new visa is here

Today I could pick up my new visa at the Immigration Office. As my nationality is Austrian I need to apply for a visa to be able to live and work in Hong Kong. My first visa was valid for one year only, this time I got a 3-year-visa which is really cool. I only had to hand in 2 sheets of paper to apply for the extension of my visa. It’s so easy, unbelievably. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to get a visa as a foreigner in Austria. After 3 years, I will get another 3-year-visa and after that I will be able to apply for a permanent residency in Hong Kong.

Have You ever seen a more impressive Immigration Office?

Project Taking Photos Finished

Today we finished our project taking photos of all our new products. YAY! I am very happy with the result. Our products look really good like that, don’t you agree?

New Gym Membership

As I am working, working, working and don’t use my muscles at all, I decided to finally join a gym here in Hong Kong. I have so much excess energy that I need to get rid off. Back in Austria I enjoyed going to the gym and I was looking around for a suitable gym here for a while. It isn’t that easy and I finally decided to join PURE in Langham Place (same building as the Langham Place Hotel). PURE is the best gym chain in Hong Kong with the best standard, very clean, very nice changing rooms, new machines etc. The gym opened less than a year ago, so everything is pretty new. But the biggest advantage is that there are not too many members. It’s really hard to find a place in Hong Kong that isn’t crowded and noisy. As the gym is one of the best in Hong Kong, their membership fee is higher (like 5-6 times higher than other gyms) but I can tell you, it is totally worth it.

New Project Taking Pictures

Today we started with our new project of taking pictures of all our new products. Yesterday I met with a design student whose hobby is taking photos and discussed with him the details. Now, he and a friend of him are taking pictures of all our new products.

We got lots of new products the last few weeks but never had time to take care of them. Now they are busy taking photos of hundreds of products. I also told them to take pictures of our clothes with the new mannikin we got. It will present our clothes better than before. I can’t wait to see the final pictures. It should take a few days for them to finish and then Markus will take care of the editing.

First 10 Orders in our Shop

YAY, we got our first 10 orders in our new online kawaii shop! It took a while since we opened on 23.3.2008 but we have to be patient with our new baby. The shipment went to Marseille in France. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the future. Let’s see when we can pronounce the first 30 orders.

Big Project finally finished

Today we finally finished our big “photo editing” project. We decided a few weeks ago to edit all our existing product photos to make them look more professional. I employed a part time student to do the job for us. He was able to edit all of them within a few weeks. It’s such a big improvement, looking at the pictures now, they look so much better. It was a big project including a couple hundred of photos but now it’s finally done. Thanks to Alan (photographer) and Markus (editor) for their help!

Coming up next: Taking pictures of all our new products we just received and editing them as well. Will be lots of work again but I will get some help from some students again.

New Tenshi Neko & Akuma Neko Bags

Today we got lots of new Tenshi Neko and Akuma Neko bags delivered, more than 400 altogether. Luckily we moved to our new office already and have lots of space to store all of them. Tenshi Neko is our bestseller so we have to order new bags frequently. Akuma Neko is a brand new character that was just released. Akuma Neko is the boyfriend of Tenshi Neko and the naughty one. We also ordered some new items today, not just handbags. We got some really gorgeous back-bags, wallets, cosmetic bags etc.

Here are some of our new bags:

Akuma Neko Bag

Akuma Neko bag

Tenshi Neko Back-pack

Tenshi Neko Cosmetic Bag

Tenshi Neko Wallet

Tenshi Neko Bag

Cuteboo Backlink

The writer of the blog talked about our products in our online shop and recommended them to her readers. Therefore, she deserves a backlink to her blog 😉

San-X Meeting

We met with the Japanese boss from San-X Hong Kong today. He is very interested in working together with us as San-X is only focusing on the Asian market at the moment. He wants to expand their products to Europe and North America and we are the perfect partner for them because our wholesale and end-user customers are mainly from Europe, USA and Canada. We have quite a lot of contacts to shop owners who could be interested in selling these products. So we will act as an Official Wholesaler for their products to European and North American markets.

So, if you are interested in buying San-X products in bulk, please contact me by e-mail and I will send you the Official Wholesale catalogs with all their current products including Rilakkuma (Relax Bear), Mamegoma (little seal), Monokuro boo (a black & a white pig), Tarepanda (lazy panda) and many many more. We will also keep a big stock for our online shop and to be able to send out wholesale orders quickly.

San-X Characters

First Impressions

We had a visit from Marcus today to see his first sketches and ideas for our T-shirt collection. It looks quite interesting but still very early days. There is still lots of work to do before we can print them. I will keep you posted about the final collection.