Friday, May 27, 2005

Memo: I'll Be Back

mes amis:

it is official: i am booked on a one-way flight home for the 26th of June, on good ol' United. (fingers crossed.) was going to take the LAX-SIN non-stop on SIA, but alas, it was (a) really expensive and (b) booked solid. ahhh! business travellers. i hate them all. -grin-

but yes. so everyone who is home/will be home and whom i haven't seen in forever (you know who i am talking about -grin-), clear a space for me in your busy social calendars! (and help me get over being homesick for chicago that much sooner. odd, i know. but it'll happen.)

a short post, just to post the date of my return (in case i forget, you know, to tell someone). minding the water boiling in the kitchen now...

6 Comments:

At 11:20 PM, May 28, 2005, Blogger Tym said...

Why do you worry about the cost of the flight? Isn't your scholarship picking up the tab?

 
At 10:02 AM, May 29, 2005, Blogger J. said...

the scholarship sends us a bunch of money and says 'here, fly home with this', ignoring the fact that chicago gets out late and therefore we are trying to get home during peak travel season in the summer. therefore, their travel allowance is definitely insufficient. we're asking for more money, but what are the odds, really?

 
At 7:26 PM, May 29, 2005, Blogger Tym said...

Ah, new approach. Last time, I just told them how much it cost and they sent me the cost, or maybe they refunded me in SGD after I touched down back home. Can't remember the details --- but I didn't have to worry about budgeting.

I guess this is one of the perks they trimmed at the same time that they shaved 2 years off your bond ;)

 
At 6:31 AM, May 30, 2005, Blogger J. said...

that's how it used to work, but now it appears they want to teach us the value of money, how to manage it, yadda yadda yadda. so they hand us the money and we spend it however we want, like on a weekend jaunt to vegas or something. -grin- same principle as how they give us our tuition now, instead of paying the sch directly, and make us responsible for getting those bills paid on time.

 
At 10:23 PM, May 30, 2005, Blogger Tym said...

The reason they give you the tuition money, instead of the university, is so that they can't be held responsible if they're late with the payment ---

--- Which was exactly what happened with me one year, causing me to be unable to register for classes for the following quarter, causing me to write a very curt note to the Powers That Be. I eventually had to pay the tuition out of my parents' money first, and then they refunded me later. But still.

 
At 7:04 AM, May 31, 2005, Blogger J. said...

it works out well for all concerned, because if we're late with tuition money, which we invariably are because the Power That Be STILL forget the U of C is on a quarter system and pay three times a year not twice, we just march up to the Bursar with our cheques and blame it on the scholarship boards. and refuse to pay the late fee. and the Bursar-personnel nod sagely, because they know how poorly large organisations handle money, and everyone goes home happy. except, perhaps, the poor person who is desperately trying to balance the university's budget. :p

 

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