We’re featured in Servus Hong Kong II!

modeS4u and its Managing Director, Sandra Boch, were recently featured in Servus Hong Kong II, a book developed by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. This meaningful book is a selection of experiences and personal stories of Austrian individuals who have made Hong Kong their home. Sandra, who is originally from Austria, discusses her move to Hong Kong, as well as why she founded modeS4u here, the working environment of the city and why it’s a valuable location to start a business.

The article itself is a lively and informative one, offering insight into launching a business here, alongside fun facts about modeS4u. Even Rilakkuma, the super cute lazy bear by San-X, was mentioned in the article for his role in the office! Click the images of the article to check it.

We're in Servus Hong Kong II!

We’re in Servus Hong Kong II!

Sandra's article

Sandra’s article

Sandra's article continued

Sandra’s article continued

Contributors to the book

Contributors to the book

Today is Hug a Bear day!

Do you have a favorite stuffed teddy bear? Well today is definitely the day to give it a big hug as today is Hug a Bear day (don’t hug a real one, though!)! In honour of this fun occasion, check out some of our cutest and cuddliest bear plush toys including Rilakkuma plushies, Korilakkuma plushies and more!

cute brown bear plush toy maru kuma pola from Japan

cute brown bear plush toy maru kuma pola from Japan

soft brown bear with orange umbrella plush charm

soft brown bear with orange umbrella plush charm

soft white bear with red umbrella plush charm by

soft white bear with red umbrella plush charm by

cute white bear plush toy from Japan

cute white bear plush toy from Japan

cute yellow bear plush toy from Japan

cute yellow bear plush toy from Japan

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

cute Rilakkuma Korilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma Korilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma sleeping bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma sleeping bear plush charm

cute big white polar bear Sumikkogurashi plush toy

cute big white polar bear Sumikkogurashi plush toy

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark

Rilakkuma wants to know more about our team and this time around, he talks to our programmig wizard, Mark!

Hello, who are you by the way?

Hello, I’m Mark and I’m 28 years old. I was born in HK and went to both high school and university here. My hobbies include playing computer games, indoor gaming activities and watching television shows.

What is your job at modes4u?

I am a Programmer. My work includes online maintenance, website development and coding. I make sure things are working as smoothly as possible. I like working with numbers so programming is right for me.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

My favorite products are re-ments because they’re like little treasure boxes! Each box contains something different so it’s always a surprise. My favorite types of re-ments are ones featuring different famous characters that everyone knows like Hello Kitty because they’re fun and interesting.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

I like that there is a very positive work atmosphere here. We don’t need to wear suits so I get to come to work in jeans and sneakers. As I mentioned, I like working with numbers so I enjoy my work programming, it’s a very focused position.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?

I like crafting websites. I can create boundaries, designs and layouts using numbers and codes. This involves a step-by-step process so even though it’s not using wood or plastic, it’s still crafting!

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 1

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 1

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 2

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 2

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Sylvania

Rilakkuma is back for another interview! This time he talks to modes4u’s accounting genius, Sylvania!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I am Sylvania. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up here.  HK is an exciting place full of wonderful people.  I have studied abroad but my hometown is still my favorite place to live.   I like to read, and have knowledge in area such as arts, economics, accounting and so on.   I like numbers. 

What is your job at modes4u?

I work all day with figures.  Yes, I think you guessed right – I work in the accounting department.  I have been working in this field since I graduated. It is an interesting area because figures are not just about numbers, they tell you stories. Sometimes the stories behind the scenes are important, sometimes they’re very similar, sometimes they give a big surprise.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

I love floral fabrics.  Many of our fabrics come from famous well-known suppliers and designers like Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry and Michael Miller from the US, and Kobayashi from Japan.  They are all top quality fabrics that are beautiful, detailed and have fabulous printed floral designs in Japanese, Asian and European styles.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

Modes4u is a growing company consisting of young colleagues full of enthusiasm, warmth, kind hearts and a willingness to help each other.  Modes4u gives me opportunities to learn and to improve.  Besides my accounting duties, I have learned how to wrap packages professionally with the packaging team.  I have learned about fabrics too.  Different types of fabrics have different characteristics like organic ones, flannel ones, knits, laminated fabrics and so on, that I had never thought about before working here.

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 but I do like to join workshops to learn about making hand-made soap, as well as cultivate organic vegetables during my leisure.

Our accounting genius!

Our accounting genius!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Oliver

Rilakkuma has more questions for our staff in a new interview! This time he spoke with Oliver to find out more about our awesome team member:

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I’m Oliver from Möchengladbach, Germany. I came to Hong a few years ago and started working in an e-commerce company. Hong Kong is a great city, which combines Eastern and Western culture and close enough to my second home in Japan. It’s also a great place to get to many destinations within Asia.

What is your job at modes4u?

I am in charge of all customer related tasks at modes4u. I handle all email inquiries providing our customers with all necessary information. My main task is to solve issues, concerning customer queries and questions regarding their orders and the products in our shops via email, Facebook or phone.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

The variety of coffee flavors in our office never fails to amaze me. Just joking. I am a really big fan of our Rilakkuma plush dolls and have a special collection of limited dolls. Rilakkuma means ‘relax bear’ in Japanese and I like many things in Japanese culture as well.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

It’s interesting to be in contact with our great customers. I have experience in e-commerce and handling customer related enquiries, but I have never met customers as friendly as here. Every day holds some surprises, for example because our customers send a lot of positive feedback often including pictures of their hand crafted cloths and accessories made from our great fabrics.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?

I used to craft a little, but I am more familiar with creative cooking, combining Asian and Western cuisine, and I love sports. I aim to achieve a good balance by doing exercise and travelling in my free time. 

They've got lots to talk about.

They’ve got lots to talk about.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

40% off Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Re-ment – for 24 hours only!

We now have over 10,000 products in our store & we’re celebrating! From now until Thursday, 1 special featured item will be on sale for 24 hours only; act fast to catch this special price!

Today’s item: Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Re-ment

Sale time!

Sale time!

Re-Ment Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Dolls Miniature

Re-Ment Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Dolls Miniature

More Cute Squishies!

We’ve recently added LOTS of new and exciting squishies to our store, including Hello Kitty and Kapibarasan themed ones! They’re colorful, bright and super realistic, just looking at some of them makes us hungry. Do you have a favorite squishy? If so, please do let us know, we’d love to hear from you about which ones you love the most. Check out some of our newest additions below!

 

smal pink Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

smal pink Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

cute hamburger cheese squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute hamburger cheese squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute croissant pastry squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute croissant pastry squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

chocolate covered banana piece sprinkles squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

chocolate covered banana piece sprinkles squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing cupcake squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing cupcake squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

brown icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

brown icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute brown pink heart shape churro squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute brown pink heart shape churro squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute chocolate donut colorful dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute chocolate donut colorful dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute pink donut pink dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute pink donut pink dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute soft pink white swirl ice cream squishy cellphone charm

cute soft pink white swirl ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink brown sprinkles ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink brown sprinkles ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

three layer pink light orange green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

three layer pink light orange green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

cute brown Kapibarasan bread bun squishy charm

cute brown Kapibarasan bread bun squishy charm

New Rilakkuma and Friends Sets

Rilakkuma (the brown bear), Korilakkuma (the white bear) and Kiiroitori (the yellow chick) have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan, a cute new brown bear Korilakkuma found in the Honey Forest. To celebrate their new buddy, they’ve dressed up as him! This popular San-X trio seem to love dressing up as other animals so much, they’ve even got super cute bunny rabbit outfits too. Check out these adorable plush toys we have in our store. If you’re not too familiar with Kogumachan just yet, we’ve included some images of him too for your to take a look at.

 

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

Don't they look adorable?

Don’t they look adorable?

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

Funny Bunnies!

Funny Bunnies!

 

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

Meet Kogumachan, from San-X

Your favorite San-X critters, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan. The word Kogumachan itself means Little Bear and the story behind this cute new friend is that when Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma were in the Honey Forest, they came across Kogumachan. Kogumachan and Korilakkuma especially struck up a fun friendship, however the two do seem to squabble a little bit when with Rilakkuma! This little guy sports brown fur with a white tuft and is certainly as cute as his new friends. What do you think of this new little guy? Check out our plushies and other cute items of him, Rilakkuma and co!

 

 

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

Happy Garlic Day!

It’s Garlic Day today (yes that’s actually a thing)! Garlic has been a must-have in many yummy food dishes from pasta to curry, all over the globe. Not only does it make food taste delicious, it also has numerous health benefits too such as helping to reduce cholesterol and heal wounds. For your garlic preparation needs, we’ve compiled some of our handiest bento accessories in this post, alongside some useful cutlery you can use to help you dig into some delicious, garlic-infused food! Don’t forget to check out our bento boxes to help keep that yummy food warm!

Here’s some fun Garlic trivia to mark this special day:

1. Brides in the time of Ancient Greece would carry bouquets of garlic, not flowers!

2. China is the biggest producer of garlic.

3. The use of garlic for its health benefits goes back all the way to the time of the ancient Egyptians.

4. There are over 300 varieties of garlic!

5. The name of the US state, Chicago, is actually derived from the Indian word for garlic, ‘Chicagaoua’.

Are you a fan of this flavorful food?

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

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