July 17, 2013

in random

My co-worker once told me that my family should have a reality TV show because ridiculous things happen to us all the time. Actually, I admit: what he really meant was that we are a family of ridiculous inclination and we make ridiculous decisions and do ridiculous things.

“Hilarity ensued.”

I should have a plaque of these words hanging in our family room.

We are putting new floors in for the house this week. We did not realize that we had to completely vacate the first floor before the workers could start.

No problem. We all got a rude awakening early Tuesday morning. We moved everything (except the large pieces of furniture) off the floor, the china cabinet, the buffet table, the wine cabinet, bookcases and shelves in a record time of 3 hours. I was tearfully grateful to have a teenage son that morning.

Then I was told that starting today, we had to vacate the house because of the sanding and the staining.



I really do.

I love them so much that when I am on a business trip I often miss the chance to explore the city fully because I spend most of the time enjoying the hotel, that I used to bid on Priceline for $50 or less a night to stay in hotels, sometimes within 5 minutes drive from my house, just because.


I have fond childhood memories of my mom hiding me in the laundry cart or under the service cart to sneak me into the hotels that she worked at when she could not find somebody to watch me. Hotels to me at that time were fantastical places where super wealthy people stayed when they were not at home. I did not know the concept of vacation back then – I don’t remember my parents ever taking any “vacation”, and my family certainly had never taken trips together to faraway places for fun. The guests at the hotels always looked so grand and happy. Some frequent guests even brought me candy, and sometimes even chocolate truffles [worth their weight in gold to a child]! The ladies dressed beautifully and spoke in soft voices, and plus, they smelled nice, like flowers.

Hotels were where you were taken care of, where your towels and sheets smelled like sunshine, your bed was big and soft and bounced when you jumped on it. My mother was an expert bed maker (she kind of had to): she made beds with perfect “hotel corners”, and they looked like rectangular boxes with sheets pulled so tight that you could see the sharp angles at the foot of the bed.

Compared to the regular cramped apartments in Taipei, hotels seemed like palaces with modern amenities. The bathroom itself was a wonder – a toilet that worked perfectly, tiles with no dirt or moldy spots in between, and a bathtub so big and CLEAN that you could soak your entire body in.


and the most wondrous thing of them all:


To this day my favorite thing about staying in a hotel is to sleep in a cool room with a soft comforter pulled over my face.


Thus began our adventure in three different hotels on three consecutive nights.

Renaissance/Marriott tonight.

Tomorrow onto Starwood.

On Friday, we are checking into an IHG hotel.

Collect all three!

I guess my co-worker was onto something.

“Hilarity ensued…”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ameena August 3, 2013 at 3:21 am

So which chain is your favorite? I bet you have an admirable stack of reward cards, don’t you? 🙂

Have a great weekend my friend.
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Absence Alternatives August 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I am a point ho so I love SPG. LOVE. They have the best reward program and I have never had trouble redeeming my points. Marriott is a different story.


Chickens Consigliere July 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

So when are you coming to my hotel??


Absence Alternatives July 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

When you roll out that red carpet! I am high maintenance. lol. 😉


D. A. Wolf July 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

What a cool post… funny, but also poignant.

I recall having some work done on my home a few years back. Okay. More than a few. My boys were still shorter than I am and the dog was still milling about the place dropping clumps of hair and grinning in slurpy fashion.

I purposely told the workers we couldn’t afford to put us up in a nearby hotel, and they’d have to use the non clog-your-lungs-so-you-can’t-breathe stains and they agreed, assuring me we would be absolutely FINE here.

Um… We couldn’t breathe.

HOTEL. (I seem to recall they picked up the tab…)
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Absence Alternatives July 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

The dust alone was unbearable. We were amazed that the workers were able to WORK in that condition. This is hard work. Once again I was reduced to embarrassment… Sometimes I think there is a bit of Marxist in me: I am ashamed that people that produce things are systematically paid less than people that just sit around in the office…


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