Red Nose Day Bake Off

We had Red Nose Day/Comic Relief last month where the company decided to support the Great British Bake Off Sale charity event in our UK offices.
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Our office had a lot of support as there were many talented bakers hidden amongst us!
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I managed to win the Best Bake with my Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcakes! Whoop whoop!
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Alex won the prize for the most money raised with his sausage rolls. He made three huge mountains of them, and had three different delicious flavours.
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I love these bake off and didn’t really expect to win since I though my friend who made the White Chocolate mud cake (with the strawberries) would. Everything looked so professional and delicious!
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We managed to raise over £200 and the financial director matched it ^^ So it was a great turn out!
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Here’s some more photos!
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Did you support the cause? What was the last charitable event you did?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

A Day in Dubai

Sorry guys haven’t been able to find time to update in a while! Been a busy few days!
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I’ve been sent on a business trip to Hong Kong to get our international expansion rolling. If you didn’t know, I work as a graphic designer/web developer. Our flight stopped off at Dubai so we went to visit our colleagues over in the offices there. Dubai is so beautiful! The skyscrapers just reminded me of China but with cleaner waters and a blue blue sky.

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Kai, me & Coney

We spent most of our day working once we jumped off the plane, we didn’t even get any sleep! We ended up napping on the sofas.

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Sleepy on the plane :9

Here are photos and highlights from Dubai!

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Nice spacious office space!

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Fortune Towers!

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They over killed with lights

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Dubai Mall

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Musical Fountain

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Feast!

We’re now working from Hong Kong, if you follow me one Instagram you’ll know that Hong Kong is city filled with amazing food! I’ll update about Hong Kong later ^^

Until then, keep smiling!
Kekidoll xoxo

The Big Office Move!

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Over the weekend of the 12th October, we moved offices down the road so not far at all. The whole process took 4 days and I had to get the whole office involved to pack everything into crates that included their computers and drawers. It was a task left by my manager since she had the last week booked off work, so she wasn’t in to overlook and organise it; so I was in-charge.

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This task was challenging since I had to send many emails to remind people what to do, where to go and organise people to pack and tidy communal areas as well as their own desks. The kitchen was the toughest to pack since people were still using plates and cups on the last day. At least most of them ate out or used the paper plates I provided. Only a few did not wash up which was annoying. The dishwasher wasn’t emptied either so I had to do that and rewash some items since they weren’t clean. (Why do dishwashers not clean very well? People don’t rinse dishes so I guess food is always stuck…) The kitchen took 3 hours to do since there were some appliances, lots of plates, mugs, glasses, cutlery etc. It was such a big task I was glad some of the girls helped me out!

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I left the rest of the office to pack the meeting rooms, folders and asked one of the girls to pack the books at reception; there are so many unread books! Some individuals asked what they could do and helped out after they’ve done their own stuff, others just left after packing their desk and hadn’t even moved their box to one corner. Rude! I wasn’t able to pack my own computer since I was busy with everything else but luckily my colleague/senior helped do it for me :)

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The whole process took more than 3 hours since I started two days earlier so I didn’t have to do everything in one day. It was fun and I was glad everyone came together as a team; apart from some lazy and selfish individuals…

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The new office is approx 4 minutes away and is much bigger in size. We have a lot more meeting rooms and now even a fun room! Yay! The open plan office is smaller though due to our massive meeting rooms taking up the majority of the space, so we had to downsize our desks :( People sit much closer together now and there is no personal bubble space anymore. Its much harder to gossip or eat in peace! I kinda don’t like who I’m sitting with either *le sigh*

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We all have settled in now but there are a few items that went missing so it has become a mini treasure hunt to find these things >_< Hehehe.

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Kekiko

Announcement! New Store Launch at MCM Expo 2013

I’ve been meaning to start my own business for a while now but had never found the time to do it. After speaking to these motivational people who have made time for themselves to expand on their lives, it made me realise I was just procrastinating and stopping myself from achieving anything big.

“Chase your dreams”

So for MCM Comic Con tomorrow I will be there launching my new brand Kekiko. I will be there all weekend, from 25th – 27th October 2013! So come say hi!! We will be at stall W7!
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We're near the front of the Expo!
I would also appreciate it if you would like my Facebook page as that would really help boost my morale and urge me to focus, plus work harder on this personal project.

Behind the Name

Keki PandaThe brand name was picked using my alias, Keki meaning ‘cake’ in Japanese since I absolutely love cake! I have a sweet tooth. Ko sounds like ‘co’, meaning company as in business or companionship. Therefore, put together it means Keki’s Company and also Keki & Friends. I have also named my two mascots, a couple of adorable little pandas, Keki and Kiko! So its all tying together and slowly being built upon. There is a lot to do and the range of items I’ve designed is small. I’ve just started to produce some hand made bookmarks for now and shall expand into more stationary, fashion and gift lines for the near future.

Wish me luck!

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Joining the Fun Committee

There is a committee at work that organises fun monthly events for the office and I’m privileged to be asked to join it. Well, people moved jobs and thus the committee members shrunk and they wanted someone creative on the team so here I am! There is currently 4 of us in the group but it may grow bigger should anyone else want to join.

It’s so nice to be able to organise something fun for the office and try new activities for free (the company pays for it)! So far I’ve seen Skyfall at the IMAX, went Go Karting, cooked dumplings for food day (I won a cook book) and visited a circus dinner party for Christmas. It has been fun and hopefully I can bring more to the table and plan some more exciting activities this summer.

We’ve started planning for the next few months and have a variety of activities in the pipeline, such as:

  • Dubai Themed Party
  • Scavenger Hunt
  •  Wii Party with possible BBQ (depends if we can get a venue)
  • Laser Tag
  • Picnic in the Park with Rounders
  • Regents Park Open Air Theatre
  • Team Building Event

It all sounds so exciting and I can’t wait to participate in it all!

Have you done anything fun recently that involves bonding/socialising that you would recommend us to go try?

With Love,
Keki xoxo

Teamsport Go Karting in London

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The Go-Kart race track

On the evening of Thursday 4th April, a group of young people went all the way to Bermondsey to get their suit, helmet and gloves on for a race of a lifetime.

Well, it was a corporate event which was organised by the Fun Committee at work (I joined the committee!) so we all went go karting at TeamsSport UK in Bermondsey to bond and “relax” after a long day’s work.
After signing your life away up, you are kitted into these racing jumpsuits that can get rather uncomfortable because they just-about fitted us.

Girlies all kitted up
Girlies all kitted up!

We watched a briefing DVD so we knew what all the lights meant and how not to get black flagged (penalized or disqualified) and were then split into groups ready to race.

Having fun spectating
Us having fun spectating

There was also unlimited pizza which we all took advantage of (unfortunately we were all very hungry monsters so I didn’t get to take a photo of all the glorious pizzas we ate last night).

The event was split into three 8 minute sessions:

  • Trial – This is a training session for you to get used to the go-kart and the track
  • Pre-Qualify – This session was to determine your location in the grid for the final race based on your best lap
  • The Race – This is the final and proper race, over-take everyone and aim to be first! In this session the position determines the winner of the race.
Victory Podium
The winners on the podium
The winners from Group 1 on the Podium
The winners from Group 1 on the Podium

I found the indoor track to be very slippery and that my kart would slip and slide (drift even) and suddenly hit the sides of track. I kept bumping on the sides or into people so much that I was called into the pit and was told-off… After that incident I started to learn to slow down at corners and handled the steering a little better than before. The steering was very stiff and my arms hurt after one race.

All-in-all it was a wonderful and joyful evening. We all had a great laugh and filled up on yummy pizza. So we will plan to hold another one soon since there was a few employees that couldn’t make it :sad: I would really recommend people to come racing here! It’s the UK’s No.1 indoor-karting company and they have very strict procedures and marshals so you’re in very safe hands.

The whole team
The whole team

Some other details
It costs £65 per person to hold a racing event on weekdays; this package includes free unlimited pizza throughout your racing session.
If you’re looking to race with friends or to hold a party, they do half price race nights during the weekend for £25.

-Keki xoxo

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