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Insights of a Dream Coach: Feed your heart and soul with things that excite you

Hello, I am Emma Chong, I am an Illustrator and Visual Artist based in Singapore. I am the founder of Fleurabbit Studio. I draw inspiration from the everyday life of urban livings. My personal works of art revolve around topics of time and space, femininity and womanhood in disguise of floral symbols.

How did you start your painting journey?

“I have always been that arty-farty kid since young and that my journey with Art started since my secondary school days. I have also went through 3 years of solid fine art training from the Art & Design Department of CHHS Kluang Malaysia, where I got to explore traditional fine art techniques like charcoal drawing, watercoloring and oil painting, chinese ink painting, pottery, design and the list goes on. Then I decided to further my study in Fine Art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore (NAFA) major in Printmaking. However, I didn’t start a career in Art right away after college. After working in the design industry for a few years, I decided to not waste a minute of my life building a career that I am not most passionate about. So, one fine day, I just took a leap of faith and started running my illustration business. Ever since, I have been working joyfully as an illustrator and visual artist.”

Is being an Artist always your dream?

“Oh yes, it is. However, to me “Artist” is just a title that someone earned or categorised themselves in a society. In fact, I think anyone that practices art, constantly pursue art and choose to live a life that never stop discovering art, which includes Music, Dance, Theatre and Literature, they shouldn’t be afraid to call themselves an Artist. After all, art is a lifestyle, a lifetime of passion and learning. You can never, at any point of your life, stop learning about art. All kinds of art form is just a creative tool for human beings to express themselves and document history, it is an essential part of human nature.”

What have you done to reach your achievements today?

“The passion and love for art is what motivates me to move on. In fact, I have yet to reach my ultimate career goal as an artist. I shall continue to discover and will share with you more till i am there.”

Why did you start teaching?

“I decided to start teaching when I realised that I have to share my knowledge and the process of creation with like-minded people. I aimed for every opportunity to reach out to the community and build a relationship with each of my participant. That explains why the class size of my regular Saturday workshops are usually kept at maximum of 6 pax per session. I want my students to get all the attention they need, and in a smaller setting I get to know them better and build a deeper relationship with each and every students who step into the classroom. I told my student that they should see me as a life coach, and they are free to ask me about watercolour painting or whatever art related stuff. Whenever they need my help, I always try to make myself available to guide them as much as I could.”

Any advice to the dream chasers out there?  

“Life is a journey, allow yourself to pursue things that matter to your heart and soul. Feed your heart and soul with things that excite you and it shall sustain you for the rest of your life. Take the first step and the rest will follow!”

Get started on your painting journey too by signing up for Basic Watercolour Workshop with Fleurabbit Studio today.

Insights of a Dream Coach: Find your own style, then make it strong and unique

Hi, I’m Giselle, the founder of Wishing Upon A Cake – a home business that not only provides artisan jellies for your celebration needs, but also hold workshops and provide tools (specific for this jelly art) for people who are interested in picking up this art.

How did you start your Jelly Cake Making journey?

“I wanted to personally make birthday cakes for my children but I wasn’t confident in baking, so I did some research and discovered this flower art that got me hooked on ever since. Wishing Upon A Cake was then founded as an expansion of my personal hobby. Now, my children gets to design their own birthday cake while I make their dreams come true.”

Is being a Cake Designer always your dream?

“Definitely not, because I’m not someone who can cook nor bake; in fact, I hardly stepped into the kitchen before this! I started off with the traditional agar agar and then ventured into 3D floral jelly which eventually became my forte. Designing a cake and bringing it into life is really therapeutic for me. I’m extremely glad that I’ve stumbled into this hobby! It’s not too far from my childhood dream though, which was to become a fashion designer. I still get to unleash my creativity!”

What have you done to reach your achievements today?

“One word – perseverance!! The same goes for any other success stories!”

Why did you start teaching?

“It all started when customers who had ordered my jelly cakes got so intrigued by them and started asking if I do conduct classes. So I thought, why not? It was amusing to watch the students whipping out their phones during the class and exchanging pictures of the jellies they had ordered from me previously. Oh! And the beaming faces you see when all the students un-mould their very first jelly – All of them feeling proud and accomplished! Seeing this makes me feel proud and a strong sense of accomplishment too!”

Any advice to the dream chasers out there?

“Take your time to find your own style & then make it strong and unique. Always be excited about your own work; true passion will show in it.  Keep going, keep going, keep going, because you can only get better!”

Get started on your Cake Design journey too by signing up for a 3D Jelly Art Cake Workshop with Wishing Upon A Cake today.

Insights of a Dream Coach: Take the first step or your dream will just be a dream forever

Hi, I am Serena from Nanatang. Nanatang is a bake-house and studio in Singapore, a place where we create customised cakes and desserts, and at the same time, we impart skills and knowledge about baking and cake decorating.

I am the head-caketist of Nanatang. Most of the customised cakes and desserts table are created and handmade by me. I also hold classes in my studio where I teach mostly the basic foundations such as buttercream cake, macarons and cake pops.

When did you start your baking journey?

“I started since I was 16 years old (more than 10 years ago). I just wanted to make some desserts for myself because I have a sweet tooth. After that, I realised I really enjoy baking! After which, I started exploring many different recipes and got myself started doing customised cake designs. The more I do, the better i get! My friends are very supportive as well. They started to buy cakes from me and it made me smile when they enjoyed it.”

Is being a Pastry Chef your dream?

“I would say yes! Up till today, I’ve never regretted choosing this path in my life. I am really happy doing what I love.”

What have you done to reach your achievements today?

“Positive thinking. Keep working on it and never give up. I asked myself before, what else can I do or what else I would like to do. I could not think of anything else in my mind other than doing what I’m doing now. I love to create cakes. I love to share my knowledge and skills. So, I just have to keep doing it and make it works. I try not to compare myself with the others but focus on what I do best.”

Why did you start teaching?

“An instructor from Korea is the one who got me involved in teaching. She saw my work online and approached me for a collaboration to do classes in Singapore and that was about 4 years ago. The classes were about Korean buttercream flowers piping. Without much experience, i did my best to organise and plan out the learning programs. It turned out to be a huge success and what is important is that I enjoyed the whole process from planning to organising to teaching. Since then, I knew this is something I enjoy doing and that I want to continue doing it.”

Any advice to the dream chasers out there?

“Dreaming is easy but realising a dream is not. It takes a lot of courage, effort, time and money. They are the essentials to achieve a dream. There is nothing such as a shortcut! No one says it’s easy. But if you don’t take the first step, your dream will just be a dream forever. ACT ON IT.”

Get started on your baking journey too by signing up for a Cake Popsicle Design Workshop with Nanatang today.

Insights of a Dream Coach: You are what you repeatedly do and what you repeatedly think

Hi, my name is Elinn, founder and Fitness Expert of E’s FITNESS PTE LTD. As everyone is different, they are not made to train the same way. So I analyse their needs and guide them by creating a customised fitness program. I train people based on their individual needs and eventually assist them in becoming the best version of themselves.

When did you start your fitness journey?

 

“I started my Fitness Journey when I was interning at Planet Fitness in 2002 as a Floor Trainer.”

Is being a Fitness Enthusiast your dream?

“Dream changes all the time. I wanted to be a full-time athlete but that is not an option for me anymore as I am permanently injured. To be one of the best Fitness Enthusiast, yes, eventually became my dream – to coach in my best ability.”

What have you done to reach your achievements today?

“I am a genuine person who train others with my heart and have not only trained hundreds of client but have led them in a much better place. On the achievements, I have also won numerous awards such as the Supreme Trainer in 2018, Best female Personal Trainer in Asia, Best Specialised Gym in Asia in 2018 and more.”

Why did you start coaching? 

“I fell into depression for about 2 years when I permanently damage my knees at around the young age of 17. However, after burying myself in the physiology of the body, spending 3 years in Sport & Wellness Management and certifying myself as a Fitness Instructor, I discovered how the muscles can be manipulated to support the joints very well. Eventually, I no longer have pain or have difficulty walking! In fact, I can still kick ass! If you look at me, I look robust and no one will even know that I have any injuries at all! Many people suffers from pain and many do not know how to use their muscles well or even the benefit of it especially as they grow older. I am inspired to motivate and enlighten these people on how they can future proof their body as well as show them how one can be dependent and strong, and even prevent osteoporosis especially for women who is 3 times higher at risk. Your body is like a vessel, it will wear and tear eventually even if you do nothing. How you maintain it to last is what anyone and everyone should do – the earlier, the better. At any situation you are in, whether you have pain or whether you are already an athlete, I am confident of bringing you to a higher level than you ever imagine. My clients are my “gold medals” now.”

Any advice to the dream chasers out there?

“You are what you repeatedly do and you are what you repeatedly think.”

E’s Fitness will cease operation at the end of October 2019. Do look out for Fitness Bravo Personal Training Trial Class or Pulse Lab Rowing 101 Trial Class to start your fitness journey instead.

Insights of a Dream Coach: You can succeed in making a living by doing what you love

Hi, my name is Ashton Law, Parkour pioneer (since 2001) in Singapore. I’m an instructor in Parkour, bushcraft as well as an event organizer.

When did you start doing Parkour?

“It was sometime in 2001 and I was barely 15. I was watching this TV program call “Ripley ‘s believe it or not!” in which it featured a pioneering french Parkour team (Yamakasi) and what they do. I was fascinated in how they move and the things they do. Somehow I just felt that it was something I always like to do. I later learnt that this team has their own feature movie as well. I bought the movie, analyzed their movements, put on my sneakers and started training on my own.”

Is being able to do Parkour your dream?

“I wouldn’t say being a traceur is a “dream”, but in a sense, I do feel proud that, I succeed in making a living, doing what I love and live.”

What have you done to reach your achievements today?

“Lots of hardwork and perseverance. When I first set up my company, I know nuts about business. It was simply because I like Parkour, and I believe that we do have many talented youths in Singapore. We just need to provide them a platform to shine. We have both our victories moment as well as some tough times that we went through. We never stop improving ourselves – not just our technical skills, but our soft skills and secondary skills. This mean that each of us in the team will have a skill to aid the business somehow, such as photography, videography, graphic designer, obstacle and structure set up, administrative related work etc.”

Why did you start teaching?

“We started out by doing performances. After a while we felt that more people can benefit from Parkour, and we believe that Parkour is for everybody. Whether you are young, old or even physically-challenged. For young kids it’s more of improving gross motor skills, whereas for the older folks, it’s more of improving muscular and skeletal strength.”

Any advice to the dream chasers out there?

“Be humble, your soft skills matter more than your hard skills. Keep learning, know more people because who you know matters more than what you know. Build more bridges.”

Do you wish to be parkour expert like Ashton? Get started by signing up for a introduction session at Ashton Movement today.