Since no one reads this blog, I figured I can be a little bit more lax when writing about work. I won’t mention too many specifics, but I think it’s OK to write about for now.
I just took a business trip last week. Here is what my schedule looked like:
Fly from Beijing to Hong Kong (4:30 PM flight delayed to around 7 PM), got to my hotel around 11 PM. Order some room service, quick trip to the gym, shower, and then sleep around 1 AM.
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast meeting with bankers to go over our presentation and potential questions
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM – 3 morning meetings, 1 hour each, with 15 minutes to get from one meeting to another by car.
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch panel with about 30 investors. We had 15 minutes to eat lunch before hopping back onto the car at 2.
2:15 PM – 5:45 PM – 3 afternoon meetings, 1 hour each, 15 minutes between meetings by car.
Of course our last meeting went long, and we had to rush to the airport to make our evening flight. No time to eat dinner unfortunately since we arrived at the airport around 6:45 PM.
7:55 PM flight from Hong Kong to Singapore. Luckily there was at least some crappy airline food.
We get to our hotel around 12:30 AM. I check some emails and brush up, get to sleep around 1:30 AM.
7:30 AM breakfast at the hotel to go over Friday’s meeting schedule and plan. No one except for me and one of the bankers shows up until around 8 AM.
8:45 AM – 5:45 PM – The rest of the day follows the exact same schedule as Thursday.
6:00 PM – Once we finish with the last meeting, I end up playing poker at one of the casinos (Resorts World Sentosa) since I’m a huge degenerate. I win around 500 SGD.
12:15 AM – I take the red-eye flight back to Beijing, but of course the flight gets delayed because of a rainstorm in Beijing and I’m stuck waiting until 1:30 AM.
Get back to Beijing and get home around 10 AM Saturday, where I immediately pass out until like 1 or 2 PM.
Some comments from my business trip:
I was the low man on the totem pole. Our CEO, CFO, and the Assistant President of our largest shareholder all came on this trip.
As a result, I sat economy on all of my flights, except for the red-eye back to Beijing. I was totally surprised too, since it was my boss, the CFO, that suggested I upgrade to business class. He noticed I was working pretty hard the days leading up to the trip (I was up until 4 AM on Wednesday finalizing the PPT and numbers), so he thought I deserved a more comfortable flight back to Beijing.
I’m pretty thankful that he noticed, since it was my first time flying business class. When I fly economy, I’m never able to sleep well on a plane. I usually only doze off for a bit or go in and out of sleep, even on the long international flights. But the first thing I noticed about business class was that all the seats can fully recline! Haha. So I was able to get a couple hours of uninterrupted sleep. Amazing.
By the way, what’s wrong with Beijing’s airport? I mean, no liquids? Yeh, I guess that’s pretty standard. No yogurt? I guess that’s also kind of a liquid.
But no crystal ball??
One last thing I thought was kind of funny. So during one of our last meetings in Singapore, we were on the 50th floor of an office building that had a spectacular view overlooking the city and ocean. During the meeting I kept looking outside since the view was so amazing. I really wanted to take a couple of pictures, but I also didn’t want to look like a tourist in front of all the investors.
Well once the meeting finished, I was still debating whether to quickly run over to the window to snap a few pictures. But before I had time to react, I saw my almost 60-year old boss go to the window and take a bunch of pictures first! Haha once I saw him go, I went and grabbed a few pictures too.
Anyway, it’s back to the grind in Beijing. Hopefully we can get this deal done, since it’s the main project I’ve been working on since mid April or so.