Monday, June 26, 2006

Hotel Towers and a Local Bach Suite

Today was my first day of work in the SH office after coming off the flight last nite. It wasn't too bad as I woke up, but jetlag has finally kicked in during the afternoons. I felt like a zombie and dead tired after lunch and feel like i'm a swimming fish on the ground now. The traffic never ceases to amaze me as the taxi that I was in actually honked and cut an ambulance (that was flashing and beeping) yesterday... I also got finalized in securing a local bachelor condo suite close to the office place today too; it is a puny room that is just like a joke compared to the Hotel suite I'm staying at (somehow I'm on the VIP Towers suite, possibly because last time I stayed a long time in SH and they flagged my name down). Eitherway, I was supposed to move into this condo tomorrow, but I kinda decided to prolong my stay at the hotel instead - as long as it's within my covered budget >:p However, locals all suggests the place i rented has a nice environment and is a semi-expensive place for them already. Mmm... this also reflects the big poverty gap in China too; ppl driving fancy Mercedes honking the bikes off afraid that they will scratch their cars, while an old lady with her back crouched picking up garbage to eat just next to the car. Somehow there's not much middle class - either people are filthy rich or are extremely poor with foreigners like myself filling up a very small midclass vacuum. Anyways, enough for me today; I'm gonna rest ,watch some worldcup and try to to forget the small condo i'm supposed to move in soon.

5 comments:

AJEYA RAO said...

Good to read that u r there. Hmmm Bad traffic sense! Its the same here in India too. SH looks great, should be an interesting place to visit. So are you going to have lots of traveling within the country while you are there? Keep us posted...

可可 said...

But people with mercedes, are they really filthy rich? Or are they middle class who are too eager to show off their wealth? I have been told working class would wear expensive suits and buy expensive bags in HK to show off the brands. Just thought it would be similar in SH too.

Edmund Lee said...

Hi Ajeya, thanks for dropping by... I think the 1st prio for my is to get settled and have everything set up before visiting more of the sites in China. (BTW, the network is pretty bad here with much disconnections) I also heard that India and Taiwan also have similar traffic problems as in SH from my friends too.

Colly colly, I think only the rich ppl can afford mercedes (except the illegal ppl of coursr :p) Normal middle class ppl can prolly just afford some China brand car or a electrical scooter at most - afterall, the price of the houses here are astronomical to them, and many of them rent instead of own (even when they are older).

AJEYA RAO said...

No News What happened? Busy to update blog?...:-)

Edmund Lee said...

Thanks for dropping by! Was quite exhausting last week planning and organizing my move to SH last week, but finally got some time to rest up and update my blog today :)