Macau follow-up

Unsurprisingly Macau felt like a wasted trip to me. My main reason for being there was to leave Hong Kong and re-enter under my now extended working visa. Upon reaching the immigration desk having returned from Macau and handing over my passport to the immigration officer expecting to get it stamped and updated I’m told this is unnecessary as it has already been activated when the extension was issued. So from that point of view it was an unnecessary trip entirely.

Of course I was also over in Macau to deliver a presentation – with the riveting title of Linux in the Enterprise – at a luncheon briefing for current customers or potential customers. I’m not really sure as I must admit I didn’t really pay attention when being ‘asked’ to do this. Bearing in mind other presentations I’ve delivered have felt like hard work, or had people dozing off, or just had no response at all from the audience I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this one either. Unfortunately this time was no different. Myself and a room of perhaps 20 people have 30 minutes of time wasted by me. I’m convinced either no-one listens or no-one understands what I’m saying (all other presentations are in Cantonese, and not in English with a slight N Irish accent). I know I can speak quite quickly when presenting and always suggest the audience ask if they want something repeated/explained. No queries or questions at all – I could be speaking to a blank wall and get more response. Slowly but surely any joy or confidence I have in presenting is being chipped away. Still it looks good for my employer to be able to wheel out a Brit to present, so I guess that’s why I’m there. Only one noticeable sleeper this time, so I guess that’s an improvement of sorts.

I’ve also had my main office of work shifted from the centre of Hong Kong (the originally named Central area) out to Tsuen Kwan O. After a bit of searching to find out where exactly this place is, I found it’s on the (east) Kowloon side and in the middle of an industrial estate. In fact, it’s not too dissimilar to Bracknell really. There’s an (unfunny) irony there to be sure. It also means my 20 minute stroll to work or 5 minute cab ride has become a 50 minute MTR swapping and shuttle bus trip. I also managed to leave my house flat keys in the office yesterday only realising when I was back at Admiralty MTR necessitating a full return journey back again. Much muttered swearing to myself as it was basically 90 minutes completely wasted.

On an unrelated note, I see that the Netscape browser is now officially dead. I first ran into Netscape at the university computer centre where it basically Netscape = worldwide web, and also meant I could waste some time playing networked Doom with my lab partner when we pulled an all-nighter to write up our boring dissertations in thrid year. It’s strange to think that from that initial exposure to networked computers I’ve now wound up working in Hong Kong in the IT industry. Considering my choice, I hope it’s a more interesting career than bouncing NO molecules off platinum (which I think was one of the dissertation subjects).

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