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So glad to arrive at Shanghai again. Last stop before going home to my daughter. Also, because it is rest & relax day with no business meeting except out England customer still with us. He is flying back to London tomorrow as well at 10:45am and our flight is at 10:15am.

It took an hour to arrive to the hotel which is in the middle of the city (new Pudong area) which is also near The Bund and the famous tourist location. Mr.Wallace did picked a good hotel. But room rate is expensive but I think it worth it. The taxi queue at Hongqioa Airport is crazy. Six lanes for peoples with 3 lanes for taxi. Again, Shanghai is more busy than KL, I personally think.

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Shortly arrived at the hotel, we decided to get lunch in the hotel itself cause we are starving. I’m so looking forward for the Shanghai Little Dragon bun but the only Chinese restaurant in the hotel is serving Cantonese cuisine and the chef is from Hong Kong. Well, no luck. During lunch we agreed to go for a walk at The Bund and the famous shopping street Nanjing street (like Singapore Orchard Road or our Bintang Walk). In between, what did I do……….I went for the in-door swimming pool for a swim, then 15 minutes steam bath and finally finish with a Chinese acupuncture massage and foot reflexology. Good life huh! I think so too. At 6:00pm, off we go for night sight seeing and shopping.

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It very busy at Nanjing street, even at night on weekdays. It mainly cater for foreign and local tourist. As we were walking along the street, there are so many guys & ladies approach Mr.Wallace and our customer for fake branded watches, bags, clothing and etc until they get so annoyed. But no one approach me, maybe I’m Chinese and they thought I’m from China. There are also beggars. Mother and child/baby beggars. When they approach you, they will make the child/baby cried first like pinching them. That is the saddest part and I’m so angry with all this mothers. It also does come across my mind that are they the real mother or kidnapper. The more I think about it, the more I get angry and sad. The authority should do something about this. To me, this is child abuse. Anyway, we did not shop much except managed to get Claudia a soft toy from the Beijing 2008 Official Olympic store. Our customer bought a watch (genuine) for his wife for their anniversary. Back to hotel around 8:30pm, went for coffee cause we skip dinner. We still feel full cause we did had a lot during lunch.

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Morning view from our hotel room. We are leaving this great city today. Taxi is booked at 7:30am even through our flight is at 10:15am. Always make sure leave an hour early when traveling in China. This is the one thing for sure I learned during this 4 days business trip.

 

 

 

Arrived at Xuzhou around 7:00 pm and the it getting dark. The funny thing is they do not turn on all the light in the airport. Just the arrival hall and baggage claim area. The rest is in the dark. The taxi driver is having a hard time to read my hotel reservation confirmation. When I asked, he said there are only 2 flights a day coming to this airport so they are saving the electricity. Journey to hotel will takes 1 hour drive. The street light is not on and bicycles & motorcycle do not turn on light. Taxi driver is driving at 140 kmp at all time and constantly beep at every junction.

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We booked the only 5 star hotel there. The hotel is located by the lake. Once you step in the hotel, you will have a different feeling cause the city and the hotel just didn’t match at all. I’m quite happy with the room and the view is ……..blur.

Next morning we are expecting the supplier (Ms.C) to pick us up to go to their factory for sample approval. So off we go, reached their new factory in just 30 minutes. Great. Look around their office and their showroom. Then we asked to take a look at the sample that we came for. Then she told us that the sample is in the old factory. Okay…. let’s go. Then she added that it will take 4-5 hours drive for here. o.O…What!

We have no choice but to agreed. End up, it took 6 hours to get there (the place name Manpi) and 6 hours to go back to the hotel. I have to cancelled my flight to Qingdoa that night and spent another night at Xuzhou. Thank you, Elaine (my assistant in Malaysia) to re-booking our flights due to this matter.

It only took an hour to inspect the sample and the tooling. Customer is quite happy with it but it suppose to be 100% finished product with fine touched done as their claimed in the email. But when we get there, it just 80% finished. Not very trust worthy.

Due to rain the road thats go in the factory is muddy. So we have to use the alternative road to get out. The factory is located in the village. The villager is not happy that so many vehicles using the road in front of their house. So they decided to place tree branches to block the road. I’m so innocent and asked Ms.C that can someone get down to remove those tree branches. Ms.C said it not that not one to remove them. They can’t simply remove them until an agreement is made. Even you pay them, they still wouldn’t let you pass. Amazing! We just sat in the car and wait and wait till they finished the negotiation.

Finally we reached the hotel at 10:30pm. Whole day without food just water except breakfast in the hotel earlier on. Funny enough, we don’t feel hungry, just want to get back to the hotel. 12 hours drive……..it’s torturing. So we decided to get something to eat at the Cafe.

Me: (In mandarin) Is your kitchen is close?
Captain: No. We still serve some simply supper. Here is the menu.
Me: Sorry but I can’t read Chinese. Do you have another menu in English.
Captain: Thats weird. You speak and understand mandarin perfectly but can’t read.

Because I’m English/BM educated. I learn my mandarin from TV series while working in Singapore. Now from Astro.He…he….

We will be leaving for Shanghai tomorrow morning. Below is the lake view in the morning when we are on our way to the airport.

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As I mentioned in previous post that we had to wait for 7 hours before our next domestic flight to Xuzhou. Shortly after our England customer arrived at the international airport, we took the airport bus to the domestic airport (Hongqioa = Red Bridge Airport) which took an hour drive and because we caught in the traffic due to rain and accident so our journey took slightly more than an hour. It fine for us cause we have so much time in hand to kill anyway.

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We had our lunch in one of their cafe and hopefully that their allow us to sit there till our departure time. While waiting, I have the need to go to the toilet which located one floor down from the cafe. As I coming out of the toilet, I saw this lady holding her baby in the squatting position. Then I take a closer look, she actually laid a piece of the tourist guide paper on the floor and letting her baby do her business in the public. BUT the toilet is just right in front of her. Why?? It is very disgusting and why the airport security officer did not do anything about it. Maybe is their habit & mentality that cannot be changed even thought the country is trying to change to the better.

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As we finally checked in and was assigned to gate 5. When we reached¬† gate 5, the place is so packed because gate 3, 4 & 5 is in the same place. Then we decided to seat at gate 10 which less pack and with a better lighting and ventilation. We went back to gate 5 when it one hour before boarding. Again it still crowded and later an announcement that our flight has changed to gate 10. o.O… we were their before. Grrrr…..and it delayed as well. Finally board the plane 45 minutes later and reached Xuzhou in one hour time.

I’m just came back from China yesterday afternoon. It a 4 days 3 nights business trip with Mr.Wallace. Claudia is takan care by my mum. It is a very tiring trip. Not that there are a lots of work to do but tired because of the hours spent on the road whenever you need to go from location A to location B. Now I really understand, China is so BIG.

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The Pudong, Shanghai airport is a very busy airport. We arrived early and have to wait for our customer from London which arrive 2 hours later.

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Waffles for breakfast but garnish with vegetable instead of fruits.

Later in the day we will take a domestic flight to Xuzhou at Hongqioa Airport which need an hour taxi drive from this international airport. Our flight is at 17:10 hours. Well, guess what! More waiting in the airport and have nothing to do.

To be continue.

 

Finally, all the passport errands is done.

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Update Claudia Passport

I was told by the Immigration that once a child reach 2 years old, their passport need to be updated with the latest photo and thumb print. Okay, need to do this cause we will be going to Singapore in September. Claudia passport photos was taken when she is 4 months old. Arrived at the Immigration Dept. at Subang Airport with all the documents and passport photos taken last February. Cheating a bit.

When I present the photos to the officer at the No Giliran counter, he rejected it saying it look blur, not good enough. Please take new photos. Okay……….off we go queue up to get Claudia photo taken by those photo machine. She refused to go sit on the stood and crying as well. I got so mad because I don’t want to make another trip. In the end, got the photos taken in Subang Parade in one of the photo shop and go back to Subang Airport after lunch. This time we got better luck and everything done in 45 minutes.

Immigration Dept., Putrajaya

Just came back from Putrajaya with Mr.Wallace work permit done. Arrived at 8:00am, paid at 8:45am, submit the passport for the work permit sticker.

Me: When can I collect it?
Officer: Tomorrow lah
Me: O.o but it stated here that we must collect the passport on the same day?
Officer: Ah….then come back 2:00 pm.
Me: Okay, I will come back at 2:00pm

So I have to sit around for the next 5 hours. Must find something to do. After finished reading the newspaper & CLEO, still have 3 hours to go. Called Mr.Wallace to get me direction to Alamanda Shopping Centre from the net. One thing about Putrajaya is that there are sufficient road signs and information boards, so finding places is not that difficult. Quite disappointment by the shops in Alamanda but this is the only place I got. What to do? I went for a hair cut at Jantzen and at the same time get my manicure & pedicure done. Muahaha. This is my 2nd time having P&m done, 1st time is my wedding day.

Yup, we are backed last Saturday. It is very tiring cause Claudia refuse to go to sleep in the plane considering she woke up at 6:00am (Adelaide time). She only gave in about the last one hour of the flight. Reached home at 10:45pm and all of us went to sleep at 12:30pm.

Back at work now. Countless things to do. Need to make visit to Immigration Dept for foreign workers visa. Then this Labour Dept. want to do pemeriksaan penguatkuasaan-akta kerja 1955. As if I am so free. Why can’t them come to your office instead for me to bring all the files and documents to their office. I hate government department.

Mr.Wallace & I have a new project. Since he got the Nintendo Wii, we need to set up a game area which is our family hall on the top floor. Then we need to set up Claudia room cause he decided to move her to her own room after reading Raising Belle.  We feel it time too. So wish us luck and will update the progress of this 2 projects.

I’m super busy this week.

First, auditor in the house since Monday. In fact, they are still here while I’m posting this. Luckily, today is the last day.

Secondly, I’m going for holiday this Friday. Hurray!! We are going back to Adelaide on Friday night. A lot of hand over job list to my assistant and finished all the pending jobs.

Things to do: –

  1. Pack luggage for 3 persons
  2. Clear the fridge (egg, milk, meat & etc)
  3. Pay all the utilities bill & credit card (increase credit limit-a lot of shopping he..he)
  4. Arrange for house sitter (my mother lah…who else)
  5. Update Claudia photoblog-21 Months (Mr.Wallace keep remind me about it)

I been explaining to Claudia on how are we going back to Australia for the past week. From where we stay (KK, Shah Alam) we can see planes most of the time. So she knows about plane but recently, she keep saying “No…don’t want” when I’m telling her that she will be on a plane soon. Then she pat her chest and said “Scare”. Mmmm…I think I will have great time in the plane for this trip. Wish me luck.

Will post from Aussieland.

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