For those of you who have been following me on Twitter, I've been in Melbourne for the past week with Ming to handle some work stuff.
I dragged Princess along with me too. When I told Princess I was going to Melbourne for business for a week, she said "So you're going to leave me alone for the long Merdeka weekend?".
My heart softened and I said "Okayyyy you can come along...".
Not sure if she kinda regretted it though because for the first few days of our trip here I was spending most of my time working in our office. Most of the mornings she didn't even make it up in time for breakfast so I always ended up stealing a muffin for her at the breakfast buffet so she can eat on the way to the office.
This is where I feel really stupid. I just realized that I didn't take any pictures of our office in Melbourne. I mean I have a picture of how it looks like on the outside.
But not on the inside. Shall make it a point to take some tomorrow. In the mean time for illustration purposes, I'll steal one of Ming's older pics of the Nuffnang Australia office.
I did however take a picture of our hotel room at the Westin.
It's really really nice.
Working in the Nuffnang Australia office was a bit of a culture shock for me. I mean... back in Malaysia, the Nuffnang team starts work between 8.30AM-9.30AM and they finish at least around 7PM. Some even stay till 12AM or later.
If you leave at 5.30PM or something, someone will surely shout "OI!!! HALF DAY AR?"
In the Nuffnang Australia office though. Everyone starts work at 8.30AM and starts leaving by 5.30PM. By 6PM... the entire office is empty! But in those 9 hours though... everyone is extremely focused on work and nothing else. No water cooler chatter, no Facebook, no nothing.
Just serious work for maximum productivity.
Lately, the Nuffies here in Nuffnang Australia have been working on a number of blogger initiatives. Like the Challenge 1000 where they send out all these gifts to some of their most loyal bloggers.
And if you walk around Melbourne you'll see they've been doing some guerilla marketing. Sticking these Nuffnang stickers all around.
Our meetings are very very intense and very very productive. We cover a lot in a short time. But after a while we all decide to take a break from it all and go for lunch... like the other day we went to this really nice cafe.
This is David, one of our local partners who has been extremely hospitable to both Ming and I. Taking us places and buying us way too many meals!
This is Princess and me.
And this is Ming. At first I wanted to take a nice "gazing into the sunlight" picture of Ming since there was sunlight coming into the window he was sitting next to but he only ended up with this angry face.
Ming and Pinky
This is David Krupp, one of our latest additions to the Nuffie team.
Because he has the same name as the other David, we call him Kruppy. He used to work in MySpace before he came to Nuffnang.
He's really really intelligent and very passionate about social media and blogs. He's also really really nice, easy to talk to and of course charming on the ladies (I can tell). We're lucky to have him.
Did I mention that he's also really tall?
Much taller than Princess.
I really like the team here. Maybe I'll blog more about them someday. In the mean time, here's a picture of some of us in Nuffnang Australia.
There's Pinky, Ming, our partners Martyn and David and Kruppy.
It's been a fun trip so far and the Aussie Nuffies have been extremely hospitable towards us. Gotta go to bed now everyone. Tomorrow morning I've gotta get up to go buy some stuff from the market then head to the office for some work. Yes... I have to work even on Merdeka.
Have a great week ahead everyone!