21 December 2009

Violet from the Incredible Family costume

I dressed Werney as Violet from The Incredible Family for the recent Disney costume contest organised by PR Worldwide Live at One Utama Shopping Complex on 12 & 13 December 2009.

It was difficult to find any Incredible costume in Malaysia except for those in pasar malam and the quality is not that great. I have to search high and low and contacted many local costume shops, and unfortunately I couldn'd find any Incredible costume for Werney. Finally, I decided to create the costume from bit and pieces.

I bought a long red sleeve T-shirt (tight fitting one), red tights/stocking, black underwear, black gloove, black socks and shoes. For the Incredible logo, I put a huge sticker and sticked it to the chest area. I also sewed a bright orange ribbon as belt for the costume. For the mask, I pasted black coloured paper onto a party mask. It wasn't too difficult after all!

Werney did a dance on the stage for 2 minutes and was shortlisted for the final. However, she wasn't feeling too well on the second day and we couldn't attend the final. Anyway, see the full story featured in The Star paper dated 18 December 2009.

It was a great exposure for Werney as this is the first public contest she participated in. Being just 5 year old, she has to perform in front of hundred of shoppers. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!

Friday December 18, 2009

Disney characters come alive

Photos by BRIAN MOH

ADORABLE Miyumi Teng, five, stole the spotlight with her colourful rendition of Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Disney Costume Parade at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya last Saturday.

Miyumi’s routine included dancing in a sparkly blue mermaid’s costume and an underwater setting, complete with a shell as her mermaid home and a couple of aquatic friends.

Her performance earned her a spot in the finals, and eventually won her the grand prize in her age category.

Hero in disguise: Jian Sue Wern, five, acting out her performance as Violet from ‘The Incredibles’.

Alicia Poh, nine, was awarded the other grand prize for her ballet routine as Belle dancing to the theme song from Beauty and the Beast.

The Disney Costume Parade was held in conjunction with Disney on Ice presents Disneyland Adventure in Kuala Lumpur, which will be held in March next year.

The parade was part of a three-day event during which families stood a chance of winning show tickets by taking part in fun activities and enjoying special ticket offers.

“The children have to dress up like their favourite Disney character and are given two minutes each to portray the character in the most creative manner, whether by singing, dancing or playing a music instrument.

“Those who buy tickets at the roadshow are also entitled to a 25% discount,” said B. Kavita, manager of PR Worldwide, which is the Disney on Ice show promoter.

Exotic princess: Miyaki’s performance as Princess Jasmine from ‘Aladdin’ included her singing to ‘A Whole New World’ and dancing to ‘Arabian Nights’.

The children were divided into two age categories: ages four to eight (Category One) and ages nine to 12 (Category Two).

Sixteen competed in Category One, and 15 in Category Two during the contest’s initial stage.

Twelve finalists from each category were then selected to parade in the finals for a chance to win the grand prize of an opportunity to meet a surprise Disney Character during the show.

Other prizes included four VIP tickets to Disney on Ice Kuala Lumpur 2010 worth RM228 each and Disney merchandise for each grand prize winner.

Cute mermaid: Miyumi, five, clad in a sparkly mermaid costume as she plays Ariel while dancing to ‘Under the Sea’ from Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’.

All the other finalists received two show tickets worth RM128 each and Disney merchandise.

Yuki Wan, 30, said her daughters Miyumi and six-year-old Miyaki Teng had personally requested to play their favourite Disney princesses — Ariel and Princess Jasmine respectively — in the parade.

“The costumes were custom-made, but I helped them with their make-up and props. It was a very time-consuming project but well worth the effort because they both enjoy performing,” said the beautician.

“While this is their first time acting as Disney characters, they both actively participate in shows in their kindergarten and school.

“They’ve been watching Disney cartoons so many times, they knew immediately who they wanted to play in the contest.”

Wan said because her daughters enjoyed singing and dancing, she tried to encourage their passion whenever she could by supervising their practice sessions.

“My husband supports us by chauffeuring us around and giving us encouragement.

“My four-year-old son is a budding Michael Jackson impersonator, but I haven’t had time to practise with him because I’m so busy with his sisters,” she said.

Two other sisters who also took part in the parade were Jynn Kok, eight, and Jyllian Kok, six, who played Mulan and Pocahontas respectively.

Their outfits were a family affair, as their grandmother Nancy Tan sewed the costumes, and mother Juliet Tan did the trimmings and hair accessories.

“Because the girls were busy with their activities and a TV shoot, we had little time to make their costumes. Mulan’s was more difficult and required about five days, while Pocahontas’ outfit took a day.

“Both Jynn and Jyllian are Disney princess fans and love performing on stage,” said Juliet, a legal executive in her mid-30s.

“They started showing an interest when they were four, and have participated in various talent competitions and musicals. I’ve seen their confidence grow since they started performing.”

Juliet added that her daughters were also part of the KL Children’s Choir, wherein they had learnt to nurture their talent.

For ticketing and details of Disney on Ice presents Disneyland Adventure in Kuala Lumpur, visit www.axcess.com.my.

11 December 2009

Disney costume contest

Sorry for the lack of posts recently as I was pretty busy with work and both princesses were down with fever, flu & cough again. It seems that every time one fell sick, another one will follow. Thanks God, both has recovered now.

Do you remember the yearly Disney on Ice show? It is usually organised by PR Worldwide. This year, they have a Disney costume contest and I have signed Werney up for that. Tomorrow will be the qualifying round.

If you have time to drop by, do come to One-Utama at 2pm to support Werney.

Will not reveal what she will be wearing yet but it is not one of those princess!

I have created her costume from bit and pieces and hopefully I have got it right. The only headache I have now is whether Werney will change her mind and refuse to go on stage! Let keep my finger crossed.
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