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


[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.


Interview: Emily of the Emerald Hill

Previously I blogged about Emily of the Emerald Hill, written by Stella Koh and is one of the most popular Singapore production in Singapore’s theatre history.

It was a pleasure to be invited by the director, Shamila, to watch the play at Bukit Panjang CC. My first thought was that it will be interesting to see how it will be like to watch the monoplay in a simple, basic and no frill environment. It was a first for me to watch a monoplay which involves only one character as I usually watch musical plays which involves many characters in a full fledged theatre settings. And to my surprise, I enjoyed the play tremendously!

Laura Kee who played Emily of Emerald Hill has done a wonderful job in capturing my attention throughout the whole play. Despite having just a few stage props (chair and a table with a phone), she was able to act out the imaginary scenes with the imaginary characters as she displayed her emotions which can make me understand what was going on in the story plot. It is no wonder that everyone actually stay on for Act 2 because for me, I clearly want to know what happen next after Act 1. Sitting there, it makes me forget that I am sitting in the hall of the community centre and letting Emily (acted by Laura) mesmerized me with her life story at Emerald Hill.

I managed to meet the lovely people, Shamila and Laura, after the play performance and had a short conversation with them. Thanks Shamila for extending the invitation to my fiancé and I 🙂

I also had an interview with Laura, so thanks Laura for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Right now, they have ongoing performances until the end of july. So do catch the play if you can! I also have a pair of tickets to give away!

All you have to do is:

  1. Like Comfort Theatre’s Facebook page (@comforttheatre)
  2. Screenshots to show that you have like their page and email me at (Subject: Giveaway – your Facebook name)
More information on Stella Kon’s EMILY OF EMERALD HILL:

Ticket price: SGD $10.
10% Discount for Group Booking (Min. 10 tickets), applicable with minimum purchase of 10 tickets in same transaction.

Tickets are available through SISTIC at this link –

Dates and Times of Performances

July 16, 4pm – Tanglin Community Centre
July 16, 7pm – Tanglin Community Centre
July 29, 7pm – Goodman Arts Centre, Black Box
July 30, 7pm – Goodman Arts Centre, Black Box

Giveaway: Tickets to Emily of Emerald Hill play production

– Emily of Emerald Hill –
one of the most popular productions in Singapore’s theatre history,
is coming to a neighbourhood near you! ❤

Instead of performing at the usual theatres located in the Central/Town district, Desert Wine (a Singapore based media business) aims to present the famous and iconic play Emily of Emerald Hill under their new series called “Comfort Theatre: The Off Central Performances” where more heartlanders can enjoy their local plays in the comfort of their own residential area.

With so much art events happening around us, the local arts scene has grown so much over the years! Singapore’s Arts Scene has never been more alive and right now, it is already developing a thriving theatre scene. Even international broadway shows like Wicked and Les Miserables have already make way to our shores. However, most of the time, our Arts scene is often cocooned within the confines of Orchard Road/Central Business District in Singapore, which may give the impression of an exclusive community despite being centrally located.

Desert Wine aims to break away from this stigma of theatre by moving away from the usual theatres in the Central/Town district. They hope to bring awareness of the Arts and local talents TO the People by coming up with “Comfort Theatre: The Off Central Performances” series. This move hopes to allow more heartlanders to be able to have the great opportunity to reconnect with the arts and enjoy local plays at the comfort of their own residential enclaves without the need for a full fledged expensive theatre setting.

As quoted by Desert Wine:

Comfort Theatre
In this ‘Comfort Theatre: The Off Central Performances’ series, there will not be any flashy sets or expensive rigging/lighting. Instead, this Series will strip theatre to its core basics – to where the focus will be on the actor and the script.

Hence just as with comfort food, our Comfort Theatre is theatre made simple, basic, and with no frills. And just as with comfort food, Comfort Theatre will indeed still be fulfilling, nourishing, and enjoyable.

In essence, one need not have expensive staging to present good stories and good acting.

Desert Wine is proud to announce their upcoming play “Emily of Emerald Hill”, which was written by Stella Koh and directed by Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam. It will be the opening play of a roving, no-frills, stripped-down Series that will travel to various sites across the island from June 4th to July 2016.

Emily of Emerald Hill

We’re starting this Series off with Emily of Emerald Hill which tells the tale of a charming Peranakan woman, Emily Gan, who evolves from a frightened young bride to a strong-willed matriarch. And through her devious manoeuvring, her son’s mysterious suicide and her husband’s infidelity – Emily presents her life to the audience as one that is filled with love and happiness, and also with regrets and bitter lessons

– Desert Wine

Playing Emily
Seasoned actress Laura Kee will be playing Emily. Kee has been featured in movies such as 3688, That Girl in a Pinafore, and Ghost on Air and television shows such as Mata-Mata, Whispers of the Dead, Zero Calling, Code of Law and Incredible Tales. On stage, Kee has appeared in The Arsonists, The Circle of Truth, The Immortal Bard, and The Screwtape Letters.

Directing Emily
Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam will be directing this play. She is a director of movies such as The Stop, GLT, The Conditional Child, The Journey, and Doubt. Her last work was the movie The Singaporean, which was funded by MCCY’s SG50 Celebration Fund in 2015.

 More information on Stella Kon’s EMILY OF EMERALD HILL:

Ticket price: SGD $10.
10% Discount for Group Booking (Min. 10 tickets), applicable with minimum purchase of 10 tickets in same transaction.

Tickets are available through SISTIC at this link –

Dates and Times of Performances

June 23, 7pm – Bukit Panjang Community Centre
June 25, 7pm – Bukit Panjang Community Centre
July 16, 4pm – Tanglin Community Centre
July 16, 7pm – Tanglin Community Centre
July 29, 7pm – Goodman Arts Centre, Black Box
July 30, 7pm – Goodman Arts Centre, Black Box

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Here’s the best part…

6 pairs of COMPLIMENTARY tickets to “Emily of Emerald Hill”

Thanks to the generosity of Comfort Theatre, I will be giving away 6 pairs of complimentary tickets to my 6 lucky readers (one pair each)!

All you have to do is:

  1. Like Comfort Theatre’s Facebook page (@comforttheatre)
  2. Screenshots to show that you have like their page and email me at (Subject: Giveaway – your Facebook name)

To get higher chance of winning:
Extra chance will be given to those who:

  1. Share my blog post on their Facebook wall. Tag @comforttheatre and @bellaelysium in your shared post to make sure we get your message!

NOTE: Please change your privacy setting of your Facebook post to “Public”so that I can track your shared post.

The giveaway will be running for 3 weeks from now till 9th July 2016, 12AM.

  • 2 lucky winners will be randomly picked each week.
  • Winners will be notified via email on Sunday (26th June, 3rd July and 10th July) so keep your eyes peel for it! ❤

Click here to enter the giveaway:
Emily of Emerald Hill’s tickets GIVEAWAY


NOTE: This giveaway is only held in Singapore and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.