Asia Trip – Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai

Singapore

Day 1 – Got in at midnight, got a driver to take us to the hotel which was very tall and has a great view of the city! Went to bed at 1:30 AM and slept all the way through the night until my alarm at 8 AM. 

Day 2 – Had breakfast in the hotel (Cafe Swiss) which was delicious! They had a huge selection of traditional american, Indian, and Chinese foods. I had several dumplings and vegetable korma. They both were very tasty. They also had fresh juice so I got carrot juice.

Around 10 AM, we walked across the bay to the Gardens by the Bay. We paid for the tram and went to both the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Both were really beautiful and unique. Next, we walked to Chinatown and ate the Hainanese chicken and rice and bok choy at Tian Tian in a food market. It was delicious with the spicy sauce and soy sauces. Sheetal and Janet both got a whole coconut for the juice and Kelli (my manager) and I got frozen mango drinks.

We walked back to the hotel to regroup. Margo and I went for a swim in the hotel’s pool. It gets dark here relatively early (around 6 PM). We met in the lobby to go to dinner and the “Sky Bar” at the Sands.

Day 3 – I went to the Arts and Science museum which had some altered reality exhibits, though it was mostly for younger children. We went to a restaurant with all kinds of odd Asian foods for lunch called Xiang Special. It was actually pretty good. It turns out also that there are a TON of malls here in Singapore. When I asked what they do for fun here, it was either night life or go shopping at the malls. It is very safe here and very clean as the punishments are really strict. Chewing gum is against the law as well.

We went to meet our colleagues in Singapore from FedEx and TNT, the company we acquired. We also visited a couple of customers as well.

 

Kong Kong

This is where work pretty much takes all of my time. Hong Kong was relatively small in area so they built their buildings up very high. I did have some time when we first got to Hong Kong to go to Sam’s Tailor to get a charcoal grey, custom, woolen cashmere suit made along with two shirts. I don’t have a picture in the suit yet. We also were able to go to the ladies’ market where they sold everything you can think of from belts to purses to figurines, fans, and wigs. Another interesting thing about the city was that all of their scaffolding was made of bamboo. It really makes since because it grows so fast and is so renewable.

During the weekend prior to going to our last stop, Shanghai, we took a tour and rode a cable car up a couple of mountains to see the giant Buddha and monastery. We also visited what used to be an old fishing village. They have since converted the fishing boats to boats to give tours in. They also mentioned they have over-fished the area for quite some time. The waterfront was beautiful, especially at night.

We had more meetings with different colleagues from FedEx and TNT as well as with customers.

 

Shanghai

The waterfront in Shanghai was also beautiful at night. Shanghai was different than Hong Kong in that they had plenty of land so it was kind of like a concrete jungle with vast expanses of buildings. It took forever to get anywhere. They have a population of about 24 million.

We visited an old temple and the old market in the old part of the city which was much nicer than the rest of it in my opinion. Another cool thing was the Oriental Pearl tower in Shanghai.

 

The pictures are here

rainy monday morning with rain-x on my windshield

Mondays are never a fun time. Going back to work after some amazing weekend or your child’s 3rd birthday is usually a downer. Could have done without this this morning:

On the brighter side, though, I did get a new windshield (that hasn’t leaked) and I coated it with Rain-X. As you can see in the video… worth it! Most of the way to work this morning I didn’t have to have my wipers on due to that stuff. I also used Fog-X on the inside of my windshield. So why am I blabbing about driving to work on a Monday, in the rain, with Rain-X on my newly replaced windshield? I guess it’s because you should make the most of any situation you are in with the tools you have.

PS – I feel like the title of the video “Driving to work in the rain with rain-x on my windshield” is like the title of the Primitive Radio Gods’ song “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand”.

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dan pink on the surprising science of motivation

I could not agree more and just realized that is why Stephen Dukes was such a good manager.

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Over 100,000 applicants for the best job in the world

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via Demand for “best job in the world” crashes website | reuters.com.

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