Since I can't stop thinking about this whole thing, I decided to look at it from a different way rather than it being my most spectacular defeat ever (five consecutive losses ftl). As always, in search of a brighter side of things, I look at the people.
The organisers and facilitators
Without them, there would've been no tourney. What was in it for them, I wondered, going through all the hassle of organising a tournament? Unless I'm severely mistaken, absolutely nothing. They did it out of sheer love for Scrabble, which I find utterly admirable. Thankyou so much for everything, Martin, Cedric, Mr. Raj, Ms. Chitra, and Mr. Chim. (:
The fella, despite all his whining and griping and complaining (don't deny it, Han Wey!) cinched 10th place. Initially, he was aiming for the Top 15 'cause he wanted the extra cert, but got a cert and a trophy in the end. Congrats, Ducky!
I know this sounds really weird, but I'm including him anyway because two subjects do not a list make. (Two if you count the organisers and faci's as one, which I am.) I never actually met him nor did I ever speak to him, but he just seemed so...happy. Joyful. Like he was so glad to be there. Every time I saw him, he was chatting animatedly to someone, like it wasn't really a competition at all. It made me wonder if I was taking things too seriously.
It's all over, and I'm trying really hard to look at it in a positive light. I'm glad to say that these people are helping quite a bit. (: