I had an early breakfast. I love the breakfasts in Southeast Asia’s cities, because my perut melayu can have a feast *smile*.
I went to the KL office with Martin (an analyst from Beijing office). I saluted his manner towards women. When he saw me with my laptop bag, he offered to carry it for me. Well, well, well, girls, this is the 21st century and how many men would still offer help for women? I was growing up with this fixed beliefs that men should be courteous to women, young and old.
We have 6 participants in this training (I, Alex, Jack, Ruhi, Daniel, and Martin). Our trainers were Wendy and Amanda. The training was both serious and fun, and I had the chance to get to know my Asia Pacific colleagues better.
We agreed to have dinner at Bangsar – one of the old hip clubbing areas and where most expatriates build their lives in KL. We (Daniel, Alex, Wendy, Ruhi, Jim, Jack, I, Martin, and Amanda) really had fun! I had grilled rock cod with rockets and white wine. Prior to the main course we had thin crust pizza and tapas. The white wine was really good… I decided to buy some for my father.
A lot of stories were floating during the after-work bonding:
In Korea the salary structure is mostly based on seniority (length of service). So, virtually in all cases, it doesn’t matter how well one performs, the seniority takes precedence over performance.
In India, no global and regional players are existing in retail industry in the country yet, all are local players. While in China, it is the other way around – many global and regional retail players have already operated.
Daniel dropped me, Martin, Jack, and Ruhi back to the hotel. I took a little rest, took a bath, and started to pack.