The annual Chinese new year party is a great event that includes dinner and entertainment. The entertainment is from the employees doing singing, dancing, tai-ji and more singing. There are also many drawings for prizes, called "Lucky Draw" for massage machines, air purifiers, juicers, etc.
The company spends a lot of money on this event and I think it is the best event of the year. Colleagues seeing their other colleagues doing performances outside of work is very enjoyable. It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage in front of all your peers and do something that could be a little embarrassing.
Here a few photos. I'll probably upload more when they are available from the photographers.
|Party preparation, including changing the words on a song.|
|This was the Tai-Ji show. It was very artistic and the audience|
enjoyed it very much.
|During the Tai-Ji there was a guy doing calligraphy.|
|This was a Chinese folk dance from Western China. It was|
very close to a middle-eastern/Russian style.
|This is a couple of our leaders. The CEO direct-reports|
had to all dress in super hero costumes. Superman is my
|This is from the stage. There were about 300 people but the|
spouses were not allowed. A disappointment for us.
|This was a song called "What does the Contract Say?" I|
changed the words from What does the Fox Say?
This year I was asked to return as one of the four MCs. I was quite honored to be asked again but I think that they just wanted to see "James Bond" again. So a week before the event I sent out a request for people to send in videos for if they have seen James Bond. I had a strong feeling the response would be weak, which it was, so Ziad (a work friend), Will and I went out around Shanghai to capture some video. I also got a few great videos from a friend in the UK who did some fancy green-screen work with his son.