I'm been thinking about this post for the last day or so and trying to work out how to put down my thoughts and gratitude as well as telling you all about my adventures without being too long winded... because a lot has happened in 9 days... So where do I start?
Firstly, I have to say how impressed I was by all the students I met in the classes. They were all incredibly talented and creative. I hope they have learned as much from me as I have been inspired by their work. These bunch of overachieving students sometimes made my own work so boring and plain :P
This is Chloe, my youngest student of all time. Do you know she is only 11 and amazingly talented and was the fastest in class. She bakes and learns off You Tube and can tell me all about butter cream, ganaches and royal icing (as well as nail art!). Here she is air brushing her owl cake. Yes, air brushing her owl cake - where was I at 11? :P
What I will remember the most is that the hosts and students made me feel so welcome from the very first day. I think next time I travel there I will have to make sure to bring some extra stretchy pants. The whole experience felt more like a wonderful warm family gathering. Every morning I would hear the students' chatter getting louder and louder as they ascend up the lifts and down the hall way. Laughing and chatting while rustling bags of goodies as they exchange food and that they had all brought from their homes or bakeries. You won't believe the number of boxes and packages that they handed to me saying 'you must try this!', 'No halves, you must take the whole thing!' Before I have finished one item, I would already have another item lined up for testing. Needless to say, I was never hungry.
The students also warned me that they would be my loudest class ever. I thought that might have been a big claim to make on the first day and in the first 10 minutes of class, but I don't think I will ever doubt that claim again. Loud might have been an understatement! (just kidding guys!) I believe the host had some music playing in the background during the classes but I don't think I heard any of it :) Overall, it was just great to see all the students being so friendly with each other and getting along like one big happy family. Some of them had travelled from different parts of the country so for them it was like a great big reunion.
Thank you to all my students who took time off, travelled and worked hard to come to my classes. I am really grateful for the opportunity to teach you all and to be able to get to know each one of you. I'll admit that I was a little nervous before going because I usually don't teach such big classes but the host, Ignes and her team made everything go so smoothly that there was really nothing for me to worry about. I've only been home for 2 days but I am already missing the noise and working and planning on some cool new designs for you guys.
It it so amazing seeing my original design created by so many students and given their own twist. It was really a surreal moment.
If you missed my classes in Jakarta this time around, like Heavenly Sweet on Facebook to stay updated with details on when I will be back. I will also be teaching in Singapore and Malaysia next month. For details please see the below links:
Singapore - November 21st - 4th of December 2012
KL, Malaysia - December 11th - 16th 2012
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