Morning Exercises

One of the great communitarian traditions here in Asia is group calisthenics.  Students exercise enmasse every morning at 9AM.  It’s not uncommon to see the kitchen and wait staff of a restaurant lined up outside the restaurant before opening time doing exercises.  Even business offices get into the act. 

Follow this link to watch a very funny video of morning exercises at an insurance company here.

And keep it in mind the next time you complain about silly stuff your HR department makes you do!  It could be worse!

UPDATE:  One of my Chinese colleagues at work translated the chant for me.  It goes like this:

1 salesman comes to the Xinhua company,
Each day we add an excellent salesman,
Today we add one,
Tomorrow we add one,
The day after tomorrow we’ll have even more excellent salesmen.

2 salesmen come to the Xinhua company,……
3 salesmen come to the Xinhua company……

4 salesmen come to the Xinhua company…
5 salesmen come to the Xinhua company…
6 salesmen come to the Xinhua company…

And so it goes.  Sort of like “Ten Little Ducks,” only in reverse!