A new character at our office: Relax cat

We haven’t seen anything like that. At the moment Sandra’s and Alan’s cat Miu is visiting us at the office again, as they are on a trip. The cute cat has stayed here before, so she felt comfortable right away. However, we thought until now that cute Rilakkuma bear was the laziest animal at our office, but that was before relaxed Miu came along. We certainly didn’t expect that much laziness from her. She is laying around and sleeping the whole day, but couldn’t be more entertaining in doing so. Don’t you agree? Check out some of her funniest sleeping and relaxing positions.

It's a thin line between being bored and relaxed...

It is a thin line between being bored and relaxed…

Spinx on the front, bearskin on the back .It looks really strange, but Miu lays like this every day

Spinx on the front, bearskin on the back .It looks really strange, but Miu lays like this every day

We love  the stretched paw in this adorable sleeping position

We love the stretched paw in this adorable sleeping position

S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y, we found her sleeping like this. She seems to like it, we already saw her doing it again

S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y, we found her sleeping like this. She seems to like it, we already saw her doing it again

Miu looks a bit sick here, but she is fine. This is just her way of deep relaxation

Miu looks a bit sick here, but she is fine. This is just her way of deep relaxation

We welcome our new team member from Switzerland

She traveled thousands of kilometers to support our kawaii shop in Hong Kong. Our newest team member Gabi came all the way from Switzerland and now works as a customer service representative in our office. Which means you’ll get to meet her soon – at least if you have questions about our online shop or your order. Because Gabi takes care of all your emails and requests.

Of course we took her out for a big Dim Sum lunch to welcome her the Chinese way. She already got to experience this part of Chinese living during her time here, but still found lots of new and delicious dishes that she had never tried before. She even was brave enough to taste the notorious chicken feet and didn’t hesitate a second. We were impressed.

Welcome to the modes4u team, Gabi!

The modes4u team with our new colleague Gabi on the right

The modes4u team with our new colleague Gabi on the right

In our Dim Sum lunch the table was full of delicious Chinese food

In our Dim Sum lunch the table was full of delicious Chinese food

A chocolate bomb for Alan’s Birthday

If you see a super fancy cake in the modes4u office, it’s usually birthday time. This week we celebrated Alan’s birthday with looots of chocolate. The cake we got him was so incredibly rich that everybody was just happily smiling after finishing it. It was already Alan’s 4th birthday cake!!! Isn’t that amazing? What a lucky guy to get 4 cakes. However, our cake was definitely one of his favourites.

Rilakkuma was celebrating with us of course. Our huge office mascot can’t be missing on a festive occasion like this and had to be in our team picture as well. He is just so huge and draws so much attention to him that you barely notice the chocolate cake next to him.

Happy Birthday Alan!

Alan with his chocolate birthday cake

Alan with his chocolate birthday cake

The cake was so full of chocolate that it was really hard to cut it

The cake was so full of chocolate that it was really hard to cut it

Our team including office mascot Rilakkuma with the cake - if you can find it

Our team including office mascot Rilakkuma with the cake - if you can find it

Coffee fight in our office: Starbucks vs Nespresso

It was an exciting week for the coffee lovers in our office. Until now they mainly relied on instant coffee to satisfy their caffeine needs, but this will be yesterday’s news from now on. Because this week a Starbucks coffee shop opened right next to our office. It was a big thing for us, as there hasn’t been one in the area where our company is located. So the whole team took a little trip to the coffee shop on the opening day to enjoy a high quality coffee… or a chococlate drink for the non-coffee drinkers. It was really busy there as everybody wanted to check it out.

But just one day after the opening, Starbucks already lost the modes4u team as a daily customer. Because then a wonderful Nespresso coffee machine arrived at our office. Now we’re in coffee heaven and don’t even have to leave the building. There are so many different coffee capsules and also many different variations from Latte Macchiato to Espresso. Once it was set up everybody gathered around the machine to get a coffee. Especially our Chinese colleagues liked it a lot, as it not that common in Hong Kong househoulds to have professional coffee machines like that as it is in Europe.

The only thing that’s missing are some kawaii mugs, as we just have a wild mug mixture with many different designs.Maybe we have to buy some of the cool Rilakkuma Chococlate and Coffee cups we got some weeks ago for ourselves. Wouldn’t that be the perfect combination?

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

4 years modes4u: BIG Happy Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday to us! Today our kawaii shop modes4u.com celebrates its 4th birthday. It’s unbeliebable how time flies. We are really proud that all our customers like our shop so much and that we can offer you thousands of kawaii products. What a reason to celebrate! And is there a better way to do so than with a big giveaway?

4 years modes4u – 4 super cute prize packages – 4 winners. Our super kawaii Happy Birthday giveaway will be open for 2 weeks and has a very special theme this time. You can win one of our 4 totally cute San-X prize compilations. Because we have grown to be quite a little Rilakkuma and San-X shop offering almost 1000 items from the Japanese company. Plus our customers really love the cute characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Kutusita Nyanko and more.

So join our giveaway today. We wish all of you good luck and lots of fun.

Our kawaii San-X prize package for our birthday giveaway

Our kawaii San-X prize package for our birthday giveaway

4 lucky winners get the following package:

1 Rilakkuma “Relaxing Meal” Re-Ment

1 Rilakkuma Chocolate and Coffee Deco Tape

1 Rilakkuma Bread Squishie

1 Sentimental Circus Sticker Sheet

1 Rilakkuma red pocket (traditional Chinese “La See” with Rilakkuma Design that can only be bought in Asia)

1 big Rilakkuma / Sentimental Circus plastic bag (exclusively from Japan with brand new Rilakkuma Happy Holiday Picnic design on one side and Sentimental Circus design on the other – bag is usually not available to the public, but exclusively designed for fair trade business customers)

A closer look at our cute San-X giveaway prizes

A closer look at our cute San-X giveaway prizes

 

For a chance to win one of the 4 packages, you must:

1) Go to our kawaii shop modes4u, and comment below this blog post what is your favourite San-X item from our shop! (1 entry)

For additional chances to win (leave a separate comment for each entry):

2) “Like” modes4u’s Facebook page. Leave FB name with comment. (1 extra entry)

3) Follow us on Twitter here. Leave Twitter name with comment. (1 extra entry)

4) Add our San-X Partner Store or Rilakkuma banner to your blog, website etc. You can find the banners here. Post a link to your blog in the comments below. (5 extra entries!!!)

5) Tweet about this giveaway and post your tweet URL in the comments below. You can tweet once a day until the deadline! Just copy the words below and paste it on your twitter. (1 extra entry)

WIN cute goodies from @modes4u! BIG Giveaway with 4 kawaii prize packages! Enter here -> http://tiny.cc/jntebw #giveaway www.modes4u.com

6) Blog about this giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below. (2 extra entries)

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, Midnight GMT. We will notify the winners the following day! You will have 48 hours to claim your prize or we will have to pick another winner.

OPEN WORLDWIDE!

Winners will be chosen through random.org, so the more entries you have, the more chances of winning!

New sticker walls in our office

Although we moved into a big office last year we already just have little warehouse space left as we get new products all the time. So now we came up with a new idea to use our space more effectively. We bought a lot of grids and built sticker walls at the sides of our shelves. It looks really professional, like in a real stationery shop.  Another advantage: We can find the right stickers much faster, as we don’t have to pull out boxes of the shelves anymore. And of course it is also much prettier than to keep the cute stickers in boxes. Don’t you think?

One of our new sticker walls on the side of our warehouse shelves

One of our new sticker walls on the side of our warehouse shelves

Now you can see all the lovely designs very well

Now you can see all the lovely designs very well

it looks soo pretty - and is really handy too

it looks soo pretty – and is really handy too

Dim Sum lunch with our new team member

The modes4u team is growing constantly, this week we welcomed our new team member Sylvania. She is supporting us in accounting from now on and will help with other administrative tasks around the office as well. We are very happy that she is with us, not least because it means going out for a Dim Sum lunch with the whole company. What a nice tradition to welcome new staff. The table was filled with a lot of food, and although the portions look small, everybody was very full afterwards.

Bianca used Sylvania’s welcome lunch to deliver on the promise she made at her welcome lunch last year. She finally tried the chicken feet – a very common dish in Hong Kong. And what a surprise, she didn’t like them. It meant more chicken feet for Lok and Sylvania, who loved the dish very much. Would you have tried it?

Welcome to the team, Sylvania.

Our table in the Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum

Our table in the Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum

Lots of delicious dishes in small servings

Lots of delicious dishes in small servings

We had a good view of the busy kitchen with hundreds of steamer baskets

We had a good view of the busy kitchen with hundreds of steamer baskets

Karen, Lok and Sylvania are busy eating and drinking tea

Karen, Lok and Sylvania are busy eating and drinking tea

The whole modes4u team in front of the restaurant

The whole modes4u team in front of the restaurant

Bianca kept her promise and tries chicken feet - yummy

Bianca kept her promise and tries chicken feet - yummy

Our gigantic plush Rilakkuma arrived

This is a dream come true!! Today we got the largest San-X delivery in the history of our shop and it contained a truly precious and truly huge item: an enormous Rilakkuma plush toy. We have been waiting for the super kawaii bear since last August already when San-X released it and we immediately ordered one. Everybody gathered around the big box to solemly unpack it and was incredibly impressed with the size of Rilakkuma that came out. We had a great time taking pictures with the adorable animal, he is the star of our office. The 165cm tall plushie will be our office mascot from now on and you will hear and read a lot of it, we promise. We know that a lot of you guys will want a huge Rilakkuma like this, but unfortunately we can’t sell them.

Now we will focus on adding all the new San-X stationery items to our shop, so you can buy a lot of new kawaii stuff. If your favourite item has been sold out lately, check our website again, as we will also restock many popular products. But for the moment, enjoy the pictures of the day or watch the YouTube video we took with cute Rilakkuma.

A big box for a big Rilakkuma

A big box for a big Rilakkuma

Look how huge he is compared to his little plush brothers and sisters

Look how huge he is compared to his little plush brothers and sisters

At first everybody in the office keeps an impressed distance

At first everybody in the office keeps an impressed distance

And while unpacking big Rilakkuma keeps an eye on what is going on

And while unpacking big Rilakkuma keeps an eye on what is going on

But then the fun starts: Lok and Karen can only carry the bear together - it is taller than they are

But then the fun starts: Lok and Karen can only carry the bear together – it is taller than they are

Alan is fooling around with cute Rilakkuma

Alan is fooling around with cute Rilakkuma

Bianca is trying to rock it like a baby - but it is just too big

Bianca is trying to rock it like a baby – but it is just too big

Happy Birthday Bianca

It was her birthday and what did she do? She ate Rilakkuma! Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of our team member Bianca at the office. We got her a lovely Rilakkuma cake with loooots of chocolate and some fruit. It came with a kawaii Rilakkuma picture consisting of white chocolate. And she just couldn’t resist it, it looked so tasty. So she ate the chocolate Rilakkuma and enjoyed every bite. It looked a bit violent, but we forgive her for eating one of our favourite characters. Because you’re allowed to do anything on your birthday. Almost.

Happy Birthday Bianca.

We celebrated Biancas birthday in the office

We celebrated Biancas birthday in the office

The kawaii Rilakkuma birthday cake

The kawaii Rilakkuma birthday cake

The whole team enjoyed the delicious cake

The whole team enjoyed the delicious cake

Do not be scared kids, no animals were harmed in the making of this picture

Do not be scared kids, no animals were harmed in the making of this picture

The big debut of a cat

We already wrote about Sandra’s and Alan’s cat staying in our office during their time in Austria. This week it was time for Miu to go home again. But she didn’t leave without having her big moment. And what a good one!

While being quite shy and careful at the beginning of her visit in our office, she got more adventurous with every day and explored every corner there is. Still our photographer Ho was quite surprised when he found Miu laying comfortably on his photo desk. He took advantage of the situation and took some cute pictures of our new super model with our stickers. Miu was quite a natural. Because she didn’t care about the camera and just relaxed. Perfect.

Now she has had her 5 minutes of fame and enjoys her home again. It’s probably for the best, as nobody would pay attention to our products anymore if an adorable real cat was in every picture.

perfect cat posing for the camera with stickers

perfect cat posing for the camera with stickers

Miu getting comfortable in front of the camera...and sleepy

Miu getting comfortable in front of the camera…and sleepy

our photographer Ho finding the new model in our little photo studio

our photographer Ho finding the new model in our little photo studio

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