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Amazing but true.
Amazing but true.

Circumstances under which it would be acceptable to shop here:

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#1I work for BMW so it’s ok for me to shop here.

Drew says: no, it’s not ok. Why doesn’t BMW give you this stuff for free Mr. Valued Employee?

#2 – I own a BMW so it’s ok for me to shop here.

Drew says: please go kill yourself.

#3 I don’t own a BMW but I want one so it’s ok for me to shop here.

Drew says: slap both your parents in the face for raising you wrong, and then go kill yourself.

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Harbin Headshot

In my previous journal entry I mentioned my next stop was Harbin. Indeed, to Harbin I went. Sadly, I was recalled back to Shenyang 2 days early and thus did not have time to go traipsing about for another photographic expose.

My time in Harbin actually constituted less than 24 hours, but that was plenty of time for your beloved author to nearly kill himself yet again…

As is our custom, we stayed at the 国际饭店 (International Hotel), which is a charming little establishment in the heart of Harbin originally built by the Japanese during the 1930s. What makes it particularly special is that, while it has been upgraded with modern amenities like internet access, the original hotel decor has been left largely intact. This means, for example, that the doorways, elevators, and rooms have dimensions suitable to a 1930s-era Japanese businessman (i.e. – short!).

This is really cool…

The initial height of this particular entryway is approximately that of my shoulder, no joke...
The initial height of this particular entryway is approximately that of my shoulder, no joke…

Unless you happen to be checking your work email on your phone early in the morning before you are fully awake…

And, not having stooped far enough, I ended up sprawled out flat on my back in the hallway...
And, not having stooped far enough, I ended up sprawled out flat on my back in the hallway…

I fought the law ceiling and the ceiling won…

But my head and I put up a good fight, goddamnit!
But my head and I put up a good fight, goddamnit!

Changchun on Foot / 漫步长春

Autumn is campus recruiting season, during which my company dispatches a cross-functional team across central and northeast China to scour the best universities for potential future employees. As the official foreign face of the company, I’m a key member of the recruiting team. This week’s excursion takes us through Changchun (长春) and Harbin (哈尔滨).

Sunday was our evening recruiting event, after which all hopeful students took a written exam and submitted their CVs. Yesterday we held group interviews for around 70 candidates to weed out the “good on paper” kids. Today (Tuesday) left us with about 30 students ready for one-on-one interviews. Unfortunately (fortunately?) for me, none of those 30 candidates were applying for the positions I’m responsible for, so I had no interviews to do and therefore a clear schedule for the entire day. The weather forecast was sunny, a slight breeze, a high of 20 and low of 10C … perfect for a stroll!

Surveying what the Changchun city center has to offer, I settled on a visit to NanHu Gongyuan (“South Lake Park” aka 南湖公园) and particularly the 大佛寺 (“(Gautama) Buddha Temple”) located nearby. You may recall I’ve recently officially started down the Noble Eightfold Path.

Final thought during our introduction here: I left the Changchun Ramada hotel equipped with my new Samsung Galaxy S II phone. This is the first truly smart phone I’ve owned, and is subsidized as part of my company compensation. In addition to the standard GPS and mapping function, it takes decent photos. And so, new phone in hand, I resolved to shoot and shoot often during my stroll… our photographic tour of Changchun begins now…

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