Learning New Definitions of Heat and Warmth Working with Google in Asia

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On Monday morning when we arrived at the Google offices in Singapore we were treated to a tour of the campus, a stop at the cafeteria to enjoy an impressive spread of international cuisines, and a flurry of important meetings.

We met with Googlers from various business units to gain a deeper understanding of the Southeast Asian market and to further refine our scope, establish timelines, and identify points of contact throughout our project.                                                                                                       

We were having a blast in Singapore, but one of the exciting parts about our project is the way it’s allowing us to experience Google’s business in many locations across Asia. So when we left Singapore to jet off to Bangkok, it was bittersweet. Landing in Bangkok, we were quickly introduced to new definitions of heat (Thai food is HOT!) and warmth (Thai people are lovely!).

We spent the majority of our days meeting with more Googlers, collecting insights and data for our project, and walking around the city to educate ourselves on Thai daily life and popular trends. 

Before leaving, our team also had the opportunity to experience the local cuisine and take in some of the famous attractions of the city. We challenged ourselves with new levels of spiciness, treated ourselves to a Thai massage, survived a tuk-tuk ride, bargained (badly) at Chatuchak weekend market, paid our respects at the Grand Palace, and donated coins to the Reclining Buddha for good luck.

We’re three weeks into Ross MAP now, and as we’re saying our good-byes to Bangkok, packing up, and making our way back to Singapore for a few final meetings with our sponsors, we’re feeling incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity to meet and learn from the business professionals here in Asia and at Google. Here are some of our favorite shots from the project so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**The Team on our first day in Singapore, exploring the food and markets of Chinatown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**The team at the end of our first day in the Bangkok office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**The team on the last day at the Bangkok office with one of our Thai Google sponsors

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Post submitted by the Ross MAP team working with Google in Asia. Team members are first-year MBA students Che Hsi Chiang, Ellen Carter, Mike Homorody, Sydney Lewis, Weston Lander, and Joshua Kraus.

See a full gallery of #RossMAP images here.