Saturday, September 19, 2009

Korea National Nail Competition Judging & NailArt Gallery

It had been a while since my last post. We were so busy at the academy for the past months. Just completing our show at Bugis Junction, we are preparing for the "Big Bang" end of this month.

I'm presently in Korea now... Invited as the International Judge for Korea's first National Nail Competition!!
I am so happy for Korean. All associations are collaborating together to organized this mega huge competition. There are like thousands of participants...

Only two asians are invited as international judges to this event though. Fiona from Hong Kong Nail Association and myself. The rest of the international judges team are namely, Danny Haile, Trang Nguyen & Carla Collier. It would mean that I'll have people who speaks English to talk with. ^.=

The rest of the Judges are Korean who represents each nail association involved in the event. Thus, it's so exciting to be part of this pivoting point of Korea's Nail Industry.
Besides the Nail Competition, I'm also here for a meaningful event...

Our 2009 Nail Art Book Gallery Charity Event.This year's Nail Art Gallery is done in collaboration with World Vision . It makes it more special as we would be donating the money that we raised for this event to World Visiontowards their goal in "Building a better world for children".

For those who have no idea what World Vision is about, perhaps you would have remember some stars like kit chan, Ah-Mei, etc. visiting their sponsored child in countries like Africa,etc.

Or the "30hour Famine".. It's a fasting activity aimed to raise awareness of world hunger through real-experience of being hungry.

READ A-MEI’S BLOG -->A-Mei, the newly appointed 30 HOUR FAMINE Ambassador for World Vision Singapore and Malaysia, travelled to India recently to meet the children and their families in a move to better understand their struggles surrounding the food insecurity and HIV/AIDS issues.
Under the unforgiving 40 degrees Celsius heat, A-Mei weaved through the confusing maze of slums and communities and saw first-hand, the work that World Vision is doing and the impact it has brought to the children and their communities.

Besides the Nail Art Gallery, we would also be compiling all the Nail Art Photos into a book, which would be up for sales in November 2009.

Tomorrow, we would be providing nail services at discounted rates; all money collected goes to World Vision too.

It makes it more meaningful when the work that I do can create change in the world. That doing a simple thing like nails, would come to this day where our skills can make a difference. It is something to just sell a nail book, which everyone seems to be able to do nowadays; but another thing to be able to raise donations with it.

My experience with World Vision started during my school days, I sponsored 2 kids from their "Sponsor a Child" program.
"As a child sponsor, you are connected with one special child who will know your name, write to you and feel your tender love and prayers. Your child sponsorship monthly pledge of $30 will provide a child with things such as: Clean Water, Nutritious Food, Health Care, Educational Opportunities, Spiritual Nurture."

Of course seeing your own work displayed and admired is also a fulfilling experience. We should do a Nail Art Gallery like this in Singapore or Malaysia soon hur?

It'll be fun!! ^.^

More photos tomorrow!!
some behind the scenes setup photos....

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