Monday, October 31, 2011

not a bad Halloween...

I had a pretty good Halloween.

The festivities started last Friday with "Diwaloween" at Cisco. Given that Diwali and Halloween are so close together this year, the TelePresence team decided to celebrate both at the same time. There was lots of food and music, and some people even got up to dance. I've posted pictures from the event on Flickr as well as two videos on YouTube.

As for Halloween itself, Cisco hosted a costume contest in the afternoon. From what I've heard, the company has never done anything like this before. Given that Cisco as a whole usually doesn't have many social events, this was no doubt nice for change. I didn't dress up myself but enjoyed seeing what other people were wearing.

Two of Dad's business associates came over for dinner in the evening. You can go here for pictures of the food. This wasn't a Halloween party per se as the date was purely coincidental, but it was still a cool experience. I later passed out candy to the kids, something I hadn't done in 11 years. Here are the stats for those curious:

Total trick-or-treaters: 45
First arrival: 6:45 p.m.
Last arrival: 8:57 p.m.
Candy given out: 46 pieces

Even though I'm way too old for trick-or-treating, Halloween just might become one of my favorite holidays again. :-)

In other news...

I didn't feel like making another post, but my family went to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and Nevada City on the 22nd. The fall foliage in Nevada City was beautiful. We ordered coffee and a dessert at one of the caf├ęs before hiking some local trails. It was an amazing day trip; you can go here for the pictures.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

first company picnic in 11 years!

Today was super exciting as my staffing company had its annual family picnic. The Armada Group always puts on awesome events, this one being no exception. I hadn't been to a corporate picnic in over 11 years and was looking forward to this for a long time.

John D. Morgan Park in Campbell was the perfect venue. The event was scheduled to start an hour before noon, but we figured few people would show up at 11 a.m. on the dot. While the crowd wasn't as big as I had expected, that didn't make the party any less enjoyable. I had a great time meeting everyone's families and reconnecting with people from the spring party in April.

All of the food was delicious. There was also a balloon artist and inflatable castle as the event was geared towards families with children. This brought back memories of Dad's company picnics. Though my parents felt a bit out of place due to everyone else bringing their kids instead, the three of us overall had lots of fun.

The weather was pretty hot for this time of the year. However, relief came in the form of an ice cream man who saw the business potential. I couldn't resist the temptation and bought an ice cream cup - another thing I hadn't done in ages.

Also worth mentioning is that Crystal, one of our recruiting managers, later invited me to join her in the bouncy house. I said I was too old for that, but Crystal revealed she was a year older than me. She definitely had a point. Oh, to be young again!

On the whole, the picnic totally rocked. It was like a throwback to my childhood. I can't wait to see what other things the Armada Group has planned. In the meantime, I've posted some pictures at Flickr. Another guest, Douglass, has made a slide show of the event; you can view that here.

Currently listening to: William Tell Overture

Monday, October 10, 2011

happy 26th birthday to me!

I just turned 26 years old. Gosh, how does time go so fast?

The nice thing is that my mother made a green tea cake for me to share with my colleagues at Cisco. It was no surprise that everyone loved the cake as everything Mom makes is absolutely delicious. I didn't actually tell anyone it was my birthday in order to keep a low profile, but some of my co-workers still guessed it.

Later in the evening, my parents took me to Fiesta Del Mar in Mountain View for dinner. The food was pretty good when we went there for my 17th birthday nine years ago and didn't disappoint this time either. We actually sat at the same table!

Considering that we don't dine out on Mondays too often, I can't help but feel like it's the weekend. One thing for sure is that the next four days are going to be long. :\