Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3/2: Tuesday in Shanghai, but US is yawning and stretching back to life

Today the ambient hotel music changed to Beatles muzak. Mostly Paul's stuff. I guess John was right.

Work was super busy today, and not the busy like I had a million projects, but the kind of busy where every single person from our Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore offices (yes, every single one) converged in Shanghai today, and quite a few of them wanted troubleshooting, upgrades, downgrades, and generally to just plop their laptop on my desk and pick it up later in better-than-new condition.

Went to lunch with two real native Shanghai coworkers (most of my Shanghai coworkers are from other places, generally Singapore). We talked all about the things I had (mis)learned, the intricacies of Chinese zodiac and numerology, the Queen pigeon with bacteria, and were those octopus eggs in ink or olives in vinegar? Turns out they were probably plums in soy sauce!! So nobody wins that prize -- especially me, who wants to try the plums now!

Which brings us to the second contest question: how old am I in the ancient Chinese system? In case there is more than one correct answer, I will accept the one that was told to me today. First correct answer in the blogspot comments wins a prize!

Today I pulled off a coup. It's the first time I have had dinner in Shanghai with one of my coworkers and not with some random person I met on the plane. The coworker in question lives in Beijing and flies down to Shanghai frequently. When pressed, he couldn't think of anything urgent he had to do like darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there, a table for one at the Thai Coconut Paradise could easily be a table for two at the Thai Coconut Paradise, and away we went! Had a fun time swapping stories about office politics, travel, whether Bama and King of Dumplings are actually bad words (he says no) and the like.

The tailor just dropped off my hand-made suit, as the China portion of the trip is winding down. It looks great (the custom shirt looks pretty good too). The bellhop came up to my room too, I guess to act as an interpreter and keep an eye on things while I was changing and probably out of curiosity. One of them was critiquing my choice of ties - but clearly they were both impressed with the craftsmanship of the suit - especially the tailor himself :)

8 comments:

Karen said...

Your chinese age is 35.

Dave said...

Any other guesses?

Grenetz said...

Your chinese age is 33...

Dave said...

Any more guesses?

Dave said...

Karen is the winner of a fantabulous prize from our trip - my Chinese age is 35!

Yatine said...

I thought you were 55. :D

Dave said...

SRSLY

Dave said...

It's come to my attention that at least 3 different Karens read my blog. Will the winner of this contest please send me an email? :)