Friday, June 6, 2008

2008 QSI Shekou Graduates

Britt the director handing out a diploma while Robb the Sec. principal calls names.

The Grads

Tim and Jocie Valedictorian

Tim and the ten Grads

QSI had its 2nd ever graduation program this Friday. It was fun with 10 seniors graduating, Here are some pics from todays program which was very nicely done. All 10 have been accepted at Major Universities around the world.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Line Up

Me Do is one of the massage places that we go to.
They line up for over 10 minutes and have a number of songs and dance they
do no matter how much street noise they have to compete with.

This Tappanyaki is where you sit at a grill and have many kinds of great Japanese style food
cooked for you and served hot.
Typical ingredients used for teppanyaki are beef, shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken etc. and assorted vegetables.
Bev and I have eaten here many times with friends.

Both of these businesses are within a very short distance, maybe no more than 2-3 blocks from our home.

Almost every retail type of company will do this line up prior to the beginning of the shift. I have seen this at virtually ever kind of business but especially in the service sector. So usually everyone has to be in uniform and in there spot in the line-up, roll is called then announcements are made and singing and chanting proceed. The singing is rather nice sometimes it is just one song other times it is a medley also there are almost always hand and leg actions that go with the song. It is fun to watch this happen. It is almost always outside the front door of the business. I rarely see it with small retail businesses that do not have many employees. If anyone has any other insight I would like to hear about it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

New Ikea in Shenzhen

Still a construction site, but open
55m square could be a whole apartment,
ours is over 100.

Watched a lot of people that were looking at this display, interested in upgrading to this kind of kitchen

Lunch too

Everyone over here loves IKEA. They have great products, almost all of which are made in China. It is less expensive than many other choices. It is one stop shopping and a great place for young families, singles and expats, all of which Shenzhen has in abundance.

When we came we traveled 4 or more hours each direction to spend 2 or 3 hours buying things to set-up our apartment, at IKEA. Now we have an IKEA that is only a cab ride or a bus away. Bev and I got directions to the new store and visited after her dental appointment as it is in the same general area, known as the OT.

Well it is a huge IKEA, three floors with all the same crazy stuff and the same follow these yellow arrow pathway through the store, with the large warehouse area at the end just before the checkouts.

This is going to make life much easier for the new staff joining us next year. They also take local bank cards and VISA etc. The restaurant has fewer choices than some and the Swedish food area is small but still fantastic with some great choices, unattainable elsewhere.

In addition there will be next door to the IKEA an outdoors store and a home improvement store. Smaller versions of these stores are available closer to Shekou, but it is nice to have one at a one stop shopping complex.