28.07.2010 32 °C
So I have been in China for a month already! I am sad that the days are going by so fast! It already seems like such a long time has gone, but thankfully I still have 4 months left!
Tonight is going to be my last night at Jin's Cafe and I am sad and happy to leave. I am sad because I have made some good friends with my coworkers and will not be able to see them everyday on a personal level, though i will be eating at Jin's for the next 4 months, which is good! Most of the girls I have become friends with are the hostesses at the restaurant. Michelle gan, Melinda, Stella and Lara - I'm going to miss working with them!
I am happy to leave Jin's Cafe, because most of the days have been very repetitive for me - I go in and set the coffee spoons (for the morning shift), then hostess or serve for a while. After that I would retreat to the back area and clean hundreds of spoons, knives and forks that people have been eating off of. Later, I would proceed to fold about 200 napkins in a specific way that all the restaurants here use. I don't mind doing all of this, but at least let me sit and fold the napkins - we are usually never busy around that time and I have to stand at the hot bar, sweating through my work jacket folding 200 napkins!
Well on Sunday, I start my first shift of GRO (Guest Relations Office) and I am really looking forward to that!! In GRO, you greet the VIP guests at the hotel (there are 4 levels - 1 being the highest) and you would show them to their room and get them whatever you want. Also you have to talk to guests and get suggestions from them for how to make their stay more comfortable - pretty much you stalk guests and interrogate them! It should be fun to do this - hard, but I would get to meet some guests! Finally get to use the business cards the hotel prepared for each of us!
This past week has been pretty fun - On Tuesday night there was a reception party that i went to. About 25 people attended and we all went to a Korean BBQ place for dinner. It was absolutely delicious! We sat at 2 long tables, where at each end there was a stove in the middle where you grill your own meat. I had bacon, steak, fried rice, cold noodle soup, sushi, and lots of other foods - so good!! The place is actually just down the street from the hotel, so I will be going there again!
Last Friday, a group of us went to KTV and then to eat. I am in love with KTV! It is so much fun! You get a private room with 3 mikes in it and a big screen tv with a small monitor where you choose your songs to sing. Thankfully they have both English and Chinese songs. I think this might be a weekly or bi-monthly activity for all of us!
After KTV we went down the street to an authentic Chinese meal at a cool restaurant. There were 8 of us and we sat at a big round table with a lazy susan in the middle of it. We ordered a few things from the menu and then got up to get whatever else we wanted - they had different kiosks where you can choose whatever you want and they will bring it to your table. It was so much fun! we had dumplings, bean curd, Chinese fried dough, soups, chicken wings, spare ribs, and lots of other foods. Everyone is spoiling us so much here with food and it is awesome! I have tried so many different types of food here! However, i have yet to try anything extremely outrageous - no bugs on sticks, snakes or frogs, or animal intestines. Thankfully i have not had any dog - (I love you Huntley and Brinkley..i will not succumb to eating your friends).
Well that is all I have for today! I'll write later! Keep reading my blog!
Love from China,
An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)