Monthly Archives: September 2011

The night we pretended to be rich and famous.

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G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S (thanks to Fergie, BEP – I find spelling that word much easier now.)

On Friday night, Emma and I had the opportunity of attending The Global Party where we were representing the company as press.  The Global Party was held in over 80 venues all over world on Thursday and Friday night to raise money for charity.  There were some big names over the different venues including Elton John, Liz Hurley and Simon Cowell.  Unfortunately, we had no such luck at our venue; however it was still an event full of the elite with tickets priced at 3000 euros!  Luckily, as press, we received invitations!

Impressive!

We went to the Suite del Mar which is part of Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella.  There was a marquee on the beach and a ‘winter lounge’ which was indoors.  The view was beautiful as we could see the sea and the coast, and we spent a good 10 minutes deciding whether the really low, really big and really yellowy-red thing was the moon – strangely enough, it was.

When we arrived, after a little mishap of coming in through the back entrance, we found the proper entrance where we stood on the red carpet and had our photo taken.  I suddenly felt very important/glamorous!

As we walked around, waiters offered us a glass of wine.  Obviously, the open bar was awesome because it was open, but also the range of drinks was brilliant – champagne, wine, mojitos, cocktails – and a whole gin bar, if only I liked gin!

Anyone that knows me well knows that I LOVE food.  I don’t usually frequent events where canapés are served, but I was more than happy to make the most of it!  Everything I tried looked a little funky but was delicious.  There were a lot of things with prawns in, which were tasty.  A bit of Spanish tortilla – delicious!  And my big moment… I tried sushi for the first time despite being convinced I would hate it!  However, I couldn’t go straight for the raw fish and chose the vegetable sushi instead after some pressure from the waiter.  It was all good food though…yum!

The entertainment for the evening was… different.  There were some oddly dressed men that danced a lot, walked around

The man post-dancing posing with the ice sculpture. Standard.

and posed with people and the ice sculpture.  A couple of slightly clothed women that danced around, some ‘gymnastics’ in a hoop and a singer also featured during the night. My favourite was a Cee Lo Green lookalike who was an awesome violinist, with his light up violin!

As expected, the open bar worked its magic and people started dancing.  I have never been happier to hear some English tunes.  It is very true that the Spanish enjoy a LOT of Pitbull so it was brilliant to hear some Usher, Black Eyed Peas and UK dance music too.  Lovely!

The open bar eventually closed and we were reminded that we were at a quite expensive event when Emma had to pay 13 euros for a vodka and coke!

After 5 hours of chat, laughter and drinks, our night of glamour mixing with the rich and famous had to come to an end.  It was quite a trek from the hotel to the taxi stand, I’m sure they wouldn’t have made anyone truly famous walk that much!

But for now, back to reality!

The awesome violinist with a light up violin, the band and a glimpse of the dancer ready to take the stage.

 

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Tweetup?

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Networking – I can’t remember a time without it!  Well, without a social network that is — My life has had that blue and white mark of Facebook all over it for the last… 4 years (although it does seem like forever!)

Networking, in the professional sense, has become an important concept in life and business.  You can’t go a week in uni without hearing about some sort of career networking event.  And everyone knows the importance of contacts!  So much so that you find you have a Facebook account, Twitter account and Linked In account – at the very least.

On Wednesday, I attended my first networking event in Marbella, Spain, and not as a student, but representing the company I’m working for.

This particular event was a Tweetup, which is basically a group of Twitter users meeting up.  This was quite a small one in comparison to some events that are so big that they have screens up so everyone can see the live Twitter feeds!

Marbella is really nice so being able to spend a Wednesday night in the outdoor bar of this classy bar/restaurant with some REALLY successful people added a welcome touch of glamour to my week!

This event was slightly more informal than other networking events but it was still a great opportunity to chat with different people, exchange a few business cards and receive some wise advice from those with much more experience.

It was also a brilliant opportunity to meet some great characters – a woman who had worked in some of the best cities all over the world, a blogger who attended so many of these events and a social media and sales guru etc.

It was a really good event and with some really cool people.  I would love to go again!

Representing at Tweetup Marbella

Oh, and our photo is going to be in a Marbella magazine… nice!  Standard night in Marbella.

That’s all for this week – fingers crossed I’ll be reporting back many more events! 🙂