My mom left this article for me to read on the desk – very interesting…..and I would agree true to life – a New York Times article by David Brooks – Odyssey – during this decade, 20-somethings go to school and take breaks from school. They live with friends and they live at home. They fall in and out of …
Spending the past few days with the family – mom, dad, grandma, uncle Gary – browsing old photos, sharing stories of China and life – amazing how things have changed. My whole family has moved / transplanted from Connecticut to Florida….its mid November and i’m sweating as I write this on the back porch! Anyway. scanned in some old school …
arrived back in the states about 12 hours ago….measured how long it took me….lets see – I left my hotel in Beijing about 11am local time (10pm ET) and arrived in Miami Airport 10:30pm (11:30am next day China) so about 24 hours of traveling…..I usually don’t sleep on planes…but I kept catching myself knocked out sleeping in weird positions w/ …
check out the girl’s shirt badge…won’t type the word… The factory worked I talked to but she had NO IDEA what mo-fo’r meant…in english…thought it was a cool shirt! Been a wild couple days….. well worth my extending the trip a bit more! Today was fun filled….visited a furniture / chair factory 2 hours outside of Beijing….not too cold so …
As the end of my China trip approached…I kept on meeting more and more people- this more and more places to go, people to see, connections to make – yesterday I got in touch w/ Mainland China Trading & Consulting I work with from Texas, Murray and Hui, as well as had a 2nd meeting scheduled w/ the China Internet …
Today has been a reflective day….spent the majority of my day finding an office in the business district…man I need to learn Chinese….no one here speaks English….and I find the IT / internet company – and I meet with the VP of Strategic Development…and I pitch my idea…he likes it overall (it seemed) but of course I have a lot …
at the base Friend I met on the Walk up BIG fishie I saw at a pit stop before the great wall one hell of a day of some tour company saying 50RMB to get to the great wall, just get there at 8:30am – hahah didnt get to the Great Wall until 4:30pm!!! so many side tracks, bus changes, …
Day 3 in Beijing…making it alright solo – had a nice guy – Mr. Law – friend of my friends in Hong Kong – show me around for a couple hours yesterday morning so I had to get to a 5 star hotel to get an English version map – now I’m good to go…even though NO ONE speaks English …
so I ventured out of my hotel solo last night to take advantage of the Shanghai halloween festivities….usually I go out at least w/ a supplier, friend of a friend, or random dude from the hotel, but no dice this Halloween night and i’m not one to sit hotel on a night like that!! so off I went…had a bartender …
been difficult to access internet now that my laptop monitor is formally smashed to the point I wish it had that white fuzzy flickering it once had…ah well….need to fous on experiencing the culture than surfing the net anyway… been using starbux as a base for my research and development….have a bunch of coffee, notepads, cell phones….and a book on …
bar hopped a bit last night w/ some suppliers and their friends..played some dice game that’s popular here and saw some awesome flair bartending and other stage acts behind the bar….
whoever told me you don’t need to speak Chinese in Shanghai was full of it….at least where i’m staying, the taxis – no one speaks english! I have to use my friend’s text messages in Chinese characters to tell the cabbie where to drop me off….and the volume of bikes, scooters, people walking, running, cars driving in the left lane …
extremely exhausted from my last 24 hours of Shenzhen Trade show, factory visit, dinner and drinks w/ supplier, early morning flight from Shenzhen to Shanghai…and all the detailed madness in between….. detailed madness….I like that though I sound british… Mike in Chinese Update – It was changed to be more unique – 迈理倪 (Mai Li Ni)
so it was bound to happen…hit some food poisoning sunday evening….still hit trade shows, visited factories, and snapped some pics w/ trade show models… getting good at this game….but more questioning of the food…. Met some Manufacturers I’ve done biz w/ before and gotta get the trade show models….
man….I just sat down at my desk here in the guestroom of my friend’s apt in Hong Kong…and wow….I have collected so much freakin’ stuff tons of brochures, catalogs, business cards – all of which could be fruitful business relationships that would take a lifetime to build to full potential money in all sorts of currencies lucky charms from indian …
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