Thursday, January 27, 2011

Office Party

China doesn't do Christmas parties, but it does do Chinese New Year ones... big time. A hotel conference room was hired, a big stage & two large video screens erected, besuited & frocked MCs press-ganged, smoke-machine switched on, lights dimmed, and let the entertainment begin! We had:

- a pop song in Chinese sung by western interns
- a short play about office-working, which turned out to be a thinly-veiled dig at hot-desking with staff dressed as sheep
- a picking-up-eggs-with-chopsticks contest
- a kung fu show: part home-made video, part live action (the girls swooned as Xuebin did his serious, non-smiling moves - hilarious)
- Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence sung by my colleague Haining wearing a pork-pie hat
- a very funny re-enactment of Catherine Zeta-Jones doing Entrapment (you had to be there)
- a mother & child who-can-drink-the-milk-from-the-baby-bottle fastest competition (see above: Licy and I won!)
- Scottish dancing, with the weirdest kilts I've ever seen
- a live version of Super Mario
- and finally I did a silly art quiz

To be honest, I was dreading it beforehand. Ritual humiliation and all that. But actually it was great fun, professional, but not too professional.

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