London Meet-Up #2

Central London

Following the first London meet-up (which was a great success – See the pictures and my afterthought if you haven’t), many UK readers asked if I’m going to have another meet-up while I’m still in London. It seems that many were unable to make it for the first one as they did not have enough time to plan it in their schedule, while others only knew about it after the meet-up, which was already too late by then!

My original plan was to arrange a second London readers meet-up before I leave London (for US) in early 2012 (since I can only stay here for 6 months without a visa). But given the recent invitation to speak at Wharton (come 11 November – Wharton is in Philadelphia), I thought – Hey, since I’ll already be in US, might as well start my US travels prematurely and see where things go from there!

So hello to all US readers! :D My current plan is this – I’ll definitely be going to Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York, and may be traveling from east coast to west coast during the 3 months there.

This also means I’ll be leaving London come Nov, so it’s definitely time to call for a second (and last – at least for now) Personal Excellence readers meet-up before I leave. As of now I have a return ticket booked from US to London on Feb ’12, though I’m not sure if I’ll be flying back or not. I’m playing by the ear and seeing where the US trip takes me – just as what I’ve been doing for the whole trip so far.

My tentative plan is to have the meet-up on 29 Oct (Sat), at central London, sometime in the afternoon. If you’re interested to attend, please let me know by replying in the comments area before 15 Oct (Sat). The meet-up will only proceed if we have enough attendees (10 and above). I will confirm go/no-go decision on the meet-up by 16 Oct, based on responses.

For those who have attended the first meet-up, you’re very much welcome to attend the second one too! The first being I’m not sure if I’ll be returning to London; and even if I do I may not arrange for a meet-up again. The second being it’s a great chance to meet other like-minded, Personal Excellence readers – I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of new faces for the upcoming meet-up. Some of the readers who attended the first meet-up exchanged contacts and continued to stay in touch even after that, which I thought was a great touch!

Thanks, and look forward to your responses! Like I said, I don’t know if I’ll be back in UK or not in the near future, so I really hope all of you can make it there.

Meet-Up Confirmed

Update, Oct 25, ’11 - Thanks for your responses to the London Meet-Up #2! :D We have more than 10 attendees (15 in fact), so we’ll be moving ahead with it! ;)

I’ve made a reservation for 16 people at the restaurant (though I’m sure they can accommodate more people if needed), and here are the details:

  • Venue: Tibits, a lovely vegetarian restaurant/bar in London (website)
  • Address: 12-14 Heddon Street, London W1B 4DA – 7-8 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube (Google Maps)
  • Date: 29 Oct, Saturday
  • Time: 1:30pm

(Just tell them you’re there under the reservation of ‘Celestine Chua’ and they’ll direct you to the appropriate place.)

I’ve been frequenting Tibits during my London stay and I love the food there. It’s buffet-style, where you take whatever food you want (includes appetizer, main course, and dessert) and they charge you by weight. It’s great in that you only pay for what you eat. Prices are very reasonable too, and customer service has been great (save for a 1-off, not so pleasant encounter I had with one of the cashiers).

Our first meet-up was at Vita Organic, a very nice vegan cafe, but I thought it’d be nice to have a change for the second meet-up. (Also they don’t accept (credit) card payment, which I thought was a bummer.)

Confirmed Attendees

We have 15 attendees registered for the meet-up:

  1. Celes
  2. Suparna
  3. Dimitri
  4. Hanna
  5. Sulthana
  6. Rashna Begum
  7. Adejoke
  8. Chris
  9. Bob
  10. Catherine
  11. Emilie
  12. Tom
  13. Anne
  14. BV
  15. Jade

Format will be the same as our first meet-up - casual chatting and getting to know each other. It is completely open – there is no fixed agenda whatsoever. I foresee us hanging out and talking over some nice vegan food, and you are free to leave whenever you want to. For our first meet-up, we gathered at about 3:30pm, and hung out all the way till almost 7pm!

If you’re interested to attend, please kindly let me know via the comments area. It’ll be good to know who is attending vs. having surprise guests. For those who have registered, I look forward to seeing you there.

Look forward to meeting and getting to know you guys this Saturday. :D

Update: The London meet-up is over. Check out the pictures and afterthought!

  • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

    I’ll be using this comment to track the attendees. The meet-up will only proceed if we have enough attendees (10 or above).

    1. Celes
    2. Suparna
    3. Dimitri
    4. Hanna
    5. Sulthana
    6. Rashna Begum
    7. Adejoke
    8. Chris
    9. Bob
    10. Catherine
    11. Emilie
    12. Tom
    13. Anne
    14. BV

    • Suparna

      I’ll be visiting London on a work trip so would be good to get location info ahead of time so I can plan logistics. Look forward to it.

      • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

        Sure, will post details on venue and time by Oct 16 if the meet-up goes ahead. :D

    • http://www.dimitripesin.com Dimitri

      Will definitely attend :)

      • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

        Great, thanks Dimitri! :D

    • Janey

      Hola Celes,

      I hope you are having a wonderful time in Ibiza. I would love to join your meet up but unfortunately yet again I will miss it. I moved to Cordoba, Spain, 6 weeks ago to work as an English teacher for 9 months. I’m so sad that I have missed both chances to meet up with you and other followers of the Personal Excellence whilst you are in London :( .

      Hopefully one day I will have the pleasure of meeting you somewhere, but in the meantime I will continue to follow all your wonderful work on here :D . Thank you for all that you do to help and inspire your readers :dance: . I love reading all your posts and hope that my new job will allow me time to more actively participate in the challenges you set rather than merely observing from the sidelines as I have had to do up to now.

      Best wishes,

      Janey

  • Hanna

    Hi,

    Would be lovely to see you again and meet fellow readers.

    I can come on Sat afternoon 2ninth Oct.

    Hanna

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thanks Hanna – it’d be great to see you again! :D

  • http://hijackmyheart.com Sulthana

    Count me in – I can make this date and would be lovely to meet you in person and pick your brains :D

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Cool – would love to meet you too, Sulthana! :D

  • fufu

    Is there any possibility you would consider going to the Caribbean Islands some day? Puerto Rico (My country! :D), Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Lesser Antilles are all good options to go one year at summer via cruise. I’m already used to the tropical environment but to travelers the hot beaches, typical food and countless hotels and tourists areas can be an exciting experience. At least in Puerto Rico most of the population is bilingual so getting understood there isn’t hard at all.

    For some odd reason I have a feeling I’m the only Personal Excellence reader here, tough I hope not ! ;) Also I’ve been curious, since when have you been traveling the world, where and how many more years do you plan to continue your travels?

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey fufu, thanks for your question! ;) I’ll surely visit them at some point in the future, though not at the moment though. Right now my priority would be the key cities which I’d been meaning to visit for a long time – i.e. London where I’m at now, and then next NY and probably Boston and a few others in US.

      On my travels, I’ve been traveling since June, after I got invited to speak in Amsterdam. More details here: http://personalexcellence.co/blog/europe/. I plan to at least still be out/traveling for the next 6 months, after which whatever happens is anyone’s guess! I’m just taking it as it goes along and letting the trip create itself (which was essentially what I had been doing since my first day of travels).

  • Rashna Begum

    Hi, I would love to attend!

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      That’s awesome, Rashna! Look forward to meeting you! :)

  • http://www.adeinyourlife.com Adejoke

    Hi Celes:
    Congratulations on the Wharton Invitation! Well done & Keep on Keeping On!
    My name is Adejoke Paul, a Holistic Health Coach. 3 weeks ago I relocated from Philadelphia to New York on a leap of Faith.It has been an interesting and fulfilling journey simultaneously. I know New York has Divine Goodness in store for me and as always the Universe has my back. I am interested in the upcoming meet-up tentatively scheduled for October 29, 2011. Count me IN. Thank you.
    Take care
    Be well and stay safe

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Adejoke, thanks for signing up! :D This is a meet-up for UK/London though – will you be in London on Oct 29?

  • Chris

    Hi Celes. I’m local to London so I’ll be glad to drop by :dance:

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Cool, look forward to meeting you Chris! :D

  • anne

    please count me in, 29th, definately!!! Anne :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Fantastic – Look forward to meeting you, Anne! :D

  • Bob

    Hi Celes,
    Would be good to meet you again with the family. We will be in London on this date and look forward to it.
    Warm wishes, Bob :D

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      That’s great Bob! Look forward to meeting you and the family again. :D You’re going to the Hyde Park run with Emilie this Sunday, if I recall correctly? I won’t be able to make it this weekend but all the best for your run! Look forward to hearing about it when we meet. :)

  • BV

    So upset that I was sick! Excited to actually meet you, second time lucky :-D

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thanks for signing up, BV! It’s a pity you missed the first meet-up but it’s great that you can come to the second one this time round! Look forward to meeting you! :)

  • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

    Hey everyone! We have more than 10 attendees (14 so far), so we’ll be proceeding with the meet-up. Will post more details closer to the date (sometime next week), as I want to make the reservation first. Meanwhile for the UK readers, please sign up your attendance below if you haven’t! Look forward to meeting everyone! :)

  • Cindy Kao

    Hi, Celes,

    By chance I linked up to your website and very impressed by your passion and determination making your website a success. I appreciate your sharing on your bucket list. Thanks.

    I would like to ask about your meet ups. I am currently living in Switzerland and will be in London on the weekend 11th-13th Nov 2011. Not sure if you have sometime or meet up session for me? Or perhaps while you would travel around Europe or come to Switzerland (I am living in Lausanne), it would be a pleasure to meet up with you or host you in Lausanne.

    Let me know. Thanks.

    Warm Regards
    Cindy Kao

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Cindy, welcome to the blog! :) Unfortunately I’ll be out of London at that time. It’s a pity but hope to meet you in a future meet-up, somehow!

  • Jade

    Hi Celestine,
    I am a bit of a newbie but have discovered your website in the last few weeks and have really been enjoying reading your articles. I would love to come to meet you and other readers this Saturday if there’s room?

    Jade

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Jade! I see you’ve managed to leave a comment in spite of all the downtime at the site (we’re fluctuating between huge bouts of downtime and some uptime at the moment). I’d love to have you there – I’ve added you to the list. See you this Saturday at Tibits! :D

  • Vipan

    Hello Celeste, sorry saw this late; am i bg fan of your website and would love to attend; however – i return from a trip Sat’day around 4pm and so would be joiing you ~5/ 530. Would that be possible?

    Do you have a number for contact purposes, or is mail better?

    Many thanks! Vipan

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hi Vipan! Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately I think we’ll probably be gone by 5pm. :(

  • Hanna

    Just to confirm that I am coming along as well. See you soon!

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hi Hanna, sorry that we didn’t see you today! The meet-up was a blast. Will upload pictures and details in a separate update.

  • Mimi ;)

    Sounds really exciting. I love your blog Celes. It is good for all ages and im a young 10 year old girl! :) Thank you so much celes for your insights :) :hug:

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