Stay in the east or west in Shanghai

To avoid the traffic going across the river, I chose to stay on the east bank of the Huangpu River, or Pudong, where all my meetings, exhibitions and the airport were.

It was a short trip, but packed and fruitful. This might be the beginning of a mega project. I had a nice chat with my friends the other night on how to face and handle stress. It was a good lesson learned.

Interestingly enough, we three gathered in Shanghai, flying from three different places and staying at three different hotels:

The club lounge of Double Tree was great.  I particularly like the dinner buffet.


上海之行 — 待在浦東還是浦西?

這次到上海我選擇待在浦東(Pudong),即黃埔江(Huangpu River)東岸,因為不但鄰近機場,而且我所有的會議和展覽行程都在浦東,節省了過河的交通麻煩。

整趟旅程短暫但充實,而且收穫成果,可能是個大型計劃的開始。其中一晚忙裏偷閒與朋友相聚,從朋友處學到了如何面對和舒緩壓力,受益匪淺。雖然我們朋友三人在上海碰面,但從不同地方出發,亦住在不酒店︰

從朋友的反饋得知其餘兩間酒店都極好,下次再到上海可以考慮。而我住在上海東錦江索菲特大酒店,服務不錯,酒廊酒吧十分好,我特別喜歡它的自助晚餐!

 

3 Things I Always Do at the Airport

I always arrive at the airport early, and have never missed a flight because of my late arrival – until last week.

I was having an early afternoon flight. My original plan was to skip the office visit in the morning and go directly to the airport. However, as our team got selected for the next round in a competition, I found it important to meet my colleagues before heading on a business trip. Time was tight, and I said to myself the meeting would need to finish in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the meeting ran on for 50 minutes, and I ended up taking the next flight.  This is a very good lesson learned for me. I should not take it for granted. A gate can close, and it really closes.

How to have Peace of Mind before your Flight

From now on, I will plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance, ask my secretary to pull me out from any meetings when time comes and stay in the airport hotel for an early morning flight when necessary.

This makes me recall some of my favourite airport hotels such as:

Like today, I arrived at the airport 4 hours ahead, had a really good time at the airline lounge – working and eating. The Hong Kong style egg-tart was great! I even took a shower before making a move to the gate for boarding.

Yes, the three things I always do at the airport:

  • Arrive early – work and eat
  • Shop for souvenirs
  • Take a shower

What are yours?


上機前三件事

每次乘搭飛機我總是早到機場,所以從未試過趕不上飛機,直到上星期我第一次錯過航班……

上星期我要乘搭早機,本來打算早上不到辦公室直接去機場,但因為我的團隊在一個比賽中入圍了下一階段,我認為有必要在離開前跟我的團隊見面。時間十分緊張,我一直提醒自己要在十分鐘內完成會議,然而會議開了五十分鐘,我當然趕不上的我的航班了,只能搭下一班的飛機。我在這件事上汲取了教訓,我不應該如此理所當然地認為能趕得上飛機的,閘門會關,並不會等人。

如果確保能安心候機

我決定以後會在飛機起飛前至少兩小時到達機場,並叮噣我的秘書差不多時間就要把我從會議中趕出來,如果有需要我會為了早機住在機場酒店,那就萬無一失了。

在此推介我個人最喜歡的幾間機場酒店︰

今天我就早了四個小時到達機場,在貴賓室裏好好休息了一會,一邊工作一邊吃東西,特別喜歡香港風味的蛋撻!登機前我還去了淋浴。

我在上機前會做的三件事︰

  • 早早到達機場,工作和吃東西
  • 購買手信紀念品
  • 淋浴

你在上機前又會做甚麼呢?

 

Is Shenzhen a Good Choice to Settle for Retirement

I met my friends from London in Shenzhen this morning. With no surprise, we talked a lot from Brexit, Great Britain Pound, to their retirement plan. They like Shenzhen very much, and feel like they may settle there. They are already enjoying sort of a semi-retirement lifestyle – working on stuff that interests them without worrying too much about business and finance.

During the very yummy dim-sum lunch, we also talked about flight and hotel loyalty programmes. They are IHG and One World fans. This time they stayed at InterContinental Shenzhen.

Looking at the blue sky and the modern cityscape of Shenzhen, no wonder this place is shortlisted.


深圳適合退休居住嗎?

早上我在深圳和來自倫敦的朋友見面,我們一如既往地無所不談,天南地北從英國脫歐說起,講到英鎊,又談了他們的退休計劃……兩個朋友很喜歡深圳,自然想到退休後要移居當地,其實他們已經處於半退休狀態,只做他們感興趣的事,不需要過份擔心業務和經濟狀況。

我們一邊吃着美味的點心午膳,一邊談到航空公司和酒店的忠誠計劃(loyalty programmes),朋友是洲際酒店集團(IHG)和寰宇一家(Oneworld)的忠實客戶,這次在深圳就住在深圳華僑城洲際酒店

仰望藍天、環視深圳的城市景觀,的確是個宜居的城市,難怪那麼多人考慮在深圳退休了。

One Night in Tianjin

After a nice dinner with friends, I was walking back to the hotel along the river.  In my eyes was the  Tianjin Eye, standing like a giant by Haihe (Hai River or the “Sea River”).

When I opened the door of my hotel room, I was caught by surprise. I could see the wheel right in front of me through the window!

A good choice if you fancy this view – book Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside.


美麗的天津之眼

在天津短暫停留一晚,和朋友吃過晚飯後,我慢條斯理地沿着海河散步回酒店,天津之眼像個巨人般佇立在我眼前,相當迷人。天津之眼是亞洲惟一一個建於橋上的摩天輪。

回到酒店一打開房門就被眼前的景緻震懾住了,天津之眼從我住的房間一覽無遺!

如果你也喜歡這個景觀,到天津可以考慮天津海河假日酒店