Back story: In 2010 I was one of four Australian bloggers chosen by Coca-Cola to go to a social media conference in Shanghai. I was picked because they liked my writing and positive attitude. We got the VIP treatment, business class flights and fabulous food and accomodation. It was marvelous and a real honor. This is what I wrote after the trip.
Here’s the story you’ve been waiting for about my big trip to Shanghai. I’ve made a slideshow with a commentary which includes only one awkward silence. It won’t win any oscars but I hope you’ll enjoy it and that you’ll get a idea of what Shanghai and the World Expo are like. The slideshow lasts 9 minutes and takes you on a journey from Noosa in Australia where I live, to Sydney, Shanghai and finally back to Noosa.
My dear husband, who also doubles as a blog bullshit detector, claims I said in the commentary that by law all buildings in Noosa are less than 10 foot tall. That’s wrong. I probably meant 10 meters which is three storeys tall. Still much shorter than the Shanghai World Financial Center, the one that looks like a bottle opener, which at 492.0 meters high (1,614.2 ft) is the third highest building in the world, topped only by buildings in Dubai and Taipei. I like the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai best though – it’s the one that looks like a rocket with the two crazy flashing giant balls.
Many thanks to Coca-Cola in Australia, China, Singapore and the USA for entertaining us so royally and especially our very own coke dude who gallantly and gamely escorted us from business class lounge to posh hotel to fancy restaurant to hip bar. It was the perfect perk. You got us off our computers, out into the big wide world and made us all feel special and appreciated.
I especially enjoyed flying business class on my favorite airline, Qantas. I’ve always dreamed of sitting up front on the plane and finally I got to. It was even better than I imagined.
I’d like you to meet my fellow Aussie bloggers. I’m sure you’ve been wondering who those hot chicks in the photos are and I’m happy to introduce you to:
Amanda – creator of the Bad Mother’s Club where real mums can hang out.
Brenda – creator of Mummy Time with miscellaneous (and hilarious) ramblings of an almost grown up mum.
Stacey – creator of Sunny Mummy Australia, a warm place to be.
Most of all thank you to all my blog readers and commenters. I owe it all to you for sticking with me and motivating me to write more and write better.
Thanks so much for reading (or watching!) Get In the Hot Spot and Successful Blogging.
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