One year, half way my assignment, but want to sign up for an extra year

28 Feb

One year Zhong Guo, what a year!
Official start of my contract March 1st 2012, what year has flown by , over 25 business trips, 100+ customer visits, building my team and gaining trust, getting used to the Chinese and the other way around, bicycling in Beijing, drinking till you drop to the floor with customers, negotiating with Chinese companies (6 year old children), SAP management churn, lying and deceiving, firing team members, learning survival Chinese, quarter end stress in China (40% of revenue in last 36 hours), hosting Industry events with over 500 people, customer dinners with 300+ people and signing Karaoke & dreadful speeches & Baijui (Chinese liquor), power battles with our local partners, PR China new government and increased security, the quality of people I have to wage war with, the luxurious live of my colleagues in global roles and the utter ignorance of these corporate seagulls, achieving my 20mio target, the hong bao’s (envelopes with money), the obligatory presents, Guanxi (every person has a network), er nai’s (second wives) spitting and roggelen, many dinners and interesting stuff I did eat, snake, scorpion, maggots, tribe, donkey, yak, old eggs, birds nests, fish eyes, sea cucumber, great trips to Shanghai, Xi’an, Harbin, Vietnam, bicycle rides every weekend in Beijing, Tao and Confucian temples, the hard life of the locals for survival, censorship, slow internet or existence without streaming internet, the warm blanket of the expat community, Network events of the Dutch chamber of Commerce, the drink parties with my boss and team, the new friendships of my 3 kids, the lack of trust between the Chinese, the air quality, hitting my team members to achieve goals, my comfort zone where is it?, the language, the extreme wealth of some Chinese, the small dresses during summer times, the des interest in political change, my ayi and Lu shifu, the great evenings with my wife in the Beijing hutongs restaurants and theaters, wo ai Pauke, the speed trains and their accuracy, the many delays at airfields, the lack of speed and number of stamps for everything like water electricity phone etc.., the way my team reimburses expenses, fapio’s, my translator Zhang Yu, GWM, Suning, COFCO, CNTC, BAT, my GAD friends the few brothers in arms, Nanchan 南山ski, 24 7 traffic jams…., fireworks, Chinese new year, Chungjie Kuaile (happy new year).
A day without something happening, when was it? All of the above is now accepted as normal and the daily happiness with my family is the only real thing that gives me energy to cope with the situation and I dare to say I just landed and I’m ready to start in the year of the snake!


4 Responses to “One year, half way my assignment, but want to sign up for an extra year”

  1. Jasper February 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Fantastisch, Max goed te horen.

  2. Ay March 6, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Hey Max,

    Het is mijn jaar! Ben een slang(etje). Ik heb dit jaar voor het eerst Carnaval gevierd. Had met Stef afgesproken!
    Ay Lin

    • Max Pauke March 6, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      Heeee Aylin,
      hoe is het weer in de lage landen?
      mis je de smog al 🙂

      groet, Pauke

  3. Eric March 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    super verhaal Max, het fietsen vorig jaar was super, de Baijui iets minder 🙂

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