Monday, September 8, 2008
Bringing business to dinner
Yesterday I had dinner with my Chinese friend Nike that I haven't seen for a while. I thought the dinner (at my fave, Sichuan place -although yesterday it wasn't so good. I think we ordered the wrong dishes) was going to be all about catching up so imagine my surprised when Nike pulled out some brochures and papers and wanted to talk business? We are not really in the same branch, but still he thought we could somehow cooperate, and on it went... It was quite interesting, and when we had finished talking he put all his papers back and we started talking about basketball and fishing.
Say what you want about the timing, but one thing is for sure: the Chinese really know how to mix business with leisure. I don't know how it happened, but we have already scheduled our 'next' meeting for sometime this week?