today was my third day at work. the first two days a basically did nothing, except from trying to learn some chinese words. the epmhasis is on trying, because it's really hard. there's just no derivation from other words possible and the words are sometimes put together a little bit strange. for nouns u put two words together: like cigarette actually means fragrant smoke.
anyway, we visited some suppliers today, because there have been some problems in quality. the conversation at this and the following two suppliers was all in chinese so i did nothing except sitting there, trying to pay attention to things i don't understand and sometimes get a short translation what the conversation is about, but i have no chance to understand a word or say something. that's when i realised again that it's gonna be a very hard time when we go and visit suppliers and customers. because sometimes they talk about me as well, point on me and i really would like to know what they say, who wouldn't :-) same situation at dinner sometimes, but that's ok, i expected it. it just would be really interesting at some points.
after a really long day i went out for dinner with the guys from the assembly team and ivy, sales manager. she needed to go with us because she was the only one speaking english apart from me. so to make something like a conversation happen she had to translate the things, but i think she didn't mind.
Furthermore i learned to count in chinese and they tried to teach me some food vocabulary, which i forgot again by the end of dinner, cause there were so many. but i'm still able to count, at least i learned something :-)
After dinner they dropped me at my apartment and i let the day come to an end with an iced coke on top of my apartment building, level 33, nice view and not too hot anymore (only 30° at 11pm :-))
...and organising basic things was the plan for today.
after sleeping long i decided to look for the next supermarket, because i was really hungry and needes some breakfast. and i found the nanjing aldi, named suguo. result of the shopping trip: took me 30 minutes, cause 95% of the stuff is written in chinese and i didn't know where to look for it, so i had to go thorugh every shelve :-) so my theme for shopping is: i buy the things which look good and might taste good and yoghurt gets chosen by colour :-) next step was to go to the cashier, but where are they? so i TRIED to ask the staff from the supermarket but i had to realise that they don't speak word english and didn't know what i wanted, so i just walked on and found it on the ground level. after ordering a bag by showing on someone else's i grabbed my shoppings and went home.
in the afternoon jessy came. she's the main secretary of the company and she speaks english quite ok. if she didn't know things she asked her little translating computer and that's how we went to buy a sim-card, to the police station to get me registered and then had dinner.
in the evening we meet my boss and ryan, the second owner of the company to give me a short presentation of the company at 11.30 pm, because next day would be my first day at work.
...after 13h of travel, starting form melbourne, ending in nanjing, my "hometown" for the next 3 months. stop over was in shanghai, where i needed to find the gate for the nanjing flight first and i can tell you, the airport there is not too little :-) i realised that as well when i entered the bus, which took us to the plane, taking a little less than 10 minutes. the plane itself was just a little jet and then the first "thing" in china happened: i just wanted to get on the plane but bang, the door of the plane was a little bit to small, shit happens. the stewardess found it was funny and i didn't do anything else than laughing :-)
arrival in nanjing 11pm. temperature: 33°, humidity: very humid. and because it wasn't too warm in melbourne i was wearing jeans, t-shirt, jumper and jacket. my boss picked me up in thongs, shorts and t-shirt, i think i don't have to say anything else, it was just hot :-)
he took me to my apartment in the city centre of nanjing: level 19, nice view, fully furnished inclduing bed, little kitchen, bathroom, fridge, desk, television (which i can't use anyway, thanks to the chinese language :-)) and the most important thing in china: air condition.
i just dropped my bags, had a quick shower and that was it for the day. plan for the next day: organising stuff.
...I managed to get a profile here and can start writing a little blog now, which i actually planned to do already one month ago :-) so everyone who wants to stay up-to-date can just have a look from time to time and will find some pictures and stories about my experiences in china.
as well i'm there's no guarantee for correct english, but if someone minds, that's not my problem. just leave :-)))
otherwise feel free to read through everything and make some comments if you'd like!!
zai jian (bye bye)
p.s.: the name is duominike cause most of the chinese people can't say dominik properly and it sounds something like dominika, written duominike though, strange chinese language, as i will tell you probably soon again :-)