1 New Flat, 1 New Job, 1000 Awkward Encounters

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

There's nothing like having that steaming, slippery monkey on your back.

I'm CRAVING lanzhou Lamian. In fact, in retrospect, I think it might have been the major reason why I moved back to China. You know that dough slapped violently onto a table then magically separated in the blink of an eye into dozens of strands of delicious noodles? If you don't know, click here. I've scoured my new neighborhood and cannot find it! Where did all the Lanzhou lamian restaurants go? You could step into any door in my old neighborhood and you'd be sure to find some Lanzhou lamian! Otherwise, the new place is great!

My camera has a panorama mode!

I can be seen most times balancing precariously on the window sill experimenting with the newly-discovered panorama mode on my camera (see attached photos)

I was going to buy a bike but kayaks are starting to make more and more sense.
The apartment is only two bus stops from my work, which took me 20 minutes yesterday and about 50 minutes today because it was sprinkling...

When I got to the office 15 minutes late, no one in my department was at our table. I looked in all the meeting rooms to see if I was missing something. It turns out I was the first one there! Could I be a shoo-in for employee of the month already?! 

In Chinese offices, when you don't know a new person, instead of talking to them directly, you can just Skype message them...from across the table.

I first discovered this when the head of the market research department, who sits across the table from me, messaged me to ask if I would be free to meet with her at 2:30. I looked up at her and she just kept looking at her computer and typing. Also, she had clearly seen me doing hardly anything all day because the CEO hadn't put me through orientation yet. "Yes, I am free". "Good, see you then". Hmm.

I'm pretty bad with names, especially Chinese names, and there are about 30 people in my company. A nice guy invited me to lunch with him and some other coworkers and we were Skype chatting back and forth. I wasn't quite sure who he was. Then, as we were messaging, I realized that when I hit enter, there was a BING! from the computer next to me. 

Yep, it was the guy sitting next to me. Confirming the suspicion, he messaged "Come have lunch with us! Market Research is like a family". Either this is a rather labored metaphor or I don't have as much of a grasp on Chinese families as I thought I did.
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Cheryl on

Really enjoying your blog hope your having a great time

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