FIESTARI 2012 - their first!

Yeps, you guessed it right.

I have been super busy. Term 3 is always a mad rush because there are the mock exams, prelims, oral exams on top of all other school activities and everyday lesson preparations and markings.

I have been trying to fight the impending flu because I just could not afford to miss lessons.

But I finally succumbed to the flu bug :( . The continuous sneezing, coughing and feeling feverish are enough to make me unable to go to work. Oh might as well blog, right?

Last Saturday, the girls took part in FIESTARI - a Malay dance competition organised by Cheng San CC. When I was still teaching in my previous school, we did enter the same competition twice and both times reaffirmed my view that standard of competition is very high. The current group is relatively new and we are not really a Malay dance group (more like ethnic fusion) but I thought the girls could do with more exposure.

It is always good to learn from others who are better than us, isn't it?

So there went the whole of Saturday! I really salute the girls for having so much energy - they had to attend Sports Carnival as early as 7:30 am , rushed to school to make up etc and finally down to competition venue for stage blocking and any last minute preparations. We only reached school again at 11pm! It is amazing how youths do not seem to feel tired. It is either the adrenaline rush or the food they eat! haha....

Some photos while waiting for their turn..

I managed to watch some of the other schools' performances and I was really impressed by NTU and East Spring Sec. However, almost every group that performed was good that I was just hoping and praying the girls would not falter.

We did not bring any supporters (with the sports carnival on the same day, I was sure the rest would be dead tired!) so it was quite cute that there were cheers for the girls during and after their performance. Looks like the audience was entertained!

The following photos were taken by one of the instructors on that day , Rizal. The official photos will only be out next week.

Nanyang Polytechnic took the championship (they were perfect in almost every aspect), followed by Republic Polytechnic and finally, East Spring Secondary School. I wished NTU had been in top 3... I really like their item :)

We didn't win anything but it was really a good experience for the girls to see how fantastic others were. 

Overall, I think the event was very well-organised , unlike the 'typical' Malay events/activities I have attended before.. hehe... My only issue is that I strongly feel there should be separate categories for secondary schools and tertiary institutions. Having more years of experience in the dance arena has a huge impact on profiency of skills and level of stage presence and confidence.

Otherwise, good job, organisers!

First Purchase from Haney Bags


Do you recognise the pretty lady in the picture above?

She is Haney Hadad, an ex-MTV VJ turned Suria actress. She has not been active in the local scene ever since her move to Australia after marriage. Well, she still does appear once in a while in magazine shoots but that's about it.

However, I just recently discovered her line of bags - Haney Bags.

I was just surfing around when I got directed to her Facebook page. Apparently, she has been in this bag business for at least a couple of years in Australia but only launched it in Singapore last year. All the bags are made from genuine leather and are priced approximately between $180 - $350 ...that's rather reasonably priced.

Her bags are pretty stylish - modern and clean cut but what I like most is the variety of colours! I am a sucker for bags of cute, candy colours so I spent quite a while surfing through.

Of course, me being me, got attracted to a tangerine-coloured bag and quickly placed an order.

Oh, she is in Australia still but ships her bags to Sg :)

I still get excited whenever a parcel reaches me!

The outer bag .. dust bag is also provided in white. 

Yeah , my cute little bag!

Ok, here is a better photo of the bag. Love the pop of colour!

I am on a bag-control phase at the moment. I have not been utilising all my bags, especially my Burberry Speedy n Marc Jacobs bag...  plus one or two Coach and KS ...ok , get the idea?) and two of my Kate Spade bags need to be sent for cleaning ASAP. I basically rotate between three bags for school and nothing else. So no more purchasing bags until........ I'll leave it at that at the moment.

But there is no harm surfing around, right? I saw this gorgeous TED BAKER clutch that I WAS considering getting  for Hari Raya this year. BUT it is sold out now... I don't know whether to cry or be thankful...

The Internet connection has been pretty sucky at the moment so that explains the lack of updates. I hope it will be better soon!

Meanwhile, I am going to try to enjoy this weekend because next weekend will be a terribly busy one for me.

Happy Weekend , y'all!