6 working days left until I leave to start my trip to Asia.
Today, I have ensured that I have a good supply of business cards to take with me. There is a formal protocol surrounding the giving and receiving of business cards in Asian cultures which must be followed in order not to cause offence.
I learnt all about this on a recent visit to Hong Kong. Although it was a short visit lasting 5 days, I managed to run out of cards, (although I brought plenty of other cards home with me!) much to the amusement of my colleagues from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). In order to ensure that I did not offend people I was meeting for the first time, my colleagues from HKU kept returning cards I had given to them earlier so that I could reuse them. I can't begin to tell you how stressful and embarrassing it felt, so, no chance of a repeat this time!