Introducing our new San-X plush team members

Welcome our new team members! You already know our gigantic office Rilakkuma mascot that is like 165cm tall. He now has many brothers and sisters, because we received big plush mascots of many San-X characters. We do not sell them in our shop, they will guard the modes4u office and you will see them a lot on our blog and Facebook. They are not as big as the 165cm Rilakkuma bear, but still pretty big! We have mascots of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, Kutusita Nyanko, Mamegoma, the shy cat and penguin of Sumikkogurashi and rabbit Shappo of Sentimental Circus. Which one is your favourite?

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Kawaii Miffy cake during our company lunch

We had a couple of reasons to celebrate lately so the whole modes4u team - including baby Mason - went to have a company Dim Sum lunch together a couple of weeks ago. We officially welcomed our new team members Sita and Iris who support our warehouse staff. Our team members Ho, Maggie and Dave all had their birthdays in the last weeks. And for every birthday there should be cake. We got a super kawaii Miffy cake that looked almost too cute to eat. It was a delicious chocolate sponge filled with yummy custard.

After a yummy DimSum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

After a yummy Dim Sum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately - we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately – we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

Our second modes4u baby

It’s baby time again at modes4u. Last year our former customer service manager Gabi had the first modes4u baby. Now the second super sweet baby boy is born. Little Mason is the adorable son of Sandra and Alan – the modes4u founders and bosses.

The whole team got to meet little Mason a couple of weeks after his birth, and as we already knew that our big soft office Rilakkuma makes a great baby bed of course Mason had to nap on his comfortable belly too. He seemed to enjoy it very much. Congratulations Sandra and Alan and welcome Mason!

Our second modes4 baby - Mason is the son of Sandra and Alan

Our second modes4u baby – Mason is the son of Sandra and Alan

Sandra and little Mason in the modes4u warehouse

Sandra and little Mason in the modes4u warehouse

The bosses' son enjoys his nap on our big office Rilakkuma

The bosses’ son enjoys his nap on our big office Rilakkuma

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Burton

Burton has been working in our warehouse for a while now, we just never got around to introducing him properly. So let’s get to know him better.

Hello, who are you by the way?
Hi, my name is Burton. I am 27 years old and come from Hong Kong. I did not always live here though; I spent 8 years of my live in England. I started to go to school there in year 9 and stayed until I finished university with a degree in interior design. Before I worked at modes4u I was employed by the Hong Kong government in an administrative position in the lands department.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am part of the packing staff in the warehouse, so I pick products, wrap and pack orders, cut fabrics, stick stamps and take the packages to the post office. The warehouse team is growing constantly, but we try to keep a concept of rotation, so that you work in a different position every week and really stay in touch with all tasks there are.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I think the Sumikkogurashi characters are cool. I like the story behind them and the fact that they are designed in a very simple, minimalistic way. Usually the kawaii things in our shop have very loud and bright colors, so the products with these characters stand out. They are really likeable.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It’s great to work with the people here; we are a young team and get along very well. Everybody has a different background. Some employees are from other countries, but also all Hong Kongers are from very different jobs and fields. It’s very interesting to share experiences and learn from each other.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
It’s definitely not part of my everyday life, but if there is a special occasion or a special person I can be very creative, craft things myself or organise surprises.

A lot of Rilakkuma and a little bit of Burton

A lot of Rilakkuma and a little bit of Burton

Birthday celebration with a solid ice cream cake

What an unforgettable birthday cake! Last week we celebrated the birthday of our team member Bianca. As she loves ice cream so much she got an incredible mango ice cream cake. Of course the whole team wanted to share the cake and that’s when the trouble began. It was made of solid ice cream so it was impossible to cut, as it was almost hard as stone. Still we tried and it took like 30 minutes and many knifes dipped in hot water to get the 15 pieces necessary. But it was worth it, it tasted great. Thanks everybody who took turns in cutting the cake! Happy Birthday Bianca!

Bianca with the ice cream cake

Bianca with the ice cream cake

The mango ice cream cake tasted divine but was hard as stone

The mango ice cream cake tasted divine but was hard as stone

Everybodey of the modes4u team wanted to have a piece of the ice cream cake

Everybody of the modes4u team wanted to have a piece of the ice cream cake

Bianca tries to cut the cake... she gave up after a minute

Bianca tries to cut the cake… she gave up after a minute

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Jacqueline

Time to catch up with our team member introduction series. Today is all about our office administrator Jacqueline, who helps us staying organised in the office.

Hello, who are you by the way?
My name is Jacqueline. I was born and raised in Hong Kong. For my last year of High School I moved to Australia and also went to university there. I studied Social Sciences, majoring in Japanese, Management and Sociology. This combination really enabled me to work in different fields. Since I came back to Hong Kong I have been working for example as a student counselor or in administrative positions like in a passport department.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the office administrator and make sure everything runs smoothly here. I take care of new deliveries, buy office supplies, stamps and more. I spend a lot of time in the warehouse and work closely with our packing staff, as I am also in charge of unboxing new products. But I also support our Managing Director Sandra in many administrative tasks, do research, organise things and spend lots of time on the phone.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I love our owl fabrics. I don’t really sew myself; still I like to look at all the different fabrics. They look really cute and there are so many different styles of owl designs.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It’s great to have so much cultural exchange here. It is my first time to work with people from Germany and Austria which I find very exciting, as every nationality has its different characteristics. I also enjoy trying different foods that my colleagues bring along and learn about their culture.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I do not craft very much, but like to be creative in other ways. Music is one of my passions; I am very active in my church band and love to sing.

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma: A big hug for our office mascot

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma: A big hug for our office mascot

Huge San-X delivery blocking our office

Fortunately we were prepared, so it didn’t hit us by surprise. We received a gigantic San-X delivery containing 2 tons of stationery delivered on 10 pallets and packed in more than 200 boxes. A day before the delivery we took some time to clear as much space as possible. We were really worried that we might not be able to fit everything in here, but it worked out fine. But now our office area is really blocked, our office ladies are sitting right next to big piles of boxes. What a funny sight!

You can already look forward to items from the Rilakkuma Wonderland edition, hundreds of new San-X stationery items and lovely new Decole products.

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office ladies now work right next to the hugte San-X delivery

Our office ladies now work right next to the huge San-X delivery

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

Cute Rilakkuma office bathroom

We would have never guessed that one day we would show you the modes4u office toilet. Why should we? Usually office toilets are boring and really not worth being the centre of attention. But at modes4u it’s not just a regular office toilet anymore: We now have a Rilakkuma bathroom! Both our ladies toilets are now embellished with the cutest Rilakkuma plush toilet paper holders. One is in white bear design, the other one depicts the brown bear. When washing our hands we now get the soap from the most adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser which we also sell in our shop. And to stick signs on the doors we use adorable Rilakkuma deco tape. The modes4u office toilet is now very kawaii.

Super cute Korilakkuma toilet paper holder at the modes4u office

Super cute Korilakkuma toilet paper holder at the modes4u office

It looks cute and has room for a second roll of paper

It looks cute and has room for a second roll of paper

The brown bear Rilakkuma toilet paper holder

The brown bear Rilakkuma toilet paper holder

It looks so cute

It looks so cute

Now the modes4u office toilet is so much cuter

Now the modes4u office toilet is much more kawaii

Our adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser

Our adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser

Washing hands is now a pure joy

Washing hands is a pure joy

We use Rilakkuma deco tape on the toilet doors

We use Rilakkuma deco tape on the toilet doors

What a cute Rilakkuma forest design

What a cute Rilakkuma forest design

Birthday Buns for Ho

Birthday time at modes4u. A couple of days ago we celebrated the birthday of our team member Ho by having a nice Dim Sum lunch in a new restaurant. It was a whole new experience for everyone, as this restaurant didn’t use the traditional bamboo steaming baskets to make the food but colourful silicone steaming baskets. None of us have ever seen that before, it looked really nice. The food was delicious too and as a nice surprise Ho got special birthday buns, which are filled with lotus paste and have a red mark on the outside.

But a birthday isn’t a birthday without a proper cake, so later in the office we all shared a nice creamy birthday cake. What a yummy day. Happy Birthday Ho!

The modes4u photographer Ho with his birthday buns

The modes4u photographer Ho with his birthday buns

YOu can recognize the birthday buns by the red mark

You can recognize the birthday buns by the red mark

Our lovely birthday Dim Sum served in modern silicone steaming baskets

Our lovely birthday Dim Sum served in modern silicone steaming baskets

None of us have seen these baskets before, so we took lots of pictures

None of us have seen these baskets before, so we took lots of pictures

Not very much left on the table

Ho's birthday cake in the office

Ho’s birthday cake in the office

The first modes4u wedding

Summertime is wedding time all around the world – also at modes4u. Our team member Maggie just got married and invited the whole team to join the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom picked a lovely little church in Hong Kong for the wedding, which looked very much like an ancient European church with stucco on the ceilings and colourful mosaic windows. That it was not that old was revealed by the fact that there were integrated monitors in those parts where you couldn’t see the altar very well and got a video feed of what is happening. A very convenient feature.

The church was packed with friends and family of the couple who enjoyed the fairy tale like wedding. Of course the bride looked stunning in her beautiful wedding dress as did the groom in his tuxedo. The ceremony was held in Cantonese and was very touching – even for our team members who didn’t understand the language. As wedding photos are very important in Hong Kong there were many photographers and of course all the guests also took lots of pictures.

It was a really beautiful wedding and we enjoyed it very much. Congratulations to Maggie & Kenneth from the whole team!

The beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day

The beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day

It was a lovely and romantic ceremony

It was a lovely and romantic ceremony

The newlyweds leaving the church after the ceremony

The newlyweds leaving the packed church after the ceremony

Of course the bride threw the bridal bouquet

Of course the bride threw the bridal bouquet

The lovely church before all the guests arrived

The lovely church before all the guests arrived

The church looked beautiful with the traditional window decorations

The church looked beautiful with the traditional window decorations

If you were sitting on the sides and did not have a good view there were monitors with video transmission

If you were sitting on the sides and did not have a good view there were monitors with video transmission

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