Sunday, April 27, 2008

On the way back to Pearl Island!

Hohoho...! Time to go back home... I am in Sacramento airport now, time is 11:10am local time here. My flight to LA is on 2:30pm, still very early. But it is OK, rather than stuck in the traffic and panic later.

I departed from hotel (Hilton Garden Inn, Folsom) at about 9:45am, drove all the way to the airport. Althought this is my 8th trip to US, but this is considered my very 1st time driving experience in US. Actually I drove before, during my 2nd trip to America, when I travelled to Florida in 8 years ago... hahaha.. but it was just a very short distance journey - from hotel to company (I believe less than 3 miles). So I won't considered that is my real driving experience . I enjoyed driving this time, as I have 2 ladies friends accompanied me and be my 'navigator', appreciate their help.. so I won't lost in somewhere else.

The driving direction in US is opposite compare to my home country, it is at the right lane, and driver seat is located at the left hand corner.. therefore I've to always remind to myself -"Don't go to the wrong lane!".. luckily I manged to drive smoothly and safely for the past one week. No complaints from my firiends.. hehehehe..! I just feel that the direction from hotel to aiport is quite confusing, too many junctions and I almost lost. :) I will share photos on what is the car I've rented, drove for the past one week.. haha.. stay tune! Maybe you will dissapoint when you look at the pictures, as it is just a normal car, not a luxury car...can be found in our country. So don't set high expectation yah!

I will have to transit to LA later to get my flight back to home, I will reach LA at about 4pm.. have to sit there and wait for about 5 hours- my next connecting flight ... is at 9:15pm :( :( :( Think positively man.. I WILL BE BACK!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A boring day

Today is the last training day in Folsom... will be my last day staying in US too. I am so excited and eagerly to go back now. I was so boring today, the class is not exciting at all, maybe this is not the topics that I am looking for, and maybe I don't have enough sleep?!Yesterday went to bed at 12am++ due to some simulation testing carried out for 3 hours (9-12am), oh goosh.. I have to work in hotel even though I left from office for the training :(

Count down now.. another 31 hours I will travel back to home with a lot of souveniers (clothes, toys, food, etc) happy I am.. I believe my wife, kids will happy with those souveniers too.. haha! Can't waiting to fly back now, I am wondering why there are plenty of people like to travel.. but .. for me.. sorry! Of course, traveling for vacation is fun and enjoying, but not for company business trips... yiacks!

Tik tak tik tak tik tak.. now is 2:16pm US time (25 Apr) now.. please.. Mr Clock, can you move a bit faster..? I AM SO BORING SITTING HERE NOW!

Friday, April 4, 2008

You heard of the FISH Philosophy … now there is a fresh fish lesson

My boss had sent me this article and I found that this is a very interesting message.. would like to share with everyone :)

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?

How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh:

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state.
The fish are challenged.


Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull? So we need a SHARK in our life to keep us awake and moving. Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active and taste better.....

The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a challenge. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are Conqueror. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun and you are alive!