Original post on Alicia’s blog.
The Extreme Sailing Series 2013 gig was the longest gig I have done for the year so far! 7 hours straight in Singapore’s super sunny weather left me in a hot mess. Best of all, a heavy storm came when I packed up at 7.30pm. Luckily my dear boy friend, JS, came to my rescue. By the way, JS is the photographer who took all these awesome pictures. You can see the quality of his shots compared to those in my previous posts!
This is my favorite shot of the day because the whole family got their faces painted! How often do you see a mom joining the queue with her little ones to get her dash of color? Plus it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow so it’s time to get into the “mom-appreciation” mode.
Another lovely family shot! I admit I have a fetish for little boys in wild cat designs! I think being in that wild cat face masks helps them channel their boundless energies in a positive way. They can officially get away with being playful and rowdy because they are after all, wild cats.
Big brother is looking all macho in an abstract marvel super hero face paint mask.
I can totally tell a Japanese child when I paint one because they are such mild natured, lightly happy and calm children. Can you tell? I felt like JS captured their mannerism pretty well in this photo.
These 2 sisters must play a lot in the garden. They both requested for cute garden bugs, a caterpillar and bumble bee!
Inspired by the recent Iron Man movie!
An abstract asymmetrical girly design.
She’s a swimmer so I painted her a marine butterfly.
The Mr Bean soya food truck was having lull time in mid-afternoon so I had the chance to paint some of their staff. What a small world that Dean and Song Xue both work at the One-North outlet opposite my office!
And yes, I do visit Mr Bean pretty often nowadays and get some special perks there.
Two sisters feeling V-ictorious with their flower power!
Enough of the airy fairies! The Cool girls are in the house! How about a tiger butterfly or abstract leopard?
Ok that was just fantasy play for her. She’s a real sweetie. Won’t you look at that? It’s not just the popsicle melting. My heart is melting too.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there! May your Sunday be filled with laughter and hugs from the little (or overgrown) ones. I would like to thank you for giving me a chance to paint your lovely kids!
To my own mommy, I love you. So mushy. But whatever.
Mom, all the work I do now..from making kids happy..to the personalized way I run the Happier Singapore business..is inspired by you! When I paint, I am in fantasy world of being a mom like you. Every child I paint, no matter how squirmy or dictatorial, I shower with love and patience like you did to Amanda and me.
This is by far the longest blog post I had the patience to write! Thanks for reading to the end!
Original post on Alicia’s personal blog:
The number of enquiries for face painting and balloon sculpting have been growing slowly but steadily since January. And finally, on my mom’s birthday this 3rd April, I set up my first company, Happier Singapore!
All my closest friends and sister have joined forces in spreading our love for face painting and balloon twisting. It was actually pretty fun to start building a team proper! So here are some milestones documenting the baby steps to where we are now!
Here are my besties after their first face painting workshop! We have learnt how to make basic lines and shapes with our brushes.
Here are they again after the second workshop! We have learnt how to put basic lines and shapes into a picture!
Finally, I brought them for some on-the-job training! Pretty impressive job on the little pretty girls huh?
I have been doing my homework as well. See kids? If you want to be good in anything, you must do your homework! Even magic comes from practice.
And of course, nothing is like trying out the designs on cute curly-haired live models!
I totally love it when the daddies are so super spontaneous! They’ll do anything to make their little ones happy. Including painting their face after their toddler’s shoe or tattooing a talking snake over their mouth.
Going on to balloon sculpting, this was the very first unicorn design I came up with! The proportions came out kinda funny but I’ve tweaked the design now.
And then, I got excited and started making a whole balloon zoo!
Sometimes, I use balloons for some simple party games and then recycle the game props into wearable fairy wings for the birthday princess too!
The beauty of balloon sculpting is that it is still possible to send the kids a personalized balloon doll even if we can’t be there for their parties at times.
Finally, here’s Chris and me balloon twisting our Labour Day holiday away at OCBC Ion Orchard yesterday!
So overall, Year 2013 has been treating me very well. I am especially heartened by clients who feed me so well during my gigs.
I do apologize for the times I leave the slice of cake untouched or have to rush off to another event immediately! Even as I pause to take a bite of cake or sip of water, I’m feeling so bad having the children standing in line for me to grant their wishes! Still, I really really appreciate it when the boss at OCBC insists I take a break to eat chicken rice and drink OCBC mineral water. Thank you for the power-up!
I might not get a chance to blog again too soon, but you can still find out what we are gonna be up to this weekend on Facebook!
Whether you’re planning for a party or you’re just simply mesmerized with the magic of face paint and balloons, drop me an SMS at 8128 2005 if you’d like us to entertain your guests or set up a workshop for you and your family & friends.
Hope to paint and twist for you soon!
P.S. I found a pic of my younger sis’s first ever balloon sculpture. Mr Egg Head looked pretty hilarious doesn’t he?