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:
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.
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.
A few from the cooking class, Gardens by the Bay and around.
Waiting in line at the Hawker stand
Naturally there were a lot of SPElfies...here are a few.
From our cooking class
A little touring
Dinner with a friend
Shopping for pearls
Some more tourist shots....
Went to the 798 Arts District.... among other things an Andy Warhol exhibit
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
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 49 Two months with no operas? I will shortly fix that!