Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reno Diary - Aircon Piping & Installation

Initially, I didn't want to install aircon in our house as I'm scared of cold. Yes, I can stand heat, but would cringe at the slightest drop in temperature. Whenever I travel, the first thing I'll do upon check into the room is to adjust the aircon temperature to 25 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, Leecher was all in favour for installing, so I had to give in and let him install his aircon.


The wires and coil for air con. Leecher reckoned that we won't be switching on air con that frequent, it would make more sense to get the non-inverter unit. I've heard that nowadays, there are no more non-inverter units left in the market, so potential buyers please take note. 

 The aircon trunking can't be hidden and its quite an eye sore. I guess you just have to live with it and as time flies, you won't even notice it anymore. 

Drilling a hole in the wall for the wires to be connected outside. 

Work is done for the day, wires all tied up.

The aircon unit has arrived and the guys were busy setting it up. 

Testing the system to make sure that everything is working.

Since Leecher wanted to install the air con, he has to pay close attention on the demo of how to clean the unit! That's the price he has to pay, :P

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shanghai Oct Biz Trip 2011 P2

Another day in Shanghai. Ordered breakfast once I woke up and this came promptly by the time I was out from shower.

As much as I wanted to head down for a sit down breakfast, I had to settle my breakfast in the room before our morning meeting.

Took a cab over to client's place, only to realise that they were actually within walking distance from the hotel. Pudong area used to be mainly farmland and countryside with some warehouses and wharfs near the shore. The Chinese government decided to set up a Special Economic Zone in Chuansha, henceforth, creating the Pudong New Area, where the western tip was designated as Lujiazui Finance and Trade zone, which became the new financial hub of modern China.

Lunch with client along the row of restaurant @ Lujiazui.

Back to the hotel to work on some documents, before we decided to head out for a short walk.

Grand Melia Hotel is situated within walking distance to the Oriental Pearl Tower & Ocean Aquarium Park. We weren't interested in looking at fishes, so we headed straight to the Tower.

Against the backdrop of the evening sun.

The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV tower is the most distinct landmark in Pudong area. According to Wiki, the design on the building is said to be inspired by the chinese instrument, pipa.

Cameras started clicking away as soon as you stepped out from the lift.

The skyline that mainly consisted of buildings. Everything looked puny!

We bought the most expensive tickets which entitled us to go several floors up. The 电梯小姐 are friendly when reciting their lines, otherwise, be careful not to step on their toes. They will not hesitate to reply your queries in a harsh (rude) manner.

Gorgeous sunset!

Ambassadors from various countries penning their well-wishes.

Eric is very camera shy and won't post for any pictures for me, so I have to take one while he wasn't looking :)

Playing with my own reflection, haha! Was under-dressed for the weather turned chilly when the sun is setting.

We headed for the upper observation platform, which has an outside area with a glass floor. I'm not scared of heights, but it took me a while before I dared to inch closer towards the middle. Before long, I was near the edge and taking pictures, lol!

Went back to the hotel to change into my jeans and put on a thicker jacket for more protection against the cold weather.

Chit chat session over dinner and desserts. As I interact with different departments within the same (client) company, it's always interesting to learn about others work roles! Enriching, I must say :)

Quick breakfast before heading out for an early meeting, as we were scheduled to fly back later in the afternoon.

During our journey for lunch, I caught sight of Raffles City! This building, like Raffles City Singapore, sits above the intersection of 3 subway lines. It is also within walking distance of the famous Nanjing Pedestrian Street and the legendary Bund.

Owen recommended this small eatery 佳家汤包, located at a dodgy ally, which serves superb 汤包! As we were there after lunch hours, most of the hot-selling 汤包 were sold out. We had to settle for the available items. Hence, we ordered a mixture of seafood, pork and chicken 汤包. They were freshly made on the spot, so be prepared to wait for 15-20 mins for the food to arrive. A point to note - this shop will close for the day, as soon as the items are sold out, so don't adhere to the opening hours that you may see.
90 Huanghe Lu, by Fengyang Lu
Shanghai, China.
Opposite 佳家汤包 is 小杨生煎, which sells 生煎包 or pan-fried dumplings. This stall is supposedly very famous. The broth literally oozes out, or rather, spills out when you bit into the bun!
60 Wujiang Road,
Shanghai, China

Time for us to board the flight - was famished after our meeting and we needed to have food before boarding the plane. The only restaurant available (and monopolizing the area!) serves all kinds of food. Eric had a sandwich while I went for Korean (maggi) mee.

Finally, time to board the flight! And, that pretty much concluded my China on-location experience. I wonder when will be the next time I'll be heading there ~
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