Photo Day 2019: Say Cheese, My Mickey Mouse Chiobu~

“Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do.”
“What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again.”
Walt Disney
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney
“To lah, or not to lah, let Mickey teach you.”
Celeste Koh


To carry on the Disney theme for couple days this year, this month for Photo Day, the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t a Disney princess, but the icon and mascot of Walt Disney – Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is arguably the most famous cartoon character in the world, so well-known that hardly anyone would grow up through their childhood not knowing him at all. It seems like a good idea to incorporate some Mickey charms into my Photo Day artwork this September. Not only that, I’m going to involve the use of Singlish too!

In fact, the Mickey Go Local series seem to be in the trend these days. There had been some Jalan Jalan with Mickey & Friends events going on at various shopping malls last month and the ‘Mickey Go Singapore’ collection of merchandise can be found on sale at various places and on this online store. Not long ago, Disney Channel Asia also piloted the Mickey Go Local animation series that showcase our Southeast Asian culture!

Surprisingly, Taenggu herself actually knows about this trend very early in time too! Some time in April this year, she was seen at the airport carrying a Mickey tote bag full of Singlish words on it, expressing her interest in the language.

Because of this, I was so excited and got myself the exact same bag too!

This shows how much she likes our Singlish and how keen she is to learn it. Haha maybe she was also hinting me to teach her to speak more Singlish too! 😆

So for this Photo Day artwork, since the existing ‘Mickey Go Singapore’ collection doesn’t already have this merchandise, I’m going to make my very own ‘Mickey Speaks Singlish’ photo collage of me and Taenggu! How good does that sound? Kekeke.

To get started, I began by picking 25 photos of us. Unlike past years’ Photo Day where I would select our childhood photos based on our similarities and make connections between the two (read posts: PHOTO DAY 2017: WHAT IF WE MET WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, PHOTO DAY 2018: WHAT IF WE WERE CHILDHOOD LOVERS), I decided to do with our grown-up photos this year, specifically those that were taken after our unique relationship started. The below were what I had collected and chosen quite liberally, all except one paired together by me.

Next I got all these photos printed on paper and cut them out into separate pieces one by one.

The following are about all the materials I would be using next. Glue, scissors, pencil, 25 pieces of cut-out photos, 1 piece of 12×12 inch scrapbook paper (doesn’t matter the colour) and a black border consisting of 25 square holes.

After tracing out the border onto the green paper so that I roughly know where each square would fit, I pasted the photos onto each square with glue.

Next, I placed the black border on top with some sticky dots.

This time I didn’t have to google search for Mickey images on my own because my references could come directly from my tote bag itself!

I first traced out these 6 Mickey images on a tracing paper, then remade them using paper art that I often do.

Then I pasted these 6 Mickey Mouse-s onto my photo collage I made earlier on and filled it up with the Singlish words with gold and white pens.

Finally, putting it up in a nice white square frame and my 2019 ‘Mickey Mouse Speaks Singlish’ themed Photo Day artwork is complete!

Time to say cheese~!! 📸🐭🧀

I had already explained each meaning of the 6 Singlish words on the tote bag in my old Instagram post dated in April.

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Oh my god!! 😱 Taenggu carrying a Mickey Mouse tote bag with Singlish words on it! Omg where can I get this bag too?? 😍 Lol I wonder if she knows what each word means? I'm not exactly a very pro speaker of Singlish, but I will try to roughly explain the meaning of each word here.⁣ ⁣ Bojio – the act of not inviting someone; usually what the person who did not get invited would say to the rest of the group⁣ ⁣ Huat ah! – "to prosper" in Hokkien (a chinese dialect); commonly used especially during chinese new year to wish oneself prosperity⁣ ⁣ Alamak! – a malay word pretty much similar to "Oh my god!"; used when you are shocked or surprised by something, especially negative ones, like you forgot to do something etc⁣ ⁣ Shiok! – used when you feel good; very enjoyable or pleasing; e.g. the head massage was so shiok!⁣ ⁣ Kiasu – having a selfish attitude arising from the fear of losing out; can be used to describe the parents in the korean drama Sky Castle 😂 ⁣ ⁣ Stylo Milo – used to describe someone looking stylish and good; pretty much like this emoticon -> 😎⁣ ⁣ – end of today's Singlish lesson 👩‍🏫 -⁣ ⁣ 2nd photo credit: weasleylovestaeyeon⁣ ⁣ #taeyeon #taenggu #태연 #탱구 #太妍 #泰妍 #泰古 #singlish #mickeymouse #totebag #singlishlessonbyceleste

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You may have noticed that I’ve actually added 2 more Singlish words onto my photo collage! One of them is ‘chiobu’ which means pretty babe / hot girl in Hokkien dialect; the other is ‘love you deep deep’, a cute Singaporean way of saying ‘I love you deeply’. 💜

To my dearest Mickey Mouse Taenggu chiobu from Korea,

I love you deep deep every day and any day. I love you so deep until I buay tahan! Everywhere you go, don’t bojio, okay? Let me be your future photographer who takes more and more lovely pictures of you and I will teach you more Singlish, can?


From Mickey Mouse Celeste in Singapore 💜


Recently I went to the supermarket to buy some groceries for my mum and saw these boxes of Kleenex tissues with Mickey and Singlish words designs on sale on the store racks.

(Note: “Chope” means to reserve a table, seat, book etc. Commonly used to refer to the act of reserving an empty table at a crowded hawker centre or coffeeshop by putting a packet of tissues on the table while you go order and queue for your food in Singapore.)

Haha told ya, this ‘Mickey Go Singapore’ seems to be the really ‘in’ thing these days! If last month was all about Alice In Wonderland, then this month of September belongs to Mickey Mouse Going Local Singaporean Style. Kekeke.

View my first official monthsary artwork where I used Mickey Mouse as the main character below:

Theme song of the month: “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran

Read my Tumblr post about my mind-singing experience of Photograph for Ed Sheeran’s Divide World Tour 2019 in Singapore here.

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