Every now and then I would have to trade in my flip flops and my backpack to travel for work, and the experience is quite different from how I would normally travel in my own time (and out of my own pocket): the room accommodations are suddenly too big for one person (especially after having stayed with two friends in a tin can of a hostel in Hong Kong once upon a time. Good times!), and there's just too much concrete and buildings in my surroundings (especially compared to the vast, dusty plains and ancient temples of Bagan). I think there's plenty to like about work trips - for one, they're a great way to meet new people and to learn about how your counterparts in other markets work. There's also something magical about being able to do your work outside of your office - it's nice to be working somewhere else for once instead of on your desk, and sometimes the change in scenery is enough to get some good ideas flowing, as if being in a new place also gives you a new perspective of the work you've been doing.
The following are just a few photos I've taken from the work trips I've taken in my old job, mostly in Singapore and one time in Malaysia. They're a lot different from the photos I usually post here. Have a look!
The Gallery Hotel, Singapore
I forget which hotel this was from, but it was in Malaysia!
Furama Hotel, Singapore. The bed was often way too big for one person...
...and sometimes one too many.
"Room numbers on the floor, not at the door." - Gallery Hotel
The pool I never got to swim in.
I found time to explore around the hotel and try some of the local joints.
Elegant Dinner Table. Hahaha.
A random discovery from Starbucks Singapore! I forget now what it's called, but it's delicious!
Bak Kwa from Lim Chee Guan! I miss this!
Pasalubong / Souvenir Shopping
Shopping for myself, naturally.
Time to go home!