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I have waited for this special day … to announce a big step in my working life …

Bloesem is going to open a studio in Tiong Bahru. The coolest area in town. I’m going to use the studio to work on the blogs, organize workshops — Bloesem Class — and organize pop-up shops. 

Why you ask is today 7 november so special … well, exactly one year ago I said goodbye to my father for the last time. It was on this day last year that I spoke in church how much I loved him and how I would try to carry his energy with me, and listen to all that he had taught me and I believe I have done a good job.

His sudden death has made me stronger, has made me appreciate life even more than I already did. And it was his going away that made it so clear to me that you only have THIS life to live. 

Although we gave him to that special energy that surrounds us and it is no longer possible for me to talk to him, or see or hear him (and believe me that hurts… deep inside, more than I could have ever imagined) I do feel he is with me … at least his spirit is and that gives me so much strength. 

I know he would have been happy, he would have asked me many wise questions and, for sure, he would have challenged me, but above all he would have been proud that I achieved my main goal, giving Bloesem a brick and mortar place and turning Bloesem Studio into a bridge between East and West. 

My father loved the ‘Far East’ as we used to call it. I remember when I was young he went to Asia for many weeks, several times during the year, to build his shoe trading business. Asia truly energized and inspired him. So it is probably in my genes … but what I like the most about my own business is ‘connecting’ … making the world smaller, perhaps that is why I love the internet so much! 

I sincerely hope that via the soon to open ‘Bloesem Space’ many creative people in the world will be able to meet each other, work together, learn together or just have a good time together. 

Of course I will keep you posted about this new adventure … 

ps. there is one person that I need to thank … Rik, he has been the most supportive person in the entire world and I love him more than he will ever understand.  The wrapping paper is by Nala design.


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  1. Sufiya

    Love the new look of the website! and congrats on the studio. hope to one day visit = )


  2. Lisette

    What a wonderful idea and beautiful homage to your father, to turn your sadness at his passing into something so very very positive! I hope to be able to visit it some day! <3

  3. Sjekkie

    aaaahhh liefie….time flies….. sooooo proud of you!
    now we have to come again over for sure, because we need to see the bricks of Bloesem Studio and Class! Big Hug x0x0x

  4. Villa Meliefste

    What a beautiful inspiring words today! I wish you all the best with Bloesem Space.
    It will be just so inspiring as your blog I think. Have a nice day.

  5. Tere

    Congrts, Irene!!!! Hope this project turns out in the best way!! And your father is surely helping you to make this world smaller, such a beautiful thought! I’m writing from Chile, that’s a long way, so you’re doing it fine ;^)

  6. Gina

    Irene, may this be the beginning of something truly amazing and inspiring!
    I wish you the best!

  7. Kit

    This is such beautiful, inspiring news. I’ll hopefully be heading to Singapore next year, looking forward to dropping in and saying hello!

    xx Kit

  8. Judith

    What a nice and bold new adventure, Irene! And such a beautiful homage to your father. I hope I’ll be able to visit Bloesem Class some day! xx

  9. Janneke

    Beautiful Irene.. good luck with the studio, sounds amazing!

  10. MoodKids

    wat een moeilijke en geweldige dag voor je Irene! toi toi toi x maike
    ps. en wat een kanjer van een vent heb je toch, fijn

  11. Marit

    Wow, wat een mooie post, recht uit je hart. Wat je schrijft herken ik ook heel erg.
    Ook mijn vader stierf plotseling twee jaar terug.
    Wat mooi dat je het ombuigt in zoiets positiefs en moois! Daar mag je heel trots op zijn.
    Bedankt voor je mooie en inspirerende woorden!
    Lieve groet Marit

  12. Anna

    I am soooo happy for you! I too, lost my father, suddenly, almost 6 years ago and it still feels like yesterday. His death also inspired me to do the same and really seize the day and take risks because I have THIS life to live, like you mentioned. I think it is wonderful that you are following your dreams and your father’s legacy will live on in the people’s lives that you touch in your new studio. :)

  13. Elvera

    Wat heb je dat prachtig verwoord en wat een fijne positieve stap naar iets moois is dit… Heel veel succes en plezier! lieve groet, Elvera

  14. angela

    Beautiful words Irene! i wish you the best in your new adventure and I keep following you online for new happenings! xoxo

  15. Petra

    Gefeliciteerd Irene! Je kunt trots op jezelf zijn. Het wordt tijd om weer eens bij te kletsen!

  16. Binti Home Blog

    I think youve written an really personal beautiful post. Wish you the best for this day and otherwise so much luck with your new step. Im really curious about your new studio. It will look amazing,

  17. shafina

    how exciting! i’m definitely going to visit when i get down to singapore :)

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