An extended outing to the popular Jaya Pub
was however the
only fun I had, a sure sign that I'm getting older - or wiser - or possibly both. After the Fair in Jakarta I visited customers in Surabaya, Semarang and Solo
. I had to skip Bandung because of overload of
the Agansa Staff
with other sales personnel. So, I had to shift my flight by a week, but when I showed up at the Jakarta Airport, there was no flight to Doha
and I discovered that I was a day too early!
Eventually on Sunday night all went well and I was back home by Monday morning. The discovery that the next day was a Public Holiday was, after 4 weeks without a real brake, a welcome surprise!
My Sales Areas 2012 and the Local Sales Representatives
CHINA (Jenny Zhu) INDIA (Rieter India) TURKEY (Onur Coruh) SOUTH KOREA (Benjamin Paik) JAPAN (Hattari San) MALAYSIA (Mr. Tan) INDONESIA ("Agansa Boys") PHILLIPINES (Raul Manapat) VIETNAM (Fredy Wu)
Far Eastern Run
June / July 2012
: Taiwan with Kenny Tan
& JAPAN with Hattori San
I proceeded with Hanain Airlines from Brussels via Beijing to Shanghai
to attend ITMA Asia
. My 3rd trade fair this year! Next stop Seoul (South Korea)
, where Benjamin Paik
subjected me again to floor sitting lunches.
Going down is not easy standing up after an hour a very difficult task! Osaka, Japan
, was the next stop and Hattori San
took me on long tour by car and trains to remote customer sites
on Shikoku (Matsuyama
It was always very entertaining, confusing but fun with him. We had a fair dinner on my 70th birthday
, but did not managed to get pissed! A bad Omen?
Then I flew via Beijing
to Kuala Lumpur
to meet "Mr.Tan". A very awkward and time consuming routing. With Tan I enjoyed Malaysia
, where we have some interesting prospects. Finally via Dubai back home.
INDIA December 2012
Skip ITM Mumbai and limp back for "back-surgery"
During the last trips I got a lot of pain, extending down my right hip and leg. Walking became increasingly difficult and even standing a short time resulted in unbearable pains.
tests at the University Hospital in Zürich showed a disc dislocation and a cortisone injection should do the trick! Unfortunately at the start of my trip to Indonesia the pains returned but at
less intensity and I could "manage". Then to Bangkok
where we had our Agent`s Meeting.
also joined to present our new generation of products, mainly the VisionShield XSpect
The meeting went well and the next day I got off to Vietnam
where I spent another week in Ho Chi Ming City (Saigon)
, still handicapped by pains in the hip and lower back.
Anyway, I survived and on my travel home the pains became more bearable (maybe I got used to it!?, so the next stop will be Mumbai in ten days! This is the last run before
Off I went to Mumbai, ignoring my considerable pains in my legs and back. From Mumbai we went first to Wing to visit Rieter India Pvt. In Pune my condition got
worse and when I was trying to enter one of the old fashioned busses, the high entry-step did the final damage! I could no longer walk and Yuecel Yilderim was carrying me around in a wheelchair.
I canceled my attendance to the ITM Mumbai and got a booking for a flight next night. From Pune I drove with the Yücel to Mumbai.
I managed to navigate the airport in a wheelchair and boarded the plane via the catering vehicle with it's lift. In Zürich I checked in to the Triemli Hospital and got surgery, performed by
Dr. med. Massimo Alessandro Leonardi, very fast since there was a danger of a permanent paralysis. As I always say, just in time!