Sun, sand, sea ... and HENNA! (a story to share)

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Posted by Jewel on June 3, 2002 at 14:57:12:

It was a day of sun (lots of brutal, scorching sunshine!), sand and
sea last Sunday when Singapore staged the biggest picnic event of the
year (over 50,000 picnickers showed up) at Sentosa (a little island
off Singapore). It was an attempt to break 2 world records at one go.
The biggest picnic and the longest BBQ pit (1 km). When Lezard asked
if I'd like to share a booth with him and another friend Debi, I
naturally squealed YES!!!

We were there bright and early to set up. All we got was a table (we
forgot to bring a tablecloth) and 6 chairs. Lezard brought his stand
and beautiful henna poster. Right in front of our booth was part of
the long BBQ pit which snaked its way all along and around the beach
area. As we waited for the crowd to show up, I hennaed Lezard's
fingertips and then Debi's left palm. A few days before, I've mixed up
a batch of MDH henna and froze it for my bridal mehndi. The first few
customers showed up within 30 minutes and all of us got into business
right away.

The crowd grew bigger and bigger by 11am. Music was blasting
relentlessly, a foam (bubble) party has started somewhere, lots and
lots of people littered the BBQ area, the BBQ has started! Everyone
was giggling and having so much fun despite the fact that it is sheer
lunacy to be BBQ-ing in that ruthless, ferocious sun!

We had a steady flow of people coming to us throughout the day. Lots
of girls in bikinis and skimpy tops, shorts and barefooted. Lots of
guys in just shorts (I hope they slap liberal amounts of sunblock!). I
thought I'd get more requests for armbands, shoulders, ankles and
navels (with the amount of skin flashed that day) but I was pleasantly
surprised when more girls actually wanted their hands done. They were
a fun bunch, giggly and not exceptionally choosy with the patterns.
Naturally, we do our best work on that kind ;). Lezard had many
requests for his amazingly beautiful dragon! There was always a crowd
around him when he did his magic.

I heard only one person asking if we have it in black (and Lezard
instantly started his rant on her). Most of them are familiar with
henna enough to know what it's all about. Some girls were interested
enough to know if they can learn it from us (YAY!).

All in all, it was a fun day. I didn't make alot of money despite the
big crowd but I had alot of fun hanging out with Lezard and Debi
(who are 2 of the most hilarious people I've ever met). I'm glad I had
this opportunity to do henna at such a setting. People are friendly
and carefree and happy. This is one event that I don't mind doing
again and again.

When we packed up for the day, I was exhausted (mostly because the
heat) but contented. The only thing that I'm sorry about is that none
of us brought a camera!

Thanks for letting me share this ;) ...



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