So here we are : our third and last Friday before we go back HOME.  From where I sit I see a collection of desks and chairs where we all work.  There’s a Chinese SAP desk calendar on the right; and we all got little red gift boxes on the left from a guy that got married.  The little box has a miniature pink teddy bear with a bow tie on the lid and has little pieces of candy inside.  Little bears and other cuddly creatures are used on labeling and cards and advertising to signal a warm and fuzzy feeling, much as is the case in the USA.    My weekend getaway plan is to go to Hong Kong by bus with a co-worler, only for the day Saturday.   I am so glad to have a local person to go with – it’s very intimidating to try a bus-ride full of Chinese people, feeling they are staring at you (usually they are not)!  I have not even been able to find a bus schedule on-line or at the bus stop.   Without a bus my best shot at the moment is to walk down to the Sheraton hotel and see if they can get me a taxi.

The whole team went to dinner last night at the restaurant that serves up baby pigeons as its specialty.   (Yes, I am horrible – I ate some baby pigeon as well.  It is quite good!).   The table has a lazy susan and they must have brought out 25 different dishes : roasted peanuts, spicy cabbage, jellyfish (none for me), fish and parsnip, a hot corn drink, beer, oolong tea, goose, noodles, green beans with garlic, most of it interesting and tasty.

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