Friday, August 7, 2009

A Celebration Of Life

My daughter came home with some good news recently! Her art piece - entitled, A Celebration Of Life - won a bronze award at a national youth competition :)


We are all so proud of her. This is indeed a milestone ... the first time she has ever done something entirely on her own. No help, opinions or advice from us. What a wonderful boost to her self-esteem, for she now realises that her talent is real, and not just lip service from mommy ;P

I told her that if she works hard, the sky is truly the limit. I hope it sinks into her.

This is the catalogue copy of her submission. The original is currently on exhibition.


A Celebration Of Life is a 2-piece installation. It celebrates the gift of flowers, friendship and the joy they bring to the recipient. For sure, I could NOT paint like that when I was 10 years old!

So what did we do to celebrate? Why, eat of course! Since we are both fans of Japanese cuisine, we went off for a nice meal, just the 2 of us. Mother-daughter day out :)

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We started with some appetisers. (From left) Hamachi sashimi, Cha Soba, Shimeiji mushrooms in clear soup.

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(Clockwise from left) Ebi Tempura and Potato Croquettes, California Maki, Stewed Pork Belly.

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And more rolls! In total, we polished off 4 plates of rolls: Futomaki, Calfornia Maki, Spider Maki (Softshell Crab) and Unagi Maki! Really good.

And so I was gushing all day when she suddenly asked, "So, do you have a painting that you are really proud of?"

Uh oh. I scratched my head and thought for a long time. I have painted, sketched and done all sorts of artwork, but I didn't keep any copies of them. And then, I remembered.



It was a batik piece which I did as a teen, entitled Ginger Flowers. I kept it tucked behind the cupboard all these years. When I looked at it after all the unwrapping and dusting, the phrase "yellow with age" came to mind. Has it been that long?!


So, we'll see. When her paintings come back, I may put our humble works up on the wall ;)


  1. Look at you both so talented with your art and florals.
    Indeed such proud moments for our children when they are complimented so highly on their work and rightly so:)

    Congratulations to her..and you..and what a fun fun time out..
    That I do remember w/ my mom..being 10..after church..just she and I going for nice lunch.:)
    Great memories.

    You had a feast:) Happy for you..

    Your florals..Mother/Daughter and title Celebration of Life remind me of the proverb I love :"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose" .

    You must also see all the beautiful meals you art....

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  3. First, thank you very much for stopping by my site and leaving the encouraging message. :-) That makes this unusually hot day cool and cooler....
    And I love your photographing...they are bright, clear and the important, natural.
    The prawn tempura and the maki look very tempting, so much that I would love to try some!
    Once again, thanks!
    Angie's Recipes

  4. Congratulations to the Little Teochew of The Little Teochew!! Your daughter is truly artistic, I can surely tell you that I can't even paint something like that even at the age of 31, not to mention when I was 10, haha. It's great to have such a nice Japanese meal to celebrate. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Wow, a talented duo, aren't you? I love how bold her use of color is. And your batik piece looks so delicate and pretty. Looks like you celebrated well- Japanese food, yum! I gotta get me some tempura!

  6. Everyone, thank you for your lovely comments. I feel very blessed at times like these ... for what use is good news if you can't share it :) Have a wonderful weekend, all!

  7. What a lovely post! I enjoyed reading this so very much!

  8. Congrats to your dd on her great achievement! Both of you are really talented. ;)

  9. Wow, both mom & daughter have the artistic streak in them. Very talented!

  10. There's the reason why "art" is in "heart". :) Congrats!

  11. Thanks again, friends. I'm really touched by all your wonderful, generous comments.

  12. Wow you are quite the artist! Looks like your daughter is inheriting your talent too! :D