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Old 10-24-2011, 10:47 AM   #16
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OK ... so the family is convinced we should go on this trip. We're all now trying to clear the April dates with our bosses... and then we hope there's still room for us and the price doesn't go up.

I hope I can get this all straightened out before the Oct 31 deadline for getting an AMEX gift card from Dreams.

I tell you one thing ... I now wonder what the heck I'm going to do with my DVC points for next year.
Congrats! This trip is certainly on my bucket list. I say go for it!

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:57 PM   #17
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Ok, things not working out so well here.

Obstacles are appearing everywhere including a boss that won't give approval for vacation at ANY time because "what if he wants to know the answer to a question and you're not there to answer it." (Not my boss, btw... mine has yet to read my email)

Becoming very discouraged after such high hopes yesterday.

The dream is quickly dying. A quick resolution appears not to be in the cards so .... stay tuned.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:09 PM   #18
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Ok, things not working out so well here.

Obstacles are appearing everywhere including a boss that won't give approval for vacation at ANY time because "what if he wants to know the answer to a question and you're not there to answer it." (Not my boss, btw... mine has yet to read my email)

Becoming very discouraged after such high hopes yesterday.

The dream is quickly dying. A quick resolution appears not to be in the cards so .... stay tuned.
I'm pretty sure that's illegal. And there's always cell phones...

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Old 10-25-2011, 11:20 PM   #19
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I'm pretty sure that's illegal. And there's always cell phones...

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When asked when he'd give permission for the April trip, he said maybe the last week of March.

When we went on our cruise, this boss sent an email and asked my bro if he could come in before we left .... he sent it when we were already at the airport waiting for our flight.


When we do go on this tour (I'm being optimistic), and i get a chance to be Mulan with the stick fighting, I'm going to imagine this boss is in front of me.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:18 PM   #20
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Things are looking up.

Bro got clearance from Scrooge McDuck but I'm still waiting for my slothlike manager to approve my vacation.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:11 PM   #21
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We're booked!!! Kevin booked us today. I guess we'll be joining Margie100 on this trip. So much to do now ... we have to renew our passports first...they expire too soon after the trip.

Gotta find a hotel in Hong Kong to stay a few days after the tour .... one that's a tad cheaper. LOL
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:05 AM   #22
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We're booked!!! Kevin booked us today. I guess we'll be joining Margie100 on this trip. So much to do now ... we have to renew our passports first...they expire too soon after the trip.

Gotta find a hotel in Hong Kong to stay a few days after the tour .... one that's a tad cheaper. LOL
I'm so happy for you and your family! This trip is really high on my list too.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:47 AM   #23
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The point of no return has passed ... we paid the trip off yesterday. Passports have been renewed (they were going to expire 2 months after the end of the trip), airfare has been booked and now all we have to do (LOL .. "all"...) is get our visas and find a hotel in Hong Kong for the extra days we plan on staying.

I think my parents are very much looking forward to this tour (although, probably not the long flight) but I also think they think I hoodwinked them into taking the ABD when they could have taken a cheaper tour. Now... it didn't take me long to "hoodwink" them (and they love the Disney cruises too) so I think that part of them wanted to be hookwinked into a Disney tour but still if ABD doesn't deliver, I'm in the proverbial dog house!! Those panda bears better be especially cute in Chengdu (how can they not be!!??)

Here's to a Happy New Year to everybody and to a new year of travelling experiences!
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Congrats on the trip! Y'all are going to have a great time, and ABD totally delivers so no worries there!
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The point of no return has passed ... we paid the trip off yesterday.
I look forward to meeting you! Our son is 8. My parents are going as well.
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I look forward to meeting you! Our son is 8. My parents are going as well.
Cool!

I wonder how many people are in this trip. I still have to send off the forms with our flight information. Should do that tonight if I remember.
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So excited for both of you!!

This trip is a dream for me in the future. I adopted my amazing daughter from China 2 years ago and we'll return for a homeland tour someday. What better way to do it then with ABD?

It's good to know that you can add days before/after the trip. I want to take her back to the province she was born in and then would love to add HKD to the end.

Years to plan....and dream!
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My husband and daughter did the trip last May and loved it, especially the Pandas!
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My husband and daughter did the trip last May and loved it, especially the Pandas!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh....that's what I'm looking forward to most!!
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My husband and daughter did the trip last May and loved it, especially the Pandas!
Do you know what airlines ABD used for the domestic China flights? I asked ABD what the baggage restrictions were and they told me 11 lbs for carry on and 44 lbs for a checked bag. The 11 lbs for carry on threw me ... my camera equipment weighs a heck lot more than that .... so I'm not sure what to do.
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