Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

Solving by Drawing

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Am a terrible artist yet feel naked without my little notebook on hand to sketch information, be it for a web page, property or even a contract.  http://www.besthghdoctor.com/ excellent @Google lecture puts the habit into perspective and adds much more. Looking forward to reading his  when it arrives next week.

Fapiao delivered to your door

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Great news from the tax bureau. They’ve started a Fapiao delivery service!

For the uniniated, a Fapiao is a value added tax (VAT) receipt. In China, to ensure VAT is paid by vendors, all receipts for payments must  be issued on a pre-printed receipt issued by the tax authorities. As individuals, landlords have had to trek over and queue at the tax bureau to pay 5% of the rent to get the monthly Fapiao required by the tenant. Now, landlords can just fax the necessary application documents to the bureau. Payment is on delivery. A fantastic service!

33 move-ins

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

It’s been a hectic weekend for CW and her team who handled 33 move-ins for the British School of Beijing. The teachers arrived bleary eyed at 08:00 on a red-eye from Heathrow. For many, this was the first time they’d set foot in the country. We conducted a group city orientation followed by individual apartment hand-overs at 5 locations - the school has two campuses, one in the city, the other in suburban Shunyi.

Lihong’s new pre-move and online support tracking systems were implemented in June and this was a major test for us. Apartments were inspected and re-inspected until in order entailing myriad of tasks to be delegated and managed. Some lessons were learnt. The team will sit-down and draw up a report for the British School this week on how we can make efficiency improvements to next year’s big move-in day.

“I love it when a plan comes together!”