Food Overload

Food Overload

Today we woke up at 7am China time to head down for a buffet breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast is set in the lobby/rain-forest that actually contains real tropical birds. When we went to the counter we found fresh fruit, pastries, juice & yogurt. I thought that it was OK, but nothing special. Then j-street walks off and when […]

Chengdu Hot-Pot

Chengdu Hot-Pot

The Chengdu Hot-Pot is famous across China for it’s taste and spiciness. When we went with our corporate partners, they went easy on us and order a very mild one by their standards. What an amazing dish! The Sichuan pepper has an anaesthetic effect that makes your lips and tongue numb. The combination of being cooked in a broth of […]

The First Half-Day

The First Half-Day

So some dramas checking-in, mainly it not being pre-paid and us not having enough cash on us to cover the cost. Due to some quick thinking and negotiation skills by j-street and I, we were eventually allowed to check in. I don’t want to dwell on this as the day was genuinely amazing. The room is great, I would say […]

Flight from Hell

“Flight from Hell” is a dramatic headline that is totally untrue. Now that I have your attention though, there were quite a few memorable moments. Firstly there was the ‘random’ security check where every-time I travel I get selected. Not very random if you ask me. This time I also got a bonus pat-down which was a new (and unpleasant) […]

Let’s take a cab…

Let’s take a cab…

While I was googling “Chengdu” for a nice image, on the first page is “Bus spontaneously explodes”. I think I might stick to taxis while I am over there… This was from 2009 though, so I am sure it’s fine now.

Why China?

Why China?

My work has started a Distributed Agile approach to software development. They have been kind enough to send me to China to work with our partners over there. What that means for me, is a one month trip to Chengdu, China. My good friend from work, Jason, and another friend from our partnering company, Mark, are both coming with me. […]