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?

 

Ping Pong at Night in Downtown San Francisco

It has been 18 years since I last visited San Francisco.  Its downtown looks more or less the same, but there are new big names residing their offices there like Linkedin, etc.  It was very nice meeting my buddy there, too.  I in fact purposely routed my flight, and went there to meet him.  Great fun, great time surely, catching up stories of our good old days.  Time flies!  We even played ping-pong at night in SF downtown.  Amazing!

ping pong san francisco

I had an early flight to Dallas in the morning.  I thus stayed at Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport as it provided early free shuttle to the airport.   If you are having a transit there, don’t forget the breakfast – the steak is nice!

I look forward to having my next trip to SF and taking the Big Bus to tour around this golden city soon.


舊地重遊三藩市

不經不覺原來上一次到訪三藩市已經是十八年前,市中心看來和我記憶中的沒兩樣,只是進駐了許多大牌子總部如領英(Linkedin)。這趟行程我特意選在三藩市轉機來找老朋友聚舊,追憶往昔,亦分享了新的故事。許久不見情懷依舊。我們還去了市中心打乒乓球,十分開心。

此行我住在三藩市機場皇冠假日酒店 – 伯靈甘,因為第二天大清早我要搭早機到達拉斯(Dallas),而酒店提供免費的機場擺渡車,實在方便。酒店的早餐十分豐盛,還供應牛排,味道不錯。

十分期待再到三藩市,下次要乘搭觀光巴士,飽覽三藩市的風光名勝。