What are you doing while waiting at the hotel lobby?

hotel reception counter  - People are busy checking in at the hotel reception counter.
@lkbooi (16100)
Malaysia
August 2, 2008 4:01am CST
While waiting our partner or companion checking in or checking out at the reception counter, what are you usually doing at the hotel lobby? Hehe ... sometimes I am the one who checks in at the front of the counter, and my companions are sitting there reading newspapers or making calls to there friends, some even chatting and laughing aloud there. If I am the one who is waiting there, I would like to observe things around and to snatch photos of interesting objects or the funny actions of my friends. What would you usually do waiting at the hotel lobby?
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@vimaal (3365)
• India
7 Sep 08
hifriend, i like to reading books are speak to my lover in my cell phone. take care. have a nice day.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Hi vimaal, reading is really a good habit. It’s nice for you to kill time by reading while waiting at the hotel lobby. We couldn’t believe that reading a few pages while waiting here and there frequently, we could even finish reading a book unconsciously. luck and posting.
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@acie_21 (5640)
• Philippines
6 Feb 10
hi there ikbooi.. i dont like staying/waiting too long in the lobby.if im with my friends..its ok cause i can do chit chat with them.. i read magazines or even texting.. what i love most in waiting in the lobby i could see other people passing by.. and me and my friends love to observe how other people dress and act themselves.. observing other people who are with there partner.. its funny to wait at the lobby...heheeh!were there are lot to see and observed! thanks! happy mylotting!
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
6 Feb 10
Hi acie, I'm really happy that you are willing to share your thought in this old topic. You know I will feel extremely pleasant for something would happen that I totally out of my expectation Other than liking to watch adorable toddlers moving around the lobby, I like to watch intimate lovers waiting in the hotel lobby as well. When waiting in the lobby shown in the attached photo I saw a young man combed his girlfriend's hair with his fingers tenderly. I had the impulsion to take photo of this wonderful moment. But they just sit in front of me. I was afraid that the shooting sound of my camera might disturb them, or they might blame me to take their photo without permission. I gave up finally Thanks for sharing your views here and I really appreciate it. Have a nice day and happy posting my dear.
@acie_21 (5640)
• Philippines
6 Feb 10
hi there friend.. hehehe!really??you like taking other people pictures?? hmmm...do you have the passion of taking photographs?? i love photographs too! heheh!that sure does feel uncomfortable when someone is taking a picture of us.. if im on their place i would really be ashamed..lol! but i love watching sweet couples, very touching... makes you reminisce ...heheheh! hugs friend!
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 10
Yeah, I like taking photo of touching moment as well as those moments which are really impressing. It is so nice to keep these valuable and unforgettable moments forever. Yeah, taking photo of other without permission is considered to infringe upon human right You should be proud if your loved one showing his love and caring regardless of others around. I think the act of combing hair is not too much eh...so it is still could be accepted
@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
3 Aug 08
Hi Ikbooi, (*hug) At my work hotel, I used to deposit the internet cafe earning to the front office every 2 weeks, If there is no costumer make the staff busy. I don't like standing there long, my customer will be looking for me.LOL Happy posting !! oxox'dian
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Oh dear diansinta, I now only come to know actually you are working at the internet café in a hotel, right? You are smart enough only to deposit the money to the casher when the counter is not occupied. I believe you must know very well what the correct time it would be to deposit the cash. posting and have a nice day.
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@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
4 Aug 08
Thank you for the complement, You always sweet. When are you going to travel at Bali? If you do safe some time to visit me at Kuta beach will you?
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
7 Aug 08
You are most welcome dear diansinta. Thanks for your sweet words as well. I had visited Bali at the end of last year. I stayed three nights in a hotel, the Bali Dynasty Resort, nearby the seaside which was said to be the best site for surfing. I wonder whether it was the Kuta beach you mentioned here. You could see me together with my friends sitting at the lobby of the resort in my profile. Thanks for the comment you left in my profile photo. I would like to answer your question here. Hehe I’m the one in red t-shirt, what's your comment? The lobby where we were sitting was spaciously and well decorated.I liked it very much for it was rich in local identity. If I were to have a chance to have vocation again to Bali, definitely I will visit you and the internet café where you are working too. posting and take care.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
2 Aug 08
Well, I usually will take out my cell phone and start playing games. The favourite game in my Sony Ericson is the tennis game and the Quadoprop. It's unbelieveable that time will seems like passing so fast by obsessing my into the games. I am an impatient person, so, I usually feel uneasy to wait for long. So, by playing games in the cell phone will ease my anxiety.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
3 Aug 08
Yeah cheongyc, we won’t feel bored if we could find some interesting things to entertain ourselves, to kill time. It’s much better than just sitting there doing nothing. I notice that time will pass faster if we are indulging in something which is interesting. Hehe ...the two challenging games in your cellphone really give you lots of amusement and make you feel easy while waiting for long. Anyway my dear, you have to make sure that your phone battery is always with full power. posting and take care.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
The tennis game is really challenging. I have spent months in order to get the world championship in the game. The Quadupop is somehow easier. But when coming to the last stage, it's difficult too. Other than playing games, sometimes I just play music with my cellphone. While listening to music, I could get a good rest and relax my mind. Because I am intensive user of my cellphone with games and music, my battery couldn't last for long. So, I have two charger, one in my house and one in the company. Therefore, I could charge when at home or at work. This is really convenient
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
7 Aug 08
Hi dear cheongyc, I like playing games which are challenging. But I rarely play games nowadays. I’m afraid that I would be too indulgent in the game and couldn’t abandon it at that moment. So I don’t play game when waiting in the hotel lobby or in the long queue. I prefer watching people around or chatting with those who look amiable and friendly. Yeah, for people like you who are very fond of playing games and listening to music with cellphone, the batteries surely couldn’t last long. So it’s convenient for you to have two chargers, so you can charge it at anytime, either in your house or in the office. posting and take care.
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• Malaysia
3 Aug 08
Hie lkbooi, I normally would check out for any special events like shows or promotions happening in the hotel and on their restaurants....yes, foodBesides that I would enjoy observing the people & the surroundings and ambiance in the hotel. With friends,I probably would be too excited and planning what to do next, laughing and chatting. Cheers and have a good day.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Hi Desierra, it’s a good idea to find out what special events are on so that we won’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the facilities. Of course to be aware of the surrounding and ambiance is nice and this could help us to adapt ourselves in the new environment. Yeah, I do enjoy a lot going vacation with friends of common interest. Btw thanks for the comment sent two months back and I really appreciate it. Sorry that I saw it only this morning when going through my profile. posting and have a nice day.
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• Malaysia
9 Aug 08
HieIt is alright, you are welcome. I tend to overlook at past comments too and pretty sure I have missed a few along the way. Yes, it will always be fun with friends who has the same interest and patience too Cheers and have a good weekend.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 08
I always leave comments on friends’ responses during my leisure. It’s normally after a day or days later. I only post comment in real time if I’m still doing my mylotting in front of my pc. I have some friends here usually chat in this way. posting and take care.
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• India
2 Aug 08
Hi,friend.. interesting topic... The answer to this varies, and depends on with whom i am there out there. If i am alone..hehee... my eyes will be looking for cute girls hanging there.. enjoying there beautiful appearance.. I hasten to add that nothing other than this.. And if any friends or any of my family members are there..hehee.. may be i will be reading some books, though.. disinterested..
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
3 Aug 08
Thank you saivenkaat. You are really smart huh, and know very well when to do the right thing. Hehe I bet you rather prefer to stay alone always so you eyes could enjoy eating ice cream at times just kidding. Anyway we still have to spend some leisure time to have fun together with our family and friends when going outing, right? posting and have a wonderful day. javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$cphMainContent$lbStart','') post comment
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
5 Aug 08
Hi saivenkaat, I have no idea how the statement, "javascript: ...... " came about and to be appeared at the end of my post here. I discovered it this morning. So please ignore it. Thank you.
• India
8 Aug 08
I enjoy eating Icecreams..
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@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
5 Aug 08
Usually its at the end of the long road trip or airplane trip. So many times, I stay in the vehicle with our sleeping baby and I wait until my husband comes out and drives us near our room. I'm always so happy to get to the hotel room and take a long nap! Things have changed since I had a baby!
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
6 Aug 08
Yeah artemis, a mom always cares and loves her baby more than to matter herself. I agree that to take care of a baby is really a tough and tedious job, as I experienced this before. To have a kid, life would be busier but more meaningful I suppose. You are lucky to have an understanding husband who helps you to do all the necessary for checking. Really, after a long journey and taking care of the baby in the same time, we will definitely feel exhausted and need a long nap after that. posting and take care.
• Abernathy, Texas
8 Aug 08
Yes and its stressful for him sometimes. He's an extremely careful driving and it s difficult sometimes if the baby is bored or tired and crying - although I sit in the back with the baby and entertain him. If my husband stayed in the car instead of me and the baby woke up and saw I was gone - he'd scream bloody murder! Happy postings - have a lucky day! amy
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• Abernathy, Texas
12 Aug 08
You know how some people plan the trip and the time - that's how my husband is...so we take breaks when I have to pee. I let the baby sretch at those times and when I get hungry....he's a lot better in a plane. In fact he sleeps most of the time when not playing with the tray and the window shade and the fan!
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Hi lkbooi, I am like you, I will be spending my time observing around, the plants, the designs, the decorations and people! Then I will be taking pictures in the views that I love, of course I have to be in the picture! LOL! I can't just sit and read when I am in the lobby! LOL! I can't concentrate!
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Hi che, when observing around I did find attractive and unique sculptures or artistic painting displayed in the lobby of certain hotels. I didn’t expect that we had that in common, like to take photos standing beside any art pieces or any other attractive spots. posting and take care.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
Yea...That is how also I want to spend my idle time waiting even if I am in the stores or airport! I will not prefer reading! LOL!
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 08
Yeah che, it’s more fun to idle around the outlets when waiting at the airport. There are so many attractive local and foreign products shown at the display windows. Other than the souvenir shops, I always like to step in the perfume shop and try the test samples posting and take care.
@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
2 Aug 08
Reading a book or playing a game on my mobile. I am not much of a natural lover
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
2 Aug 08
Hi pkraj, it is a nice habit to bring a book along with you, so you could kill your boredom at anytime by reading it. Yeah nowadays almost everyone has a mobile phone and I could see many people playing games on it while waiting in the queue or elsewhere. posting and have a nice day.
@vimaal (3365)
• India
7 Sep 08
hi reading books are speak to my lover in my cell phone. take care. have a nice day.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
16 Mar 10
Hi,lkbooi. I am usually waiting in the car with our kids if my husband is checking into the hotel. If I am inside, I may just sit there and look around until he finishes checking in. If it takes a process, I may look at some magazines or fumble around in my purse.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 10
Yeah cream, it is more convenient for a family with kids to wait in the car while doing the hotel check in. We have to pay more attention to take care of our kids, especially the little toddlers in the busy lobby during peak tourist season. I could see different people doing different things while waiting their respective companions queuing or doing the check in or check out procedure in front of the counter. As what I have observe I notice that less people in my place are fond of reading. Most of them tend to chat or close their eyes for rest. I usually would like to visit the restroom while my hubby does the checking. If he is still in the queue I then read the magazine which I carry in my slim bag. Have a nice day and happy posting
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
hello lkbooi, Most of the time, I was the one who is checking in or out at the hotel's counter. But if it's not my turn doing it, for sure I'm with our children reading the magazine or enjoying the wonderful view of the hotel. Observing all the people around us and making friends if given a chance. Or making calls to some friends and relatives telling that we're already in the hotel.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
8 Nov 08
Hi rober19ph, while checking in at the reception counter I always find men doing the check in whereas woman take care of the kids or luggage. I do the check in only when visiting one of the mountain resorts here for I hold the membership. Member of the club can enjoy certain percentage of discount. That's why my husband takes care of our luggage sitting at the lobby and talking on the cellphone. posting and have a nice day.
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@valeria1 (2723)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I love to oberve people, so I would be looking at people's behavior.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 08
Hi valeria1, I find it’s a great fun too, watching people around while waiting at the hotel lobby. I like watching toddlers walking reelingly and making noise around. They are so adorable and naively, and makes the atmosphere there a bit lively. We could see the parents always walking after them and take care of them. They are afraid that the toddlers might fall down or disturb others. posting and take care.
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@insulin (2480)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
Well I usually look around,Or sometimes look at the front desk and observe the people who are getting in or outside the hotel and yeah sometime I read magazines and newspapers while waiting so I will not feel bored.:-0 GOd bless and have a nice day.:-0
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 08
Hi insulin, looking around the lobby while waiting at the hotel we could learn more about the new environment and get familiar with where we are My husband usually would make a call to his elder sister to tell her we had arrived safely at our destination. He then would like to read newspaper while waiting for our turn to check in the lobby. posting and have a nice day.
@ruby222 (4848)
6 Aug 08
I would idly stand by and look ravishingly beautiful rofl,while hubby checked in!and I would be watching all around me to see what is going on,I love people watching,I like to look at the different clothes and the ways that people interact with each other,and then once checked in I would be anticipating a nice cool glass of something or other.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
6 Aug 08
Hi ruby, while waiting at the lobby we could always find lots of fun by watching people around from different places. We could guess where the visitors are from by judging from their costumes, behaviors and other identities. Yeah, I always feel relaxed and pleasant when seeing my friend leaving the counter with the room key in her hand. I know I could have a nice rest very soon. posting and have a nice day.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
6 Aug 08
i usually stand beside and watching my friend finish her/his checking in/out,but often it is not me who waiting,sometimes my friends wait for me,i am a bit of slow sometimes. sometimes i'd like to look at the whole thing of the hotel,when i check in,and has a quick evaluate of it,or compare the different price of rooms,and wonder if i need to change a room.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
6 Aug 08
Hi yanstill, very often after watching our companion does a check in at the counter for some time, we usually would feel bored and think of taking a move to elsewhere. Well, to have a look and explore around is better than to be idling there instead. Yeah, we can get to know the rate of different types of rooms from the room rate board displayed on the wall somewhere around the reception counter. Btw I feel very glad to have you dropping by, my dear friend. posting and good luck.
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
5 Aug 08
I would probably do the same as your friends plus taking pictures of any interesting plants if any, and observing the surroundings. There is not much more one can do there.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
6 Aug 08
You are right sun2day, I did find many potted leafy plants or beautiful flowering plants displayed in the spacious lobby of some of the hotels. These will add lively and pleasant atmosphere to the surrounding. Just like you, I’m very fond of taking photos of them and keep them as valuable remembrance. posting and have a wonderful day.
@SHAMRACK (8521)
• India
3 Aug 08
Dear friend, I may just read the magazines or news paper in that lobby if there is, or watch the hotel or other people moving around,or just go to reception and enquire about the facilities of that hotel. May be just listen to music or songs in my ipod. May just sit there taking a silent meditation. May chat with others if they are willing. May be just sit there without doing any. It all depends upon my moods and tastes at that time.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Hi SHAMRACK, I believe everyone has his own way to due with such situation as long as one could pass the time with much ease when waiting at the lobby. I think it’s the best time for us to have a short rest there after the tiresome journey. posting and good luck.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I am usually the one checking in. My husband usually sits in front of the door in the car with the kids, until I give him the signal that we are checked in. Then he will pull out the luggage, leave it with me and go park the car, and bring the kids in to the room.
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Hi ladym, it’s really a wonderful way to have your husband to accompany the kids in the car parking at the front door of the hotel. So he needs not to take the trouble to take care of the kids in the lobby, as we know kids alway couldn't sit still for long. At least he could read newspaper or listening to music relaxingly in the car. It’s quite convenient for him also to leave the luggage with you at the lobby, and then meet you again together with the kids after parking the car. posting and take care.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Aug 08
that depend on whether if im alone or with friends..if im alone..surely i like watching people around and observed how receptionist deals with clients and if im tired or watching then maybe ill going to read some magazines or newspapers..but if im with friends im surely will have fun with them talking and at the same time watching around..
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Yeah vanities, very often in the first place we like to observe how the receptionists entertain their clients. At least we would know what the procedure in the reception counter in different hotel would be. Watching what people doing around is the most relaxing way to kill the time while waiting in the lobby. Of course we always have fun and won’t feel bored if going outing with friends. posting and have a nice day.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
3 Aug 08
Usuaaly I will read a book or look around at people around me. Look at what they are doing, how they dress up etc....
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
3 Aug 08
Hi lynnchua, after tired of reading book, we always could get lots of fun by watching people around. It’s really interesting to watch how people take care of their toddlers, how attractive the young gals and guys dress in the latest fashion, how the young ones take care of their old grandparents and how intimate the couple are. posting and have a nice day.