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TGIF: Office Happy Hour

It’s finally upon us, the holy 5th day of the week! This calls for a little celebration, don’t you think? So… Without further ado, abandon your Excel sheets, grab Steve from Accounting and set yourselves up for relaxing times. Here is Sherpa’s winning OHH strategy:

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Stock up on Tsingtao from Family Mart. Or buy a bottle of something strong and chase it down with Japanese-made mixers. Be bold, be adventurous!

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Throw on some tunes! We recommend mixing Mandopop with Beastie Boys for maximum fun.

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Bring some drinks over to the Siberia of the office that is HR – trust us, you’ve never seen happier faces at work before.

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Tell your IT buddies: “There will be no 酒 before someone answers my SEO-related email from three months ago. And no, it doesn’t take two weeks to upload a photo to the server!”

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Play a drinking game. Steal someone’s stapler. Become Santa’s Little Helper and hide a chocolate bar in someone’s drawer.

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Leave the premises before it’s too late. Go home, order pizza from Sherpa’s, kick up your feet and get cozy.

NB! Next week, Sherpa’s will unveil a bangin’ online promotion. Hint: it’s your favourite food to indulge in on Mondays!

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Trump Eats Chinese Food & Favourite Meals of World Leaders

What do you serve a president who infamously likes his steaks well-done and slathered in ketchup, eats his pizza (gasp) the wrong way, and most likely thinks that Bourbon Chicken is as authentic and traditional as it gets?

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Certainly not classic gourmet delicacies like Beijing roast duck topped with caviar; Cantonese stewed sea cucumber in abalone gravy; Taiwanese three cup chicken claypot; or Sichuan jasmine tea smoked duck.

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Well, thanks to Lei Jun’s, chairperson of Xiaomi, publishing of the banquet menu for Trump’s visit to China, we now know.

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Coconut Flavoured Chicken Soup

Seafood Chowder

Kung Pao Chicken

Stewed Beef Steak in Tomato Sauce

Braised Vegetables in Broth

Grouper Filets in Hot Chili Oil

Pastries

Fruits & Ice Cream

Coffee & Tea

Great Wall Red & White Wines

After learning about the banquet offerings, we got to wondering: what about other past and present world leaders?

While Trump’s visit to Japan involved him ordering a well-done cheeseburger made with American beef and topped with Heinz Ketchup (also from America)…

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…Japan’s Prime Minister Abe took Obama to Sukiyabashi Jiro for a Michelin 3-star sushi extravaganza (our dream dinner.)

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Seriously, if you haven’t seen the food documentary ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi,’ stop what you’re doing and watch it right now.

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Without further ado, take a look at what these leaders like to eat.

Vladimir Putin

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Pistachio Ice Cream

Even though Russian electro-dance band ‘Singing Together’ has a song called ‘A Man Like Putin’ in which they specifically sing about how Putin doesn’t drink, we still think that he secretly likes vodka. Imagine our surprise when we found out his favourite substance is pistachio ice cream. Maybe there’s a little bit of frozen vodka inside?

Angela Merkel

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Letcho (Hungarian Vegetable Stew) & Solyanka (Pickled Vegetable Soup)

From her days growing up in East Germany when food shortages were common, Merkel seems to have an affinity for Eastern European comfort foods, the kind that mom makes on a snowy winter day. 

Theresa May

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Indian Cuisine

Ah, the most quintessential of all British dishes: Indian food. Nothing says jolly old England, God save the Queen, and rampant colonialism better than a serving of curry. Cheerio!

Pope Francis

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Pizza & Empanadas

Seriously, who doesn’t love pizza? It’s no sin to love chowing down on gooey mozzarella and savoury tomato sauce. The Pope should be able to get a good pie in his home base of The Vatican, it is completely surrounded by Italy after all. His other favourite food is a fried dough pastry, a specialty of his native South America.

Justin Trudeau

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Sushi & Beer

What? Is this guy even Canadian? We were positive his favourite food was going to be Tim Hortons’ coffee and doughnuts, both smothered in copious amounts of maple syrup. We guess his love for Asian food and sushi in particular makes sense due to the large Asian communities present in Canada.

George W. Bush

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Chicken Pot Pie

Even though he was born in Connecticut, Bush was raised in Houston, and remains a Texas boy to this day. He prefers simple, southern-style comfort foods and the kid in him still loves grilled cheese sandwiches made with Kraft singles and white bread.

Mao Zedong

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Hongshao Rou

Many Chinese provinces have slightly different variations of this classic fatty pork dish, but the Hunanese version, today often called Mao’s family-style red braised pork, was the one Mao grew up with in his hometown of Shaoshan, Hunan. It’s time to hit up Dianping and find the nearest Hunan restaurant, pronto!

Kim Jong Un

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Cheese & Wine

When he’s not busy threatening the destruction of the world, Kim can be found sipping on fancy French wine and eating cheese, especially emmental. Rumour has it that he picked up his fondness for cheese when he was a youngster studying in Switzerland. His father, Kim Jong Il, also liked imported things; he was the world’s largest buyer of Hennessey Cognac.

Did we leave out any interesting dishes from the leaders of your country? Let us know in the comments!

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Free Gym Classes & Spa Sessions!

Eating healthy food (especially when it’s on discount) is most certainly a respectable way to try to shed a few pounds, but we all know it’s slightly pointless without a bit of exercise here and there.

The problem with exercise though, and we’re sure some will agree, is that it’s too darn expensive. And before you tell us that jogging is free, there’s something about running around Beijing while breathing in that fresh winter air that just sounds a bit off.

Anyway, here’s the thing. We’ve found the perfect solution.

As part of our Sherpa’s Fitness & You celebrations, we’ve managed to get F45, Basefit and AWA Health Spa to provide you guys with some free classes and sessions!

Read up on them, choose which ones you want to attend and make sure you sign up in the comments section or via direct message when we release each establishment’s individual posts. They’ll be coming up this week and next!

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F45 Chaowai class on Nov. 19th

Hailing from Australia, F45 Training merges 3 separate leading-edge fitness training styles into one, consummate and compelling group training experience. F45 Training combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. The fusion of these three training concepts has led to the development of 27 different, 45 minute workout experiences, with more in development by our F45 Athletics Department.

F45 provides individuals with guidance and support in 2 key aspects of their health; fitness and community because at F45 we are a community that trains together to reach their fitness goal.

F45 is now the fastest growing fitness company in the world with studios opening up around the globe. Functional 45 was designed based on the style of HIIT Training

Time : SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19TH, 10 am

Class type : Cardio

Class name : GRAVITY

Remarks: Zero equipment workout

Number of members per class: 18 people

Address : Room 2326, F3, Shangdu Soho north tower building, No.8 Dongdaqiaolu, Chaoyang district.

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Base Fit class on Nov. 25th

Base Fit is Beijing’s first fitness center to focus on all aspects of physical health. Through innovative workouts, top of the line facilities, and passionate, experienced trainers, Base Fit provides customers with a holistic platform to become the best version of themselves.

Base Fit have pioneered a new style of training called B Fit. Using only the best techniques from body building, body weight training, running, cycling, boxing, kick boxing and yoga, each workout is curated so anybody can seamlessly participate in the finest workout of their lives regardless of their age and fitness level.

Time : Saturday NOVEMBER 25TH, 10 am

Class type : Cardio

Class name : Victoria Secret

Remarks: Zero equipment workout

Number of members per class: 18 people

Address : 39-3 Xingfu’ercun (behind Bentley and Rolls Royce), Chaoyang District

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AWA HEALTH Spa experience on Nov. 26th

AWA HEALTH is an Israeli company that has built unique salt rooms which are equipped with the finest dry saline halo generators for people who wish to enjoy anti-pollution salt therapy.

Step into their snow white salt room, enjoy the peaceful sound of the waves and breathe in that ocean air while indulging yourself in a relaxing massage. The ideal experience if you’re looking to disconnect after a hard work at week.

Time : SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH, 10:30 am

Spa type : Salt Therapy

Remarks: Anti-pollution salt therapy

Number of members per session: 10 people

Address : L411, 4th floor, Building 1, The Place, Chaoyang District

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Stay tuned for each establishment’s individual WeChat post this week and next to sign up!

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Meet Esa Zhang and learn all about physical training!

Whether you’re a budding sports therapist, a minor athlete in search of advice or just someone who tends to get injured all the time, you won’t want to miss this special apperance from Esa Zhang, the current performance and rehabilitation coach of China’s Gymnastics and Women’s Basketball teams.

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He’ll be giving a 30 minute speech on fundamental movement skills, physical training and coaching principles (among several other topics) before engaging in a Q&A session with the audience. Plus, as his work isn’t limited strictly to athletes, he’ll also be addressing everyday movements and the things we can do to prevent harming our bodies.

Interested? Here’s some more information about Esa Zhang to get you prepared..

Esa Zhang has studied and excelled in the fields of physical, manual and movement therapy as well as sport-specific physical training in Finland and the United States.

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He received a comprehensive certificate from Discover Movement in the USA which enabled him to become a certified functional and performance training specialist and then worked in Finland for over 10 years as a physical, manual and movement therapist and performance trainer of national level boxers, ice hockey and track and field teams.

In 2016 he became the performance and rehabilitation coach of China’s Gymnastics and Women’s Basketball teams, but his expertise actually encompasses ordinary folk as well as athletes.

So, up for a lesson or two on physical therapy and coaching? Here are the different topics Esa Zhang will address..

1. Fundamental movement skills

2. Movement environment ““challenges and solutions”

3. The elements of human movement

4. Physical training and coaching principles

5. Facilitating the success

6. Sport specific power and physical training

7. Q&A

See you there!

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