This random post is in two parts:
I leave you with a picture that I took with the intention of it being used in the
This random post is in two parts:
at 6:37 AM
at 8:35 AM
Yesterday in my Chinese lesson I discovered that to greet each other in Chinese you say:
at 10:20 PM
Today I gave one year notice that I shall be leaving the company. That is a bit extreme I know, but i am 100% certain about the decision. I also understand the need for my boss to start looking at the current employees and begin considering who will come into the office next year. With those people starting to think about their plans for next year too, I understand the need for the boss to know sooner rather than later.
In terms of office politics the decision to announce my leaving in around 365 days could blow up in my face. I may now be seen as an expiring vegetable in the office supermarket rather than a prime bit of steak. I had a feeling the question was coming though so had time to think about my answer. My decision was based on the fact that the company has endless useful contacts and will not hold too much of a grudge to my leaving. So is more useful to me if I am a vegetable, if that makes sense.
I still feel very ill. I am at work today wearing a mask so as not to spread my germs to others. I leave you with some random pictures of events over the past few weeks that I have neglected to put pictures up of.
The pictures are from two different days. One was a Junk Boat trip organized by a friend and the other was a day out in the New Territories kite flying and bike riding.
ps, comments you leave will take a while to come up at the moment as I am trying out a new system.
at 9:59 PM
It is Monday afternoon and I am at home ill. I have been feeling rubbish for the past few days and have a massive red cold sore which I have now named Bob. I was at work this morning and my Chinese boss sent me home by lunch.
In Hong Kong sick days are really quite rare. It is not part of the workforce culture for sick days to be taken quite as liberally as they are in England. It is also hugely frowned upon, not just in my workplace but in many others that I have friends working in round Hong Kong.
So what i'm trying to say is that for my Chinese boss to send me home, i really must be looking crap. Shame i could not feel like this one week later because then I would not need make up for Halloween.
at 1:17 AM
If you are a regular reader of this inane little blog you will recall my mystery about the giant glass candle cases on the roof of the building opposite. Well yesterday I spotted a little old lady actually setting them up! I am now more convinced that they are connected somehow to Chinese religion but still investigating further.
at 7:49 AM
My landlord is rubbish.
After 2 months of asking him to sort out 2 small but annoying issues with the flat I was starting to despair. He would not return my calls, reply to my text messages or make contact through my property agent.
So I decided upon a new strategy.
It's 12 days into the month and I have still not paid him last months rent.
My strategy 'paid off' today and he phoned me to enquire as to where the rent was. We quickly came to an agreement that he was a below average landlord and should not expect me to be an above average tenant.
My problems have since been fixed and money has been paid to my dick of a landlord.
at 8:25 AM
Halfway through the week and I am about ready to drop!
I can't believe how much my job has changed in the last few months. My average working day in recent weeks has seen me arriving stupidly early and leaving stupidly late. Hopefully once I get all the recruitment stuff sorted though that will change. I'm not complaining that much, I quite enjoy trying to work out how the hell to let zombie students know about this tiny organization that has put me in Hong Kong. I opened up ideas from the new graduates about how to attract students to apply. Interesting ideas so far have been printing messeges on beer matts and creating a company song. We will not be going with those, but other folks are spreading the word on campus radio stations and student newspapers so that's good.
Today I had to decide what to do about my MPF. If you are wondering what MPF means then so was I up till a week ago. Turns out that once you have worked for 13 months in an organization in Hong Kong you have to start a government enforced scheme called the Mandatory Pension Fund. It pretty much is exactly as it sounds, I get docked monthly 70 quid of my wages and the company puts in an equal amount as well. All pretty boring stuff till I got to choose different investment schemes! Basically there are multiple options that you can choose to invest your MPF in.
I chose to invest in Mainland China.
It's classed as 'High Risk' but I have done my reasearch and people who invested in the scheme a year ago have seen their MPF packages double in the year. I asked some banker friends of mine and they all are on similar schemes themselves. So now that I am investing in the place I have decided to take more interest in what's going on across the border.
And here is a random picture of some of the gang I took today.
at 5:33 AM
This year we have recruited some particularly mad employees. Which is a good thing because you have to be a bit insane to do the job anyway.
One girl who I recruited from Swansea is a keen amature video creator. She sent me a link to view a video she made for Chatteris but at the same time left all her other work wide open for me to see. One video in particular made me cry with laughter, not sure if it because I know her or just because it's a crazy video but take a look at it by clicking (here)
You need to have the sound on to be able to appreciate it fully. She is the girl who is laying down in the grass and sitting up every now and again. Either way it is a good indication of the general undercurrent of madness that the people this year seem to have.
at 7:18 PM
Things I have done this weekend
at 3:32 AM
Today was my first Mandarin lesson.
First off, it is so much easier than Cantonese! There are only 4 tones which is far easier than the 9 that the Cantonese language uses. Plus you can learn it using a phonetic system called Pinyin. The pronounciation is not natural, but once you learn it then basically you can sit down and memorise the vocabulary and speak it like you would French or German. Mainland China now uses this system for teaching Chinese in schools so it's not even a special method made for us outsiders.
xuesheng = Student (me!)
cesuo = Toilet (not me)
But then there is the matter of the tones.
Take a look at this sentance in Pinyin: ma ma ma ma?
This could translate as: Did mother scold the horse?
I can't indicate here, but above each 'ma' there is a symbol indicating the tone you should use when pronouncing each 'ma'. Get it wrong and you could start throwing accusations of horse scolding all over the place!!!
at 5:58 AM
Last weekend was action packed full of fun events. Now it is Tuesday and the funnest event I have done so far is decide whether to have chicken or beef for lunch.
How the mighty fall.
at 10:17 PM