Saturday, April 5, 2008 ;
Updates on our movement:
1. My mom and mom in law have bought their tickets to fly here. They're coming on Singapore Air to LAX then Delta to SLC, arriving here on 9th April, at night, after Wed Bible class.
2. Both moms, me, and the 2 kids, will travel back to Singapore together, on the 29th of April, Tues, but we arrive in Singapore only on the 1st of May, Thurs, due to the time difference.
I booked the tickets online, and had some trouble with Delta's tickets. Initially the ticket prices were US$59 for the 1 hr flight from SLC to LAX. After I selected the flight and proceeded to key in all the passengers' details, and pressed the "confirm" button, a message said the seats for that price are sold out already. Huh?
Ok, they directed me back to the "start over" webpage! So I had to do everything over again. I keyed in destination and all, then the list of flights all had higher prices now! All the flights that day now started from US$78 except the one I had selected earlier! The timing that I needed was now at a price of US$111! From $59 to $111 in 5min??!?
So I ended up paying more than US$600 for the 5 tickets. It was just a 1hr flight, on a small plane, without any meals, entertainment system...
This made the SIA flight I paid for, more worth it. I paid US$1100 for it for an adult ticket (less for the kids). It was a 17hr flight, on a large plane (A340.. would've loved the A380 but it served only the Spore-London and Spore-Sydney routes), with 3 meals, Ben and Jerry's ice creams, noodles, any amount of snacks the kids wanted at the snack bar at the rear part of the plane, gifts for the kids (usually characters the kids really like), and a personal gaming and movie entertainment screen. I still remember the entertainment system was what kept ds1 occupied the whole time he was awake the previous time. I recall the huge selection of movies and games I can choose from.
If I booked the tix earlier, it would have been even cheaper. I received fare deals emails from SIA before, only US$699 to fly to Singapore/ China and other Asian destinations, but with some date restrictions. I think it is only available in winter.
Anyway, despite all these, it's good to have confirmed dates. The previous few months, we'd just been living day to day not knowing when we are moving. Now poor Dh will have to stay back and wait it out. He figures it would be May before he can move to China. This uncertainty was the reason why Dh felt we should go back to Spore first. I agree it would be much easier for Dh to settle everything in China first while we wait in Spore, then go over to China. It could be chaotic trying to settle both the factory matters and apartment stuff all at once.
I guess everything will move very quickly from now. I'll be busy packing and then the moms will be here, and we'll do some sightseeing on top of packing, then it'll be time to leave.
I'll be sad to leave my friends here, but I'll be excited to go home too, after so long. I'll be a mixed-up person the next month.
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow