My good friend Kevin is there right now for work. I just got my first email from him this morning. Kinda boring but I guess I'll cut and paste it over here for you guys to read. Some of you have met him at Erin's pub for Mini birthday party.
Sorry that I haven't emailed any of you in a while. Our travel schedule has been quite chaotic and my availability to the Internet has been limited. I am currently in Hong Kong. Today is New Year's Day. There is a large parade tonight right outside of our Hotel. I will send pictures of the
parade in the next couple of days.
So far, my stay in China has been pretty nice. Flying first class to Asia
was great. We flew a 747 to Tokyo and then on to Hong Kong. My seat was
upstairs on the flight from Detroit to Tokyo. I was pampered the entire
flight. I stayed the night (Sunday) in Hong Kong and then we took a ferry
from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. Guangzhou is the 4th largest city in China as
is also a sort of province. Within that province is Huangpu. This is where
the plant is located. FYI, most of the SARS cases in China are from the
Guangzhou province. As a precautionary method, each worker prior to
entering our plant has to have his or her temperature taken. Anytime you
arrive or depart Guangzhou, your temperature is taken.
I flew to Shanghai to meet with our customer last Wednesday. Shanghai
is by far the biggest city I have ever been to. From what I understand, the
population is roughly 18 million and growing. It's China's largest city. I
stayed at a very nice hotel for six nights. It was a derivative of the
Marriott chain, and set up for tourists. The breakfast bar had many
American items but was quite pricey (21 bucks a day, Thanks Jabil). The
downtown area in Shanghai goes on forever. We took a cab from the airport
to the hotel. We must have driven for 40 km on a highway through downtown.
There is not one centralized location for skyscrapers. They are just scattered throughout and endless area.
Driving in this country is absolutely crazy. There is no way that I would
feel comfortable driving here. When you make a left into traffic, you do
not wait until there is an opening, you merely turn and force your way in.
Horns are constantly beeped. Cars have the 'right of way' here so you have
to pay attention while walking. I have seen many accidents involving taxis
and have been involved in one. We were making a left onto a side street and
another taxi was backing up. He backed up right into us. They made us hail
another cab and pay our fair.
While in Shanghai, I visited the Open Market. Here you can buy just about
anything you want for cheap. We were told to negotiate the people down to
20 or 30 % of what the initial price given was. When they see an American
coming, their eyes light up. They apparently assume that any dumb American
cannot pass up a cheap (fake) Rolex or a Prada hand bag. Either of which
you can purchase for under 30 bucks. A couple of co-workers loaded up on $1
DVD's but have not had much success in viewing them. I did manage to buy a
pair of sunglasses for about 8 bucks, a belt for about 6 bucks and a set of
6 chopsticks for about 10 bucks. I also bought a complete set of golf
clubs. Boug, you ain't going to believe this sweet deal I got. Don't buy
irons until we talk.
Some things you may not know about China:
* Every dinner ends with watermelon.
* To finish your plate is considered impolite. I guess it
implies that the portion was not big enough. You should always leave a
small amount of each dish.
* All food is shared amongst a party. It is placed on a Lazy
Susan and spun to each member of the party.
* Eating with chopsticks is a pain in the a$$.
I still plan to be back in the states at the end of April. First thing to
accomplish on my "To Do" list is to go see the first place Detroit Tigers
play a game.
Some monkeys pleasure themselves in plain view of small children at the zoo.
Some monkeys are cool.
Some monkeys go to school
Some monkeys ask themselves why the hell the spend time doing some other non-monkey's work.
Some monkeys are shot into space.
Pretty monkeys wear lace.
Your not a pretty monkey.
Some monkeys are sent off to special scientific testing facilities where they are poke, prodded, injected, shaven, smacked around, punched, kicked, starved, raped, fungled, ...yea....even fungled, castrated, burned, beaten with bowling pins, teabagged, pierced, dirty sanchezed, get hooked on drugs, put in a little monkey pit and forced to fight to the death, exploited, and are fed pudding for days on end.
Year of the snake...................what about you??????
People born in the year of the Snake are romantic and deep-thinking, wise and charming, although they tend to dismiss others too quickly and are a bit stingy with money. Ideal jobs include teaching or psychiatry.
Famous people born in the Year Of The Snake:
Jean Simmons, Val Doonican, Sir Roger Banister, Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Paddy Ashdown,Vivienne Westwood, Bob Dylan
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