Monday, 1 June 2015

Fujian Trip (Part 1) - Down In the Dump, but Feels Touched

Two weeks ago, I was off to China Fujian for work. The place I visited is Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian. My last trip to Fuzhou was about three years and the city did change so much for the better. What is obvious, is you can see more high-rise new buildings. The less obvious and more surprising change, is there are more parks that promote healthy lifestyle for the Chinese people.

About Fujian

The name Fujian came from the combination of two cities Fuzhou and Jianzhou. The province has approx. 35 mil population, with the largest city Fuzhou having 7 mil people. Another important city within Fujian is Xiamen, which has one of the most developed economies within China. Fuzhou and Xiamen are also found in top 10 Chinese cities for best air quality. 

View from the Hotel Room

Down In the Dump

It’s been little time for family and myself lately. Traveling on a Sunday afternoon does make it worse. To inflict more pain, there were flight delays to/fro and I was seriously ill during the trip. The first night of arrival, I was bed-ridden by countless times of diarrhoea and vomiting. I am quite certain it is not the hotel food, instead blamed it on my greediness and the combinations of food I ate for supper. It was absolutely disastrous! I had to forgo the morning meeting with my colleagues taking over. This is one meeting that I really wanted to attend.

Stay Positive and You Can Rise Out Of Dump Fast 

Stay Positive & Discipline
Despite my illness, I keep telling myself to stay positive and be discipline on my food selections and drink plenty of liquids. Carrying my weak body, I continued with the afternoon meeting but skipped the dinner with Chinese clients. I survived for the first day! I not only survived but recovers fast on the second and third day! 

Caring Colleagues & Driver
My speedy recovery was aided by so many nice and caring people around. First, my colleagues were constantly asking if I am feeling better. They even re-schedule the afternoon meeting to a later time, so that I can have an hour additional of rest.

Then our Chinese driver, upon knowing I am ill, was so kind to drive me to pharmacy to buy medicines. While I was very appreciative for his kind intention and bought the Chinese-branded medicines, I did not consume the medicine. When asked what the usual past-time is for Fuzhou people over the weekends, the Driver says exercising! He cited badminton, jogging and strolling along the parks. “People are getting more and more health conscious!” he said.

Exemplary Service from Hotel Manager
The most grateful of all is for the Westin Fuzhou Hotel manager Mr. Gao. He who visited me at my room when knew about my illness, also later brought me porridge, bananas and ordered his colleague to help me buy glucose water for the prevention of body dehydration. 

Chinese gluclose powder, salt and medicine

Furthermore, Manager Gao also dialled several times to check on my health status and offered help each time! All was free of charge, but what it matters most was the effort from the heart. This, I can tell and sense! I wrote a long letter of commendation to Manager Gao, before I checked out. 

Rolf’s Thoughts

For a big nation like China, it is undeniable that they still have a long way to go before being a truly developed country. It is not only economical or wealth success, but also placing emphasis on developments of personal etiquette and good cultures of the people. At least a lot of my European or Brazilian colleagues have lots of qualms about the future success of China, after being cheated during their visits here.

Having said that, the one thing I like about China is not how great the city or the people were, but each time I revisited the same place, things change for the better!

This particular trip, I was touched by the Chinese.

Despite the illness, dual delays in the flight departures, it was one of my happier trips after being shown so much care. 

There is more surprise when on the plane back to Singapore. I will write in the next article. Stay tune. 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Rolf.

    Our family and ancestors came from Fuzhou so thats one province which I really wanted to visit one day.

    Hope you get better there with the illness. It sucks having to go through all those during business trips.

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    1. Hi B,

      As what I know, many smart and successful business man comes from Fuzhou. No wonder.... ;-)

      I am also from Fujian but heard from my auntie that my ancestors originated from Xiamen.

      Thanks for the well wishes in Heath. Sama sama to u!

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  2. Rolf,

    When it rains, it pours doesn't it?

    You take care now...

    Never fun to get sick on overseas travel :(

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    1. Hi SMOL,

      Thanks. I had since recovered and then infected by office flu viral.

      This rain not only pours but persists! Haha...

      Biz trip now again abc next week. Time to put a stop!

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