Except minus the Mad Hatter.
Today was the tea party for shortlisted contestants of the Sunway University College creative blogging competition. It started at 3.00 p.m. and school ends at 2.30 p.m., so I got out of school early and headed straight for the campus. I feel rather fortunate to have been able to be there, because besides the tea, it also gave me some food for thought.
It was nice to just sit and listen to other people's stories, to see where life took them and how they dealt with it; the adults, I mean -- we heard from Christopher Tock, Rodney Toh, Elizabeth Lee, Dr. Stephen Hall, Brian Lee, and Kid Chan. They all talked about their respective fields of work, which included business, teaching, and photography.
Poked around online a bit just now, and realised that Christopher Tock is really @spinzer, on Twitter; I've seen him around before. He knows Niki Cheong and Jessica! Rodney Toh is senior business development manager at mphonline.com -- they joked that we could hit him up if we wanted to publish a book, hee hee. Elizabeth Lee is Executive Director of Sunway University College -- don't play play! Also with Sunway University College is Dr. Stephen Hall, Director, Language and Compulsory Studies. I bet some of you have heard of Kid Chan, the photographer. He did the shoot for Datuk Siti Nurhaliza's wedding!
We also met Rachel Foong, the lady behind the emails. She was the organiser/hostess, I take it, and did a great job! Hmm, why does @redsheep sound so familiar? I've seen her on Twitter before, I think. Heri Lim, president of Sunway University College's Young Entrepreneur Society was there as well. He's from Indonesia, somewhere below Sumatra, I think he said.
Now that I've introduced the adults, on to the bloggers. I finally got to meet Sofea! I am happy to report that she is just as nice in real life, hee hee. Also, I met Aiman and Breena. We didn't get to talk much, unfortunately. Never mind, see you guys again at the prizegiving!
The turnout wasn't so good ("They said they had tuition and wanted to study for SPM," said Rachel, rolling her eyes jokingly). Still, it made me appreciative to the adults for taking time out from their busy schedules to sit down and talk to us. We're just, you know, kids. We got shortlisted in a blogging competition, yeah, but if I were them, I'm not sure if I'd want to talk to and share my story of inspiration with, well, us. It was really nice of them, and they were a pleasure to meet and talk/listen to.
It was a good afternoon. Received a bagful of books and another bag of Sunway brochures and a notebook. I do love them hard cover notebooks -- they seem to be just begging to be filled. Hee hee.
Later. They'll be filled later. For now, I have tests to study for.
P.S. Sorry there aren't any photos. I wasn't able to take any, although some avid Twitterers were Tweetphoto-ing on the spot. But wait! I can, however, leave you all with this, from the Sunway University College Facebook group (my eyes have gone missing):