Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Office Parties !

So I'm back home now, with the greatest of luck beating the terrible weather disruptions, and my last journey this year is complete. It's been a good trip overall, but it had its moments. It was rushed and tiring. Badly affected by weather, but on the bright side I attended 3 fantastic office parties.

From Hong Kong to Moscow to London, I come away feeling immensely proud of our business and the people who comprise it.

Starting with China, the teams from Hong Kong and Shenzhen had taken over a cosy little Italian restaurant a few minutes walk from the HK office. Organised diligently in typical Hong Kong fashion, the evening was orchestrated within a perfect timetable. Speeches, prizes, some great team games at the table timed exactly to fit between courses. A couple of great volunteer comperes ensured the evening went off smoothly and with everyones involvement this became a very memorable event.

Sadly I had to leave prematurely for a flight, but I understand the party continued and everyone had a great time, and I will be sad to miss the Chinese New Year party that is just a month away !

So directly from HK to Moscow, in time for a couple of days of rounding off work for the end of the year, and in time for their end of year party. Our team members from all over Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan came for this annual tradition.

For the FSU team, this party has always been a grand and key event organised between HR and the marketing team. This year the aim was for something a little different from the usual "dinner and dance" theme and they chose the setting to be 1920's Chicago ... and the world of prohibition and Al Capone. It was gangster night and the details were what made this night so special. From the outstanding costumes to the small boy handing out newspapers.

The evening started as a casino (I had the pleasure to host the poker table), followed by an auction (with people bidding for prizes with their casino winnings) and then a vote for the best costume before a good meal and dancing with music from the olden days and then something more contemporary.

As always, and like in China, I love to see the team spirit amongst everyone in the group, and also the individual friendships that people have built up with each other (which shouldn't surprise me as 9 more people crossed either 10 or 15 years of service with us this year).

Then from Moscow to London ... I am not even sure how I made it. My flight landed, but it must have been the last before Heathrow Airport was shut. London had been hit by a snow blizzard like it had never seen, and accordingly, had no way of coping with.

This unfortunate weather meant that 5 of our 13 planned guests for the party were unable to make it into Central London where I had booked the popular Floridita Cuban restaurant.

Nevertheless, the 8 of us made an evening of it. It was a good lively venue and great food, and the Magic Box and Freeplay teams got to mix and get to know each other better ... but sadly no pictures taken :-(

So, I am home now, and looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation (before the travels start again on January 4).

I want to take this chance to thank all the people at Binatone, Magic Box, Freeplay and Euro Suisse for their hospitality over the past 10 days (in those offices I was able to visit), and for the overall efforts and dedication of everyone throughout the group  over the past 12 months.

I wish each and every one of you, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



  1. I couldnt recognize anyone. Did people change or its a new team :)

  2. "Sunil is love, sunil is life."