First Time to Join Arcanys' Fun Day!

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There's a significant difference between a company which is increasing in number compared to a small one with less than 30 employees. One of the obvious difference is the set of activities that one sets up for the employees, not just for their workers but also for their workers' families.

Hi there my friends in the bitLanders world! For today's blog, I would like to talk about how James and I enjoyed our first Fun Day at his company, Arcanys. It was an activity that we always missed for the past two years but finally, we got to join and it will ensure to join again in the following years to come.

Arcanys Fun Day, What is it All About?

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The Arcanys Fun Day came into being for the employees and their respective family members to come, get to know each other and just enjoy a time together with the entire company. This is not limited to just relatives but also to friends since most of the members are away from their family. Each employee can bring their immediate family or even their closest friend given that they register them prior.

This is the third time that the company hosted the event which every employee also look forward to doing because they can surely get to enjoy a lot of activities together, merging the family and work environment.

Its theme was Arcanys University Class of 2018, the decorations show that this is somewhat related to a school, like a reunion or perhaps a graduation afterparty.

What I love about this is that the company didn't hire an event planner but all was handled by the employees, the hosts, the committees were all coming from the volunteers within the company itself. I guess the only thing that they have outsourced was the snack provider for the popcorn and ice cream.

Sequence of Events

It is great to be a part of a company which gives value to the families and close friends of their employees. Fun Day is always a pleasure to be at and that won't be much enjoyable without the certain parts of the event.

Here below was the proper sequence of activities:

1. Opening

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In such an environment where the boss is a foreigner, from Switzerland, I am glad to learn that Allan was very cool enough to be at the event, giving his welcome remarks but the talk was not very serious at all.

He joked about having bitter gourd as a salad for dinner and for everyone to enjoy. He himself didn't bring anyone at the event but I found him entertained by the activities, he joined the group for the trivia games and even tried the dart.

But most importantly, I found him randomly talking to different employees, most especially the ones with kids and family members around. This type of boss is someone who doesn't see himself superior, he showed it evident to become friends with your employees, perhaps that the reason why there are employees who have been with the company for more than five years.

2. Song Number

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To warm up the event, a special song number was presented by a male group, Jonie, and Ash at the first day high booth where the comfortable bean bags were laid out, the guitar and beatbox have been also placed for anyone who would like to render or show their talents in terms of music and singing.

At the end of the event, there were several individuals who went in at the first-day high stage and proudly grabbed the spotlight.

3. Game Time

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A Fun Day can't be that fun without games both for the kids and the adults. The first part was for the kids, although they were already very happy and gay at the Kiddie Corner, a competitive game has to be established as well.

So there were four shy kids at the front, a few other jumping kids were left at the corner who didn't really care about the game. Their game was called "Longest Happy Birthday" and the longest was only three seconds!

It was actually the adults who had laughed at this portion.

Then it was the adults' time. Two games were given, first was the "Show Me A GIF" and the second, "Trivia Game".

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The first was derived from the show me a photo concept except that it should be in action this time, like a GIF. These guys love GIF memes so they had immediately understood the game.

The second part of the game was the trivia which had three categories, Disney, General Knowledge, and Music. Most of the participants were really competitive, they got most answers but there will only be one winning team. With Disney, the questions were more of the movie title, characters and certain locations featured in the film.

As for the general knowledge, it was quite challenging as there was only random information but I was really astonished to know that these guys know a lot!

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Lastly, for music, the game was to guess the name of the artist, the title of the song and to sing the song after the host reads some lyrics. I was totally entertained by this part, there were a lot of times when I felt like I know the song but forgot the singer but I am proud of those contestants as most lyrics were guessed and answered properly!

All winners got their prizes instantly, most of them were sweets like Cadbury chocolate and some nice looking packed cookies!

4. Bingo Time!

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The time has come for all that was present at the event location could join - BINGO! This is a game of chance, the participants hold Bingo cards with numbers printed on them. The host of the game draws random numbers on a circular tile and the first one to complete the specific requirement wins!

There were four phases, first was to complete an X pattern, the second was an L pattern, third an R and lastly the blackout.

That was the only time where everyone got totally focused with the host, even the parents who were attending to their kids were also trying hard to follow. Lucky ones won Php 500 for the patterns and Php 1000 for the blackout.

5. Dinner

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Fun Day dinner was served at six in the evening. Arcanys has their own kitchen, cooks, and chef. With this, they don't have to outsource their meals, instead, the kitchen now provides their meals as they have free lunch meals almost every day of the week. For this certain event, the same applies.

The food offered was fried chicken, a pork dish, a fresh lumpia and some fruits. There was also an unlimited supply of iced tea. And of course the unlimited beer!

6. DOTA Championship

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Arcanys was quite known in Cebu City before and perhaps in the entire country because of its ex-DOTA team - Arcanys Gaming. Unfortunately, it was dismantled but that doesn't mean the company does not support DOTA anymore.

In fact, their company office has a specific gaming room where employees can play games, may it be DOTA or any other computer games after work or during breaks. It's a perk, not all companies can offer.

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The founder himself loves competitive playing so he had set up a competition within the company and he was part of the team. After the dinner, the semifinalist came into battle for the championships and it was live-streamed at the Fun Day event with their own casting too! It felt like the real battles!

7. After Event Party

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The event had no formal ending. After the championship game, the after party had started as well. There was a supply of unlimited beer, drinks, and food! Plus, the live band played the entire night.

Everyone who would like to spend the entire night at their company office was welcome to party and just be wasted! Good thing it was a Sunday the next day.

As for me and James, we are not into drinking and partying so we have to get back home. It was a Fun Day indeed! I look forward to joining again in the future if given a chance again.

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