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weather: partially sunny
outside: 17.7°C
mood: ...
The Pavarotti concert was a bust. He had lower back surgery and was supposed to have recovered in time for yesterday's concert. But, he developed an infection and/or other complications. He's now in New York for more surgery and intensive physiotherapy.

The concert is rescheduled for October 18, 2006 ... ... ... which lands smack dab in the middle of our Guangzhou/Shun-de trip. I'll be getting a refund some time next week.

Dad wasn't too upset. He said that in that condition, even if Pavarotti could sing, it wouldn't be very good anyway. The late 70s, early 80s was the golden era for his voice. He's really just riding the coat-tails of his own fame right now. We were just doing the fan thing, so it's all just as well.

And that's money we can use in some other way. I'm thinking it could mean a stay-over in Hong Kong on the way into and out of Guangzhou/Shun-de this October.

Dad and I are flying into Hong Kong, then taking the KCRC Through Train into Guangzhou. The problem is, our flight is scheduled to land at 1830h (HK/GMT+8) and the last scheduled train leaves Hung Hom Station at a little past 1900h. So, we actually won't make it in time for the last train. And even if we did, we'd get into Guangzhou at about 2100h. By the time we get settled in our hotel and everything, it'll be almost midnight. That doesn't sound too bad and I could probably do it if I were on my own, but I don't want Dad to be on the go for that long.

I'm now thinking that we should stay the night in Hong Kong. Get dinner, phone home and log in with the hotel internet access, chat with family a bit, veg out and relax, get a full night's sleep. Then we can take our sweet'ol time catching any of the morning trains into Guangzhou. And we'd do the same in reverse coming back.

I want to stay at the Marco Polo. It has internet access in the rooms, it's close to Harbour City shopping centre for gifts and stuff, it has internet access in the rooms, it has internet access in the rooms, food is just downstairs, it has internet access in the rooms, it sounds good for a one-night stay. Oh, and it has internet access in the rooms. =)

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highnez
Jun. 18th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely, but the real question is: does the hotel have internet access in the rooms? :)

I'm sorry to hear about the Pavarotti concert being cancelled, but it sounds like it is a good thing for your future travel plans.
bride
Jun. 18th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
does the hotel have internet access in the rooms? :)

Haha, yeah, I dunno... you just never know with these non-geeky people =D
kat_box
Jun. 18th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I heard on the radio that it had been cancelled/postponed and immediately thought of you and your dad. Unfortunate, but I'm glad to hear you're turning it around into something good. And yay for going back to Guangzhou again. It's been what.... 8 years? I remember cleaning out my old desk and finding the envelope of ID copies you'd made for me then. :D Have a wonderful trip. And "may your luggage enjoy the same destination you do". XD
bride
Jun. 18th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
HAHA, it's not until October, but yeah, thanks =)

Oh, and I should clean your vacuum and maybe give it back some time XD Did you have a chance to use mine?
chenpion
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Yay!
Let me know if you want anything in Hong Kong =)
bride
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Oh, hey, do you know if I can get this any cheaper in HK? It's super super old. =D
chenpion
Jun. 19th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Do you have it in Chinese?
You can type Chinese... I can't... so if you type it out in Chinese, I can ask the local shops for it.

I think it depends if you want it in Cantonese or Mandarin (Mandarin tends to be cheaper). It's probably way cheaper here. Tons of places to get this kind of stuff, especially near where I live (North Point).
bride
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you have it in Chinese?
It's 少女慈禧. I'd love it on DVD (for the North America region) and in Cantonese. I'm looking for a whole lot of classic 80s TVB series too (Condor Heros and the like =).

Can you just let me know approximately how much they are? I'm still waffling as to whether or not I actually want to own it yet because I anticipate moving around in the 2008/2009 timeframe and I don't want to be hauling stuff.

And this is totally not important so don't give yourself an ulcer doing this =) Thanks so much for your help =D
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