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Keynote @ GSMA Mobile Asia Congress

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 20th November, 2008 Tags: , , , , Marketing, Technology, Thoughts No comments

This morning I did a keynote at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Macau. It was held at the Venetian and I was amused by the fact that in order to get to the conference area I had to go through the Gambling Floor. And at 7.15 am I could see some hardcore gamblers still trying their luck.

The keynote went off well and I had the good fortune of sharing the platform with some really great thinkers & industry leaders like Jonathan Dharmapalan (Ernst & Young), Nepolean Nazareno (SMART Philippines), and Michael Prebenda (Rosetta Marketing).

Here is the coverage in Marketing Magazine:

Deporting from Macau

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 20th November, 2008 Tags: , , , Life No comments

This morning I took the 6am Ferry to Macau with a colleague of mine. We were going there as I was scheduled to a Keynote at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress. My colleague is Hong Kong origin girl holding a foreign passport. She landed in Macau with only the HK Resident ID card and without her passport. There was a confusion because Macau allows immigration on the basis of HK ID card but you need to be a permanent resident. And my colleague didn’t know that. We pleaded and tried to make a case but the officer was quite rigid. And guess what they deported her back to Hong Kong onto the next Ferry. Imagine getting deported from Macau of all the places. I’m sure that will certainly go down as one of her most memorable stories.