Two weeks ago, we had a PE readers meetup in Singapore. :D
The turnout was great at about 25 people. Thank you so much to all of you for coming. :D
The meetup was actually a readers meetup in conjunction with my 29th birthday celebration. For those of you who don’t know, it was my birthday on 25 June. I wasn’t expecting to get any gifts, so imagine my surprise when one-third of the people turned up with gifts. To those of you who turned up with presents–Le Leng Mama, Wanxuan, Roxanne, Antonia, Ngee Key, Serena, Sam, Hilda, and Wen–thank you so much! I can’t thank you enough.
My favorite gift has to be the one from Ngee Key. It’s a Russian Doll which comprises of a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed inside one another. I like it because I feel that it is an object of symbols and meaning.
Sam got me the most personalized gift I can ever ask for–he custom made a birthday card for me! I originally thought he bought it from some classy bookstore until I saw my face on the card. I thought, “That can’t be right! Why would a birthday card have my face?” Thank you so much for your card Sam–it’s so thoughtful and sweet! :D
Wanxuan, a long-time PE reader, got me a book–Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute. Seems like it’s a book on conflict management. I’ve never heard of it before but it sounds interesting. Thanks Wanxuan, I’ll surely check it out! :D
No birthday gathering is complete without the singing of a birthday song, so everyone gathered to sing a birthday song for me.
A production house working with MediaCorp was there that day to film me for an upcoming documentary, so cameras were rolling the whole time. To those of you who were at the event that day–I hope it didn’t disrupt your meetup experience!
After the initial ice breaking and birthday song singing, the attendees were free to mingle with one another.
Once again, thanks everyone for taking the time to attend. :) Some of you wanted to come but couldn’t make it; I hope you guys can make it for the next meetup then, whenever it is. :) Usually the meetup frequency is about once to twice a year.