Wedding Magnets

Here’s are some of the┬ámagnet images from the wedding.

 

Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An

We left Hanoi for a two day cruise on Halong bay. We were greeted by nice weather, and were grouped with a nice bunch of people on the boat we spent a night on. The following day saw some rain coming in, but that wasn’t too bad as it gave the whole bay a completely different feel; with mist and a gray overlay on all the lush green karst islands.

The tour to Halong ended in Hanoi, but we took the night bus to Hue on the same day.

Hue is an old imperial capital of Vietnam, the main attraction being the old walled city which also houses a Beijing style “forbidden city” where the emperor, his family and their eunuchs lived until the end of imperial rule in the late 19th century. The whole thing has obvious and heavy Chinese influence. Unfortunately Hue was also the location of a major Vietnam War battle and the damages to the historic structures is considerable. Much of the forbidden city is host to signs proclaiming which structure used to stand where a hole is now present.

We only spent 5-6 hours in Hue, partly due to bad weather following us and partly because it’s not the most exciting place in the world… a 4 hour bus ride took us to excelent Hoi An.

We got to Hoi An with two really nice Swiss girls we met on the Halong bay cruise. We found a hotel and as we unofficially decided to take a break from have spend the following 2.5 days eating, drinking, lazing on the beach and then eating some more. I even did a Vietnamese cooking class i really enjoyed. Hoi An is also famous for the thousand tailors in it, Danit made good use of that.

From here we’re moving on to Nah Trang and Mui Ne. Both are beach destinations, and I am well pleased with that. Try to do some diving, maybe wind-surfing and get a nice tan.

Having a great time, but waiting to go home.

 

Gal

 

 

 

A major annoyance

China visa issues can be difficult to handle; language sometimes being a hurdle to overcome. But I had no idea going out could be as troublesome as coming in!

Having given my resignation 3 months in advance, I assumed no bureaucracy could be slow enough to cause problems delaying my departure. Least of all did I expect the problems to be caused by HP. Boy was I surprised.

The HP termination process starts one month prior to the leaving date. And indeed, one month prior to the due date I received an email with a checklist of items for me to go over. Nothing out of the ordinary: give your PC and access cards back and tell the union you are no more. I was told nothing has to be done until my last day. Oh, by the way, the document is mainly in Chinese, so I kind of had to accept what information I got.

Last weekend, I revisited the list and made further inquiries to make sure I’m not missing anything, eventually speaking to the law firm HP uses to deal with visa issues. To my great surprise I was told I need to cancel my work visa. A process that takes 6 working days and has to start on my final working day. During this time my passport will be held by the Entry-Exit Bureau, meaning I cannot make my flight to Hanoi! I thought getting my work visa was the only thing I had to be worried about, it turns out that cancelling it is an issue as well!

The law firm is trying to expedite things for me so i’ll go and give my passport and other documents in today, making it a tight schedule to get my passport before the flight. Hope it goes well. Human Resources really dropped the ball on this one. I hate to get stressed in general, and it’s even worse when I’m not the blame (or is it the other way around?….)