Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last few days

The last few days I have been really busy with work so did not get a chance to update my blog. After we came to Dujiangyan we spent the rest of the day more or less lazing around. The hotel we are staying looked really nice at first. It's the Tiandiren Business Hotel and the rooms looked really cozy. It was later that we realized the food (breakfast) served is awful. Loren and I bought marmalade from a nearby store and we have Chinese bread with it everyday. Also, there is warm orange juice (never had warm juice in my life!!), and fried eggs. I call them the "saviour eggs". Then we also have eggs boiled in green tea, which should been tasting different as per the local people here, but tastes the same to me as any other boiled egg in the world.

We have "discovered" a small Chinese fast food restaurant close to our hotel where we have been going for our food. The place has good fairly good food. The chicken and mushroom rice was quite like the Chinese food we have in India, with only a kilo of oil extra!! yesterday, we tried a newer version of Hot Pot, called the Dry Pot. It was pre-cooked food put in a pot over an oven on the table. The food was really spicy, but I think I am getting used to the spice. The Sichuan peppercorn explodes like atomic bombs in your mouth if you accidentally bite into them, leaving your mouth and lips completely numb.

Back at work, we visited a large electrical apparatus manufacturing company. I will never forget the treatment that we received there. We were treated like royalty. We were the "experts". The board room was filled with all the senior management team including the board members and the Chairman of the company. They explained in details the problems the company was facing, shared their company confidential 5-year strategic plan and took us on a factory tour. They also took us to an amazing lunch were we had 24 courses. Trust me. I counted. Since they were so serious about us, we thought it would be really good if we could give them some good recommendations. We have been working on our presentation since then. We are nearly done and have given it to Lauren for translation.

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