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Aug 27, 2019 07:46:36

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by @basilesamel PATRON | 249 words | 597🔥 | 648💌

Basile Samel

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I'm about to spend 34 hours in airports and airplanes. 2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, a 4-hour escale, 13 hours from Singapore to Berlin, a 13-hour stop, and 2 hours from Berlin to Paris.

Airports are exhausting if you're not well-prepared. I wrote a small to-do list, a bunch of offline work: write the first article of Making a Maker for Makerlog, read a book on MySQL to improve the performance of 200WaD's queries, and finish up an article for another project. This is the work I have to get done within this time frame, but I also have to write my 200WaD posts.

The good thing with flights is the lack of distractions. Sure, you can watch movies and listen to music. There are babies crying and people incessantly walking down the corridors to visit the toilets. But when you are stuck in a plane for two work days, it's an incredible opportunity to just sit down and focus on the task at hand.

I'm too broke to fly in business class, but the little table you have in front of your chair is enough to fit in your laptop. 

In airports, there isn't much to do besides sitting in expensive coffee shops and restaurants. The chairs are nice, but the plug sockets are scarce. Hopefully, I'll be able to use the 13-hour escale in Berlin to visit a bit with my family.

One hour before leaving Saigon.

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    @basilesamel Great! I always program whenever I'm on a plane for more than an hour, even when it's the the hour and half that it takes to flight from Italy to Poland. On longer flights though I don't want to come out of the plane too tired so I tend not to work the whole flight

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Aug 28, 2019 20:31:33
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    @basilesamel there's lounge chairs in darkened rest areas in Singapore Changi airport where you can sleep if you want. Sockets are plenty, there's area where you can work, and even a free movie theatre if you'd rather that. Have fun transiting in Sg :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 27, 2019 20:35:24
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      @jasonleow currently writing this comment from Changi, awesome airport! I'm astonished.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 27, 2019 16:44:29
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      @basilesamel @jasonleow - why no meetup?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 27, 2019 17:28:20
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      @jasonleow @brianball only stayed four hours, not enough to meetup, have a chat, and be back to the security gate in time :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 28, 2019 09:37:23
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      @basilesamel yeah 4h in transit is actually not as much as it looks. If you drop by next time, we can have coffee! But Changi airport is crazy isn't it? It's one airport that makes me feel I don't spend enough time in!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 28, 2019 20:58:38
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