Time is Like Gold: part 2
Time is like gold, treat it with care, and it treats you with respect.
Last week I was lazy and missed two flights to China on the same day. This is part 2 of my trip to China to meet a Chinese millionaire lady.
After missing my flight to Beijing on Hainan Airways, I booked a flight for the next day, and they gave me a deal to get a first-class ticket for only 1,800 Chinese Yuan, about $360.
I was able to eat and rest in the all-inclusive VIP lounge. On the plane, They served champagne, and to sleep, you change into pajamas and sleep lying down in your own space.
When we landed in China, it was late at night, and as I came off the plane, a hostess holding a card with my name waved me to follow her.
We went into a luxury shuttle to pick up my luggage, and then we continued to a 5-star hotel for the night, all-inclusive. That's first-class. It was fabulous.
Now for the bad news.
When I went to shave, my electric shaver was dead, and I didn't have my charger.
My flight to Hong Kong went smoothly, but after I installed the Sim card that I had purchased online, it didn't work.
My phone isn't working as I take a ferry to Shenzhen.
From the ferry terminal, I took a taxi to my 5-star hotel. It was late at night, and I was tired of traveling all day.
The taxi dropped me off at the hotel and left while the staff took me to the check-in. Half asleep, the bell boy assisted me to my room.
In a few minutes, I realized that my backpack wasn't with me. Among other things, It had my iPad, camera, wallet with credit cards, and keys to my home in Canada.
I'm freaking out, and on top of that, my friend and her daughter are coming to meet me in the lobby in 30 minutes. Oh no, what to do?
I went to the lobby to find the hostess who welcomed me from the taxi since she spoke English.
I asked her to translate my situation for my friend and find the taxi number from the security camera.
I feel foolish and awkward as they discuss my situation in Chinese while I sit in the lobby lounge.
The two ladies finally came to see my room saying they would see me in the morning. I hadn't slept well for three days, and the events took place as in a nightmare.
The following day my internet friend took me to the police station, and she told the police what had happened.
After two days, it became apparent that its loser's weepers finder keepers in China.
Meanwhile, I canceled my credit cards and locked my iPad at the Apple store. At least I have my passport and bank card.
You can imagine that it was hopeless to be romantic with my friend, but we agreed that we were not a match.
The hotel bell boy spoke English, and on the third day, he said we should go to the ferry terminal and try to find the taxi driver.
At the pier, it started raining hard as if it was raining on me, but we found the driver, and he said he would ask his wife to bring my backpack if I paid 300 Yuan (about $60cdn).
I didn't have that much money, but the bell boy paid it on my behalf, and we waited in the rain for 40 minutes. I got my stuff back, and we took a taxi back to the hotel in time for his work shift.
The next day the bell boy and the hotel hostess were like best friends. We went shopping and had lunch together, and they took me to the airport for my flight to another city.
I wrote a long thank you letter to the hotel explaining how these two employees are fantastic ambassadors for the hotel.
I still had ten days in China before my return flight, so I visited Bangkok for a few days before returning to Hong Kong airport for my flight to Beijing and Toronto.
I didn't have enough layover time to get a hotel, so sleeping on the benches at the Hong Kong airport was a rough night.
The economy flight back to Toronto was uneventful. But I had the pasta and chicken meal instead of the rice dinner. I got food poisoning and had to go to the doctor for antibiotics.
I thought the trip wasn’t bad until I got my visa bill and discovered that the first-class flight to China was $1,800, not 1800 Chinese money.
Oh shit, but what the heck… Maybe I should have stayed at home, lol?
The moral of the story is to pay attention to the time. The past is a memory, pay attention to the present moment and anticipate the future as your present. Your time is like gold.
Your Relationship with time is an important part of your life. It will define your abundance and wisdom.
It's always up to you to live your dreams and help others live theirs.
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