|The Singapore SCBWIS|
Last night 13 of SCBWIs most active members turned up for SCBWI Singapore's Christmas dinner at the Ellenborough cafe at the Merchant Court hotel.
It's hard to believe that when I joined the SCBWI three years ago that there were only five members, but now there are over thirty members! And though Singapore doesn't have the biggest publishing industry in the world, a lot of our SCBWI members have been published or are on their way to being published, have won awards and been featured on the local best-seller lists. It's been a particuarly exciting year for our group, but I'll give you the details in my year-end post.
I attribute the success of SCBWI Singapore to two key people: RA Kenneth Quek and Co-Ordinator Catherine Carvell. They are- quite simply-the glue that keeps the group together. Great job, you guys.
|The glue that keeps us together: Catherine and Kenneth|
Catherine decided on the venue for our little dinner a couple of months ago when we were scouting for locations for another SCBWI dinner. After a quick visit to the restaurant, her mind was made up and she made the reservation. I have to say it was a terrific choice.
|Adan and Simon (Sumi, Sarah and Felicia in the background)|
Dinner was set for 7pm and Catherine, Emma, Sarah, Evelyn, Linda, Rani, Sumi, Simon, Felicia, David Liew, Adan, Kenneth and I made sure we got there on time or as close to it as possible since traffic was horrendous last night.
|Sarah and Felicia|
Famished I took to the buffet which included: Alaskan King crab claws, lobster, sushi, curries, noodles, and an array of desserts. I was so hungry that I didn't even bother to take any food photos.
|Rani and David|
|Linda and Emma|
As I was shovelling food down my throat, Emma presented Kenneth and Catherine with home-made gifts or appreciation. I won't say what the gifts were but I will give you a clue: it's one of Emma's specialities.
Then Catherine summarized the highlights year for us before we continued eating, sharing, joking, laughing, drinking and generally having a great time. Sumi and Rani left early but the rest of us stayed on until closing time, and we still weren't ready to go home, so we headed to a nearby bar for a post dinner party.
|Dinner time chat|
|Kenneth and Evelyn|
|Kenneth and Evelyn|
|Adan and David|
|Catherine and Felicia|
|Simon and Catherine|
Then before we knew it was closing time and the bar staff tied their chairs to the tables so that we wouldn't try to steal them!!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.