I can't beleive I forgot to mention....I'm going on holiday! This calls for a chorus of woots, whoopees, and yippee yahoos! I can't wait, Ican'twaitIcan'twait!!!!
The school shuts down Apr 30 and doesn't reopen til May 10th. My boyfriend and I knew we had to get out of the city and had been hoping to go back to Thailand (quite possibly my favourite of the many countries I've been to). I saw a great fare advertised, but it was sold out when I called, and to go on or around the day we wanted would have cost too much. So that was a huge disappointment.
Then I ran into an American at the grocery store and somehow we got talking about holidays. Anyway, to get to the point, through him we heard about a flight to Singapore for a fantastic price (less than $500Cdn return - much further than Bangkok, and even cheaper!). So we booked the tickets excitedly.The tickets were going to be delivered to the school for us that day, and you just pay upon receiving them. Then, less than an hour before the tickets arrived, the travel agent calls us up and says, oh, by the way, that was the wrong price, it's actually an extra 700RMB (more than a hundred bucks!). WTF??? You can't just do that! That would never happen back home. But, as I well know by now, the rules in China are very different. There was a whole big hoopla, we complained, the American guy went to the office to complain, blahblahblah....we cancelled the tickets. This was all getting very discouraging and frustrating. Sometimes I get so tired of the "system" here. THERE IS NO SYSTEM!! Nobody ever knows whats going on, and words mean absolutely jack shit.
So...eventually we decided to bite the bullet and pay the extra. We went through a different agent though, just on principle. It's more money than we wanted to spend, but who cares! We're going on holiday, somewhere warm! The plan is to spend the day in Singapore, then head to a nearby island in Malaysia. I plan to spend the entire week laying on the beach sipping mango shakes. AND, they only had flights on the 28th so the school is letting us leave a couple of days early! YAHOO!!
So, it's a choice of 2 islands....
I think it'll be the first one, just because it's closer. But really, who cares!!!!