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/3968/pinpinforward.png

sleep early so that recharged for tomorrow fresh day, what's more tomorrow is your first day on the job. cheers.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 9:45 pm: In Wellington
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 5:51 am: The final night in JB
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 5:07 am: JPO
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 6:00 am: Getting ready
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 6:40 am: Work visa
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 6:24 am: A carpark incident
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 4:39 am: Water baptism
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 2:53 am: Good news
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 8:28 am: The last few days
Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 4:47 am: New domestic appliances