I thought I was dreaming yesterday when I opened my email. I really literally stared for a full minute and wondered when I'm going to wake up.
In my previous Bloggers Unplugged post, I said my Christmas wish was for a cast iron pot/pan that can go on top of the stove and into the oven. But that was really just it. A dream. I can never justify affording one, at least in my current student financial situation.
So imagine my surprise when I saw an Amazon gift certificate for exactly that in my mail. It was from Charles from Five Euro Food. That's the nicest thing someone I've never met has ever done to me, but I really couldn't accept it. But he insisted again and quote: "Perhaps you think it's strange to have a gift from a random internet stranger, but I love to make people happy-- even if I don't know them. There's too much misery in the world... I like to think I can spread a little happiness." I get it now, that man is actually Santa in disguise. Really, though, he's an awesome person, and his website is also just as awesome! He definitely made me very happy, in fact, for the rest of the year, and possibly next year.
And now for the " Christmas came early" part 2.
I enter lots of lucky draws, because I read in some chick lit book once that it never harms one to do so. It's not like you lose anything in return. I don't expect to win, of course, in fact I don't think I've ever won one. But I did this time, and it's a pair of tickets to the Taste of Christmas food festival this weekend! It's from Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger, a beautiful cause, so please go find out more about them and perhaps get started a little earlier on your Christmas giving!
Inspired and still a bit in shock by what Charles did, I've decided to give ONE ticket away to another Blogger. Only one, because I really want to go too. That also means, this is also a "win a free date with Shu Han" giveaway, but I think it might put half, or maybe all of, the people out there off so I didn't use that as the title. Really though, I think it will be really fun to get to meet the faces behind all these people I've met since I started blogging. And it's fun to be able to spread a little bit of the incredible love and luck I've gotten.
To enter the giveaway, just post a comment below saying hi. I'll update this post on Friday to announce the random lucky winner/ my unlucky date.
P.S. this only admits entry for one of the days between the 2-4 December, and although I want so much to go on the 2nd, because I get to see two of my food heroes Jamie Oliver AND Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, I have a presentation in school that day, bloody hell. I was praying i would get an email saying they've switched the days, but no, that would be greedy. So if you enter the giveaway, you've to be up for going in the weekend, there's still loads of fun stuff and famous chefs going on!
P.S.S. I just realised no one may want to go with me and I've put myself in a bit of an embarrassing spot if so. Please do comment!
Ok I better post this before I wake up from this dream.
2/11/11: OK so my p.s.s. came true, and no one wants to go. Or rather, no one who can go, wants to. I'm a little disappointed, but I'm just going to go and have a blast with my friend, and definitely give an update about how it went. Thanks everyone for the best wishes and happy december (: