So I was digging through a lot of old photos after properly acquainting myself to using Lightroom (would you believe I only use PS for my processing?) and there are some god damn hidden gems that I can’t believe I missed whilst processing my China photos.
Otherwise known as Mount Emei (Chinese: 峨嵋山), this UNESCO World Heritage Mountain is also one of the possible four sacred buddhist mountains of China, located in Sichuan province. Here, we were transported from the base of the mountain to the final vehicular port to reach the peak of the mountain. Our bus arrived by lunch time and we dined at a rather ordinary restaurant before making our ascent on a full stomach. Cable cars can be accessed before a one hour hike to reach the peak - Jinding (Golden Peak).
If I am the older sibling, I will befriend the younger ones. If I am the younger sibling, I will respect and love the older ones. Only when I can maintain harmonious relationships with my siblings am I being dutiful to my parents. When brothers take money and objects lightly, resentment won’t arise among us. When we tolerate each other’s words, anger naturally dissipates. In eating and drinking, and in walking and sitting down, the elder person goes first, the junior person goes after. When an elder is calling someone, immediately call that person for the elder. If that person is not there, go to the elder yourself first. When addressing a respected elder, do not call him by name. In front of a respected elder, don’t show off. When meeting an elder on the road, quickly go up and bow with hands together. If the elder has nothing to say, retreat and stand respectfully. Get off if riding a horse, get out if in a car. Wait even after the elder passes for a hundred steps or more. When the elder person stands, the junior person stands. When the elder person sits, only upon being ordered does the junior person sit. In front of a respected elder, one’s voice has to be low. If it is too low to be heard, however, then that’s inappropriate. When going in to see an elder, one must hurry; when leaving an elder, one must be slow. When asked a question, one rises and answer without moving one’s gaze. Serve the many fathers (elders) like serving (your own) Father. Serve the many older brothers like serving (your own) Older Brother.
Here’s her story.
Allison got a job in the management training company in Connecticut at the GE headquarters. Allison is very much interested in the advertising/sales aspect of GE. She moved out to Shanghai as part of her training and has been in China for less than one month and as a part of her package, she has been living at the Ritz-Carlton Portman Hotel.
My friends (excluding myself) were eating at a restaurant located within the Ritz-Carlton Portman hotel complex, the Shanghai Center. They saw Allison reading a book and asked her to join their table, where they all chit-chatted and enjoyed a nice leisurely dinner together. Afterwards, they invited Allison to join them to go for drinks somewhere in Shanghai (Zapata’s) but Allison was adamant on finishing her book and not going out.
My friends left her but Allison was very content to sit and read. She looked up when low and behold, Reggie Miller and a friend came in (of Indiana Pacers fame). She asked them a few questions and directed to the famous Palladino restaurant within the Ritz-Carlton hotel. In turn, they took her out to Bar Rouge, a premier bar on the Shanghai Bund, and bought bottles. They all had a great time and Allison talked to them about setting up their social media plans for China as well as doing some promotions and contests. She also had them sign a few t-shirts to be raffled off and so ended up striking an informal deal with them that will surely be beneficial to both careers. They parted on excellent terms, Reggie Miller will soon have his own Chinese Twitter managed by Allison, and Allison gained a high-profile media client for her resume.
Allison recounted this story to my friends and I the next day at brunch and I just wanted to write it down to say, This is China. Great, amazing, incredible things are happening here because of the looseness of boundaries and well, the smaller amount of people who are willing to really tough it out. It’s very admirable and I just wanted to write this because it’s such a solid, solid example of how crazy awesome shit happens here and I’m tremendously excited to be a witness.
Allison: Yeah, I am going to be soo excited to be back in Connecticut after Shanghai.
This is exactly the same sentiments I share about China’s fast evolving economy and how tremendously amazing business and careers can expand in such different ways in Eastern nations.