Ctripper: Meet the Team—Neil Ma

by Emily Eliot
Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Updated: June 21st, 2011 | Comments
Ctrip Ctripper posts come to us directly from the good folks at Ctrip, China's top online travel agency (and proud sponsor of ChinaTravel.net). Stay tuned for Ctrip special offers, travel tips, news on new travel deals, tours and activities, and slices of life-in-China from Ctrip staff and interns. Meet the team that brings you all of these great deals.... >>> A quick word from Neil Ma: What up yall. Neil’s in da house! As you can see we are putting up a list of team members and I’m taking the 2nd spot, which I’m quite happy with because word on the street is that the list is ordered from the best-looking to the worst. (Don’t ask me why Coley’s introduction post is already up, I think it might be a system bug). When did you join Ctrip? I joined Ctrip in 2009. I was recommended by Coley’s mate so Coley kind of brought me in. What do you do at Ctrip? I’m doing all kinds of work here, from developing programs to watering plants. But my main job is to apply SEO techniques to both english.ctrip.com and chinatravel.net. Where do you call home? China. Even though I stayed in Australia for over 8 yrs, it ain’t home like China because in China, you don’t have to watch out for the kangaroos while driving. What is the farthest you have been from home? Down Under all the way. Not as easy it sounds being in a foreign country alone as a teenager. What is the longest flight you have ever taken? Any flights that don’t have movie programs feel like the longest hours of my life. If you were to guesstimate, how many different countries have you been to in your life? 5: Australia, Thailand, China, Japan and an imaginary one in which I was addressed as the King What is your favorite Chinese dish? Apart from the common dish like fried scorpions, I also like fried noodles. Would you observe the five second rule in the streets of Shanghai? Dude, I live by the 5 second rule and I’ve also expanded it to 60 second rule which works for beverages too… Do you collect key cards from hotels you’ve stayed at? Do you steal the shampoo? No way, that’s totally crossed the line, I only take the TV. Skills! When you stay in a hotel are you superstitious about staying on the 13th floor? A little bit, but watch out on room 1408 I tell you. Do you ever steal the pillows or blankets from the plane? Another question about stealing? Let me make this clear, I don’t steal, I only take things without permissions…and not returning them ever.
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