Saturday, November 29, 2014

Celebrities for a Night

The months leading to this very day
was filled with a lot of self restriction and discipline -
I needed to shed off some weight (which I did)
but the only problem was that about three weeks before the BIG day,
I kind of put it on again -_-"

The tailor had to alter my evening gown to make it a little more bigger -
seriously, one of the worst nightmares
is to not be able to fit into your gown !!!

Then there were the once a fortnight facials as well.
If it wasn't sponsored, I don't think I'll even think of it.

And speaking of which, I still have a few more sessions to go for
that I keep forgetting. Zzzz.

My mother is like my dietician, beautician, stylist, etc.
So thankful to have a mum like her
and I wouldn't know what I'd do without her.

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Anyway, because I the husband paid so much for videography,
I wanted there to be memorable moments recorded 
and memories made so I ermmmm….
requested for the 'wedding entourage' - bridesmaids and groomsmen
to participate in the first 'walk in' 'DANCE'.

Everytime I think of the dance, I can't stop chuckling to myself
because I know how stressed out my friends were
during the practice session
and not forgetting Mike who was SO against it (initially)
because he doesn't like dancing.

Mike and I had a lot of disagreements about whether to walk in or dance in and also, the song selection . . . . all his 80s rock music recommendations *brrrrr*

Thank goodness for Fang leading the way with his 'grooves' TEE HEE
and for coordinating the whole walk in - GREAT JOB !!!!
and to all the  other sporting peeps who gave me to my *cough* demands *cough* - 

ME LOVE U LONG TIME!!!


I picked the song - Happy by Pharell Williams (probably the most overplayed song in 2014).

At least now whenever I listen to it, I am reminded of our wedding. Hahahaha.






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Changed into my evening gown for the second walk in . . . 

there are a lot of stories behind my evening gown
but I'm too lazy to write about it now
but whatever it is, I just LOVE the design - the off sleeves because . . . . .
it's great in hiding FAT ARMS!

Had this fat arm problem for years….



Our handsome emcee of the night - Ezra Low - who did a wonderful job. 
My dad couldn't stop complimenting him.






















And oh, for those of you who didn't know how I met my husband . . . . 
it was on a dark and stormy night . . . . 
(to be continued)…..

Ok gtg now

Friday, November 28, 2014

#mcvf2014

When we decided on having our wedding at Aloft KL Sentral, I personally was a little worried because  the hotel was still very new and hotel reviews were scarce.

I remember 'googling' furiously to find pictures of the ballroom decorated for weddings and I could only find one sample.  Just ONE, that I would view over and over again. Psycho much? Hahaha. 

I was trying to analyse everything - from the lighting to the chairs used, to the table cloth colour picked, table layout . . . God only knows how much time was wasted doing menial wedding research.

I am just thankful that the vendor did a great job with the deco and also to Aloft for throwing in a lot of freebie decorations. 

Janice, from Aloft KL our contact point for all our wedding related matters was extremely helpful and we can't thank her enough for her professionalism and advice.

Not forgetting, my wedding coordinator, Michelle who volunteered herself to coordinate my wedding. So blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. 

I have SO many people to thank, so I'll thank them in batches in my subsequent posts. I haven't forgotten YOU people!!!

Anyhow, for those of you looking for some 'decoration inspiration' if you're having your wedding at Aloft KL :
















Pictures were taken by John Poh.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tea Ceremony

One of life's silly dilemmas as a Chinese bride is whether to change into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony at the groom's home.

There are many differing views on this with most preferring not to change because of the trouble of having to undress and dress up again given the limited time that you have for the tea ceremony - your goal would be to finish it quick so that you can head over to the hotel to 'rest' because there is a long night ahead of you - with the wedding reception at night.

I chose to change from my gown into a cheongsam, only because I wanted my pictures to have more variety :) 

With that being said, if my gown were really expensive, I would wear it throughout the day to maximise its value. LOL. However, since I managed to get mine at a decent price  . . . it was justified *dum dee dum*




There were SO many people at Mike's house. So many cups of tea to serve with so many different people to address. Such is the Chinese tea ceremony.


Never did I know that there were just so many seemingly trivial things to think about for the tea ceremony such as listed down the names of whom to serve tea and also in what order and also to ensure that there are enough of tea cup/cups to go around (unless you have someone who will be running in and out of the kitchen to wash the cups).

Thank God for my mum for helping me to look out for all the small little details that I wouldn't even have thought about. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Mother's Birthday

We decided to cook at my place for my mother's birthday.
Went shopping for groceries with my sister the night before.



Tom yum soup

My sister's specialty - Stir fried minced pork with basil and peppers

There was chicken rending too - that I ordered from an ex-office tea lady.

My sister bought some Vietnamese spring rolls too

I baked my mother a butter cake topped with cream cheese and berries.

Gotta love family time :)


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hamasho

The moment I stepped foot into Hamasho,
I felt transported back to Tokyo.

Reminded me of the moments
my siblings and I were dining
at an Izakaya and nobody there could speak in English
so we pointed randomly at the menu
and were served with a myriad of BBQ meat on a stick -
it was mostly innards -_-

Hamasho was filled with Japanese diners.

The wooden wall panels with 
the menu written in Japanese on the wall
and the simple wooden stools and tables
couldn't be any more authentic.

The food was good. Limited choices though.
And it wasn't very wallet friendly either.

But, nonetheless, it was good -
something different.


The scallop was pricey but we understood why when it was served - it was massive!





















Went there to celebrate WY's birthday :)