Los Angeles PE Readers Meet-Up (Jan 14, 2012) – Pictures and Afterthought!

LA Meet-Up, Group Shot

Our Los Angeles meet-up took place as planned on Jan 14, at Sage Organic Vegan Bistro. It was a HUGE BLAST – We had readers coming from LA itself, to Orange County, to Ventura County (both of which are counties in California), to all the way from Australia!!!! We met at 1:30pm, and hung out all the way till 4:30pm. Thank you to everyone for turning up! :D

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro
At Sage – A popular vegan restaurant in LA. Kind Kreme is the sister brand of Sage’s, which serves raw, gourmet, organic vegan desserts. Having both brands share the same shop space makes it easy to get all of one’s vegan fix under the same roof!

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, Interior
Cosy restaurant interior

The early birds
The early birds ;) – Clockwise from the left – Katya, Amy, Cynthia, Michelle, Andrew, Anna. Thanks guys for sticking to the meet-up time and arriving before me even! I need to follow all of you as an example.

Everyone mingling
Everyone mingling amongst themselves, while waiting for beverages to be served

Deep in discussion
Deep in discussion. That’s Whitney (the lady in blue), fellow PE reader and my kind hostess in LA. 3 weeks ago, she saw that I was coming to LA from my Facebook page, and kindly offered to host me while I’m in the city. 3 weeks later, and here I am!! Thank you so much, Whitney! ♥

Enjoying the conversations
Everyone enjoying the conversations, so much so that the food was hardly touched for some!

Andrew's self-introduction
The girls sneaking in a shot while Andrew was doing his self-introduction

Loving the company!
The lovely readers at the other end of the table. That’s Charmaine on the left, and Karen and Alex on the top right and bottom right respectively! Charmaine and Alex are twins – they migrated from Vietnam to LA 12 years ago. From what I’ve understood from others, there is a thriving Asian community in the west coast, especially San Francisco.

Celes & Anna
Me and generous Anna. ♥ We came up to be $18 short in our bill when it came to rounding up the checks for the table (probably due to miscalculation in taxes and tips for some guests), and a few of us chipped in $1-2 more, while Anna covered for the remainder. It was incredibly generous of her. Check out her tattoo on her right arm!

Katya, Amy & Cynthia
Thoughtful Katya (from Russia, who just came to LA 2 years ago), adventurous Amy (from Australia – she’s been traveling the world for the past 4 months, just like me!), and sweet Cynthia (who’s finishing up her final year in UCLA at the moment!)

Celes, Andrew & Anna
Me, Gung-ho Andrew (who recently quit his job in corporate finance, and is now running multiple start-ups!) and Anna! ♥

Michelle & Whitney
Beautiful Michelle and Kind Whitney!

Kari, Edwilk & Celes
Sweet Kari ♥, Mindful Edwilk, and me

Karen & Alex
Warm Karen and Lovely Alex

Celes & Charmaine
Me and long-time PE reader, Charmaine. She has been following PE for over 2 years, almost as long as it has been around!

Acai Berry
A very thoughtful present from Katya – this is Acai Berry powder, also widely regarded as a Superfood. I believe I’m supposed to mix this in water and drink it. Thank you so much Katya – I shall be having this as a in-between meal drink for the remainder of my travels! ♥

Final Group Shot
Final group shot with all the attendees. A B-I-G “THANK YOU” to everyone for coming! It means a lot to me that you guys came!

That’s it for the LA meet-up – Highly conscious people, amazing energy and beautiful conversations in a warm and beautiful city. The LA meet-up is the fourth meet-up I’ve organized since my travels 7 months ago, with the first 2 being in London (London Meet-Up #1, London Meet-Up #2), and the third in New York City.

Next up – San Francisco, and potentially my last stop before I return to Singapore. Any readers from San Francisco? Anyone interested in a meet-up there? Let me know in the comments area!

  • Anna

    :heart: :heart: :heart: the pictures! So fun! Hope you can visit us again sometime :clap:

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      :love: them too!! It was indeed very fun – thanks so much for coming Anna!! :D Look forward to the next LA meet-up when I return, whenever that is. :D (Or perhaps we may well see each other in a Shanghai Meet-up?! ;) )

      • Anna

        I would :heart: a Shanghai meetup! :dance:
        Sending wishes for SAFE and happy travels :angel:

  • Katya

    Oh, Celes!!!! You are soo sweet!!!! Thank you for getting us all together! I had a great time, I am sure so did others) Have a safe trip to San Fran, and you are always welcome back here!!! Hugs!!!! :heart: :heart: :heart:

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thank you so much, Katya!! ♥♥ I look forward to meeting you and everyone else again when I return to LA in the future. Thanks again for your gift – I will be trying it out sometime this week. :D

  • May

    What happened to San Diego? D;
    oh well, at least you had fun in LA :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      It was too much of a hassle arranging for accommodation and transport from LA to San Diego and back, especially for just a 1-2 day trip (even though Andrew from the meet-up kindly offered to drive me to Diego), and given other things on my agenda for LA, so I decided to forgo San Diego for this trip. Perhaps next time? I’m sure I’ll be back. ;)

  • Michelle

    It was wonderful meeting you all. Thanks for setting it up ;)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thanks for coming, Michelle. :D

  • http://zenpeacock.com/wordpress/ edwilk

    Thanks for setting this up! It was great to meet everyone and I look forward to connecting with you all again!

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thank you so much for coming, edwilk! :D All the best for your upcoming yoga classes! :D

  • http://www.thedigitalorchard.ca/ Ted Wood

    It is so inspiring to see people come together for a common cause, and there’s no better cause than ourselves. If we want to help others, we must first help ourselves.

  • Daniel Dear

    Hello, would be interested in San Francisco.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hi Daniel! Seems like we don’t have a lot of SF readers and/or not a lot of SF readers interested in a meet-up, so it’ll probably not going to take place. Thank you so much for your interest though! Perhaps next time when we have a bigger SF following on PE. :D

  • Tiha

    Would love to hear Andrew’s story about how he gave up Corporate Finance! Great meet up pics! Thanks Celes!