Sunday Surprise

WE WOKE UP to the Sunday morning of 4th April 2010 to a lovely surprise. On the front page of Sunday’s edition of South China Morning Post’s youth section – Young Post – was Michelle’s entry for its recent Easter colouring contest. It won the first prize in the “11 and under” category.

Young Post

Sunday Young Post, 4th April 2010.

2010 Entry

M’s entry that won her Café Too dinner buffet for four at Island Shangri-La, HK.

The judges’ comments were “We loved Michelle’s use of colours – they really work in harmony. The metallic shades really make the rabbit stand out. By colouring one egg in the same gold, it makes it clear which is the target. Each egg has an individual scheme, keeping things neat yet interesting.”

Well done, M! Instead of we taking her out for a congratulatory meal, it was she who gave us a treat – with the prize of Café Too dinner buffet for four at Island Shangri-La, HK.

2009 Entry

This was her first attempt the year before, which didn’t make it to the winners’ list.

We were in Moscow when she won something for her drawing/colouring attempt. She used to watch a CBBC programme where children sent in their art pieces and these would be shown on TV. Upon my encouragement, she sent in one of her artworks. While we never knew if it was ever shown on TV, a prize came for her nevertheless, all the way from “CBBC, Room E205, EastTower, BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, LondonW12 7RJ” on 4th March 2006.

Michelle in our Moscow home, with her prize from CBBC in London, 4th March 2006.

Michelle in our Moscow home, with her prize from CBBC in London, delivered on 4th March 2006.

This reminds me of my constant attempts at contests since young. Here’s a colouring contest I won back in the 1984 Nissan March Colouring Contest – yup, 29 years ago – in which I received a Casio ‘Mog Mog’ Electronic game set. My younger brother topped the list of 20 consolation prize winners who received “a quality Nissan 50th Anniversary ballpen” each. Such were the prizes then, today kids wouldn’t settle for anything less than an iPad!

Nissan Juniors' Corner

Nissan March Colouring Contest 1984.

Nissan March Contest 1984.

My winning entry.

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