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Thursday, August 04, 2011

China Trip - Day 1

OK, so I was suppose to bring the girls for Terawih tonight but it started raining. Plus, En Rashid is outstation so it didn't feel right going without him, eventhough he had already given permission. Nevermind, hopefully tomorrow the weather will be better and we can go then.

So since the girls are asleep, I have some time to update about my work trip to China. There were 7 of us in a group heading there, plus one from the Host Company who was from the Malaysian office. We took the flight to Hong Kong then were shuttled into Shenzen, China. The trip to HK was uneventful but I finally got to see the movie Sucker Punch. Loved it!! Emily Browning was fabulous in that movie, I don't care what the critics think. I also got to see a little bit of Never Let Me Go but was only halfway through it when we touched down in HK.

Once we landed in HK, everyone made a mad rush for the toilets. I don't know why that is...it's always the toilets that become the first place of attraction. Hehehe. After everyone had relieved themselves, we headed out to search for our rides into China.

The Host Company had prepared 2 Alphards for us. Giller perak!! I've never been in an Alphard before so excuse the photo sharing.

Sebagai mem, kita harus la conquer seat belakang. Muahahahhaa!!

Getting out of Hong Kong was a breeze. Getting into China however, was horrendous. We were stuck at the immigration for nearly an hour!
Apparently, they had like 20 lanes there but most of them were just for show. All the Alphards had to line up at 2-3 lanes and open their boots and make sure everyone's faces could be seen by the immigration officer. A bit of a nightmare. I can't imagine how those people who work in HK but live in Shenzen (and vice versa) do it everyday.

Once we had cleared immigration, we headed straight for the hotel. We stayed at the Pavilion Hotel, Shenzen. It was a very nice hotel, strategically situated right next to the Digital Mall. The guys were already salivating, thinking about all the gadgets they were going to buy.
The check in counter. I don't understand what the background motive had to do with Shenzen, or China for that matter, but I liked it!!
The big ass chandelier. They put fresh flowers in the lobby everyday. It smelt so nice walking by them every morning.
When we got to our room, it was surprise to see the following.
Prayer mat, complete with compass and a welcome gift (China silk scarf).
The bed was huge...and I had it all to myself!! Bliss....
The bathroom was nice and cozy and had  all the items required.
Nice big closet to hang all my clothes and place my shoes. Love the robes, they were so soft.
The room was rather big, I could easily fit another bed in it. Sigh...at that time, all I could think of were my babies at home. If only I could have brought them with me....
The view form my room. Even with all the construction going on, Shenzen was still a very green city. The tall one in the background is still under construction but will be the tallest building in Shenzen once its finished.

After taking a breather, we headed out for dinner. Which I'll write about more in my next post. Time for sleep!!

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