Radio, tv and movie manufacturing undergraduate Elizabeth Yong-Li, 20, is a chip off the (ice) block.
Her father John Yong, 54, is an award-winning veteran ice and snow carver who has represented Malaysia in lots of competitions, largely overseas.
Elizabeth herself has participated in two snow sculpture competitions – in Harbin, China (2018) and Nayoro, Japan (2019) – and as soon as in an ice sculpture competitors in Harbin (2018), the place she received three prizes in staff occasions.
On the 2019 Worldwide Snow Sculpting Competitors (ISSC) Japan Cup in Nayoro, Elizabeth was a part of a staff that received the Nayoro Sightseeing & City Planning Affiliation Govt Chairman Prize (Crew Malaysia).
The opposite two members have been her dad, who was the staff chief, and Mohd Hafis Zulbahari.
Collaborating within the competitors was a dream got here true for Elizabeth.
“I used to be very excited as a result of beforehand, I might simply observe how my dad chipped away at a block of ice, ” she stated.
“There was no time to practise for the Nayoro competitors. My father simply defined the competitors sculpture idea to me and gave me on-the-spot steerage, ” she shared.
Rising up, Elizabeth would tag alongside along with her dad to his office.
“In fact, she could be on the sidelines, watching me as I chiselled away and carved the ice blocks, ” stated Yong, a lecturer in 3D sculpting.
It was from there that her curiosity and love for this creative talent grew.
From the age of 5, she was my assistant, fortunately lending a hand at any time when I wanted assist. As she grew older, I might let her put away extra ice blocks, ” recalled Yong, who’s from Ampang, Selangor.
Elizabeth added that her father later taught her the step-by-step strategy of ice carving.
“I at all times wished the possibility to expertise the enjoyable of reworking an ice block right into a sculpture. When he was carving his ice sculptures, he would display easy methods to use the instruments of the commerce and let me attempt them. He would right me after I was utilizing them wrongly, ” she stated.
For observe, Yong would let her use clay as an alternative of ice to show her design into 3D fashions.
“Clay is a safer materials and can be utilized anytime, wherever. It may possibly additionally simply be formed and reshaped, ” she stated.
Aside from ice and snow sculptures, Elizabeth has additionally tried her hand in carving with different media.
She stated: “I attempted portrait sculpting with clay earlier than however it didn’t prove effectively. I would want to practise extra on the drawing
first and can attempt once more at one other time.”
Reaching her dream
Elizabeth accomplished her secondary faculty schooling at Tsun Jin Excessive College, Kuala Lumpur, in 2016.
Presently, she is pursuing her diploma at Shih Hsin College in Taipei, Taiwan, and will likely be graduating mid-2022.
She is actively concerned in her college’s co-curricular actions, which take up most of her time.
She is a member of the Drama Membership, Abroad Chinese language College students Membership and Chinese language Orchestra Membership.
Her hobbies embrace pictures, filming, drawing portraits and taking part in musical devices.
The eldest baby, she has two youthful sisters – Nadia, 14, and Edelia, 9.
Certainly, Elizabeth is an enormous fan of her father, who can also be well-versed in carving different media corresponding to butter, wooden, wax, polystyrene foam, sand, clay, sugar, fruit, vegetable and chocolate.
She stays impressed by her father’s recommendation and encouragement.
“He believes that self-improvement is probably the most valuable reward in each competitors and even in life.
“He at all times tells me that outcomes don’t matter and that one ought to do one’s finest and by no means surrender simply!” she stated.
That’s definitely cool recommendation.