A time to say good-bye

August 17, 2011 - Suzhou, China

Today was my final day at the office and now I sit in my room at the Airport Ramada in Shanghai.  Our Chief Technical Officer was in Taiwan for a project meeting so he flew to Shanghai along with our partner Eric for one final afternoon of meetings before my departure.  Eric had to leave at 5:00 pm for a flight to Weihai, China and Mike headed out at 6:00 pm to go downtown to meet his wife and begin a weekend vacation including traveling to Hong Kong on Friday.  I am personally glad to be here and look forward to getting back home tomorrow.

Leaving the office was bittersweet but "no tears" as Jamie said because I know I'll be back.  I was able to enjoy one final lunch prepared by "Ayi" and it was great.  To think back over the last 2 1/2 months, it has been an incredible experience, one I will cherish forever.  I need to thank Jamie and the kids for agreeing to join me and my mom for helping us get adjusted in the 1st month.  I also need to thank my dad for letting me take this time off from Anguil U.S. to hopefully advance our company in China.  I know he took on many of the day-to-day issues that usually come across my desk to allow me this opportunity.  There are also many friends that helped keep our house and home in order and I thank them all.

China is not the U.S. and I bring back with me a different perspective on the business challenges we face over here. The opportunity is huge, however, the path to success is still not clear in my head.  I can only hope the knowledge I gained along with a continued focus (albeit from afar), our vision of a strong and profitable Anguil Asia will emerge. You cannot take anything for granted over here, there are cultural differences that you cannot avoid and at times it is hard to comprehend the sacrafices many people make in order to better themselves or their family.  I can only appreciate what I do have and I truly hope by making Anguil Asia stronger, it will offer many of these wonderful people who work for us a bright future to fulfill their dreams of success.

Signing off from China and I hope to share many more stories and pictures in person!

Wan an (good night)

Deb


6 Comments

Mafrici Family:
August 17, 2011
Hi Deb,
We loved reading your last few posts about the culture. Can't wait to hear more and see more great photos when you come back home. See you this weekend! Buon viaggio!
Love,
K, M & A
August 17, 2011
Good to hear your voice this morning before your flight home. You experienced a powerful 2-1/2 months in an emerging country and we are proud of your success. We are waiting with open arms and kisses for you. Take care. Love Mom & Dad
Julie Linehan:
August 17, 2011
I have LOVED reading the blog -- the whole blog from beginning to end. And while we were in Ireland, I read a great book about China that I think all of you would enjoy reading.....it is our book club's first pick for this year. It is written by a journalist, Peter Hessler, who was the New Yorker's Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007. He speaks fluent Mandarin and tells of his experiences with the people he met and grew to know. It's a really easy read and it is divided into three parts......1.) The Great Wall 2.) The Village, and 3.) The Factory. You really get a perspective of China's history-especialy the recent history - and the challenges faced in a country that large and experiencing growth at an amazing rate ! I highly recommend it, especially after your experiences.
Thamks to all of you for taking the time to blog....I feel as if I was a silent traveler with you and I loved it.

Julie Linehan
Julie Linehan:
August 17, 2011
Guess the name of the book would help.....I'm still jet lagged !!!

COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

A NYT notable book of the year. It's in paperback.
Chris Flood:
August 18, 2011
Loved reading your updates! They provided a welcome diversion from my overflowing workload! Safe travels and hope to see you soon.
Sara B.:
August 19, 2011
Deb,

I have enjoyed reading all of your entries about your trip to China. You must be exhausted from everything you have experienced from personal to business. I bet Jamie and the kids can't wait to see you. Arrive safely!
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