December 30, 2007

First comes the DREAM; then the PURSUIT!

I'm ready...
Ready to chase the Dream;
To follow the passion towards greater things; magnificent sweets and delectable cakes!

Su is flying to the United States of America in 2 days! She is going to pursue her love for the art of Sugarcrafting.

2 months ago; everything was a blurry haze of dreams, wants and maybe's....
But after many spontaneous decisions;...

Today; it is official;
I'm joining The NotterSchool of Pastry Arts for an intensive 6 month course in European Pastry!
The most encouraging and inspiring 22nd birthday gift from my parents to their baby daughter; The opportunity to shine!
The chance to do what she loves everyday!
To make it her career!
The thought of all that is mind blowing for me.

Sending me all the way to Orlando Florida to study pastry for 24 weeks took them lots of sacrifice; considering how they've missed their little girl in Sydney Australia for 4 years already. I have just completed a degree in Construction+Property Management and now with barely a month spent at home; I'm already packing up again to head for a different continent at the other end of the world.
I wouldn't say the 4 years was a complete waste of time or money. The degree has taught me so much about growing up; and being responsible for my own future. My 4 years learning about structure and physics in support systems has no doubt aided my cake sculpting techniques as well!

I do realize how hard it is going to be for me, considering my short 4 days to adapt to the new lifestyle and 12hours in time difference before classes begin on the 7th of January 2008.
I'm overwhelmed and incredibly excited!

I hope you guys are too!
Can you imagine the things I will creating with proper training and professional advice!

Many of you may be thinking; Why Florida? WHy not France? Switzerland? ...pastry in Europe? WHy America?
Well...I have my reasons; but I'll leave those stories for another time.
I can't wait to share with everyone the goodies ill be whipping up in the US!
I'll have to make sure my rented apartment has a kitchen well equipped with an oven and the lot! *giggle*
*EXCIteMENT OVERLOAd*!!!
:P
FRet NOT fellow Malaysians!
I'll be back!! I don't see who else I'd rather be baking for; if not my home country ;)
Wanna have a slice of Su in your kitchen?
You'll have to wait 6 months! *wink*
She's coming back bigger; stronger and yummiER~
Singaporeans are of course welcome to have a bite too! hehe

Any American readers with words of advice?? Su wants to be enlightened! :)

66 comments:

linda said...

omg omg how exciting is that! Florida, the sunshine state. I am sure you will have fun for the next 6 months. All the best for you Su Yin. Oh since you will be in Orlando, you have to visit Miami. Lol I just came back from Miami and I fell in love with Miami.

Sunshine said...

I think you will do fine in Florida. It's really a nice place and has nice weather!What advice do you want? I will try and help if u need. good luck and have a safe journey traveling..time difference it overated..don't worry about that you will get used to it..LOL

maRs said...

Good Luck Su Yin!!

*rooting for ya from the UK*

Volvoxx said...

Wow...this certainly is very very exciting!

I've been following your blog since my sister told me about you and I really really love your creations. When you said you were coming back Malaysia, I DID thought to myself: "Mmm...maybe we might just get to see your creation in real life or better still...taste it ourselves!" but alas...you're going off again so soon but looking forward to your pursuit of such an exciting thing to learn! Really happy for you. :D

One thing kinda tickles me though... *giggle* ...you mention in your recent post that your utensils and cake decorating gear are still being shipped back and now you're off already...oh noes~

Your blog has always been very fun too read, and very inspiring. The fact that you generously give out tips and recipes make me love you even more :P ...so do keep up updated about your adventures in Florida. Good luck!

MsAbcMom said...

awesome...congratulations!

may said...

Su.. have fun.. i've been visiting your blog for the past 2 months.. I live in California.. You'll do fine in Florida, not too cold in the winter too...

Cintia EUA said...

Girl! CONGRATULATIONS! You will love the States and you´ll be the best in what you do. The sky is NOT the limit, you go beyond it girl!!! I´m sooo happy for you! Your fan, Cintia EUA

Chivon said...

Congratulations Su Yin! Its always inspiring to see someone follow their dreams and this trip to the US is only the start of only bigger and better things to come. I am a big fan of the blog and your creations. Can't wait to see what the future holds for you :)

jill said...

Your parents are so generous and supportive of you to let you fly off again to Florida! But if it's to pursue you dream that's fantastic and we can't wait to read on the exploits and what you've learned from the course over the next 6 months. All the best from Melbourne!!

Anonymous said...

congratulations!

i'll be cheering for you from down under, Perth =D! keep us all updated

Anonymous said...

good luck Su Yin- too bad you weren't coming to California, USA- I would love to meet you- and maybe get a taste of your cakes!!!!! :o)

lizzi

natasya said...

I am so happy for you and I must say you are very lucky to have such understanding and supportive parents.

24 weeks in Florida sounds very very exciting...the course as well as the place!

All the best to you Su yin and may your dreams come true.

Jane of All Trades said...

Congrats to you .. I've always been salivating at your cupcakes and showed my gf your blog.. we are very impressed with your talent and glad you are pursuing it as a career. Hope you have a good time in Florida. Cupcakes are a craze in USA now.. maybe you can open shop here. I'll definitely be one of your diehart customers...

Ling's Passion said...

Hi Su,

I been following your blog for many months now. I am so happy that you are able to pursue a career of your dream. Keep up the good works.

thanh7580 said...

Good luck Su-Yin. Go and get that dream and make it reality.

Carpe Diem.

Nadia said...

Aww, you will love it in the States. I just moved to the States (in Texas currently) after 14 years in Sydney, definitely a life-changing experience and you are very lucky to experience it!
You will do great here, especially there are so many different types of ingredients available here in comparison to Australia :-)
I should really pay you a visit in FL, since it's not too far from TX. I definitely want some of your delicious cakes!

All the best and enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Su Yin - CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you all the best and I know you will enjoy your time here in florida!! I already enjoy reading ur blog and seeing the beautiful work you do! You're going to be taught by one of the most amazing sugar craft artists in the world - I look forward to seeing your future ARTWRK!! GOOD LUCK!!

carpediem said...

You are really one lucky girl!
Have fun and remember to share everything with us!

Shiew said...

Wow! I'm sure you'll love it. I've been following your blog for some time too - can't wait for you to get back to Malaysia so that I can start placing orders!

tracey said...

Wow!!! Have fun :D It sounds like an experience of a lifetime, perfect for a talented girl like you!

swee said...

WOWWW !!! i'm really happy n excited for you! can't wait to see your adventures in Florida. Have a safe journey and all the best ! HAppy New Year !

happypinkbuttons said...

Dear Su,

That's really a big piece of good news to end off 2007 and usher in 2008! Congrats ;D

Can't wait to see more of your fantastic creations in the year ahead and all the best for your studies in Florida:)

It's really nice to hear that your parents are so supportive and allowing you to peruse your dreams & interest:) All the best!

Your bake fan,
happypinkuttons

Abuela said...

Congrats Sweetie!!!! Hope you have a blast!

WAN ZUHA ISHAK said...

Su Yin Xiaojie,

Congratulations! Happy new year 2008

-zuha-

sunkis8199 said...

I read your blog all the time and am so excited for you! I actually live in Orlando and now you will do just fine! Congrats and good luck!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I have been a fan of your blog for a while now, from here in the American heartland (chilly Wisconsin!). Several years ago I worked for an advertising agency and we did some work for the hospitality industry. Orlando has a lot of convention facilities and it seems to attract trade shows/conventions/chef competitions, etc. related to the hospitality industry. So if you have the chance and inclination to do some networking, it's a good place to be. Good luck!

Ady said...

What a wonderful gift from your parents!! Congrats - you go chase that dream Suyin. You WILL catch it and mark my words ... there will be no stopping you then! I too am rooting for you from all the way over here in the UK. Keep blogging so we know how our girl's doing yeah? All the best!!

marias23 said...

wowee! i'm very excited for you too! come visit me in good ol' chicago. there are not many famous sugar crafters here, but there's still plenty of good food! happy new year :)

Jennyvi said...

Happy New Year, SU!!!!

i'm excited about your next adventure! live ur dreams!

xoxo :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! What a wonderful way to start 2008!
Am formerly Msian, now living in Toronto, Canada. Been to Orlando several times. Make sure u go visit Disneyworld, plus take time to visit Cape Canaveral, not only to see the NASA but also to go down to the beach front to enjoy the incredible and cheap seafood. Also, u'll LOVE the shopping in the US. I've been to Aust a few times and I know how expensive everything is. It's much cheaper than Canada too! Bring empty suitcases when u come over! Btw, outside of Orl are quite a few good Chinese restaurants and also asian grocery stores eg. Ranch 99. Have a ton of fun!!

kid said...

woohooo! sounds exciting! that is a good news indeed. congrats n all the best to u! ;) i'm sure u'll do perfectly fine there. i'll be looking forward to ur new blog posts from US! :D

"regardless your age, the rest of your life can be the best of your life" so, have lotsa fun!! XD

Kellie said...

That is an amazing opportunity, Su! I'm so happy for you. I'm a devout reader of your blog and cannot wait to see what you learn in the US.

However I am disappointed you left all of us in Aussie-land :( Hehe.

Love from a Melbournite.

m said...

!!! your parents are sooo great! = )have a great trip and hope all of us get to see lots and lots and lots of yumminess in the weeks to come! ; )

Aimei said...

Wish you all the best!

Lex said...

wow! CONGRATULATIONS!!! hope you will have a blast there! and oh, dont forget when you come home to bake for me ya? haha

Have a great year ahead! Happy new year! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Su,
I'm a big fan of your blog, love everything you wrote,baked and cooked.
You should feel grateful for having such supportive parents and such a wonderful opportunity.
Take good care and hope to taste your cake soon.

love from Penang.

Sarah said...

Your good news drew me out of months of quietly reading to comment. Congratulations Su!! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Your parents are wonderful to help you have this opportunity.

Orlando is great and you'll have lots of fun. As for the time change, just switch your watch and start living on the new zone - the less you think about it the less it'll bother you.

I'm up in New Jersey but am so excited to have you in my country! Do you think you might have time to do commissioned work in the States while you're here?

sara said...

hey su, i've been following your blog for a few months after a friend's introduction to it and i must say i love your creations!!

it's been very inspiring to hear that you're following your dreams and passion even when you've already got a degree under your belt. it may sound clich├ęd but this is living your dreams. well, good luck and all the best!

Anonymous said...

this is the first time i've ever commented.
congrats to dreams coming true.
i love your recipes and have tried a few. your cupcakes and fondant cakes are so beautiful.
actually i wrote in your guestbook about purchasing a cake from you for my one year old but alas i guess it wasnt possible as im from nyc and you are so far far away.
anyway. congrats again. have a safe and wonderful trip. you do amazing work. your parents are so nice and generous to offer you a chance to achieve your dream. hope you're giving them a big fat hug and kiss.

Monique said...

Wow, these are great news! Congratulations! It seems that everything went so quick, but it's a great thing that you know exactly what you want for your life. And 6 months will be soon over! Have fun in the States and enjoy this last bit of freedom before you have to 'slave' in the kitchen of your own company every day! haha

Tara said...

I am de-lurking now to congratulate you on following your dreams and your heart! I have been admiring your gorgeous creations on this blog ever since I found it early last year and I can not imagine the wonderful things you are going to create after formal training... I'm sure it will blow all of our minds!
Congratulations and good luck in a brand-new country...

Rebecca said...

Wow, live the dream!
You definitely deserve it. Can't wait to read about your experiences.
Best of luck, doll.
Beks.

rASHIdah-ling said...

goodluck su yin :)) u'll do fine!!!! *hugs*

~ashiebee~

Anne said...

Hello Su,
I read your blog every day - you have great parents and are really lucky to pursue what you love!!! Your cakes are amazing and they will become even more so :-) Love, Anne (from Belgium)

Kiran said...

Congratulations! A much deserve opportunity. Sky has no limit, so is your dreams. Good luck. I have been following your blog for a year now. Orlando is a very nice place. I am a Malaysian, located at Orlando with my husband. Let me know if you need anything. Good luck in your future career!

christine said...

all the best :) your blog is an inspiration!!

meiteoh said...

I think your journey in this field has been amazing to say the least! I wish you only the very best and hope/pray that you will continue to reap the sweet fruits of your labour. Enjoy your studies abroad and don't forget to show us those delicious sweet delights of yours often, k?

cakewardrobe said...

You have such whimsical creations! If you ever visit NY while you're in the states, I could learn a thing or two from you!

KWF said...

Very happy for you tt you're able to pursue your dream as your career. Not many people are able to do that. Kudos to your parents who are super supportive!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I enjoy your blog. You are very talented, and I hope that you will enjoy your stay in U.S.A. Wishing you much success!

simplesmile_ said...

whaow! loll i've been following your blog as an anonymous reader for quite a while and i'm from North America. Well , first of all i'd like to congratulate you and say that if you've lived for soo long in Australia, you'll see that everything in America is switched over. For example, the driver's place in the car is on the left side :)

flutterby said...

Su Yin dearest! OMG THIS IS SO EXCITING!! Congrats hun.. have a blast!!

from russia with lavvvvvv - MWAH!

Wiz said...

Hi Su Yin! I was asked to do cupcakes for a group of colleagues consisting of males and females. I had the idea of doing shirt and tie thingy for the guys and the ladies of cute little dresses. I was blog hopping for some ideas and found yours. So in my next entry which has not been uploaded yet I would give your name a mention as my inspiration for the ladies cupcake design. Of course yours supercedes my cincai do at any time of the day. Thanks for sharing lots of ideas here. All the best in the states! I am so envious of you right now to the point of biting my lips! Have fun!

Oh yeah I am from Ipoh as well now residing in KL and was a Main Convent student.

babe_kl said...

wow, suyin, all the best in chasing your dreams :) loved to hear from you soon and enlighten us of your course :D

EpaNz said...

yeay! good luck Su Yin! waiting to see more and more creations! haha

Warm regards from Melbourne! :)

C said...

CONGRATS! :)
why cant you come to ny! hahaha ^_^

Anonymous said...

welcome to america!! you'll adapt very easily. good luck in pastry school! take plenty of pictures of everything that you make. my mom went to pastry school for a few months too. she had tons of fun.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Su Yin, you'll have a great time and I have no doubt you'll go far with it!
Wishing you all the best for the new year and especially for your exciting new undertaking!
Nali xxxxx

R C said...

Su,
Congrads.. have been following your blog and you have inspired me to try out fondant cakes.
Do share your new creations :)

Skychio said...

Grab this golden opportunity and learn as much as you can. This is a good school and I'm sure it will be an eye opening to you in the world of culinary art. I have enjoyed it myself. Can't wiat to see more of your work. Take care.

Sky

Nash said...

Su Yin!

Happy New year and good luck. I'm a Malaysian living in Michigan and have been following your blogs for many years!

Have a great time!

sibi said...

Hi Su, I got goosebumps reading your last entry. It`s so wonderful having the opportunity to live your dream. And you are so very talented. Good luck to you from Germany. The cakes and pastries here are really good.
Best wishes,
Sibel

I Cook4Fun said...

Congratulations Su Yin. I've been lurking at your blog for some time now. Hope you have fun in Florida and can't wait to see and read about your adventures here. Best wishes to you.

a yummy mummy handbook said...

hey u...i think ure makin a brilliant move taking up this course...i wish all the luck and hopefully we see some new stuff from u soon...:D.

take care and all the best!

ChunLei said...

If you ever considering coming to France, drop me a line. Half of my English speaking friends in Paris are musicians... the other half are pastry managers :)

A M'sian fellow in Paris.

Eva said...

I go on holiday for a few weeks and what happens? My fav food blogger has up and left the warmer climes of south east asia for more hotter climes of Florida!

Congratulations Su Yin!! Quick and learn from them Americans and come back to Malaysia and open shop!! All the best to you!