On Wednesday Oct 24, Seventeen lucky Guy Tai’s spent their afternoon at the Kerry Hotel Parkside learning the basics of making the perfect cocktail. In addition to learning about the origins of the cocktail we obtained a complete education on the do’s and don’ts for making cocktails by the book including the difference between shaken and stirred and how to coat a martini glass with just the right amount of dry Vermouth.
As more professional foreign women are posted to Shanghai, they bring along their trailing spouses known as guy tais who man the home front. Yao Minji says it's a guy thing.
Briton John Downham and Canadian Howard Firestone are separated in age by 15 years and have different backgrounds and careers, but they have formed a firm of unlikely friendship through the Guy Tai Community of Shanghai.
Nine Guy Tais traveled to the burbs of Shanghai to visit the massive Alcatel-Lucent manufacturing facility courtesy of Cedric Gionet’s wife - who heads up HR for Alcatel-Lucent.
We had a private tour of the high tech facility where we had the opportunity to watch as chips and transistors etc were assembled to make communication devices used by pretty much every telecom provider in the world. The plant employs over 1,000 plus people operating with two shifts seven days a week. As the telecom industry goes, so goes Alcatel-Lucent.
The tour was followed by a visit to Le Pistolera where we enjoyed margaritas, tacos, and a shot or two. A good time was had by all.
Last Friday twenty or so members of the Guy Tai community gathered at the Kerry Parkside Hotel to say goodbye to Chris Thompson who is heading off to Zurich, Abel B'Hahn who is heading off to New York and Jurgen Laske who is heading off to Bangladesh. We are sad to see such committedd and interesting guys leave Shanghai but in the world of trailing spouses, you follow the money and in this case it happens to be our wives who all have excellent exciting careers in the global marketplace.
If Abel, Chris or Jurgen are reading this please feel free to post and keep us updated on your travels - and that goes as well for any other ex members of the Guy Tai community. Let us hear how its going wherever you are.