Public holiday dates for 2015 released recently by the Manpower Ministry yielded seven long weekends, as the days off fall either on Friday, Sunday or Monday. Typically, there are only about four or five such long weekends a year. Those who apply for an extra three days of leave can enjoy 10 long weekends, as New Year’s Day, Hari Raya Haji and Deepavali fall on a Thursday or Tuesday. The news has had travel agencies licking their chops. However, human resource experts warn against counting one’s chickens before they are hatched.