New delivery of squishies for our shop

Yesterday we got a big box full of squishies, that we will add as soon as possible to our shop. All the female staff was super excited about the new delivery. Everybody gathered around the box and was rummaging through all the squishies for a loooong time. Well, there were really many different ones in there, so there was a lot to discover and look at. We have so many designs now, e.g. donut squishies and sandwiches, new Rilakkuma squishies (cute bread ones), Hello Kitty squishies, funny animals like bears and whales and more. In the end everybody got to pick one squishie for themselves. And guess what, everybody picked one from the Rilakkuma collection. Looks like we already have a favourite. Which one is yours?

The female modes4u staff with the new squishies

The female modes4u staff with the new squishies

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

Today we got a Chinese Pool Table for our office and immediateley had to have a little game during our lunch break. Chinese Pool is very popular among teenagers and young people in Hong Kong and very similar to Pool Billard – it’s all about shooting little pucks into the 4 holes on the table using a cue. There are many different ways to play it and it’s really fun, as you learn it very fast. Even Bianca and I, who have never played it before, scored some points. We had a fun time playing it and had to drag ourselves back to work after lunch. But there is much to do at the moment, as we got new deliveries, e.g. new Japanese Washi Tapes, that we want to add to our online shop as soon as possible.

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

New office pictures on our ‘About us’ site

It’s been a couple of months since we moved into our new office in Fo Tan, Hong Kong. Now we finally got round taking some new pictures of our warehouse and office, so that you guys can get an impression of how we are working over here. We really like this new place, especially as we have much more space than in our old office. The office is divided into the packing section where we pack all your orders, a photo studio to take good pictures of all our products, an office part for our staff and of course our big warehouse – the most important part. But as you can see, most of the shelves are already filled up with our products. Especially fabrics take up a lot of room and we will be getting even more of them in the next couple of weeks.

You can also find all the pictures on our ‘About us’ website, which we updated these days and where we introduce our team as well. We recently added a picture of Bianca, our new team member from Germany who is doing copywriting and PR for us.

All the shelves are filled with our kawaii products

All the shelves are filled with our kawaii products

really a lot of things

really a lot of things

this is just a part of our fabrics selection

this is just a part of our fabrics selection

here we have more fabrics

here we have more fabrics

the view from the back of the warehouse

the view from the back of the warehouse

A shelf with bags, DIY clay sets and more

A shelf with bags, DIY clay sets and more

The packing section where we pack all orders

The packing section where we pack all orders

our little photo studio to take good product pictures

our photo studio where we take good product pictures

me working on our website

me working on our website

Alan programming our website

Alan programming our website

Our staff Bianca and Maggie working on promoting our shop

Our staff Bianca and Maggie working on promoting our shop

Welcome Lunch for our new team member Bianca

Bianca from Germany joined our team this week. She just moved from Cologne to Hong Kong a couple of days ago and is very excited to be here. We welcomed her by taking her out for some Dim Sum, a very typical style of Chinese Food. You order a lot of different dishes that are served in small portions and everybody can help himself. As you can see, there was a lot of food on the table. Bianca really enjoyed that Chinese experience and tried as much as she could, although she didn’t always know what she was eating. The only thing she refused to try was a serve of chicken feet, a dish you can find a lot in Hong Kong. She promised to try at one point though, we will see if she actually does .

From now on Bianca will be helping us to support our shop and write a lot of texts for our website in German and English.

Bianca and I eating Dim Sum in the Chinese Restaurant

Bianca and I eating Dim Sum in the Chinese Restaurant

we really ordered a lot of food

we really ordered a lot of food

The whole modes4u.com team in front of the Chinese restaurant

The whole modes4u.com team in front of the Chinese restaurant

Birthday Time at modes4u

It was party time at the office, because we celebrated two birthdays today… And what do you think must not be missing when celebrating at modes4u? Cute stuff of course. That’s why our Managing Director Sandra and our packing fairy Lok got an adorable Sesame Street cake for their birthdays. It had lovely Elmo and cookie monster on it. Not only did it look super delicious, but tasted very sweet and yummy as well. The whole staff enjoyed a piece. Happy Birthday Sandra and Lok!


Our Delicious Sesame Street Birthday Cake

Our Delicious Sesame Street Birthday Cake

Birthday Girls Sandra and Lok with their Cake

Birthday Girls Sandra and Lok with their Cake

New San-X delivery arrived today

Today we got a really huge San-X delivery from Japan. It was very big, as you can see on the pictures. We had a little fun with it before unpacking. For example Lok – one of  our packing fairies – could just hide perfectly behind it. Okay, we have to admit that she is rather short anyway, but still the size of the delivery was impressive. Even for us and we get deliveries all the time. So what was in the boxes you want to know? Cute stuff of course. Especially tons of memo pads, notebooks and stationery with all our good friends from Rilakkuma to Kamonohashikamo and Kireizukin. We’ll add the new stuff to our online shop as soon as possible, but it will take a few days. Here’s already a glimpse of what you will find.

New San-X delivery arrived today

New San-X delivery arrived today

Lok hiding behind the boxes

Lok hiding behind the boxes

a first look of what was in the boxes

a first look of what was in the boxes

cute memo pads and notebooks with Rilakkuma

cute memo pads and notebooks with Rilakkuma

stationery in different sizes, formats and designs

stationery in different sizes, formats and designs

also new stuff from the 'Rilakkuma meets honey' collection

also new stuff from the'Rilakkuma meets Honey' collection

Photographer Interviews

We are looking for a photographer for our company at the moment because we have so many new products coming in almost daily and we have trouble catching up with taking photos of all of them. Therefore, we decided to hire a photographer who will be lucky to take photos of cute products all day long. Who doesn’t want such job? I would definitely do it if I wouldn’t be so busy with other things in our company. We will be busy interviewing candidates all day long. Keeping our fingers crossed that we will find someone quick.

some of the products waiting to have their photo taken

some of the products waiting to have their photo taken

Moving our office and warehouse

This weekend we were moving our office from Kwai Fong to Fo Tan. It took us 3 days to move because we had so much stuff, especially so many products to move. We also had to be very careful with packing the products to make sure nothing gets broken, bent or crushed. It was a really exhausting weekend but we finally made it. Thanks to all our friends who helped us moving, without them we couldn’t have done it. Now we have a much bigger office and warehouse with lots of space for new cute products for our shop :-) Here are some pictures I took during our move:

before the move

before the move

our office was quite cramped already

our office was quite cramped already

my office table was befind a shelf filled up with bags

my office table was befind a shelf filled up with bags

our move has officially started

our move has officially started

slowly shelves are getting empty

slowly shelves are getting empty

Lok was busy packing products into boxes

Lok was busy packing products into boxes

we packed most products in big boxes from the Hong Kong Post

we packed most products in big boxes from the Hong Kong Post

the office is almost empty

the office is almost empty

waiting for the elevator

waiting for the elevator

Alan is disassembling the furniture

Alan is disassembling the furniture

in the evening we had a nice dinner with everyone helping us together

in the evening we had a nice dinner with everyone helping us

Thanks for helping guys!!!

Thanks for helping guys!!!

Signing the new contract

Today we signed the new contract for our bigger office I was writing about a couple of days ago. We are really excited about this move because we ran out of space in our current office and we plan to stock a lot more products. Signing the contract was quite some torture for me because the landlord is an elderly Chinese man who doesn’t speak a single word English. Additional, he was super slow with reading all the docouments, signing etc. and he had lots of very strange requests. For example, he took a photo of the keys and started to explain to Alan every single key (of course he mixed them up and struggled to identify them). I was so dumbfounded, I had to take a photo. My butt was hurting because I was sitting on a cheap chair for a whole hour already. I was so glad when this whole procedure was over and we finally had the keys. Next week we will move our office. I will definitely take some photos for you guys again.

explanation of each single key

explanation of each single key

now, which one is which one??? hahaha

now, which one is which one??? hahaha

Looking for a new office

Our office lease is almost finished and we are looking for a new, bigger place to rent. We were checking out many places, most were unacceptable because too dirty/ugly/old or too overpriced. It is really hard to find a suitable, nice looking office in Hong Kong. Rent is ridiculously high in Hong Kong and the office quality often pretty poor. However, today we were lucky and found the right place. It is in Fo Tan, an industrial district of Hong Kong and conveniently located near the highway and the train station. The office is 3 times as big as our current office but we really need the bigger space. Here are some pictures we took today:

this is the new office space

this is the new office space

we have windows along 2 sides of the office which is very nice

we have windows along 2 sides of the office which is very nice

the entrance to the boss office

the entrance to the boss office

this room needs lots of work done before we can move in

this room needs lots of work done before we can move in

unfortunately it comes with this ugly cupboard

unfortunately it comes with this ugly cupboard

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