Archive for May, 2011

Better in Beijing

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Sunday May 21 Buffet-style breakfast in the Moon River Hot Spring Resort is not quite the same as in the five-star hotels I’ve been staying in.   This place doesn’t cater to foreigners; very few of the staff speak any English at all.  The food on offer is primarily to Chinese tastes; there are very few […]

Bouncin’ back to Beijing

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Friday May 20 Up at 5AM (groan!) to go to the airport to fly to Beijing, where I’m scheduled to do a three-day IMC course this weekend for Mengniu, China’s largest dairy company.   My chariot was the BMW 730 again, but maybe only because the guy in charge of developing the 3G (third generation) technology […]

Chengdone Chengdu

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Wednesday May 18 The city outside my window looked like Los Angeles in the 1960’s this morning – a thick yellowish haze barely pierced by an orange orb of sun.   I hope it burns off, whatever it is.   I think that topographically Chengdu may have a similar problem to the L.A. area.  Both are flanked […]

Chop-Chop Chengdu

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Monday, May 16 The flight on Sichuan Airlines was uneventful, except that we sat on the runway for an hour before we were allowed to take off, due to air traffic control.  The cabin crew just went ahead and served lunch, which was fine with me.   Undistinguished meal, boring chicken and rice, not at all […]

Once more out of Shanghai

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Friday May 13 Well, it is Friday the 13th and sure enough it was something of an unlucky day.   This is the first day of my two-day IMC program for Shanghai GM and I can see that we’ve got a problem.   I just discovered that every one of the participants is in sales management either […]

More once more into Shanghai

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Monday May 9/Tuesday May 10 For some reason American Airlines routed me from RDU to Chicago to Los Angeles to Shanghai, instead of the more usual RDU-Chicago-Shanghai.   I think it was a newly added service and they were promoting it with a lower-than-usual fare.   It added about five hours to the journey, unfortunately, although the […]