年会 ! (Company Holiday Party)

Hi Everyone! 

This time last year, I packed up and moved to Beijing from Seattle to work for a Educational Technology start-up called Qooco.  I was lucky to have made it just in time a few days after my arrival for my first 年会 (nian hui), an annal gathering and celebration before the Chinese New Year.  I remember understanding only about a quarter of the event, but regardless had a wonderful time with the high spirits of the team.  

This year, my friend Ashton and I co-hosted our annual party at the Grace Hotel, a beautiful Art Deco Boutique Hotel in Beijing's 798 Art District.  The team was kind enough to give me the English portion of the program ;) even though I am constantly working on my Chinese!  The night was filled with chatter, laughter, birthday celebrations, great food, and of course some speeches ;)  I cannot express how fortunate and grateful I am to have had the chance to work with such wonderful people.  Here are some shots from the event!         

 L-A-D-I-E-S M-A-N  ASHTON  

L-A-D-I-E-S M-A-N  ASHTON  

 Kensen (Head of Education Dept) & Myself!

Kensen (Head of Education Dept) & Myself!

 Cheers! 干杯!(gan bei)

Cheers! 干杯!(gan bei)

 Goodlookin'

Goodlookin'

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
— ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Love,
Daze