Archive for August, 2010

Lai Shanghai

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Tuesday August 24 It’s only 2PM but it’s black as night outside; we’re about to get a serious thunderstorm.   Lightning is streaking the sky.  I got back to the hotel from lunch just in time.  Lunch was a nice little package of sushi and two cans of beer (total cost about a buck and a […]

Done Gone to Dongguan

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Saturday night there was another outing for the class – these folks love to party!   This time we cruised up and down the Pearl River on a big boat all lit up (the boat, not the people – at least not to begin with!).  A few of the participants who were more or less local […]

Au Guangzhou

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Yeah, I know Au Guangzhou is Chirench (like Chinglish, only French), but it rhymes – the city name is pronounced gwangJOE. It was an ugly morning when we left Beijing – hot and sticky, leaden skies, bad air – and as we left the apartment we witnessed an ugly incident.  A muscular young Chinese guy […]

Still in Beijing

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

When I got to CKGSB on Sunday, the last day of the second three-day exec ed class I’m doing here for CCTV (China’s multi-channel government-run television network), my young friend from the school said, “There’s nothing on TV today.”  I didn’t know what he was talking about until I got home at the end of […]

Back to Beijing, Again

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

When I woke up this morning (Wednesday August 5) and opened the drapes on my 46th floor apartment window, I got two surprises.   First, we’re directly catty-corner from the dramatic new CCTV building…which is right next to the burned-out rusting hulk of a Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel that went up like a torch when some […]