Greetings from China! I’m here in Shanghai managing catering for the guests at a global beauty brand’s conference. Above is a scene at the Shanghai Wen Miao, also known as the Confucian Temple: these wishes will be tied to the wishing tree. I’m staying at the Westin Bund Center where there’s a daily Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in the lobby decorated with a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.A few blocks away, the waterfront area of Central Shanghai is known as the Bund and a central figure is the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV TowerOverlooking the Bund is the Waldorf Astoria.Survival supplies in our office include adaptors and chargers of all kinds, a dedicated calligrapher for the many table numbers and place cards, Chinese Snickers and Red Bull and aids for whatever ails you.It was sunny on Friday when we did a site visit at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center.Love the ceiling.And back at the temple:before heading back and diving into the many details, a moment of stillness and peace…kind of like this dog soaking in the day.
So much in the news this past week has people discouraged: is there justice? Is there hope? Senseless things happen. People specifically cause them, there are accidents, there are tragedies. It’s almost too much to take.
I want to make pretty things and make people happy, inspire, soothe, what-have-you and relieve some stresses even for just a little while; sometimes with a quick picture, sometimes with a gift, which can last longer. A friend’s wife doesn’t like flowers because they die, but I prefer to think of them providing beauty that lifts us out of the everyday, even just for a short time. Otherwise it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle…days pass, years…
I surprised my college roommate with a Flower “Red Velvet” Birthday Cake and she said “I pass it every day on my table and smile”. The stop and smell the roses cliché is key here for just about 2.5 minutes. This video makes me happy and I hope it does for you too. Appreciate every day, hold your loved ones close. Be safe, everyone.