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Singapore and Beijing

Back to Asia (with the gf)

SIngapore for the Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and section meeting then Beijing for a Hydraulic Fracturing conference. The map:
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SIngapore

I have been to SIngapore many times but while living in Hong Kong took my wife (the gf) there for the first time. Unlike all my prior visits we scheduled some tourist time. It was awesome. I had no idea Singapore was so interesting. We saw most of the "big stuff" and had a free weekend so did a bit more touring. We took a cooking class making Char Kwai Teow, chilli crab and onde onde. We went to Gardens by the Bay and ate many places including the newly Michelin starred hawker stand. My cheapest Michelin star meal ever.

Friday night we met with about 10 local SPE section leaders for dinner. Monday I gave the keynote address at the drilling conference and participated in the panels, papers and mixers. The Tuesday morning we left the Marina Bay Sands hotel (more impressive looking than a great place to stay) for Changi airport and flew to Beijing.

Beijing

First.... Beijing had beautiful weather with clear blue skies the whole time. Wow!

The schedule in Beijing was far more hectic than that in Singapore. I met with Mr. Wang Dongijin, Vice President, CNPC, Li Luguang, Assistant President, CNPC, Lv Gongxun, Vice President, PetroChina and General Manager, Petro China International Exploration & Development Company and Technical Programme Co-Chairman, Kim E. Code, Managing Director, Shell China Exploration and Production Company, Dan Hill, Department Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University and Technical Programme Co-Chairman, Wu Qi, Senior Vice President, PetroChina E&P Co., Liu Yuzhang, Research Professor and Director, RIPED, PetroChina, David Blanchard, Chairman, DB Global Energy Consultants and IPTC Board Chairman and I am sure others I forgot. I knew a lot more attendees since the topic is so near and dear to me. I gave the keynote address along with my friends Ahmed Abou-Sayed, Mark Pearson and Glenn Penny. Jan and I went out to dinner with the local SPE section officers and I gave the closing remarks for the conference.

Jan and I snuck off in the evening for a cooking class at the Hutong improving our dumpling making skills. I participated at the conference in multiple ways and had dinner with my great friend Dianbin Liu continuing our "best Peking duck" quest. We managed to go to church on Sunday and do a little tourism over the weekend. Specifically we had only been to the summer palace in the dead of winter. It was much warmer and greener this time! We went to the 798 Arts district, to church with old friends and bought some pearls at Hongqiao for my sister.

SIngapore Pictures

A few from the cooking class, Gardens by the Bay and around.
Waiting in line at the Hawker stand
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Cooking
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Gardens
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Beijing Pictures

Naturally there were a lot of SPElfies...here are a few.

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From our cooking class
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A little touring
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Dinner with a friend
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Shopping for pearlslarge_IMG_3979.jpg

Some more tourist shots....
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Went to the 798 Arts District.... among other things an Andy Warhol exhibit

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Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 20,500 miles. SPE travel to date 390,325 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 41
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 49 Two months with no operas? I will shortly fix that!

Posted by fracmeister 06:44 Archived in China

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