Arghh…

So So So fed up with my work !!!

Im sooooo irritated !!! Its so obvious he is biased la !!! Shit him !!!

Then… Even more irritating… Why cant the person say what they want initially !! Then give so much stupid excuses !!!

Cant stand it !!!

I miss the 2 Vs so much…

Last Day in China…

The last day in China falls n 26th Jan 2007. This has been the longest China Trip that I have ever got. Luckily it have all ended… It was a “torture” trip to me. 😦

We arrived at “Changshu” on 20th Jan. From then on, it was drinking and eating. Lunch at 11.30 till 2 plus, and dinner will start at 5.30 – 6pm till 8plus. Having more than 20 dishes on the table seems to be a “norm” here. But the worst? The drinking part. Oh man,,, I still cant understand why they have to drink so much. Keep toasting for no reasons. N… They cant seem to get drunk! Arghh…

I think I broke my daily record for red wine on the last day there. Cant remember how much I drank, but assured its more than 20 glasses. At the end of dinner, I was feeling so miserable… Luckily never vomit this time round. (Though I hope I can) Haiz… Culture Shock… This is the way the Chinese do business… Drink and eat… When it comes to actual work? They are slow… L

I think I will stay away from Chinese food for sometime. The thought of it makes me feel like puking already. I miss KFC… Simple meal will do… I will also stay away from watermelon, Been eating and drinking the juice for the past 12 days. Oh man….

I love Singapore… Though the people here might be abit “Kiasu” , abit ungrateful… But at the very least… They don’t do business the way the Chinese does…

History Lesson

Woo…

Finally Im able to log on to wordpress. Was in Xi’an, China for the past few days and couldn’t connect to my blog! Arghh… Now back in Shanghai.. Sigh.. I prefer it there. (Maybe because of the amount of free time we had there?)

Days in Xi’an was fun.. Understand a lot more on the Chinese Culture, and I’m really impressed this time round!

Our itinerary for one of the free day includes visiting 2 places. The “Bin Ma Yong” Museum which shows a portion of the “warriors” that is made to be buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The other place is some place like a summer palace for “Yang Gui Fei” where the main interest is the hot spring that manages to maintain its water temperature at 45 deg “naturally”.

We started our program at 10am. The journey to the “BMY” was about 30mins… When we reached the place, they have those tour guides that we can engage for the short tour. Then there was this guy who approached us immediately when we reach. He seems really aggressive. He wanted to charge us 100RMB (20SGD) for the tour… But luckily we knew the market rate.. It should only cost us 30RMB to engage one.. Thus, we totally ignore him… with him keep tagging behind talking to “himself” In the end, we got a lady guide for 36RMB. She was really good. Very detailed… Thru her explanation, I understand a lot more on the history of Emperor Qin. No doubt that he is quite ruthless. But, its important to mention that he is also intelligent! He became King at the age of 13 and passed away at the age of 50. Through out his years of ruling, he managed to make 3 great commendable history statement.

1. One Rule in China (Originally China was separated into 6 kingdoms, but he made them into one)

2. Great Wall of China (Needless to say, its amazing, though I have not seen it before yet)

3. His “burial ground” (The total size of it = 9 Singapore … Arghh…)

Only when you see it for yourself, you will feel that “how come the people from 2000+ years ago can manage to think of something like this!”

Firstly, he started to plan for his burial ground not long after he became King… Hmm.. Kinda weird huh? It was also stated that he was a very demanding leader. He wanted a underworld kingdom. Not only being a King when he is alive, but also remain one when he is dead. Thus, he wanted everything that he sees when he is living to be made for burial when he die. Even had an artifical “pond” found somewhere near the museum…

After the visit, I kept thinking… The Chinese in the Qin Dynasty really seems smart. Alot of the Techniques and Stuffs that was used were unbelievably clever. If it wasn’t for the demanding King, maybe China will be a really developed country now. (Reason was becoz the King was afraid that when he died, there will be tomb thieves. He knows the “technology he used was safe for outsiders, but he was more wary of the people whom participated in the construction of his tomb. Thus he ordered to kill every single person who knew about the construction… Sad… 😦 )

Anyway, the things Im more impressed in:

i) Material used on sword – weapons made for the Bin Ma Yong. (It did not rust at all! Even sharp enough to cut thru 20 pcs of papers when it was being dug up by the archaeologist. It was made if a very rare type of element that was only found by in US in Year 2005!)

ii) The soldier’s expression on the Bin Ma Yong – There wasn’t any repeat of expression of the Bin Ma Yong.  It was made on a 1  to 1 scale of  actual soldiers of that time.  Our so called made to measure…

Though the exact location where Emperor Qin is buried have already been found. But no one dares to”dig” it yet. Reason is because…

From the records of history:

1. There are alot of traps preventing people to reach the body. Thus there is a worry that they might hurt the archaeologists.

2. There are water traps within… Thus there will be worries on whether the water will rush in n ruin all the things inside?

3. The body of Emperor Qin is said to be on mercury – Which is poisonous, thus, will it be safe?

Perhaps another reason was because  archaeologist still do not have any technology to preserve  the  things yet.  When the Bin Ma Yong were first found, they actually have colors on them. Just that as times goes by, they have become oxidized and  became one tone… 😦 I really hope to see it… However… I think the chances are not high…

2.

From Left: Min, Me & Lady Boss..

At the entrance of our 1st destination with the statue of Emperor Qin

 

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Min & I outside the Pit 1 of Bin Ma Yong Museum

Poor Photography Skills by Boss… 😦

 

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This is Pit 1 (There are a total of 600+. Only 300+ found now)

 

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Closer Look

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After the Bin Ma Yong Museum, we proceed to the 2nd destination: Hua Qing Gong

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Again, bad photography skills by Boss…

 

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Man made Bath Room of Yang Gui Fei

 

 10.

Erm… Statue of Yang Gui Fei.. Hee…

 

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We washed our hands with the spring water. Its damn hot!

 

On our 2nd free day at Xi’an. We went shopping! Just some pictures below…

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We went to an “Islamic” street there.. I like the look of ole buildings..

 

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My lunch for that noon… Some Chinese Pancake.

 

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Its Yummy !!! 🙂

 

Now Im back in Shanghai.. Sigh.. The horrible days will be coming…

 

 

 

 

Shanghai 01-2007

1st day in Shanghai!  This trip is gonna last for 13days!

Its winter here, Shanghai is having a max of 8 deg today. Hmm… The winter here always seem colder than anywhere else.. Arghh… Tomorrow will be heading to Xi’an for 5 days before coming back to Shanghai again. Xi’an is -4 deg today ! Hopefully I will not turn into a ice-lady ya…

Today I had dinner alone.. Went over to the carrefour here for some window shopping. Bought some tibits. 🙂  Then went on to find something to eat for dinner. The place seems to be 70% owned by breadtalk.. Had their confectionery there, and the foodcourt also seems so singaporean style.. Thus, in the end, I went to a cafe to have my meal… What I ate? “Stone Pot Curry Chicken” Haha… There really wasnt much choice!

Rice

The Rice… (As is I need to specify)

 

Curry

The Curry Chicken! Actually it looks kinda yucky from the picture I think.. Well.. The taste wise… Ok… More like Jap Curry… Gravy went dry when I was finishing…

Oh yah… I had a really hard time trying to get a cab back to the hotel! Everyone seems to be taking cab and there wasn’t a taxi queue at all.. You can just cut anywhere to get a cab. It was so cold lor… Drizzling somemore! End up standing for around 10min before I got my cab. Well.. Was cheap la. 11RMB… The starting meter fare. The meter never jump at all.. Heehee… Guess my next free day will be on Thursday – Saturday next week…

Hope I will not fall sick within the next 2 weeks!

Its a Boring Day !!

I’m so bored at work today!

Endless emails to send and reply… Bosses keep walking in and out of their rooms…

Both colleagues on MCs, thus, Im the only one facing the bosses! Arghh…  After they left at 4pm… I finally take a breath from work…. Then thought of I never really take any pics of my work desk… Thus… Here it is!

Office 1

Taken from the desk behind mine…

Quite messy ya?

Office 2

My print area… Though I don’t really use this printer..

Office 3

My “Junk” Area… Past Papers.. Blah Blah… The “Forgotten Area”

Office 4

My Hand Care Area… Air-con too strong.. Nothing seems to prevents my hands from getting dry.. 😦

Office 5

Water Cooler – My Nalgene Bottle and Super “China” Cup for my Rose Tea..

Also have a Kit Kat Thermal Cup… For my morning Milo! 🙂

 

Office 6

My Radio Station and my Pets!

The office will be awfully quiet without it…

Office 7

Finally my laptop..

Which always annoys me when it seems like its gonna break apart anytime..

I want a new laptop!! (As if they will buy me one… )

Nice…

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man
was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help
drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only
window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The
men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families,
their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service,
where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he
would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he
could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods
where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity
and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans
played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young
lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view
of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the
man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In
his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with
descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only
to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died
peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital
attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be
moved next to the window.The nurse was happy to make the switch, and
after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his
first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have
compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful
things outside this window

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own
situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that
money can’t buy.

“Today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.”