Automattic Grand Meetup 2016 in Whistler

Automattic Grand Meetup is an annual event where the whole company get together and spend a week. This year, we all travelled to Whistler, Canada.

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Writing Class

For an elective project/class, I took the Art of Wiring class taught by Nicole Kohler. She is a content manager for the Woo team and I’ve always enjoyed reading her posts on WooCommerce Blog.

I used to fear English writing assignments at high school & college, but this was nothing like those. I enjoyed feeling like I’m able to improve rather than being pointed out my flaws.

Activities

We were lucky not to get rained too hard during the Whistler Photowalk tour. The clouds & rainbow after a shower were a nice bonus!

I also joined a cooking class, tea tasting, and Asiamattician breakfast with lots of local food everyone brought from home.

Swing dancing and the farewell party were not just fun but good opportunities to see the side of my colleagues that I don’t get to see every day.

Back to Work

The Grand Meetup was an excellent timing for me to catch up with what’s going on after a sabbatical.

The event reminded me how lucky I am to be working at a company that inspires & helps me grow both professionally and personally.

Team Global Meetup in Copenhagen, Denmark

Last week, I was in Copenhagen for a Team Global meetup. Because of my maternity leave last year, I missed the company-wide meetup and only had one chance to meet a few of my colleagues (at our London Team meetup in February). It was nice to spend some face time with teammates and meet some of them for the first time.

In between discussions and work, we did a walking tour around the city, visited the Kronborg Castle (the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet), and enjoyed some White Russian at Joen’s house.

Here are some photos:

And more photos on Flickr.

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Maine, December 2014

It’s been a while since I posted a monthly roundup of photos on this blog. I just came back from our first overseas family trip to Maine with my husband and newborn daughter, and here are some snapshots from that time.

I wasn’t sure if taking a 4-month old baby on a long trip would be a good idea, but I’m glad we decided to go. She handled long flights very well, and she seems to have grown up quite a bit in the past 10 days. She rolled over for the first time, can hold a toy and move it to her mouth, and smiles to people (flight attendants loved that!). I’m amazed by this little girl’s ability to adapt to a new environment.

I hope our 2015 will be filled with joy and pleasant surprises like this trip.

Happy new year!