Thursday, February 13, 2014

Year of the Wooden Horse!

Here are some snippets of CNY celebration:

 The Gardens Mall has lovely 1960's Shanghai theme props and decor - perfect for snapping some portraits of the kids.

Mid Valley Centre Court has CNY bazaar and the kids were so happy with this blob of a cotton candy made by a Chinese man from China. 
RM10 for this roll of sweet floss! 

 Thanks to my brother Chung who came back from  Germany - he took this portrait with his camera. Kids decked out in new clothes.

Another shot taken at The School -  a newly opened enrichment mall by Jaya One

 Celebrated my dad's 70th birthday (early celebration) since everyone was around on the first day of the lunar new year. 
I made some cupcakes cos not many of us.

 Marissa's drawing of Koi fish published in Star Child column on the first day of CNY!  Full page as below. This is her second drawing which was published. The first one was published last month. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reflecting on 2013

What a year! 2013 brought along so many new challenges for me, personally. It was the year that I quit my job as a tooth doc and concentrated on supplying desserts for sweet tooths. Many friends were surprised with my move - what a waste they say, should have renewed my license to practice so you have something to fall back on lest you fail. I believed God will provide if this is the path for me….. and He was faithful indeed. I thank God for the 50+ cakes, 3000+ cupcakes & cookies and a dozen or so dessert tables and parties. I am so blessed to have wonderful team members who made it all possible. 

For the first time, I was published in a magazine (Her World Malaysia Dec 2013 issue), was interviewed & videoed by and one of The Cherry on the Cake's cake (Nescafe) was published in one of the Chinese dailies. The Cherry on the Cake was also invited by Astro's Lifetime Channel for a charity drive for breast cancer welfare in conjunction with Nuffnang's Food Fest. The Cherry on the Cake was also invited by Maybank as a pioneer blogshop to try out their Maybank2U Pay system. Just last month, my little pop-up store: The Red Cherry, opened at Malaysia's first retail hotel: Pop by Jaya One. For all these blessings, I give thanks and glory to God. 

For the new year, I've decided to scale down on cake orders and to take it easy. As I am writing this, I just completed my very first cake for the year and will be delivering it to the party venue later.

On the homeschooling front, kids are doing Math, Science and English. Yeah, decided to put aside Mandarin and BM for the moment. For the past year, they have been attending ballet, swimming, music, piano (Evan), artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and English lessons. This year, Marissa will start on her piano lessons. Her teacher is Ms. Julia Quay of Ann Perreau's. We've stopped Marissa from attending artistic gymnastics end of last year so she can concentrate more on rhythmic gymnastics. As for English lessons at Lorna Whiston, considering to stop after first term and maybe switch to British Council once they commence classes at their new branch at The Curve in April. Kids also participated in various activities throughout the year i.e. Petrosains Science Fair, BSF Lab Science workshop, Homeschoolers Sports Day and Art Fair. Evan attended a ballet performance at Istana Budaya while Marissa attended a theatre performance at PJLA, Jaya One. 

We travelled to Legoland, JB this year for our family trip and of course to my hometown in Segamat and also to Seremban twice for parties. We also attended our church family camp at Port Dickson. Hubby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at Tanjong Jara Resort sans kids for 4 days! This year's honeymoon will just be a simple getaway nearer to home. Also planning for more trips with the kids - Malacca/Penang….. and Singapore for my SIL's wedding.

Celebrated my mom's 70th birthday in May 2013 with a dinner and I got the opportunity to make a fondant cake for her. Next month will be my dad's turn (still figuring out what design for him!). The kids also had fun with their birthday celebrations. Marissa had a princess party and this year, it will be Evan's turn…. probably a wizard, magician or a mad scientist theme party.

Looking forward to what this new year has in store for us! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Red Cherry

Been busy the past month planning and preparing for the opening of my pop-up shop : The Red Cherry. It's in a spanking new mall - The School which opened its doors just last week on the first day of December. The School is Malaysia's first enrichment mall to cater especially for kiddos. The main tenants are Yamaha Music School, Learning Fresh, Junior Science Lab, Bee Bop Circus Play gym, Blok Space and Center for Asian Photographers. As for my little shop, it's actually located in an area of The School called Pop

Pop is a retail hotel for vendors like me. There are many lots available for rental varying from XS size to XL size. Rental charges depends on size of the lot and duration. I can check in  and check out my goods any time e.g. 1 day, 1 week, 1 month etc. I don't have to be there physically to sell my goods as Pop has a centralised cashier system and vendors are provided with barcodes. 

The Red Cherry stocks Gymboree children's clothing, LEGO toys, lunch boxes, toothbrushes and baked goods e.g. cupcakes/cookies/cakes/macarons. So far, business has been rather slow due to the low traffic to the mall - being new. In anticipation of this, Pop is giving all vendors 3 months stay at the price of 1. Hopefully more and more visitors will drop by The School once all tenants have moved in.

My kids posing with a huge letter 'I' - for ice cream with a red cherry on top!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

October Updates!

*Sigh* Time just flies and it's been almost 2 months since my last blog post *gasp*

Been really busy with cakes and parties and also the kids! 
So here's what happened in October:

First up on October 5th was the very first Nuffnang Food Fest. Am very proud to be part of this event as The Cherry on the Cake was invited by Astro's Lifetime Channel to be their baking partner. I personally baked a total of 1000 pcs of chocolate vanilla cupcakes! Total of RM1146 was raised on that day for breast cancer welfare charity.

 Astro's Lifetime channel's booth at the Nuffnang Food Fest 2013

Together with a few friends, Marissa and I watched The Gruffalo at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One. We bought premium tickets and had a good view of the stage! The show was so enjoyable - highly recommended for families. The next show coming up is Aesop's Fables by Jim West. We watched Jim West's production before last year and it was really good too. 

For the very first time, my kids participated in a Halloween costume contest held at Bangsar Village. Free for all Toys R'Us members. All participants received a goody bag and also a meal set from Nando's. Evan dressed up as a mad scientist and Marissa was a good witch. We had fun putting the costumes together! After that, the kids get to go trick or treating around the mall and they amassed a huge lot of candy. Obviously I didn't allow them to gobble the candy all up in one go….. The next day, the kids participated in another round of Halloween costume contest at Bangsar Shopping Center this time and went around trick or treating as well. 

 Both boys won honourable mention awards in the contest

Marissa refused to go on stage! 

So that pretty much wraps up what happened in October!