Thank-you Cup Cakes

Thank-you cup cakesMini thank-you-cup-cakes to run around the office with, on Friday 14th March, after 4 wonderful and learning-filled years with Prudential Hong Kong.  ~18% year-on-year topline growth annually and ~25% headcount increase over the 4 year period, meaning important challenges and lessons around how to grow an organisation sustainably, in a way that’s healthy and rewarding for the people involved and the community in which you operate.

A privileged experience for which I’ll be forever grateful.  March 2014.

Pack & Load: Before / After

HK Frames

HK BoxesThe HK version involved 9 people including: an Overseer; someone who looked like your Grandad (to take care of the small touches / make you laugh / gently cut your shoe out of the fuse box); and one person at any given moment commenting on the progress of the 8 others.  An hour and a half for lunch, and immense amusement at my sitting on the sofa wrapping 22 HR leaving presents in Union Jack wrapping paper.  The UK 2010 equivalent 4 years previous involved 2 men, equally kind, in and out in an hour and a half, who packed my entire home quicker than it takes me to pack for a 2 week holiday.  March 2014.

Leaving Don’t – Hutong

Hutong

HR @ HutongA traditional Chinese banquet, with a contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine twist, and the HK HR team.  Arguably the best views across the harbour over to the sparkling jewels of HK island, amid atmospheric Chinese decor and reflections on the changes we’ve all seen over the past 4 years.  March 2014.

Hutong, Aqua Restaurant Group.  Hong Kong, Beijing, London.

http://aqua.com.hk/flash/#/eng/global/hongKong/hutong/concept

Yue Hwa – To China in my Lunchbreak

Yue Hwa Yue HwaSilk duvets are apparently all the rage in London.  According to colleagues, the Chinese have been at it for generations and the best place to pick one up is the Yue Hwa Department Store, at Jordan.  I have it on very good authority, discussed entirely in Cantonese (lots of pointing), that Double Happiness or Double Horse, and Winter (as opposed to Summer) are the ones you need to go for.  March 2014.

http://www.yuehwa.com/index.php