Just realized that two members of the alumni of the big G is/was traveling to Shanghai as well. One was just ahead of me while the other a week+ later. The trip in itself would not have been that bad. This week had been literally back-to-back in terms of flying, taking trains and shuttles. Finally had a place to stay for two nights and able to find a little time to write this now.
The theme of this post is safety.
One thing I am reminded during this business trip is the importance of keeping oneself healthy at all times. And this means getting enough sleep, keeping hydrated and planning activities so that you do not need to rush. Haste lead to waste and in travel means lost time, experiences and possible personal property.
In my last post, I was referring to this whirlwind of a trip through the three countries of Japan, Korea and China. The difference in temperatures between the four locations was quite significant – 20°c! One moment I was basking in the relative warmth of Tokyo and Kyoto (~18°c) and the next I was shivering in -2°c winds of Seoul. It did not help that the wind chill in Shanghai (~4-5°c) made it feel like it was more like freezing as I pounded the streets with my colleagues…
How one stays physically well and still churn out top performance at work has to be planned. Falling ill while on a business trip would be highly undesirable to say the least! Mental note to myself: don’t plan for tight flying schedule. It ain’t fun!
I have always been told that we frequently fall sick from the food and water that we consume as we travel, and normally lay off fresh salads or tap water for drinking. It was fortuitous that I was in Japan and Korea, where the tap water is potable (safe for consumption), but these are exceptions.
Spread of disease.
There is such a furore about the spread of the Zika virus (and its seeming ability to spread via sexual contact), that we need to relook at the Mexico trip that we are researching into. When does mosquitoes breed more prolifically in Mexico? Are they prevalent all year round or perhaps there are windows of time when it gets too cold?
Suan’s susceptible to mosquitoes (apparent O blood types are), and already have problems back home in Singapore. Will foreign mosquitoes find her attractive too?
But I digressed (as usual).
As I sit here at the end of a week’s travel, I am reminded how fortunate I had been to have stayed fit. I did not get to run at any of the hotel gyms (well at least I brought the runners along) on this occasion. And some of the hotels on this trip had pretty good gyms (Conrad Tokyo is one). It had been a memorable trip, one filled with mistakes – luggage on the Shinkansen, taxi to the wrong/old office address, buying a dress on a Thursday night etc. I only hope my boss (who was with me for this trip) took it all in good spirit!