Work progresses and insights into the culture continue
07.09.2008 - 14.09.2008 34 °C
We are making great progress with our clients. Everyone did presentations on scope and initial recommendations. We are also getting positive feedback. This week we did a seminar on Thursday for all of the companies on technical topics and next week we will host a seminar on marketing and sales. I have taken two members of my team who have technical backgrounds to my customer to work with their programmers in improving their processes.
We have broken the code with the hotel and now get a menu and select our food for the next day. They never offered us that option and they have been preparing similar menus every day which do not offer much variety. We have now discovered grill salmon and are delighted to eat that every day. It is delicious.
The water and beach are lovely and several of us spend Sunday evenings at the beach at the Furama Resor. The warm is warm and the setting with the mountains surrounding the bay is beautiful.
Friday we went to an orphange that is assisted by a group of volunteers from the University of DaNang, Humanity for Orphans for DaNang. They put on a party for them and had a stage with lights, music, decorations, etc. There was karaoke, aerobatics, dancing, guitar playing and singing as well as games. The children were in high spirit and had a wonderful time. Scholarships were provided for some of the students for their education. They have to pay fees for elementary and secondary school. Afterward we met an IBM'er from Saigon who is reponsible for finding business partners for IBM that we can outsource work to. He has only been with IBM for a year. He went to the University in Belgium and his English is very good.
This weekend is the Full Moon Festival - Autumn. It is a Chinese tradition that the Vietnamese adopted and modified to make into a children's day. It reminds me of Halloween. The focus is on the children with gifts of mooncake, chocolate and games. There is a lion dance with costume and a lot of beating of drums. They marched in the street last night carrying lanterns.
Several of us spent the day in Hoi An Saturday. We took a boat ride on the river and some of the inlets. It was fun to see it from the water. We returned at 10:30PM after leaving at 8 in the morning. It rained again on Saturday.
Today, I called the tailor to get a cotton shirt made. The synthetics are nice for quick drying and light weight, but they do not breathe and are every hot for this climate. It was hard to find a good quality cotton. I bought the best the tailor could find. I anxiously await the finished product.