Meanwhile I was panicking, on the inside and out. How was I going to install everything outside in the pouring rain with no ladders and tape that may--or may not--hold up in the rain? After having a brief come to Jesus talk with myself, I decided to just go with it. Monsoon craft festival: here we go!
I took off my shoes and laid out everything I brought with me on the water-logged ground. I rallied some volunteers and soon we were on a roll. I ran around hanging things with no umbrella and within seconds I was soaking wet. I stayed like that all day long because it ended up raining for the entire day.
What started off a bit frustrating and wet ended up being an amazing experience where I was able to meet lots of like-minded individuals, secure new friendships, and hang out with cool people. (Besides the rain, look how pretty and green Fort Canning is!)
Two food trucks came out for the day. One was the Milo truck. They were doling out free shots of ice cold chocolaty goodness left and right. I stopped by this truck at least a dozen times throughout the day. The cow-spotted truck is called, appropriately, The Traveling C.O.W. (chef on wheels). Their menu provides "gourmet bistro fare on the go, comfort food that speaks to people". I didn't get a chance to taste their food at the festival, but I look forward to checking them out again soon. I noticed on their menu: hamburgers, which you don't see very often outside of fast food chains. You can follow their whereabouts on Twitter. These are the only food trucks in Singapore at the moment. Not for long, I assure you.
There was also a small food tent with 3 vendors. Butter Studio was there with their cute little cakes and cupcakes, loaf cakes and cookies. They hosted a DIY cupcake decorating workshop in the tent where I was, but more about that a little later. The vendor in the center--Drinkdings--was mixing mocktails and cocktails. Drink tickets could be purchased at the main Handmade Movement tent. One of my volunteers brought me a cocktail towards the end of our day. A Mai Tai: perfection. The third vendor was called Polka Dot Pleasures. They specialize in Halal eats. They had the absolute best chicken pasta with red pepper flakes I have every tasted! A perfect serving for $1.50 SGD! You can see all of the information they had set out on their table below. #awesomevolunteers #sweetpeople
This was the first-time-ever that I have seen the rain bring people to an outdoor event. Perhaps it had something to do with the colorful umbrellas, the smiling positive energy of the festival organizers, or the close to 80 craft vendors who splashed through puddle-after-puddle to be at Fort Canning by noon because they believe in what they do. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the perseverance of craft itself.
And hey! If you can't get rid of the rain, embrace it. That's what I eventually did! Here is Aisah and me in the chalkboard photo booth with our cardboard props. We were both soaked, head to toe.
Check out some of the quilt squares we got . . . What a great start to this project!