Food from home... yum!!
Basic Intensive class in Singapore - Nov 2012
Teaching to decorate in a different country/ climate with different materials and tools is not easy. Unlike in Sydney where everything is within reach and in my control, being overseas means trusting my host completely to be my eyes and ears in that country. I have to trust that I have related all the necessary tools and equipment correctly, that the venue will be set up comfortably, the cakes are baked correctly, enough ganache is made, that they manage student enquiries and that the class is also marketed well.
I love her hair!
Topsy Turvy Wave Cake Singapore - Nov 2012
Lifted Wedding Cake Class, Singapore - Nov/Dec 2012
Cheeky Teddies Class, Singapore - Dec 2012
Basic Intensive Class, Jakarta - Dec 2012
Teddy in the Snow Class, Jakarta - Dec 2012. My biggest class (which I facilitated) to date with just over 30 people! This is the launch of a special new project with Heavenly Sweet and more details about it will be announced in the New Year so stay tuned!
All the lovely and talented ladies. Thank you all for making the time to attend and for all the yummy food and generous presents you brought.
The students in Jakarta always go all out to be creative :)
So I don't think it's wrong for me to say that my students have also been teaching me a thing or two over the years :)
Elly and Bunny Class KL, Malaysia - Dec 2012
I think this has got to be my favourite version of Elly and Bunny of all time :)
Love his expression!
Cheeky Teddies Class, KL, Malaysia - Dec 2012
But this teaching trip has been the longest I have ever been away - 4 weeks in total in Singapore, Jakarta and KL. And if I could sum it up in one word it would be EPIC. No wait, I take that back, if I could sum it up in one word it would be EXHAUSTING, followed closely by EPIC. With a total of only 4 days off during the whole month, I was exhausted.
Me with my oldest student ever. This is Sheryl's mum and at 68, she had never attended a class and everything she had learned until my class was through observation of Sheryl's work. She was amazing and did everything by herself. I can only hope when I am her age I have the same amount of energy and determination as her.
But I love what I do too much to care when I wake up the next morning. I get so much joy out of watching students try and achieve new things and it makes me the happiest when students tell me after class that they had fun and that they learned lots.
So, there is organised and then there is ORGANISED... this is Sheryl my KL host taking it to a whole new level. She pre-covered all the cakes for the students, pre-mixed the gumpaste colours and also individually weighed and packed each colour. Then she proceeded to cut all the necessary wires and individually group them by size and colour, allocated stamens and if that was not enough, sorted out a pack of these materials for every single student.
See what I mean? This is how she set up each student's work station the day before. I feel spoilt!
I know it's hard to organise time off, especially at this time of the year when days off are very precious. So thank you from the bottom of my toes to all the students who took time out from their business, families and jobs to travel (by car and plane) and come to class. I will always be grateful because without all your kind words and support I would not be able to continue doing what I do. I promise to always make sure you continue learning something new each time in class. I might just have to pull some new tricks out of my cake basket next year ;) Until then, I continue looking forward to seeing all of you in class!
Spring Time Flowers Class, KL, Malaysia - Dec 2012
Sheryl and Me... Look! I even got a certificate from her for teaching :) how cool!
If you are interested in any of my future classes in the above cities, please contact the relevant hosts and they can place you on a mailing list.