Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Phew 2012 :D Hello 2013!

The very first set of hand painted cookies we made.

2012 was the year Sweet Manna moved to another City.
A leap of faith.
2012 was the year Sweet Manna made its first set of hand painted cookies. Le Petit Prince.
We ended the year having made, more or less, a thousand hand painted cookies.
2012 was the year Sweet Manna made its first batch of macarons (on my birthday! -charisma)...with hand painted designs as well.  And yes, Le Petit Prince was also included in the set.
We learned to be patient and to never underestimate the process of making these temperamental princesses of sweet treats.
The very first set of hand painted macarons we made.
2012 was the year Sweet Manna was featured on two T.V. stations (one was shown locally, around Europe, and the US, and one was shown on local T.V.) and on a local radio station.
Video Cameras!
2012 was the year Sweet Manna's FB Page was featured on lovely pages from around the world.  Now we have almost a thousand 'likes' from every corner of the globe, from Australia, Africa, Russia, Greece, to Italy, France, US, Switzerland, Dubai...it's comfortingly mind-blowing!
2012 was the year Sweet Manna made macarons for a local actor and a local singer.  One set was shown on national T.V.
From Enchong's Instagram.  Ours is the macaron which says, "The actor becomes an emotional athlete. ~Al Pacino", since he's both an actor and an athlete.
2012 was the year I (charisma) attended two baking classes.  One class was taught by two international award winning cake decorators.

"Vincent Van Gogh: [Explaining how he sees the world] Look at the sky. It's not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through: the stars! 
[the sky gradually transforms into van Gogh's painting Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh: And you see how they roar their light. Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes." 

My finished cake from the class.
Sometime before the beginning of 2012, my sister and I were walking along a dizzying and festive Session Road wishing for everyone and everything to stop.
Now, at the beginning of 2013, we are grateful for the astounding blessings of people that surrounds us.  We are more appreciative of every minute blessing which "life" sometimes present as insignificant.  We now continuously remind ourselves to see every day and everything as a blessing, whether disguised or not.
Now, we ardently welcome what 2013 has in store for us, for Sweet Manna.
Thank you everyone for the continuous support and prayers.  You know who you are.

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