Yup, yet another year had flashed by. And my blog remains neglected, except for this once-a-year update. Nowadays, I spent a lot of time working on MCR technical issues and on disseminating information via the MCR clubs' mailing lists and not so much on the blog. Phew! I guess, it is a matter of priorities.
Anyway, I can say it has definitely been a busy, fruitful year for me, even though not everything had been successful or smooth-sailing.
My work with competitive mahjong clubs in Nee Soon South and Thomson continue, and we are building on what we have, on increasing membership and participation. We had organised two internal tournaments which were well-received. Our club leagues are doing well.
On the MCR front, we sent Singaporean participants for overseas tournaments this year! To Hangzhou, China, in March for the 6th China Majiang Championship; to Kunming, China in June for the World Mahjong Master Invitational Tournament; and to Strasbourg, France, in July for the 5th Open European Mahjong Championship. While having fun at such tournaments, and playing tourists at the same time, we had some rather decent results and even got ourselves a prize or two. When I have the time, I will write up on my experiences at these tournaments, so keep your fingers crossed and look out for them!
On the riichi maajan front, two Singaporean participants also went for an overseas tournament this year! I cannot say we sent them, since this was more of an independent initiative, but they are somewhat connected to the riichi maajan club we have. Anyway, it was to the inaugural World Riichi Championship in Paris, France, and they did rather well!
As for the not-so-good things, let me just say, the less said the better. But, lessons learnt, and I hope that when working on similar projects in future, I would be able to avoid such problems and be more successful.
2015 looks promising, so onward we go!
Happy New Year, everyone!