Saturday, April 11, 2009

Heading Home

I know that I've been ignoring this blog lately, but things have been busy.  I've been working through editing Macau pictures, setting up my website, and doing some writing on the side. But there's been a recent development that I just have to blog about...

I will (probably) be coming home at the end of the month!

In case you haven't heard, my product division has been undergone some recent restructuring and merging. My old group and the new group both do not have plans to keep me. (Labor costs are apparently too high for American workers in China.) To drop me from the payroll asap, my groups in China want to send me home right away. If I wanted to, I could probably leave as soon as early next week. The company still wants to retain me, so I haven't been "fired" per se: My HR is just in the process of looking for alternative opportunities and placement.

My tenative plan is as follows [Note that all of these dates are still pending further approval and finalization]:

I'm going to stay on in China until April 20th to help wrap up an important customer visit. (I'd feel kind of bad if I left before then and bailed on my coworkers.)  After that, I'm going to take some time off (maybe 10 days or so) to just travel and see other parts of China.  (China's an enormous country and all I've seen of it is Guangdong in the south). Then I'll head home and I should be back in the US around May 1st. 

Again, nothing has been set in stone; it's not like tickets have been booked and dates have been set. So to be honest, I'm not sure exactly when I'll be coming home. Plus, shit happens.


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