Steve's China Blog

Friday, September 09, 2005

Don't worry....

I found out this week that we are having a long weekend next weekend since they are giving us off the 19th which is the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is sort of like Thanksgiving in that people get together with family and have a big meal and party. Just about every holiday here has some food associated with it and for the Moon Festival it is moon cake. This time of year you can find moon cake just about everywhere, and it's really good. It is not as sweet as cake in the U.S., which seems to be 99% sugar to me most of the time.

Since we have a lot of people here at work who are away from their families we are putting together two parties for the Moon Festival. One is for the people here who are married, but their spouses and family do not live here in Dalian, and the other party is for us single folks who are away from their families. It should be a lot of fun, but I wish they had told us sooner. I could have arranged a quick trip to Japan, or something. Oh well, it will be nice to have a long weekend. Everyone here needs one too since everyone has been working hard.

The other day I was visiting a music store and found a Best of Bob Marley CD. This is the only raggea music that I have seen here. If there was ever a place that needed raggea it's China. A lot of the people I work with are just out of college, or only have work experience in Chinese companies. Working for a large international corporation is usually a lot more work and pressure than they expected. I have sent this link to quite a few co-workers and friends here when they are feeling down, and since they've never heard reggea before they really like it. Hopefully they won't start growing dreadlocks anytime soon... a Chinese Rastafarian would be just too difficult to imagine.


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