Does Festive Spirit Translate to Just Booze and Boogey?
My first Christmas party at Cisco on the evening of December 2 was a huge let-down. It was held at a quayside pub with a shady name, Gotham Penthouse. The bummer started right at the reception manned by a glum-looking chick who made no effort to spread cheer with at least a formal Christmas greeting either on entry or exit.
Once in, the food was awful except for the nice cakes that I devoured on, skipping the main course completely which was out of tune with my palate.
Well, I admit it was not for the food that we were there. It was to congregate in a spirit of camaraderie and celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season. But all I saw inside were cliques clinging together.
What I found most annoying was the excessive focus on booze. It was a free flow of liquor all the way and nothing more. I could not stay there for more than half an hour. There was not even a door gift which does not smack well for such a large company as Cisco celebrating a happy occasion.
Has Christmas degenerated into just an occasion for boozing all night and running amuck? That is clearly not my idea of festive joy.
This was a forgettable Christmas party in my 12 years of professional experience in Singapore.
–G Joslin Vethakumar