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January 21, 2011

Five Senses...


Sensory overload.  Everywhere I looked in China there was something new to take in - sights, smells, food. The sheer size of China is overwhelming and the fact that Xiamen, a clean modern city of a few million, is considered small compared to some areas is just staggering - and hard to capture and express in just a few photos...

Since this was a work conference little time was left for adventure but we did manage to find a karaoke bar in the form of a giant pirate ship (yes, a full size ship in the middle of the city) and lead the bar in a rendition of 'Sweet Caroline'. I was also roped into dressing as a koala bear to represent Australia in one of the conference events and bravely tried the local seafood cuisine during 13 course banquet dinners.

Lastly I am happy to say that I survived my presentation and was pretty proud of overcoming my fear.  I did have a mild panic attack when I first saw that the stage was huge and look as if it was hosting Anthony Robbins. There was no table to hide behind so I had to work the stage as if I was auditioning for 'So You Think You Can Dance'.  When the mic (which was clipped to my jacket, leaving my hands free so I could attempt to make professional hand movements - whatever those are supposed to be?) stopped working I had a moment of panic creep in but luckily it was fixed before anything major happened.  

Once it was over I completely blacked out and don't remember anything that was said but since the audience clapped I assume all went well.  Let's hope I don't have to do another presentation anytime soon...but at least this time I'll go into with a bit more confidence.

9 comments:

Nic MacIsaac said...
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Nell said...

Good work lady. You did us proud! China sounds like an amazing place. And the pictures are awesome. xxx

Maura said...

I LOVE the koala costume and the commentary on your presentation...hilarious, as always!
I think if I were you I would have volunteered to give the presentation in the Koala costume, that would have eased my nerves! haha

Magnolia Square said...

love the costume, sounds like a great trip!

Kristi said...

china...i really need to catch up on your blog.

thefancyflea said...

Sounds like a crazy, whirlwind trip!

Looks like you had fun though, and great work on overcoming your fear xx

Miss E said...

Golly, you have been a jetsetter lately! First Bali, now China. I would like a life swap now please...

katie said...

wow! bali AND china! I will never get tired of seeing these photos! and congrats on your presentation going so well!

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