A Month of Travel – China, UK, Brazil

China Trip
After two weeks of In-Camp Training,
I am straight back to action at work for the past week. My colleagues and I had
a challenging outing in Shanghai. We negotiated a contract with more than ten clients.
Throughout the meeting which lasted several days, we were bombarded with
demanding requests, often unreasonable too. Nevertheless, we kept our cool and
got the first of the two agreements signed this week. The second and more
complicated agreement is to be discussed in due course.

This explains why there had been
nothing to shout about in my blog last week.
In any case, even if I managed to
write any blog articles, it is not possible to access blogspot while in China.
For those who had never been to China and do not know, the only internet search
engine is Baidu
百度. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Blogspot,
Bloomberg etc are all blocked by the local authorities.
Short Rest and then back to China again
This weekend I am back home for a short
break before returning to China again tomorrow. The destination of the coming trip
is Qingdao for the purpose of final negotiation of another important project.

Both projects in China
aforementioned had discussions started early last year. The journey for both
projects is not easy. It comes with failure of related project earlier, frequent
unanticipated changes from the clients coupled with drinking and vomiting sessions.
What is unforgettable includes a car ride of more than ten hours on extremely
foggy and dangerous roads. Now, I am happy that the finishing line is within
sight. The combined value of both contracts is over S$40 million and I really
hope to ink the contract soonest. After which, I will take a deserved break.
Many of life’s failures are
people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas A. Edison

Back at
home this weekend, I managed to spend valuable time with my family. I also
attended a wedding dinner where my tuition student of ten years ties the knot
with her husband. Also present is another student of mine for four years. Both
of them in their mid-twenties are doing exceptionally well now. I am so proud
of them.

London and Rio, Here I come
The week
after next is another business trip yet again. Absolutely no breather for me! On
a brighter note, it should be a trip less demanding, except for the very long
distance I need to fly. I am actually a little excited this time which is abnormal. Normally I do not fancy overseas business trip, since I had quite enough over the past ten years. 
My first destination is to UK London stopping by for a
day, before heading to Brazil Rio De Janeiro to attend an exhibition. I am
excited since it will be my first time in UK. Moreover I really like Brazil for
its sunny, relaxed and carefree mood. My last visit to Brazil three years ago
was also a very memorable one too.

For now, Good Bye Singapore. 

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