Finally! My first blog. I must apologize since we are having Internet issues at our apartment in China so it has been hard to blog. So here is a summary of what has been going on this first week at Beijing, China:
Tuesday, June 8: I arrived to China and met with the other PIRE students. During this day the first thing we did was to go to the apartment and try to get adjusted to the time zone change.
Wednesday, June 9: We went to Tsinghua University to meet the professors, get a tour around the university and register to get our IDs and dining cards. They gave me a Chinese name which even other Chinese people can't spell it right. They tell me that the first chinese letter is rare (They got over 1000 characters to memorize!). Next time I know for sure how it is spelled I will post it.
Thursday, June 10: Two students from FAU arrived to China and we had to take them to Tsinghua University for registration and tour. Meanwhile I stayed at the apartment to get used to place. I was scheduled to start at IBM in this day but since Ohannes Ohannessian, one of the student who came to work at IBM, arrived in this day we decided to go together on Friday.
Friday, June 11: My first day at IBM. I met with Qing Bo Wang who took me on a tour around the floor where I will be working. He then introduced me to another international intern from U.S. who is working in the same floor but in different project. Then he showed me my computer desk. It is a very nice desk next to the window on the third floor so I got a nice view outside:
During lunch I went with the U.S. intern to eat and we had a nice conversation where she explained me more about the dinning area. After dinner and a walk (Chinese are used to walk around the building right after lunch) I came back to Qing Bo Wang who introduced me to Xing Jin and then we had a conversation about the project and my visit in Beijing. Bao Hua Cao and Su Su Xie weren’t in the office today so I couldn’t meet them but they are the people that have more knowledge about the project. I also met with a co-worker named Tong He. He gave me some PowerPoint presentations about the project. Those I will be reading this weekend.
Saturday, June 12: Working day.We have to work this weekend because there will be a holiday in China from Monday to Wednesday and to not lose those days they ask workers to work during this weekend.
Today I met Su Su Xie who talked to me more about the project. The project is related to virtualization and virtual image building automation. I can't say much because of the NDA.
Sunday, June 13: I pretty much took this day to study all the materials given to me. I got out of work a bit earlier because tomorrow is holiday.
Monday to Wednesday (Holiday): We were still getting used to living in the apartment so I didn't go out much except for doing some shopping at the Lotus Center (It is like Walmart!) and looking for additional places to eat. By the way, the Holiday is about Dragon Boat Festival celebrated on Wednesday (Wikipedia).
Interesting tips about China: 1) People here barely use the brakes! It is hell trying to cross the streets.
2) The sky is not blue. It is greyish all the time. You can probably see that in my pictures.
3) At lunch they don't give you drinks and no one actually drinks. You just have to eat everything and then drink after you get back to your office.
Well that has been all for this week. I hope to visit some interesting places soon to take pictures. Until next blog!