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My interest in "BAKING" started when I first saw my Mum baking cakes in a wood stove in the early 60s. Then I was about 11 or 12. At the age of 12, my 1st couple of attempts at baking was successful, and realized that I was blessed with this talent. I went on to improve my baking skills on my own. My Dad was my biggest fan, who loved to be my official food tester & critique and always gave my baking two thumbs up.
I bought books and magazines, with money that I had saved up from my "pocket money" for school. My Mum & Dad used to go grocery shopping once a fortnight, driving out of the Plantation where we lived. I always used to volunteer to be the one to help with carrying all the purchases to the car, so that I could pop into the"Book Shop" that was located next door to do all "my purchases".
When I turned 22 & was a new mother, I decorated my first cake for my daughter, Jinnie's 1st Birthday. I got the idea from a Wilton Year Book for the cake. That got me hooked onto the "Wilton Method". I actually taught myself all that I knew then, from the Wilton Year Book ......this was in 1974.I spent some good money to buy expensive Wilton Tools that was available to us. I used to receive cake decorating tools etc from friends & family, which really helped.
Then I went on to teach men & women in Malaysia to carve & decorate cakes, thanks to my husband's encouragement & support. After I came to this country, USA in 1989, it gave me endless opportunities to be able to further progress in my knowledge and skills of "cake decorating" where everything was so easily & readily available. Though everything was so much better here, I was getting a bit frustrated because I could not find an outlet to share my skills, until I bumped into the chance to teach, using the "Wilton Method of Cake Decorating" to men & women who were eager to master the skill. I was really happy that I was asked to teach "Wilton Method" without having taken a single "Wilton Class"
I used to teach at 3 different locations, but stopped teaching the "Wilton Method" due to family commitments.
In 2005, I won the "People's Choice Awards" at a Washington State Sugar Artists Cake Show held in Factoria, WA. This was my 1st ever Cake Show entry.
In April, 2008 my entry took "Best of Category", "Best of Division" & "Guest Chef's Choice Awards"
In April, 2009 my entry took the "Host Chef's Choice Award" & shared the "People's Choice Award' with another entry.
These winnings just gave me a boost for my God given talent.
Then in 2010, I had my first opportunity to demonstrate at the WASSA Annual Cake Show. I demonstrated the different ways to use "Sugar Veil". I can safely say that it was received very well by a room full of people & they loved it. Now I'll be demonstrating again at the Oregon ICES Day of Sharing in July, 2010
The 17th to 20th of July, 2008 was a big affair in Orlando, Florida.......ICES Convention,2008. This was my first Convention & I had the honor of meeting all the "Cake World Stars" & had a chance of interacting with all of them.We also had the opportunity to participate in Hands-On Classes & watch Demonstrations. They also had a 3-day Vendor-area where we felt like "a kid in a candy store", as they had everything a Cake Decorator "needed" or "wanted"
We all left the Convention with our heads full of new Cake-Decorating knowledge & our pockets nearly empty.
One of the highlights of the Convention was the election of the new President & Board Members. Then there was the "Hall of Fame" recipients & lots of other interesting events. We even got to meet Mickey Mouse.
In July/August 2009, the ICES Convention was held in St. Charles, Illinois. I had the opportunity to meet some awesome people at this convention & made new contacts. This was my 2nd Convention.
Then on Oct 1st to 4th,2009 we had a "OR ICES Sweet Retreat" held in Turner, Oregon. That was an awesome time we had with some remarkable teachers who came out from the East Coast.
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