Edinburgh PE Readers Meetup (Aug 17, 2013) – Pictures and Afterthought!

Earlier this month, I was in Scotland with Ken for our engagement shoots. I thought, “Since we’ll be in Scotland, why not have a readers meetup?” So that we did, in Edinburgh! :D

Edinburgh PE Readers Meetup - Group Shot

Edinburgh PE Readers Meetup — Group shot in Henderson’s Restaurant

Under reader Alice’s recommendation, I picked Henderson’s, a vegetarian restaurant. It was a good choice because it turned out that Henderson’s is the first vegetarian restaurant to open in Scotland!

Henderson's -- First vegetarian restaurant in Scotland

Henderson’s — Established in 1963 and first vegetarian restaurant to open in Scotland

Henderson’s is located at 94 Hanover Street, which is about 12 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Ken and I reached Edinburgh (from Glasgow) at 3+pm, checked into our accommodation, took a quick rest, and then headed out for the meetup right after. When we arrived at the restaurant, everyone had already reached and they were chatting amongst themselves. I wanted to snap a picture before they realize I had reached, but I was too late!!

PE Readers at the entrance of Henderson's

PE readers waiting for Ken and I outside Henderson’s! The beautiful girl in purple is Alice, a long-time PE reader from since 2011! (She says one of the first articles she read on PE is the fasting series!!)

 Henderson’s proved to be really busy, especially since it was evening 6:30pm. We quickly grabbed our food and started the self-introductions and mingling. :D

Dora and Stephen

Artistic Dora and wise Stephen. Stephen has been a long-time PE reader and he invited his friend, Dora (who doesn’t know about PE), to join the meetup. I’m glad she accepted the invite because the meetup would not have been the same if she (or any of the attendees for that matter) didn’t turn up! :)

Scott, Milo, and Alice

Fun-and-lively Scott Torrance (who runs personal development blog Eating Dog Food), intelligent-and-grounded Milo McLaughlin (who runs creativity blog Clear-Minded Creative), and sweet-and-conscious Alice Herbison, who is a student and Hip Hop dance instructor!

Celes and Ken

Myself with Ken. It had been a long day for us then because we were busy checking out of our Glasgow hotel, traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh (hour-long train ride), and finally checked into our Edinburgh accommodation. But we forgot our weary once we came to the meetup! :D

We had a great time together and ended up chatting for three whole hours! We could have gone on for the entire night if not for the fact that we had places to be–Scott just had a baby (congratulations again Scott! :D ), Alice traveled into town via bus, Milo has a wife to return to, and Ken and I wanted to explore Edinburgh (it was our first day there!). 

Milo in deep conversation

Milo in deep conversation. He was even posing some intelligent coaching questions during the meetup! Way to go, Milo! :)

Stephen sharing his thoughts

Stephen sharing his thoughts with the group

One thing I love about these meetups is that it helps connect like-minded people who have, up till that point, been living in the same city/country but yet had not crossed paths with each other yet. The PE reader meetups serve as an avenue for these amazing people to meet and stay in touch even long after the meetup is over. In a way, they help connect dots. :)

Alice and Celes

Me and sweet Alice. :) She’s such a sweet angel and cute baby in her early 20s! (That’s already seven years ago for me!) Alice is so kind and sincere–she actually took the liberty to send me a long e-mail to introduce me to Scotland (plus even offered to show me around Edinburgh, where she lives) when I posted my Scotland announcement. She just started taking her masters and I wish her nothing but the best in this new phase of her life! :)

Edinburgh PE Readers Meetup - Group Shot

A group shot at the table

Celes and Scott

Me and Scott

Dora taking a picture of us taking a picture

Dora taking a picture of us taking a picture. :) Sneaky!!

Ken and Milo

Ken and Milo posing for a final shot

Edinburgh PE Readers Meetup - Group Shot #2

Our final group shot, sans Ken. From the left to right–Milo, Scott, Alice, me, Stephen, and Dora :)

More pictures of our meetup on my Facebook pageEdinburgh PE Readers Meetup (17 Aug, ’13) Album

Thanks everyone for coming–it has been a real blast meeting all of you in person! Hope to catch you guys around in another time! For those of you who were not there, hope to see you at future meetups (wherever they may be). In the meantime, let’s stay in touch via PE and my Facebook page! :)

  • Madalina Sraier

    It would be so nice to have the chance to meet you in person one day. Who knows, maybe it will happen eventually. :) Getting to know other “local” – so to speak – PE readers is definitely one of the best things about meet-ups. It’s an opportunity to make new friends.

    • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

      “PE readers is definitely one of the best things about meet-ups” — indeed, what you said, Lina! :) I would love to meet you someday too Lina if I ever get to visit your home country/city. You are from Romania, right? (I’m basing that on your internet IP!)

      • Madalina Sraier

        Yes, I’m from Romania :)

        • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

          I haven’t been there before! Hope to visit one day and perhaps have a PE readers meetup there!! :)

  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen

    Hi Celest, I am very glad to hear about you. I knew PE 2 years ago thanks to my American friend. Since that time I have followed this web. I greatly admire your thinking.
    I am vietnamese. Have you come to Vietnam? How many Vietnamese readers of PE are there? I wish we can meet some day. Nice to meet you.

    • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

      Hi Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen! :) I’ve been to Vietnam before in 2008. :) I’m not sure how many Vietnamese readers of PE there are but I’ve seen a few here and there (on my FB page). Hope to visit Vietnam again someday and perhaps have a PE meetup there! :)

  • Milo McLaughlin

    Great round-up Celes, thank you for the kind words. :) And maybe I will make it to your part of the world one day!

  • Scott Torrance

    Great to meet everyone and thanks for a great round up and some fantastic photos. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Scotland :)

    Until next time…

    • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

      Thanks so much for coming Scott! It was great connecting! :)

  • http://www.vishnusvirtues.com/ Vishnu

    Great pictures Celes! That Milo blogger is a very wise man:) This looked like a fun meetup from the pictures! I’m looking forward to meeting you and Milo in some part of the world! Most likely Singapore, as a lot of my family is there. And Scotland if I get over there. Made it to London before but only there and a couple cities close by (so far:)

    • http://personalexcellence.co/ Celestine Chua

      Hey Vishnu, indeed it was a fun meetup! It would be great to have had you there. :) I was in LA and had an LA meetup less two years ago actually; it was a pity that our paths didn’t get to cross at that time! But the time will come in time, I believe! :)

  • Alice

    It was so, so lovely to meet you and quite surreal having followed the blog for so long! Thank you for your kind wishes <3 and hope all goes well for you too. Glad to hear you're safely back home. Really hope to keep in touch – take care :) lots of love xxx