Feeling nervous…NEW JOB ALERT!

Hey guys, so today is my last official day as a full time tai tai, and instead I’m going to be going part time, because of I’ve got a new job kiddos!  Now it is very different to what I’ve done in the past, no TV crews or trips to Africa for me, but that’s okay.  I’ve said since day one of the job hunt out here that I didn’t want to necessarily keep on the producer role, and instead look for something equally as fun that will give me a new challenge and a chance to pick up some new skills. 

With that in mind, I have taken a job working as a Sales and Communications Manager for a small craft beer distribution company called The Bottle Shop!  What does that entail I hear you ask?  Well selling our beers to various locations around town, working with our current client base to help market our products and a bit of PR in terms of getting our brand out there.  I’m feeling pretty nervous as it is all new to me, but as you are all aware I’m quite a fan of beer and felt that this would be an enjoyable and exciting role that suits a boozer like me.

I’ve already tasted some of the wares at the Beertopia festival last weekend and they are off the hook!  At the moment what I know is that they taste good, but like fine wine, craft beer is also an art and I’m going to quickly get pretty au fait with all our stock.  We even distribute Sipsmith too which is an awesome score – Aoife I know you’ll be pretty pleased about that!  I’m hoping it will also help me get to know more awesome places to eat and drink in around the HK, so expect new posts on tasty treats and the like too. 

The only thing I’m a bit worried about its the commute as they are based in Sai Kung which can take up to an hour and a half to get to, depending on traffic.  I’m hoping I’ll perfect the run time down a T though.  So far in life I’ve always had the luxury of a half hour ish commute, I know I’ve been spoiled.  But, what makes up for it though is how beautiful Sai Kung is – a small town next to the sea so lots of fresh seafood and artsy shops.  Little taster pic below…

I will leave you with one tip: Try a beer called The Big Smoke by the 8Wired brewery in New Zealand.  The beer is smoked, yes smoked, think applewood cheese or smokey bacon as a comparison.  The flavour will literally blow you away, I have never tasted anything like it.  That is my “Stars who doesn’t know the finer details of craft beer YET” opinion.  However, I can assure you that I will be getting more technical in the coming weeks and be talking hops, nodes, aromas and ABVs before you know it!

Wish me luck xxx

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Guest Speaker

So last week I went to a meet up event called Women Media Network; which holds talks and events for, you guessed it, women working in media.  They had a great guest speaker called Jane Horan who was (without sounding too gushy!) really inspirational, successful and a pleasure to listen and converse with.  I’d been a bit worried about attending but she had a knack of making me and the other first timers in the room feel totally at ease.  Her specialism is leadership and she has recently published a book about how Asian women lead in the workplace.  I really loved listening to the stories she’d come across about women working in all areas of business across the region, and so many of the women she had come across were so strong despite set backs they may have endured. I was very excited to win one of her books at the end of the evening – hoping it might give me a bit of a confidence boost for finding work too!