I'm going back to Asia in one week. It's been 18 months since my last trip in October 2007 where I wrote one post. I should have written more, I even went to Macao and got to stay at The Venetian!
In the last 18 months I've incubated a baby for 8 and now she's 10 months old.
This will be a short trip, 1.5 weeks, I used to go for 3-4 weeks. Packing should be rather easy. I'm wondering if I can get all my stuff in one small carry on bag?
I leave May 4th for Hong Kong, going into mainland China for one day on May 8th, May 10th spending my first Mother's Day in Hong Kong - oops, poor planning on my part, I'm not used to doing anything on this day except sending a card, not that it would have mattered. I'm going because my bosses daughter is celebrating her Catholic rite of passage, she's 9 so that would be???? I can't remember the word. Anyway, he has to stay because it's a big deal! Then Monday, May 11th I'm off to Vietnam for two days.
This is my first trip to Vietnam. Research has so far shown there are no Compassion offices in Vietnam - is it because the government is Communist? - and that Vietnam closed adoption to the US in April 2008.
I have a return from Vietnam that gets me back to Hong Kong at 11pm - who wants to wait for luggage at that hour? The following morning my US return flight is 10am so that's a tight time line. I wonder if the airport hotel makes sandwiches? I could order one for the plane so I don't have to eat crappy food for lunch. Has anyone invented a sandwich ice pack? There should be a thermal wrap or glove that one could put a sandwich into. Oh look what research has unearthed, CRYOPAK™ Ice-Pack Wrap.
It's settled, I'm packing my laptop, clothing, two books, ooooohh here's the kicker - if I take one carry on bag on the plane, I have to get 1.5 weeks of toiletries into one quart sized bag. Can she do it? Yes I can!!! Because there is no way in hell I'm putting a bag under the plane just so I can have more quantity of toiletries.