Bellae Illustrations: Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017 Inspiration

I am so loving Marchesa Bridal Spring Fashion collection this year. The dresses are so fairy-like with floral detailing as 3-D appliqués on gowns with dipping décolletage or lace embroidery. How can I not love them?

And my favorite dress out of this collection:

Trying out Boomerang video for the first time while adding glitters to the dress:

– In watercolor, acrylics and glitters

Wedding Journey: We are officially Mr and Mrs!

I just registered my marriage legally with my husband last week at the Registry of Marriage (ROM)!❤



I❤ my dress!

Bought this dress from Theory of Seven, which first came too big on me. Thanks to my talented mother-in-law who worked as a dressmaker before, she managed to alter my dress to fit my size and height. I love how the ombre-effect of the dress make the photos look so beautiful! And the husband who dressed up as well😉

“With this ring, I marry you.”

Loving this flower bouquet that my husband got for me, after showing him my preferences of flowers and arrangement.❤

For all brides and grooms who want to save money, go to your neighborhood florist and ask them to rearrange the flowers for you as it is definitely cheaper than you buy from malls or elsewhere (depending on the flowers you choose). After comparing prices and talking to the florist, we got this bouquet for SGD $60, with a nicely tied ribbon at the end. It was comparably cheaper than those florists that I look around online. I also source for my neighborhood florist when I had to help my sister-in-law get her bridal album table cotton flower bouquet and it was a very nice experience with negotiable price too!

How about makeup?

Deciding to save money, I decided to do my own makeup and I think I am quite successful despite being a beginner!

My ROM Makeup Look

My ROM Makeup Look

I can tell you that this photo is not edited. I just love how my foundation ( give my skin such a dewy finish and it looks fabulous in photos without any white cast. Before that, I put the primer and  moisture ampoule base to allow the face to be work on smoothly. The mascara I used gave me such nice lashes without the need of putting fake lashes. I also add in a little bit of glittered eyeshadow to add some glamour, together with liquid eyeliner to enlarge my small, mono eyes. That’s one problem of having mono eyelids, it is so tough to make your eyes look big. I use orange blusher to give a nice healthy glow on my cheeks. Thankfully, an extremely nice and friendly makeup artist who did my makeup for an event, taught me the dos and don’ts for my makeup so I was able to pull this off nicely.

For girls who always have chapped and dry lips like me, do put lip sleeping mask the night before so that you will get a moist and plump looking lips the next morning! Another tip from me is to put the lip sleeping mask first before putting your lipstick. I can assure you that it will look great without the fear of having the color sinks into the lines of your lips.

After that, put loose powder to set the whole make up and you are good to go! This whole makeup look took me only 30 minutes which is not bad for a novice! Probably because I am a portrait pencil artist, maybe that’s why I can draw my face like that.  *A pat on my back*

Makeup I used for this look:

  • Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base from Witch’s Pouch
  • Skin Equalizer Primer from Make Up For Ever
  • Ultra HD Make Up For Ever Foundation
  • Perfect Cover Concealer from Witch’s Pouch
  • Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer from Too Faced
  • Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner from Stila
  • Shadow for Eyes (Royal Golden Beam – SD1) from Witch’s Pouch
  • Aritaum Mono Eyes (I think #96?)
  • Eye Brow Liner (Brown) from Silky Girl
  • Lash Perm Curl Fix from Etude House
  • Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Trio (Orange) from Skinfood
  • Lip Mask from Laneige
  • Lipstick from Elizabeth Arden
  • Loose powder from Laura Mercier

You can find most of these stuffs from either Sephora or Althea Korea Singapore. You can see that I am quite a fan of Witch’s Pouch! The rest like Etude House, Skinfood and Aritaum brands, I shopped them at Korea during my pre-wedding shoot vacation! I also did for my mother’s makeup that day and she loved her look too! *Double pats*


And finally, my favorite photo of the day!

I am so loving this picture taken by my brother-in-law! We decided that to show our joy and excitement by posing fun shot here instead of serious and boring pose with the backdrop outside ROM.

Why take such serious shot when it is a happy event?😉

Life lesson: Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light

It was great having a long hiatus away from social media. The past few months have been quite depressing and I decided that having a break away from social media and spending quality time with myself and family will be the best thing to recover mentally. I don’t usually talk about my personal life here but I would like to share some life lessons.

During the past months, a loved one got diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and has gone through stem cell therapy. Everyone in the family supported him as he undergoes chemotherapy treatments. Thankfully, he is now recovering under our care. Then another bad news hit when I decided to pluck up my courage to visit a private eye specialist last month due to my bad vision as I was having difficulty seeing well especially at night. The tests came back with the doctor diagnosing me with a rare genetic eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).

I was quite thankful that le fiance was beside me, holding my hand reassuringly which gave me the strength not to break down and cry.  As explained by doctor, RP will cause retinal degeneration, and I will experience a gradual decline in my vision because  my photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) will slowly die.  She showed the images of my retina interior where some black spots can be seen which means some of my photoreceptor cells are slowly dying.

The thought of losing eyesight slowly to an invisible enemy without any known treatment or cure, I felt really helpless.  For someone who loves doing crafting and drawing, it was quite a severe blow for me.  On top of that, she also spotted early sign of cataracts which she assured me that she will monitor to prevent it from getting worse.

Having went through depression before few years back, I knew it will not do any good to everyone if I go into a depression mood so I tried lifting my spirits up and joking with le fiance that he only has  few weeks left to decide to marry me since our registry of marriage (ROM) is coming this Friday.  He held my hand tighter and said that we can overcome this together. We will be going for genetic testing together in coming October to check if he has the RP gene so that the doctor can assess the possibility of our children having it.  I am keeping my heart and fingers crossed that everything goes well for both of us.

It really helps when you have family or loved ones close by to stand by you because it gives you strength and courage to continue on. Having a positive attitude towards life irregardless of what you have been going through, will help you to cope better with the daily affairs of life. I was also thankful that my parents are the most optimistic people I know,  telling me that I should start thinking about the bright side of life and not to dwell so much on my problems.  Right now, I decided to focus my mind on our wedding preparation which will be coming next month, and till then, I will pick up my pen and brush again🙂

One good thing out of this, my father bought me a new pair of spectacles with transition lens to protect my eyes from the sun! Quite in love with it at the moment because he chose the frame with lovely prints that really complement well when the lens turn dark. As I am first time user of transition lenses, I find it pretty cool!

I like this quote from Helen Keller who was my inspiration since young:

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.  -Helen Keller


Right now, I am walking this lonely dark path bravely, hand in hand with my best friend and partner, who will be my soon-to-be husband in two days’ time!❤

The best thing he said to me: “I will be your eyes, so don’t worry about it.”


Credits: L studio (Korea) and Louvre Bridal (Singapore)


[Media Invite] Be amazed by how hand-drawn animations breathe life into vintage toys!

I have a fascination with hand-drawn animations, ever since I saw the works of an American animator, Glen Keane. One of his works, Duet, has got me so inspired that I went to read up about the technical aspects of animations and even attempted animations using my own illustrations. It was not an easy feat and I really salute all animators out there!

So, imagine my delight when I got an invitation by Ms Beverly to attend “Toy in Animation” exibition by MINT Museum of Toys and LASALLE College of the Arts. It will be interesting to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of the process and watching the sketches come alive.

The animation below was created by a student who drew the character and transformed the sketch into 10 seconds dynamic 2D animation.

This exhibition is a collaboration between MINT Museum of Toys and LASALLE College of the Arts, where 90 students from the Animation programmes spent one day sketching at the museum. Bringing vintage toys to life with a touch of imagination, each animation tells a unique story and interpretation of selected toys.

“We believe our collection of vintage toys has the potential to inspire not only imaginative play but also various contemporary creative endeavours. With collaborations such as this, we also hope to open up more conversations about the relevance and importance of preserving these vintage toys. This project with LASALLE started from a small initiative and has grown into something we’re proud to be a part of.”

– Christopher Ho, General Manager, MINT Museum of Toys.

Drawing by a student from LASALLE

“At LASALLE, it’s important that students get to work outside the classroom, and draw new inspiration from everyday items around them rather than mimic existing animation. Starting from scratch with sketches helped sharpen foundational skills, while the short timeline served to stimulate industry practice and train students in quick decision-making. We’re very happy that this collaboration has grown to become a full exhibition.”

– Chris Shaw, Head, The Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LASALLE College of the Arts.

We got the opportunity to meet some of the students at the exhibition and they explained to me the process of how it was like sketching and making into animation within the deadline. Every level, there will be showcases of their works and the compilation of the animation videos which you can easily recognize some of the characters that you saw at the vintage toys displayed at the museum.

Here are some examples of their works:


One of my favorite sketches that I have come across!


Wish to see those drawings in action? Hop over to “Toys in Animation” exhibition at MINT Museum of Toys and you will get to see those works in animation! There will also be a Meet the Animators sessions on the specific dates stated below so do visit and get to interact with the animators to find out more about their works.

You can also get your complimentary tote bag when you register for ‘Meet The Animators’ on any of the following dates: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August 2016.
Register here: LINK

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Exhibition Information

Toys in Animation opens on 30 July 2016. In conjunction with Singapore Night Festival, Toys in Animation will be accompanied by Meet the Animators sessions on 19, 20, 26 & 27 August, from 7pm – 11pm. For more details, you can find out more at

Venue: MINT Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm daily
except during Singapore Night Festival on 19, 20, 26 & 27 Aug, exhibition will open till 11:00pm /


About LASALLE College of the Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, and Asian art histories.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.

Founded in 1984 by de la Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

About MINT Museum of Toys
MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia) Museum of Toys houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectable items in an international award-winning contemporary building on Seah Street. When it was founded in 2007, the museum was the first in the world known to be purpose-built for toys, and to date, remains to be the only one.

Since its inauguration, the museum has expanded its collection, amassing over 50,000 items, 8000 of which are on display in the museum. The toys and items hail from over 40 countries and range in date from the 1840s to 1970s. These are displayed across the rooftop, basement and 4 thematic levels of the museum: Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables.

The collection is made up of various key collections, including Batman, Dan Dare, Japanese character and space-related toys, and collectables. In addition to toys, the museum also houses a collection of confectionary vintage tin-cans, large-item objects, such as Mobo horses, as well as enamel advertising signs. Over the years, these have been incorporated into various activities and programmes run by the museum, serving as windows into the past as well as inspirations for the present.

Today, MINT Museum of Toys serves diverse and expanding audiences, including students, artists, tourists, and a growing audience of collectors.


Credits to the following people for the pictures of the students’ drawings:
Students – LASALLE College of the Arts (

Disclaimer: Some pictures are credited to LASALLE College of the Arts and MINT Museum of Toys unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own.

Wedding Planning: Choosing your ideal venue

To get the brief overview of planning your own wedding yourself, you can refer to my past post: The importance of planning ahead.

When le fiance and I first started our wedding planning journey last year, we absolutely have no idea what to look out for. But the first thing in our mind is to source for our wedding venue as I always hearsay that you have to book the venue 15 months in advance! So we start searching for venues, and shortlisting them way ahead.

As known by our friends, le fiance and I are the most laziest couple ever when it comes to venturing out to search for things so tediously. So when we were searching for venues, we just google for images and shortlisted only 4 venues according to the location, capacity and decorations. So if you are someone like us, do that and save your time visiting the venues and getting disappointed. Trust me, it really save a lot of time and energy.

Things that we take into consideration:

  1. Location
  2. Perks that come with the wedding package
  3. Capacity
  4. Decorations/ Wedding favors
  5. Attitude of the coordinator
  6. Within your budget
  7. Bridal Suite/ Holding area

We are more inclined towards booking a restaurant as our wedding venue because we are more concerned about food as we want to ensure that our guests enjoy the food as much as possible since they come all the way down to celebrate our special occasion. As le fiance stays in the west, we preferred the west or central location. Wedding packages that comes with all the perks is also important so as to see if you can negotiate for a better deal as there may be some of the things that you might not need and you can get a replacement of other stuffs. This can help you to keep within your budget as well. Attitude of the coordinators is really important as coordinators are there to ensure the smooth wedding planning journey rather than causing mental obstacles.

Would you want to add extra headache if you cannot contact your coordinator or get his prompt responses while chasing him for things to get done?

Hotels normally comes with a bridal suite, while restaurants or other venues might come with a changing room. Whats matters is whether you will have a place for helpers to rest, allowing you to change your wedding attires and storing your valuables as well. There was once I remembered, I read a review of a bride who said that her changing room at a certain restaurant was so small, cramped and smelly that it gave her so much discomfort that it spoiled her wedding day.

Several websites like the wedding forums and wedding websites are really useful in narrowing down your search like Singapore Brides, Wedding Forum SG and Perfect Wedding Forum. I frequented those websites most of the time on my starting journey and get the inside reviews of the venues.

And the venues we shortlisted: Fu Lin Men @ JCC, Orchid Country Club, Genting Hotel and Joyden Hall @ Bugis +. I will not displayed the packages prices as it differ every year so just visit the Singapore Brides website as they have the wedding packages of different venues displayed.🙂

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First stop: Fu Lin Men @ Jurong Country Club

I shortlisted this because I heard good reviews about the food and the location is extremely near the MRT station. When I saw the virtual tour of the banquet room in Singapore Brides, I instantly fell in love with the bright decor and the chandelier lighting. And I just love the stage setting! The walk in is extremely short which is ideal for both of us as we were quite introverted couple so we dislike much attention on us for too long. So as I explained to people how I prefer a short walk way because I do not like eyes on me, my friends rolled eyes about that and said wedded couple are meant to be in the center of attraction!

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

We actually walked in before their opening hours in the afternoon without making any appointment, but the banquet assistant manager was so friendly and kind enough to bring us around the room and show us the bridal room as well as the ROM outdoor venue. A very big plus point from me. He even gestured the waitress to serve us water while we waited for him to take out all the portfolios of their wedding invitation cards, wedding favors as well as the table centerpieces decor. We like him instantly and we thought we will just stick to this venue. Le fiance found the ceiling to be too low for his liking but he was able to overlook since he likes the venue overall. However, a week later, news came out saying that JCC will be acquired for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus. Such luck!

When we contacted the assistant manager, he said it will probably be around Nov 2016 which is too near to our wedding date. Hence not taking the chance in case we had to find venue last minute if it closes, we drop this off the list.


Second Stop: Orchid Country Club

Next, we zoomed onto to Orchid Country Club because of pillarless and spacious environment so again, we did not make an appointment and just walked in during the late afternoon when we were free. Well, that’s a bad habit for us but we always couldn’t decide whether to go since we have such busy schedule! I do not know if we are lucky or not, but when we got there, the banquet manager was actually there because there will be a wedding going on in the evening and he kindly and enthusiastically guided us around too.

Credits: Orchid Country Club website

Credits: OCC website

But the walkway is too long! Our trait of introversion kicked in and we were not keen about it. The manager explained that there will be a car provided for the walk in so it is actually a fast walk in. But I wasn’t even interested in getting on a car with my big fat gown and high heels because I know I will be extremely clumsy. Le fiance actually laughed at the thought! And we didn’t like the view of the second storey as well. The location is not very convenient for both of us and hence, we drop this off the list.


Third Stop: Genting Hotel

By then, we were getting tired and decided to aim for hotel to see if it is actually better than non-hotel venues. Genting hotel just opened at that point of time so there was no reviews or pictures to show. Hence, we had to book an appointment this time round to get a tour around the banquet hall and the bridal suite. The banquet room was rather empty and bare because they were newly opened so we didn’t take pictures. Instead they show us pictures on their brochures of how it will looks like in the wedding decorated theme. Hence, I took the pictures from Singapore Brides as they have a virtual tour of it.

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

We like the whole decor overall and I especially love the hanging crystal lighting, but one thing that turned us off is the reception which is located near the main lobby. Too many unwelcomed guests will be walking in and out. And we were not sure of how the food is going to taste like though the manager assured us that the chef is quite experienced with several years of experience in hotel dining under his belt. So we keep it in view while searching for more venues. I do not know if its the norm or it is just her attitude, but I find the coordinator was not very friendly and quite serious when she gave us the tour around. Country Clubs’s coordinators we have met so far are really a lot more friendlier and we feel more comfortable talking to them instead.


Last Stop: The Joyden Hall @ Bugis +

I coincidentally found this venue while googling for unique venues without hotel setting. There are hardly any reviews but so far, all the reviews are really good and the location is very convenient too. And beside that, the venue also hold a special and sweet memory for both of us as that was where we first started dating and he asked me to be his girlfriend 6 years ago.🙂

Excitedly, we contacted the coordinator, Jeffrey (who is really nice person that has been patiently replying my inquiries over emails and whatsapp) for the wedding decor themes and he kindly emailed us the themes as well as the wedding packages. And I am amazed that they allow several themes to choose from too! One bonus point was that one of the themes is Fairytale theme which was perfect as I have already set that as my wedding theme before the start of the journey. And the ceiling was very high, with crystal lighting as well. Joyden hall is pretty much like a theatre-like setting which has a great changing room as well as a holding area for the tea ceremony or for the helpers. The walkway is just straight down and you actually enter via the curtains instead of the usual door. Sound pretty glamorous!

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

See the ceiling? That is the crystal lighting which I am talking about! This is their Hollywood theme, among all other themes they have.

Jeffrey also showed me their outdoor garden ROM setting as well. That was the place where le fiance asked me to be his girlfriend.🙂  Unfortunately, we recntly decided to move our ROM forward to a month earlier as we did not want to  have our wedding day too packed as we prefer more rest time before the start of the dinner banquet. Another trait of our introversion : We need to recharge our battery in solitude.

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

The fairytale theme which I have fallen in love with! However, the ceiling decor will be changed to the crystal ceiling as I much prefer that way as it will be more classy and elegant.

Credits: Singapore Brides Website

Credits: Singapore Brides Website


The venue is conveniently located, and able to cater to the number of guests we will be inviting (Minimum is 28 tables, maximum is 38 tables). Decorations will be settled and they will also do minimal decorations at the reception too. They also provide reception cocktails as well as finger foods for additional top up.  Sound technician will also be there to play the music throughout the whole wedding so we don’t have to worry about choosing songs. Food catered is from Joyden Seafood Restaurant which garner quite a number of raved reviews from friends and online. The downside is not having a bridal suite which is not our main concern as Joyden Hall already have a changing room and a holding area which works great for both of us.

So after much discussion between Genting Hotel and Joyden Hall. we came back the second time, signed and paid our deposit!❤


NOTE: All photos credited to The Singapore Brides unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own.