Following its debut success, the S3 Fiesta returns on a larger scale.
Contributed by Lim Jie Min
|CN PHOTO: Raymond Lee|
As part of continuing Easter celebrations, the S3 Fiesta was organized for a second time after its success during its debut at Christmas 2009.
Many members in CHC signed up to reserve a stall space, either selling merchandise or offering games. There were 50 stalls in total, compared to 35 during the first time, and included new owners as well as the “returnees” from the December fiesta.
Kelvin Soh, 39, was one such “returnee.” He had previously sold “pre-loved” apparels (pre-loved is a term used by blogshop owners to describe secondhand products). This time, having secured good deals from duty-free shops, he is back selling perfumes. “Such events are very helpful for starters. You gain more than just experience; it’s also about the network you are exposed to,” he commented.
There was a wide range of things up for grabs, ranging from apparels, games, books, accessories, to electrical appliances like microwave ovens and hi-fi sets. One stall really stood out with performances of magic tricks. It was buzzing with excitement and fun.
“I wanted to set up a stall that was different from every one else,” said stall owner, Lipywee Tee, 26. “Through this, I can also prove to everyone that magic is actually very simple as long as you are willing to learn and practice.” Magicians who had competed in world competitions were at the stall, performing and teaching magic tricks. Anyone who could manage a magic trick well was rewarded.
Owners of various online retail stores and blogshops also made use of this opportunity to gain publicity for their shops and products. Many printed name cards and flyers to give out during the event.
The S3 Fiesta acted as both an opportunity to invite friends, as well as an alternative to the usual meal after the weekend service. Catering to the young and old, it was a heartwarming family affair and encouraged interaction. For others, it solved the proverbial dilemma of thinking of a place to hang out with friends after church.
Apart from the shopping experience, visitors of the Fiesta were also treated to guest performances by two local talents; singer-songwriter, Kelvin Soh and singer, Maia Lee.
In addition, CHC performers Bernard Loh and Lucas Chia hosted games like The Guinness World Record and Charades which had participants performing strange feats, much to the amusement of curious onlookers.
For Dorothy Tan, 17, student, “This was a great opportunity to invite friends back after Easter weekend.”