After for what seemed like years (two weeks, in fact) of not seeing each other, I finally got to see two of my best-est friends' lovely faces today. We had to attend this mini training workshop held for this year's iCity NetY competition winners (an internet-related competition) at the DotAsia office, as we are now the alumni, we had to share some of our pleasant experiences of being last year's winners and getting to participate in the internet governance forum in Bali last year, giving them tips and advice of what to expect and what to prepare. And guess where they'll be heading to? TURKEY (the IGF will be held there this time)! Oh how I wish we had the chance to get an air ticket...haha! BUT I'm still grateful.
Today has also made me feel so nostalgic. Seeing the new three winners in their seats, I clearly remember being in their position- excited but nervous, hyped but unsure of what to expect in such an international multi-stakeholder event held OUTSIDE of Hong Kong. Reminiscing our victory last year, I realized how far we've come and to this which I'm very thankful for. Hard work DOES pay off. I can now say we've all grown mentally and learnt a lot throughout the process of being at the IGF. For instance, experiencing what the real world really is like, meeting different types of people (the majority are literally of high-ranking positions in the business field), doing public speaking in a room full of adults with high expectations... everything felt overwhelming but definitely and without doubt, meaningful and rewarding...and I can't wait for the three newbies to ride this journey that we had gone through!