from November 22nd to December 6th.
I went ahead and bought the $820 air ticket price, even though there are $750 tickets but it's transit and the timing sucks.
So I just get the $820 direct flight with good timings from Air China.
Well, it's expensive as hell, but I just follow my heart as I feel like going and I did promised friends over there that I will try to make it.
My financial are just about there, with a small bit of backup money only, and that's counting that I work everyday till the day before the trip (excluding the 2 AFA days).
Been eating just bread + ham/jam/whatever for 4 meals straight, basically breakfast/dinner is bread nowadays, lunch will be dining at cafeteria, need to save as much money as I can.
I also sold my Nikon AI-S 135mm f/2 lens to have some extra funding for this trip too, although I'm quite reluctant to sell it, but after weighing a rarely used lens vs an experience + adventure of a trip, the answer is shown right in front of me.
I always like to travel to different places to explore the places, learn/experience their culture, broaden my own horizon, meet new people, and to test whether I can adapt to new environment quick (since Beijing will probably be around 0-10 degree Celsius during that period, and I live in Singapore which averages around 28-33 degree Celsius all round the year.).
Will be quite mentally drained nowadays, as after work I still need to watch tons of anime (almost non-stop) to prepare for some of the shoots that will be done over there, just finished watching Honey And Clover S1 like now, and I need to watch Inazuma Eleven from like 10+eps to ep105...
(Other series either I have watched or been chasing weekly)
Reminds me of my army days, which I slept like only 2-3 hours daily, before going to work.
My physical ain't too good, but I think mentally I'm pretty decent, as I believe a lot is all in the mind, it's how much you want to work and reach for it.
I don't like to make empty promises either.
I feel a sense of achievement for trip a lot, since I use my own money for it, and I don't request any sponsors from parent or relatives.
Well, money can always be earned back, but time, chances, experiences and opportunities can't, once you missed it, it's never coming again.
I never feel any sense of regret, even though I will be saving like crazy pre-trip, and pretty broke post-trip.
Food, friends, culture, experience, travel photography, and photoshoots will be so more than worth it.
Life is short.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
ps: got to wake up for work in a few hours time
pps: Honey And Clover is quite a heart-wrenching/depressing watch, especially in the middle of the series (Yamada X Mayama X Rika).
ppps: (not so recent) Recent photo of me taken at a friend's birthday party, don't mind the lame expression though.