David and I at Victoria Peak, overlooking Hong Kong (2010).
The Giant Panda we saw at Ocean Park, Hong Kong.
We rode this little cable car way up in the sky at Ocean Park, Hong Kong.
In 2010, I went to a local bank in Hawaii and requested foreign currencies (Hong Kong dollars and Japanese yen) for my trip to Hong Kong. My initial request was made on a Monday. I was told to pick up the currencies on Friday. But, when I got there on Friday, the money was not there. I waited 30 minutes while they phoned the foreign currency department. I was then told that the money had been delivered to another branch by mistake!
“Come back on Tuesday,” they said.
On Tuesday at around 9:45 a.m., I called the bank to confirm pick-up. They said the money was not there, yet, but they had left a message at the foreign currency department. I did not get a call-back until 3:30 p.m., when I was told the currencies would be there the following Friday.
“Why Friday,” I asked. “Why not tomorrow?”
“Deliveries to this branch are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays,” they said.
Grrrrrrr!!!! If that is so, why did they not deliver the money yesterday (Monday)???
Well, I wrote about this episode on my blog, and lo and behold, the next day two bank officials called me to apologize. When I asked the second person how the corporate headquarters of the bank had heard about my plight, she said someone at corporate headquarters had read MY BLOG.
I got my foreign currencies that Friday, and was met at the bank by the manager, who apologized for the inconvenience. He presented me with a thermos and mug as a consolation prize.
Wow, I was so amazed that this little blog of mine had gotten such immediate results.
However, we do have to be careful of what we write, as sometimes, it can backfire.
For example, if I write a blog post criticizing the U.S. government or the military, I could very well be placed on the terrorist watch list and be prevented from flying out of Hawaii.
Blogging can be a blessing or a curse. Blog wisely and use it to your advantage.