Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winning in the McDonald's Community Draw

Several months ago, I joined the McDonald’s Community which is a forum where people can share their ideas, join discussions, answer surveys, etc. about McDonald’s products. Each month, they have a draw and the winning member receives a prize which varies from iPads, meals, game consoles, etc. I remember one question raised was what prizes we think could be given away, and one of my suggestions was a DSLR camera. Although I hoped that they would consider this, I didn’t really expect that I would actually win it.

The day I found out I won last month’s draw had actually begun as a crappy day for me. I was stressed from work, my brother in the Philippines had serious problems and Mama was crying because she was worried about him, which made me worry because of her high blood and heart ailment, plus so many other things.

During our lunch break, I happened to log in to the Community site to see if there were any new surveys or topics, and I saw this
It took a few minutes for me to think clearly before I thought about checking my personal e-mail. And when I did, there was the congratulations message from the Community Administrator saying that I won the prize and asking for my details.

I could hardly believe it! I would finally own a DSLR camera! I could (partially) cross off this item from my bucket list! Hurray!

They didn’t tell me when or where I could get the prize, though, so I just waited. I did send a message after a week when I found out I won the tickets to Sarah’s concert (you know, because it would a great time to use the camera), but they didn’t reply.  There was nothing to do but wait.

Finally, yesterday (approximately two and a half weeks after I was notified), a manager from one of their branches called to say that I could collect the camera from them. Actually, I missed his calls because I was in a meeting; when I saw my phone with a number I didn’t recognize, I just called back.

So immediately after work, Hubby and I headed to that branch, I showed my Emirates ID for their verification, and their manager Mr. Sahir gave this box to me.

I highly encourage everyone in the GCC to join the Community. You’ll have fun, have a say in the future of this global brand, and of course, win very attractive prizes…just like I did =)
Thank you, McDonald's Arabia, for my early Christmas present =)

34 comments:

  1. Wow! that's amazing prize Sis. Big Congratulations!!! and I know how it felt to win something. It just amazing.. Enjoy your prize:)
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    1. Thanks sis. It was such a great feeling. And yes, I am enjoying my prize =)

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  2. Wow Happy Christmas indeed!

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  3. WOW! Congratulations! You're one lucky woman!

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    1. Thank you sis. Yes, I'm really grateful for this.

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  4. Lucky you! Congratulations on the win! A very Merry Christmas indeed! Have fun with your new camera... Happy shooting!

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    1. Thank you. It's really fun to take pictures now with the DSLR camera...much better than just using my smartphone =)

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  5. Wow Sis! You are one lucky lady! How I wished I'll win something from promos and raffles but I luck is really not on my side. :-(

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    1. Thanks sis. I was like you before, not winning anything at all. But then I kept joining contests and raffles, and finally my luck changed. Just keep trying =)

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  6. Congratulations! An early Christmas gift indeed. Now, you can test it during the holiday season.

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    1. Thank you. I did...and I'm still testing it until now =)

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  7. What a nice Christmas gift! Congrats and merry Christmas :)

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    1. Thank you. Happy New Year =)

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  8. Congrads on your win. That's a great present for Christmas. Happy snapping away with your new camera.

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  9. Stress in any form haunts everyone. However, it is a matter of how to handle that thing. What you've received lately is more than enough to be happy and be grateful of what God's has provided you. I know your Christmas is well documented because of this camera you've won from McDo. Take care of it for anything worth capturing will be preserved. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

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    1. I agree. And yes, the past holiday season was well-documented with my new gadget. Now I try to capture all memorable moments so I can preserve them.
      Thank you...and Happy New Year!

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  10. Congratulations with your new camera. Hindi lang napili ang suggestion mo but you won it pa.

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    1. Thanks bro. Oo nga eh. Nakakatuwa talaga!

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  11. Wow! You're so lucky.! I never experienced winning something yet. I'm not lucky at all. You must've loved your new camera :)

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    1. Just keep joining raffles and contests...for sure one day you'll win something.

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  12. Once again big Congratulations to your awesome win. So perfect for this holiday season to capture every moment. Happy New Year Sis to you and your family.
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    1. Thank you, sis. Belated Happy New Year!

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  13. Congratulations! What a nifty prize! Hope you have fun with it! Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you, sis. It's such a cool prize. I'm definitely having a great time using it.
      Belated Happy New Year!

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  14. Lucky you!:) What a great way to end 2014 and capture more photos that will be part of your beautiful past. Happy 2015 to you and your family, Pam!

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    1. Thank you, Ida. Hope you and your family have a great 2015 as well!

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  15. OMG, you're so lucky!!! I have always wanted to get me a DSLR because I want to learn photography but they're quite expensive. I don't have much luck in raffles so I'm really envious of your luck!!!

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    1. I've wanted to own a DSLR for so long as well, but as you said, they're expensive. Blessing talaga for me to have won this.
      Just keep joining raffles and contests. For sure one day you'll get lucky =)

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  16. So cool! You are sooo lucky! Have fun with your DSLR! Looking forward to seeing awesome pictures from you!

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    1. Thank you. Now I can't seem to stop taking so many photographs...it's a bit addicting =)
      My recent posts have pictures that were taken using my new camera and you can really see the difference and quality.

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  17. Wow! This is so amazing! Congratulations sis! Ang swerte mo naman. Ms. Pam ask ko lang kung anung mas magandang brand kung Nikon or Canon? Nag titingin tingin kasi ako ng mga DSLR sa goods.ph (https://www.goods.ph/category/online-shopping-dslr-297.html), because I’m planning to buy one. Buti kapa may DSLR kana (inggit much haha!). Thank you for sharing, sana swertehin di ako kagaya mo sis =))

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    1. I'm reaaaallly sorry for the late reply, sis; ngayon ko lang kasi natingnan na may new comment pala ☺Unfortunately, I'm the wrong person to ask which is the best brand. I've only worked with Nikon kasi; I've never tried Canon. Better read as many reviews as possible to compare the two. However, I'm pretty happy with this one that I have now. I haven't really experimented with it as much, pero so far, maganda naman ang mga pics that I take. Good luck with your search!

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