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Ridiculous copying

So I’ve had an interesting night.

A random question on my Formspring led me to the link of a blog, and from that blog I saw an advertorial / review for an online cupcake store. Out of curiosity and to monitor competition, I clicked on the link and lo and behold….

What do I see???

MY EYES!!!! They burn from the unoriginality.

Don’t see it???

Scroll up and scrutinize the page further.

Try to spot a picture that sorta LOOKS like our cupcakes, but eh.. not really, cuz the standard’s not there.

Yup, I’m pretty sure y’all know what I’m talking about if you’ve been following my blog closely enough to know the designs we’ve been coming up with. I’m not going to link her site on my blog and give her free hits, so no, don’t ask, do your own google work if you’re interested.

Our lovely original:

Sad pirated copy:

……..First off, let me just say how SHOCKED I was to see another Singaporean copying our original designs and selling them off as their own IN PLAIN SIGHT.

How dare she insult me like that??? If you’re gonna copy my designs, at least do justice to it and make it look good or halfway decent, damn it! Not only are you trying to become my competitor, you’re trying to compete with me with my own products but presented in a sub standard way… wtf?

If she were in U.S or some other country selling cupcakes, I really couldn’t care any less (well I’d be annoyed at the copying but not so outraged) but don’t you know that Singapore is a small, small place?!? Did you not imagine that I’d stumble upon your site one day or my readers would tell me or people would eventually confront you about it???

It baffles me how some people don’t think about the consequences to their actions or how they choose to simply ignore it.


When I saw the page my mouth was literally hung wide open in horror like this: :OOOOOOOOOOOO….. “SHE DID WHHAAATTT?!!?!!? BITCH!!!!!!!”

Firstly: To be anally fair, yes, she didn’t say “These are MY new designs!” but she only said Recent Cupcake Design!” which is enough to imply that the designs were HERS. Honey, your sentence is missing “Recent cupcake design!…. that I ripped off from Shiberty’s Sweets.”

Plz don’t be an idiot and tell me she didn’t mean to copy because unless you are a stupid platypus, it should be painfully obvious to you that her actions were downright intentional, a deliberate way to try and earn a few quick dollars.

Now to make things clear: I am a hundred percent sure that these designs are completely original to us, chances are, you won’t find another identical picture on the net. If you do, good for you, you’ve probably found another copycat of Shiberty’s Sweets.

Plus the fact that she even bothered to swirl it in the exact same way and use the exact same red muffin cups already proves everything!

Secondly, she copied not ONE design… but TWO!!!!!!! And possibly a whole lot more that she hasn’t posted pics of yet - who knows right?!? I definitely wouldn’t put it past her. I can only imagine if I didn’t blog about this, how long more would she have kept this going?

Our original Angry Birds design:

Her imitation:

This might be out of topic but eh, why your icing so lumpy one ah?!? Looks unappetizing max!!!! Buttercream should be smooth and yummy looking, it shouldn’t look like puked up guts bleached white.

Now I know we are not the only people in the world to make Angry Birds cupcakes. Angry Birds is a really popular iphone game so naturally it’s a popular theme for cakes, I’ve seen many great cakes and cupcakes done based on Angry Birds.

But just so you know, the original Angry Bird looks like this.

He does NOT have black lines on the side of his face and under his eyes, I just added it for fun coz I thought it made him look cuter and angrier.

And she replicated the exact same thing!!!!!!!!!!!! Wtf? Ok I believe I do not need to elaborate any further on how she copied us, you can just see it with your own eyes.

Say real one if she had just copied bits and pieces here and there but tried to improvise on her own or give it her own unique spin, I would probably close 1 eye and forget about it. Note that I am not trying to trump competition, I don’t even consider her competition but it’s really more of the fact that I feel PERSONALLY INSULTED when people do these things to me.

It’s about integrity, FFS. You have or not?!?!?

It’s annoying when people use my pictures without permission, it’s messed up when people rip quotes off my blog or chunks of my lengthy blog posts without crediting and it’s REALLY fucked up when you try to fuck with me and rip Shiberty’s Sweets designs off and try to sell them off as your own!


Disgusting!
THE AUDACITY!!!!!

What makes you even think that people would order those designs from you when your prices are similar to mine (My website used to state $45 and up for 12 cupcakes, just like what hers currently has) but I happen to produce them about ten times better?

Who do you think you are, popping out of nowhere, stealing our designs and trying to profit from it?

I just started Shiberty’s Sweets recently, couldn’t you at least give me and yourself a little face and copy our designs a little LATER? (I dunno what that would prove but just sayin’) Instead of being all like,Hey if she can do it so can I!!! In fact Imma do it right now!!”

Well guess what girlie – it’s not as easy as you think. If you think you can succeed in this by leeching off my work and jumping onto the cupcake bandwagon while it’s hot then you are WRONG. There are many established cake / cupcake sellers out there, I am not even your biggest competitor. First of all, you need actual skills and talent, sorry to say but looking at your cupcakes it seems you have neither. It’s easy when you’re dealing with one or two orders every now and then. It’s easy when you see some cute designs on the internet and copy it so you save yourself a whole lot of thinking / planning.

But you know what’s NOT easy?

Working your ass off almost everyday, baking and decorating sometimes over 100 intricately designed cupcakes a day (with UNIQUE self-thought-up designs btw!), till your bones ache and your muscles cry for some proper rest, to try and succeed in pursuing doing what you love, despite the fact it means postponing going overseas to study in a university or the fact that it could fail miserably and fall flat on your face, wasting a lot of time, effort and money because it’s a risky business but you go ahead and give it your all and do it anyway… and one fine day, you come online to see someone trying to discredit you like that.

It’s really not easy.

I know I can’t stop people from trying to outsmart and outdo us in this field, but likewise, I can’t help feeling upset over it when they try to do it in such an outrageous manner with complete disrespect for us. (also no thanks to me PMSing coz of that time of the month so I might be over-reacting a little more than I normally would)


If it was out of interest or passion, there is nothing passionate about ripping off someone elses work and if it was out to make money, I sincerely doubt you can make a decent amount with that standard of work. Instead of copying I suggest you start working on your technique first, don’t waste your own time. Word will eventually get around about this, and I’m pretty sure being known as a rip off is not a good way to try and start a business. Your swirled cupcakes in the first picture barely reach HALF of the muffin cup after buttercream has been piled on, so before buttercream is what? 1cm of cake? And you want to sell people that shit for $4 bucks a pop? Jokes.


Shame on you for doing this, and I am very disappointed.



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xoxo,
Jess

What’s Bakin’? #3

A rather short post this time, since I’d already posted some pictures in my “DILEMMA” post.

To view our full image gallery, visit Shiberty’s Sweets website!

SOOOOOOO… as you may have guessed by now, I have decided to


CONTINUE SHIBERTY’S SWEETS IN SINGAPORE!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No confirmation on whether we’re really gonna set up a store and all yet, still doing my research on rent, competitors, capital and profit etc (ya never know – For a year I was concinced I was gonna go to Melbourne, then Perth, then now… not at all)

But we’re definitely trying to expand Shiberty’s Sweets into maximizing its full potential :) Keeping my fingers crossed I will have my own shop within the next 6 months to come.

I can’t wait to see where this takes me! Definitely my favourite thing about doing what I do is the reaction I get from people. A few nights ago I went out with my girl Natashah to town, so I brought her a box of our cupcakes to try, and when we were shopping in F21 the friendly co-manager saw our cupcakes and went WOAHHHH!!! THEY’RE GORGEOUSSS and started talking to us very excitedly about our cupcakes for the next 20 minutes, and then we also saw our old course mates walking towards 313 and I showed them the cupcakes and they were like WOAH too!!!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen people so fascinated by anything I’ve done before, lol!

It was a really tough decision for me to make, because I still ADORE the idea of studying in Perth, but I think both ways will bring me great opportunities and life experiences.

I have so much support from my family, friends, readers and especially Sam and my mum – it’s incredible!!!!! It was too hard to say no. We will RESUME taking special orders on 29th May.

So stay tuned and we will be bringing more YUMMMEHHH flavours your way, one of my new favourites being Butterscotch.

**Btw, this does not mean I’m forever abandoning uni / college / education.

I would still love to go to uni and to live and study abroad, but I figured I’m only 18 years old – TIME IS ON MY SIDE, so I should live the life I want and really I couldn’t ask for more!!!!!

If I still want to go to uni at 19 or 20, it’s still a good age! If this doesn’t work out, I can drop it and go next year.

America’s favourite new age cartoon ;)

What the DEUCE?!

I thought I saw a pussycat!!

…I DID, I DID!!!!!

Chicago bears, go go go! (US football team)

A simple message a sweet girl requested to present her husband with!

Topped off with strawberry pink heart shape marshmallows

Sanrio fantasy land!

Keruppi – did I spell his name right?

iPhone games make such a fun theme for cupcakes!!!

Look at those colors POP!

Mini rainbows!!!

3d fondant instruments for a band-themed order!

Our stuff’s a lot more clean cut nowadays :)

Pohacco cuppies. Aww man Sanrio characters are just too cute for words

First time doing flowers in this crazy bright blue and I love it!!!!

For the guy who’s good at everything.

He’s a lifeguard, he likes playing basketball and also a straight A’s student… so what do you get him? A bit of everything to represent his diverse personality of course!!!

MAPLESTORY CUPCAKES!!!! My boyfriend and I LOVE this game. The classic green slime, blue snail and orange mushroom!

Been playing this since I was 12!

Someone asked for random girly cupcakes, and this is what we came up with!

Everyone’s favourite cat with no mouth

Remember that sinister bear from Toy Story 3 that smells like strawberries? I present to you… an army of LOTS-O-HUGGIN’S!!!!

In every girl there’s a little bit of Chanel

Little Jovann’s first month!!

xoxo,
Jess

D.I.L.E.M.M.A

When I first started Shiberty’s Sweets, nobody took me seriously.

I told people I was gonna bake and decorate pretty cakes and sell them online but I don’t think anyone gave a shit. No one saw the potential of it, not even me…

2 months down the track, suddenly everyone around me is encouraging me to go start a retail SHOP selling my bakes.

“You go to University for what?? You should open a shop!!!”

And I seriously mean EVERYONE. My mum has said it, my grandmother has said it, Sam has considered it, so many people online have said they wanna see us do it, Janice and my brother approve of it and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but… SHOULD I REALLY DO IT?

I mean, when I first started I could barely pipe a flower properly (still can’t do roses very well actually) but now I can create like over 10 different flowers and a lot of them are self-taught too. Of coz we can do a hell lot more than just flowers la.

I know it gets very boring to keep hearing me talk about Shiberty’s Sweets. But it’s a HUGE thing to me. I’m really proud of it and so pleased with all the joy it’s managed to bring to the people who have seen or eaten our products. It’s amazing to know a simple hobby can turn into me into a dedicated passionate worker. When your work is doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all.

For a home bakery I’m astonished at how much we can earn. And this is even when we are offering very competitive prices for the quality of work we produce.

I can’t help but wonder… what if this goes COMMERCIAL?

Would our sales and hype skyrocket? We’d have the advantage of an extra real life crowd instead of just my readers, and well… Singaporeans love their desserts. I see pastries shops selling mediocre pastries that don’t even taste that good, let alone look good and they’re already doing well!

I have a lot of confidence that if I do start a shop it will do really well.

Mainly because..

There is no cupcake shop around in Singapore that specializes in design that has a RETAIL SHOP, at least, none that I’ve known of. Even if there are, we’d be one of the very few around. So competition is rather low. And I happen to have the advantage of an online audience.

You might not think it may be much but hey, where do you think all my customers came from? First it came from my readers and our audience spreaded to a larger crowd via word-by-mouth! Do not underestimate having social media influence.

I’ll be frank and say that I’ve never actually came across a shop selling cupcakes before! Sure I’ve been to bakeries where there are a few muffins or plain cupcakes lying around with a dollop of frosting or two.

But I’ve never seen a whole shop dedicated to bringing you WELL-DESIGNED cupcakes, with fanciful decorations in loud colors. Designs you don’t see everyday. Designs that you can customize to the very last degree! The cupcakes shops I’ve seen are expensive, boring and the worst part is they seem to have no creativity. They’d give fancy names to their cupcakes calling it Berry Nice but all it is is really just a cupcake with blueberry bits in it and white plain frosting plopped on top.

Like this berry nice meh?!?!?!

Where are the shops that offer you FUN and CRAZY cupcakes that makes people go Oooohhh Ahhhh WOW when they see them?

To me, a cupcake has to taste good, but most importantly it has to LOOK good. If your cupcake doesn’t look good, then it has no worth because if it doesn’t look good I wouldn’t even wanna eat it in the first place right?

If people can say our cupcakes look so good that they can’t even bear to eat it and they stare at it and camwhore take pics with it as if it was some sort of damn trophy they won from entering a contest, then in my opinion we have already succeeded. In this aspect, we don’t only target people with sweet tooths.

We are also reaching out to an audience who normally do not eat sweet stuff but are tempted by our cupcakes because of how good it looks, and dare I say – most people are very weak-willed when it comes to yummy looking food and pretty frivolous things! Most peoples business run on catering to peoples demands. Whatever customer demand, they supply.

In our case, we actually CREATE that demand because you don’t just wake up one day feeling like having a cupcake. More like, you take a look at a well-presented delicious cupcake going “OOOH!! I wouldn’t mind one of those indeed!”

And of course, the next thing that pops into your head is the realization that you can customize your designs ANY DESIGN you like. Your brain then goes nuts thinking about all the designs you’d love to nomz on a cupcake.

That is our number one selling point.

We are not selling you flour and eggs in a cup. We are selling you our ARTWORK.

We are selling you our utmost effort, our unique creativity and designing flair, and our ability to provide all that for you at a competitive price.

And that is already reason enough for us to succeed. (WELL THIS IS ALL IN THEORY ANYWAY DON’T FLAME ME FOR BEING OVER MY HEAD OK)

Because, if you were to ask me,

“Hey Jess, where can I buy pretty cupcakes in Singapore?”

I wouldn’t have a clue besides Shiberty’s Sweets.

I know where you can get waffles, fruit cakes, pandan cake, cream puffs… The answer is anywhere and everywhere. You anyhow waltz into any bakery also can find.

The only creative cupcakes I’ve seen are from web stores and even so, most of them are made out of fondant. Can I be the first honest baker to say FONDANT TASTES LIKE FREAKING CRAP?????? It literally tastes like PLAY-DOH. It even feels and smells like play-doh.

That stuff looks really cool and you can mould a lot of things out of it but man, it tastes nasty. I always advise all my customers to pluck their fondant decorations off the cupcakes before biting into them because they turn rock hard over time when left to set and take shape.

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Ok now I’m just yabbering on about cupcakes stuff that you guys probably don’t understand anymore.

WHAT I’M REALLY TRYING TO SAY IS…..

I’m just trying to reason with myself…. whether it’s worth up giving up or postponing going to university in Perth.

You know, I’m not even going to be attending Curtin University directly, I’d be going to Curtin College for a year first before advancing to Curtin University itself, and if I want to complete my degree at Curtin Uni it’d take me a grand total of say 3-4 years?!!!?!?!

I CANNOT SEE MYSELF STUDYING FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS!!!! I’m already itching to go out and start work and experience new things.

My initial plan was to go to Curtin College and take their 1 year diploma first, then figure out if I wanna advance to their degree after that year. The reason I cannot go straight to degree is because I got my diploma from MDIS (which was also a 1 year course) and is not enough to enter Australian universities as the diploma standards are different, so I don’t need to take a FULL diploma course (which takes at least 2 years) but an entry level one or something like that la anyway all you have to know is I will be spending a year at Curtin College first.

But do you know 1 year at Curtin College costs close to 30k SGD?? THIRTY FUCKING THOUSAND YO!!! And this is NOT including extra costs such as Australia’s high living expenses blah blah blah.

I dread to think about how much my degree will cost me. (or actually, my parents.)

I also don’t think it’s right to spend so much of my parents money on a degree I’m not even that determined to get anymore. :(

Since I’m not planning to finish my degree, or at least for now I don’t think I will, it’s rather pointless for me to even go to Curtin College. What’s a 1 year diploma cert from Curtin going to prove? Curtin’s a good and nice school and all but it’s not even the top in Australia. Rather redundant if you ask me.

Suddenly I’m not so sure I even wanna go to Perth to study anymore.

I’ll admit that the main reason I wanna go to Perth is NOT to study but to experience the lifestyle there. To take a break from Singapore and live in Down Under… but of course, if at the same time I can further my studies and get myself higher education so that if I ever wanna work in Perth, it’s easier for me.

However now my vision is really hazy.

And I feel really guilty and reckless, because here I am, less than a month of my course starting and I feel like backing out already. Me, my mum and Sam have had to go through so much trouble just to get me through to this uni yet I’m thinking about giving it up. What’s wrong with me?!?!

Although it’s not so bad la since the course fee is refundable (as long as course hasn’t started) they will deduct a minimal fee.

I’m not saying I WANT to give up going to uni just to stay behind and set up Shiberty’s Sweets.

All I’m saying is, Shiberty’s Sweets is a really good opportunity right now… Like a REALLY good one.

It may succeed brilliantly as planned, or it may fall flat on my face and squash me and all my hopes and dreams like a bug that never got to see the light of day. Who knows? All I know is, if I don’t take jump at this now, I’m scared I won’t get a chance to work as something I love doing anymore. I’m scared I’m going to go to curtin college and be guilt-tripped into completing my degree and then graduatefrom uni and become a full blown average working office person with a 9 to 5 job and be bored out of my fucking brains.

THAT IS MY WORST FEAR.

I don’t see myself working with cupcakes the next 10 years so I might sell it off eventually if I ever do start it but I DEFINITELY cannot see myself being a normal working class person. I love money but money is not everything to me. If I’m miserable doing what I do then there is no fucking point because that money is not going to buy me fulfillment at all.

It is so so so important to me to be able to be my own person. And how bloody awesome would it be if I could set up a Shiberty’s Sweets store? My own creation, my own cold sweat and blood and joy!!!!!!!!

Something I can call MY VERY OWN. My little brainchild *tickles it*

..Ok now that’s just wrong lol.

But being my own boss sounds really appealing.

I’m really caught up with this because… it’s really nice to see people appreciate what you do. And I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard for something before, worked so hard till my eyes can’t even stay open, till my muscles ache from head to toe, till I cry my eyes out from all the stress and till my foreheads goes into full bloom with pimples. See this pic to know what I’m talking about.

If I’m really going to go to uni….. I might as well make full use of my cert. That probably means working with some fancy organization who’s going to judge me based on a piece of paper stating my qualifications. Maybe I’m just narrow minded but that already sets off warning alarms in my head going

“NO!!! DON’T GO DOWN THAT PATH. You’ll end up a middle aged woman sick of her mundane life and repeated scheduled activities, sick of her stupid job even though she lives in a nice house, married to an average husband but spends every second think about all the things she could’ve done when she was younger.”

I’m young now…. perfect time to chase after my interests and do the things I wanna do right? If I ever wanna complete uni, it will be right there waiting for me. I can’t say the same for this opportunity though. But there is also the question of what if I get sick of making cupcakes in 5 years time?

And then what? No degree, only a diploma from MDIS – Will I be able to get a different job then? My diploma is in mass comm lor totally no link to cupcakes please.

……Btw, telling me to go to uni first then start a shop is bloody pointless. I’m not going to pay over 60k AUD and get a degree just to come back to Singapore and sell cupcakes.

Plus, I have an advantage NOW. The hype around Shiberty’s Sweets is still buzzing. Our name is still fresh in everyone’s minds. The concept of designed cupcakes like ours is still very new and very fascinating to a lot of people.

A few years or months later, we may not have this advantage anymore.

I know setting up a shop is not easy. You need a lot of money, time, effort, research, employees you can trust, blah blah blah…. but I’m prepared to go through all that. Hardship was never an issue for me. I’m only worried the cons will outweigh the pros and that I’ll regret not going to Perth and living an easier life.

If I thought life in Perth was going to be hard, life in Singapore with my own store will be A LOT harder. But it’s the risk and experience that will make it that much more enriching, no?

Also, there’s another problem. This decision won’t only affect myself.

Sam has quit his well paying respectable job in Melbourne to come live with me in Singapore several months ago, thinking I’d go to Perth with him and move in together with him. Well, that was the plan.

Now that I’m *considering* not going to uni anymore… what’s going to happen to the both of us?! I mean of course he’ll still choose to stick with me but I think it’s kinda unfair to him, that I made him wait so long but in the end we don’t even get to move into a new house together as planned. If I start a retail shop, I’d definitely need his help as well so if we fail, that’s 2 persons failing together!!!

Sam’s not very young anymore. He’s 24, and at his age working experience is very valuable. He’s already wasted enough time mucking around waiting for me to come to a decision. I’d hate to waste another year or two of his trying out this store and having it fail, then FINALLY moving to Australia to stay. Sigh.

What does he think of all this?

Well he thinks it’s a big fat risk, but one worth taking. He hasn’t told me which to do or not to do yet, like me, he’s confused too. We both see the good and bad in both situations. We’re both excited about having our own store. We’ve actually discussed this a LONGGGGG time ago and it’s so nerve wrecking to think it could actually come true soon!

I AM SO CONFUSED. Help???

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I HAVE SO LITTLE TIME TO DECIDE. Less than a week I’m meant to be in Perth already. It’s a serious case of Now Or Never.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

xoxo,
Jess

Mother’s Day 2011 & Special Promotion for Shiberty’s Sweets & AWESOME CONTEST!!!


Hewo!!!

**There’s a surprise at the end of this post so remember to read until the end ok!!

Above is a big Instagram-ed piccy of me looking very self-satisfied with my $25 pair of Dollywink lashes.

Most expensive pair of lashes I’d ever bought, so must paste a big big pic to show it off -_-

Seriously what in the world got into me, why did I buy lashes for $25 for 2 pair?? I must be retarded like everyone else! I don’t know why every other girl goes OOOH AHH WOW DOLLYWINK LASHES ARE SO CHIO!

I mean they ARE quite nice but they’re almost like every other thick-ish pair of good quality lashes. Meh marketing hypes really do work. I’m in mass comm, I should know not to get duped!!!! Hen ben!!

With that aside… here I am to blog about Mother’s Day!

She wasn’t feeling like photos that morning, so took a photo of her nice manicure and the steering wheel instead.. her hands are so smooth and soft for someone her age wtf. Smoother than her 18 year old daughter’s LOL.

We were driving our way to Marina Bay Sands! Feels like I haven’t been there in forever, the last time we were there was with Gwen and Blake in like, February? Sheesh! I even believe it’s May in 2011 already. Say what?


Bright start to a beautiful day :)

I got up, showered, packed stuff for the overnight stay, put on make up, threw a simple outfit on, got into the car and went to pick my grandmother up to celebrate with her too!

Camwhoring in the car is pretty much mandatory for every self-loving girl. I tried to photoshop away my tired eyebags / dark eyerings but failed LOL now my under eyes look super squashed but whatever la lazy to PS again.

I put on BB cream that day!!!

The first time I’d worn a product on my whole face out in probably years. Usually I only put on eye make up and blusher + lippie, no powder whatsoever. But recently I’ve been more self conscious about my complexion – it seems kinda uneven to me?? Like my lower part of the face darker… (thanks to moustache and all LOL) so I bought a BB cream to see if it’d make a positive difference!

To be exact, I bought Rachel K’s CC cream because.. if I didn’t want it, I could pass it onto my mother, and it has stuff like anti-wrinkling and all that shit so it wouldn’t be a waste of money. I thought my skin looked slightly brighter that day, but a few days later (now) I have tiny break outs everywhere on my forehead… sigh.

I think I will remain nude faced until I’m like mid twenties or something. My skin’s totally not used to products on it, it can’t breathe!!!! Forced to have uneven skin till then.

Bling for the day - bought for me by my lovely mum! She’s always buying pretty stuff for me :)

Also all bought by my mum, haha! I guess she gets a little bored in Perth. Shopping for other people is always more fun than for yourself!

What’s up ah ma?!?!!?

The only way to take a pic of my grandmother is a candid one! She hates posing for the camera haha. She’d unwillingly take a pic, then afterward ask me to show it to her and she’d go “EEeeEEeeEe bu hao kan”

LOL

♥ ♥ ♥ My granny heaps too!!!

Whenever she comes over she makes sure to buy me yumz food (particularly lunch coz the maid never cooks lunch)

We were in the lobby of MBS waiting to be checked in. Turns out check in was strictly only at 3pm (-_- we usually get early check in coz of priority service but I guess it was mother’s day so…)

Went for a buffet lunch first!

Usually I’m not too excited about dining at MBS buffet, especially since we’ve eaten there countless times before but this time they had A DIFFERENT MENU!

To be honest on a normal day they’re a total rip off, the food is meh to average only, but the price is like woahhhh.

However on Mother’s Day they had a special menu (and a special price tag to come along) but I was pleasantly surprised!

FREE FLOW OF WAGYU BEEF AND FREAKING FOIE GRAS!!!!!!!

I mean come on, foie gras at a buffet!?!?!?!!? RIDICULOUSLY yummy. Just beautiful :’)

Although it was kinda gross coz they had the WHOLE piece of the duck’s liver (foie gras) sitting on a plate, and they’ll cut out a small piece for you… dude the liver was MASSIVE!! Like more then half the size of an average sized duck already. I knew they were force-fed to have their liver very fatty but I didn’t imagine it would be so drastic. Sent me on a guilt trip sigh.

Had to ignore my morals to enjoy my meal…

What can I say? I’m a practical person.

Among this selection they also had king prawns, fresh seafood blah blah blah all the usuals being served… so yeah, on that day it was actually very worth it to have dined there! 80+ per head for both lunch and dinner. We had other plans for dinner, didn’t wanna squeeze with the crowd.

When I saw the food I was like this:

:DDDDDDDDDDD!!!

Hahaha you might notice my photos are alternating between iphone photos and DSLR. Getting too used to snapping pics with my iphone instead of DSLR instead! Blame Instagram for being so fun.

Mum & I! Holding the pretty little carnation stalk they gave us upon reception at the restaurant :)

I’ve already dedicated many lengthy and heartfelt posts to my mother, telling the world how much I love her… well I guess one more time wouldn’t hurt!! I LOVE YOU MUM!!!

HAHAHA my granny is mad cute pleeeaaassseee!!!!

She will be one of the few people I’d miss the most when I move to Perth!

Will also miss all the Old Chang Kee curry puffs / cheese sausages she feeds me with!!! I can’t count how many afternoons I’ve woken up to those yummy food and seeing her watch TV in the living room. It’s a comforting feeling.

Pretty table flowers!

We sat there eating and stuffing our faces full of good for about 2 hours before it was time to check in into our room and go out for karaoke after that!

I love MBS’ full body mirrors in the hallway!

This is my mum singing her heart out at Vivo City’s Party World, and me being annoying beside her as usual :P

I’ve been keeping to promise of SWEARING OFF International Building’s Party World outlet! My impression of them will forever be tainted as Service Sucks Like Dog Poop and will never forgive them for my disgustingly unpleasant experience.


Granny: FTS I ain’t taking no dang photo.

Lololol.

One reason I just have to adore my grandmother & mum is because they’re always SO encouraging!!! After almost every song I sing, my mum would clap / cheer and shake the noise makers they provide you with saying “Hen Hao Ting”! (nice singing in chinese) and my grandmother would smile at me while enthusiastically giving me a thumbs up and nodding. Srslyyyy I feel so emotional as I’m typing this because I just realized I’m actually moving to another country in like 3 weeks.

So suddenly I’m acutely aware of my surroundings and the people that are around me.

I appreciate them so, so much more now. Not that I didn’t appreciate them before, but now that I’m gonna have to leave soon, it becomes painfully aware that a lot will be missing from my life when I go to Perth. I honestly hope this whole moving to Perth to study experience will be as enriching as I expect it to be, to cover the financial and emotional cost to get through with it.

Ok.. and this pic is fastforwarded to when I was lying on the bed waiting for room service!! After 3 hours of karaoke, we went back to the hotel, went for a swim at the skyparl’s infinity pool then came back showered and plopped onto giant white sheets of comfyness and ordered room service.


Nothing short of a splendid day! :)

Though I don’t have a lot of pics to show, it will be a very fond memory for me years to come!!!

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And now, for other exciting news!

Unless you are incredibly stupid (:P), you should know by now I am moving to Australia to further my studies in about early June or End May.

I’ve only started Shiberty’s Sweets less than 2 months ago, but in my opinion we are already immensely successful, and for that I am very grateful. I want to thank everybody who has left us kind comments, compliments and encouragement to support what we are doing, customers who have ordered from us and sincerely appreciated our efforts, and everyone who believed in what we are doing!!!

THANK YOU!!!

So I thought…

What better way to thank my readers / customers by coming up with a promotion AND contest!!! *******Read on to the END to find out the contest for my readers.

Details for Shiberty’s Sweets promotion are as follows:

For a limited time only (indefinite closing date), we are having a promotion of 6 cupcakes for $25 nett.

Instead of our usual minimum 12 cupcakes per order, we are reducing it to 6 per order and you can get 6 customized cupcakes at only $25!!!

To order, click on the promotion button at the sidebar of http://shibertys.blogspot.com!!!

The reason for this crazy promo is because I am going away for at least a year soon, and I know a lot of you guys haven’t tried my cupcakes yet but really want to because you

1) Are on a tight budget or

2) Cannot find an occasion to order 12 cupcakes for…

Well now you don’t need a REASON! Except of course, the reason is my cupcakes are awfully pretty & they taste just as good or even better than they look – and you KNOW you wanna give em a try! 6 is the perfect amount for personal consumption, or for sharing with one or two other people.

I want to spread as much cupcake lovin’ as I can to everyone before I leave!! Honestly I’m very sad to leave Shiberty’s Sweets behind in Singapore so soon when I’d barely started but it’s ok, I figure I could do something similar but on a smaller scale in Perth.


IMPORTANT:
The catch for this promotion is that only SIMPLE designs in buttercream are allowed.

This means flowers, names / letters / numbers, swirls with sprinkles, certain animals (pig, lion) and the likes only.. Or you can leave it completely up to my creativity, but do include what colors you like unless you really don’t mind anything at all. For complicated designs / 3d fondant orders, pls stick to the normal ordering form, I will ignore you completely if you don’t follow this rule.

You are also only allowed 1 frosting / cupcake flavour since you’re only ordering 6. (normal orders for 12 get to try 2 diff flavors each)

Here’s a rough guideline (but not limited to) showing you what you can order for 6 for $25!

(the smiley faces in buttercream version)

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And now, the fun contest part!!!!!!

I know whatchu thinking… “Yay freebies!! ^.^”

To thank my readers for their support over the years (actually not really la I just feel like being nice haha), I’d like to do my first proper contest (HEHEHE) that I hope you guys would love since it’s a personalized gift from me to you!

Sooo… *drumroll*


2 (or more) lucky people will be receiving a
SET OF FULLY-CUSTOMIZED CUPCAKES or A CAKE for themselves!!!

Want a Rolex cake? Yea sure, why not???

You will get to choose any flavour you want, and any design you can come up with!!! It can be for yourself, your friend / family’s birthday, whatever. Date of collection is flexible for us. We will try to give you anything you want, that is of course, within our resources and limits.

We will bake and decorate your dream cupcakes / cake for you at no charge whatsoever :DDD


It will be all yours, for free!
You imagine it, I’ll create it!

If cupcakes aren’t enough, how about lollipops, ice cream and candy?!

So what do you have to do, to stand a chance to win a set of nommy cupcakes / cake for yourself? There are 2 ways you can try:


First method, Twitter:

1) Follow me on Twitter at @shiberty if you haven’t already.

2) Post a status update / tweet saying why you’d like to win the cupcakes, OR why you think our cupcakes are awesome, OR why you enjoy reading my blog!

(any of the 3, you can combine more than 1 reason or post more than 1 tweet if you like)

3) In your tweet, include this hashtag and mention: #shibertyssweets @shiberty

The most creative / funny / noteworthy / nicest tweet wins!

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One of our favourite works done recently

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Second method, Facebook - for people who don’t use Twitter:

1) Follow / “Like” my Facebook page, here.

2) Post a Facebook Status Update saying why you’d like to win the cupcakes, OR why you think our cupcakes are awesome, OR why you enjoy reading my blog!

(any of the 3, you can combine more than 1 reason or post more than 1 status update if you like)

3) In your status update, include a link back to my fb page (http://www.facebook.com/shibertydotcom) and then post the SAME status update on my wall so I can track you.

The most creative / funny / noteworthy / nicest status update wins!

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And it’s just that simple!

Obviously, try to make an impact with your tweet / status update so I’d be more inclined to choose you. If you get your friends to Retweet your tweet, I’ll see it more than once too!

I suggest taking part in both the Twitter method and the Facebook method to double your chances of winning or of me paying attention to you, although 1 person can only win from 1 category.

Rules:
If you miss out on any of the steps, you will be automatically disqualified. I will check all entries thoroughly!!!! Collection of cupcakes/cake is to be self-collected at my place. (further details will be provided to winner)

And depending on response, I may choose more than 2 winners. Perhaps even 5 winners? Who knows! I’m feeling generous and full of love ♥ ♥ ♥!

Now you can own your first Chanel / Hermes handbag lol.

……Contest starts NOW!!!!!

Have fun and be creative! Or if ya can’t think of anything you can even just say “I WANT SOME FKING CUPCAKES PLZ”, lol!!! But of course… you probably won’t win. #justsaying

So get tweeting and facebooking for a chance to win the most awesomest cupcakes / cake you’ll ever taste / see. Closing date is indefinite, will announce it over whenever I feel like it.


LOTSA LOVE.

xoxo,
Jess

What’s Bakin’? #2

Not sure what to get your mum for Mother’s Day?

How about some pretty & yummy cupcakes / cake from Shiberty’s Sweets?

While stocks last… we’ve got a pretty packed schedule already!

13 yao ~ For the MJ lover in you! MJ tiles’ details were hand drawn with edible markers.

Actually if not really 13 yao don’t blame me ah I don’t play MJ one we just copied MJ tiles off the net LOL

La la la la ~

La la la la ~~~

ELMO’S WORLD!!!

Loved watching this cartoon as a kid, adorable! ^.^ Me and my boyfriend had immense fun singing along to Elmo’s theme song the whole time we were making it.

Chocolate cake interior, if you were wondering.

Two words for this set: Chocolate Romance ♥ ♥ ♥

If cupcakes could look sexy, this would be the epitome of sexy VA VA VOOM cupcakes!!!

Sam even said the red frills remind him of red lingerie.

….Perhaps he’s just perverted LOL!

So this is probably one of the craziest cake ideas ever – A cupcake CAKE!

This thing was massive. More than 20x the size of your normal cupcake, it actually weighs more than twice of a newborn baby :P

The inside of this cake was layered pastel rainbow. All in all it was a rather difficult cake to carve and to mould.

She asked for colorful pastel shades and for the cake to have a whimsical feel to it. I hope I delivered, I personally think this cake is one of a kind and very happy looking!

Have a blessed 21st! This set came along with 15 pastel-colored cupcakes to match.

Our new oreo buttercream recipe is unlike ANY other. My first bite into it = instant foodgasm.

I know what your burning question is – do they taste as good as they look?

In all honesty.. Absolutely YES!!! Topped off with juicy and fresh strawberries cut into a heart shape :)


Choo choo!

Oreo cheesecake cupcakes (DIVINE. Creamy, cheesy, smooth, sweet and sour with a kick of oreo crunch) with train fondant deco, grass and railway tracks are made out of buttercream.

Does this bring back nostalgic childhood memories for you?

Now that’s a load I don’t mind carrying. :)

Lavender Swirls Round 2, replicated for someone who liked the design and asked for an exact copy!

For a girl who adored wedding-like elegant fondant cakes but was daunted by their prices, we can do similar but at a fraction of the price :)

Rich red velvet interior.

Roses and leaves handmade with fondant!

Vroom vroom! Buckle up ladies and gentlemen!

Who says cakes can’t double up as “real presents”?! Just look at all that delicious chocolate frosting and tell me who wouldn’t like that for their birthday.

(if so, what’s wrong with you?!)

Cake has a rainbow interior to boot! (my customers LOVE rainbow cakes haha)

Even comes with a gift tag and a little fondant ribbon on it.

Jut more sweet flowers :)


Rainbow in a cup ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!!!
(that’s 10 hearts)


All ready for nomming!!!!!!!!!!!!
EXCITED????

Here we go!

*opens mouth and chomps*




OM NOM NOM NOMZZZZZZZ

And the deed is done.

Gorgeous rainbow interior :’) Almost too pretty to eat.

Almost… but not really. *chomps the rest down*


Zombie Farm cupcakes,
LOL!!!!

All these were drawn after reallll characters / stages from Zombie Farm!


BOO!


Tropical sunset!

Gotta love those sexy pink polka bikinis ;D

I am REALLY feelin’ like a beach holiday right now!!!!!!!

P.S I love the little coconuts on my lil palm trees, but Sam said they look like ball sacks hanging out from a wee wee hahahahaha

Magical surfboard surfing on the waves by itself :P

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone ordered a Hello Kitty cake!!


Meow ^.^

…….Does she even mew? o.O


Aloha!!!!
COWABUNGAAAAAAA!! KEKEKEKEKE!!1111111

Lol ok that was just my fail imitation of Stitch.


Ohana means family. ♥

Family means nobody gets left behind…. or forgotten :’)

That quote still makes me shed a tear till this day. I L♥VE that movie, definitely one of my all-time favourites in the world.

Haz u carrot 4 me?

Ruffly choco madness!


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WHUT ARE YOU LOOKIN AT?!?!!?


Sqqquuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! ~~~~~

Everyone loved these :)

Someone ordered Tiffany blue themed cupcakes, so I thought I’d add a touch of old school glam & romance for her :)

Simplicity at its best!


CANDYLAND!!!!! ♥

I made these just yesterday and I LOVE em! I get really excited when customers order fun themes!

Whole time I was making this, “California Gurls” song and video replayed in ma head! *squirts whipped cream from boobs*

Candy wrapper ^.^

A cupcake. LOL they’re sort of candies too right?

Pink lollies!!!

Yes, as you might’ve noticed recently I’ve been obsessed with sprinkling these tiny gold pearls on as many cupcakes as I can.

They just seem to add an instant dramatic flair to everything they touch! :D


So proud of these!!!!!!

100% original idea that popped into my heead all of a sudden and it turned out better than I thought. Pretty ingenious if I do say so myself :)

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Hope y’all enjoyed viewing the piccys!!

xoxo,
Jess
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