Monday, October 26, 2009

A hanger's pledge




I, an anonymous hanger, pledge to live to the best of my abilities to create maximum frustration for my laundry-hanging owner. On my way up towards the clothesbar, I will reach out in all possible angles to snag any piece of clothing accessible to me. In between my working hours, I agree to sit in a position that will accentuate my already-awkward and inconvenient shape, so as to prevent orderly storage with other hangers. Lastly, I will engage without fail, every other hanger near me, to have and to hold on to them for dear life, even if I should dangle precariously upon manic shaking by the aforesaid owner. Together we, the Hangers, will create one tangled mess as a tribute to our founder, Albert J. Parkhouse.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cheers to CY! :)


Not many people know this but I'm still giving English tuition to one Sec 2 boy.
Today he sms-ed me, "OMG!! My English mark is highest in class with 65% :) I'm so happy :-D"
And he thought he would fail.

When I first started teaching him, I asked what grade he was aiming for.
His answer: I just want to pass.
Experience had taught him that it would be futile to hope for more.
But we raised the bar, a little at a time, and eventually he managed to climb from his perennial D to a C ... and then finally and incredulously for him, the B came into sight.

65% is not a lot to us Singaporean kiasus.
But to a boy who is hoping to be promoted to the Express stream next year, it is massive.
And to a boy who only dreamt before of passing, being first in class for English puts him right on top of the world.

:)


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meet Mrs Eee

I am MARRIED!
It still takes some getting used to. :P
From time to time, I still go, "Can you believe we're married?!"
It feels so grown up. Hahaha.

Anyway, you can check out a preview of the wedding pics here.

And the honeymoon pics part 1 here.

For now .... this is me and Mum having yummy Mac's brekkie on the wedding morning.
Nothing like hotcakes, sausage & hash browns to begin a special day!


That's me soaking in the sun on our honeymoon.


That's us posing while waiting for lunch at Kan Eang@Pier. :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Countdown: 2 days away!

OMIGOSH!!!
It's 2 days away!

We had our rehearsal last night, amidst one of the worst jams in Singapore ever!!
Pastor got caught for 2 hours on AYE, PIE etc etc.
Till now, we have no idea why ... but we suspect it's because everyone's going to Malaysia for the long weekend.

I'm packing my luggage for the actual day, tying down seating arrangements, and trying to clear up my table! :P

Oh btw, I am very happy over our march in!! Can't wait...:)




Sunday, September 13, 2009

How time teleports


Time does not fly.
It teleports itself.
Lo and behold, I am 8 days away from my wedding!

I'm in transition every morning.
If simply for the fact that my stuff is all over the place!
Every day I've to re-orientate myself on where my belongings are hiding.

The RSVPs go on and on ...
We are about to attempt the fastest moving project ever in a day...
The house is in the midst of being painted ... by my mum ...
We have yet to enter the massive world called Seating Arrangements...
AND what's more, I have 2 articles to write before I can go on leave to settle all the above!
Me--The bride-to-be who is currently in a state of mental "duh."

Getting married is fun.
But planning a wedding is no joke at all.

I am one raised eyebrow away from becoming a bridezilla.

But despite the fact that I feel I'm being slowly lambasted by mini bombs everyday...
I am excited at the tot of it all, and enjoying the process. :)

Last night, I had a superb hen's night, organized and executed by the funnest bunch, who set out to give me the most fabulous memories.
I felt so loved by all their efforts, and we had so much fun I can't wait to see the videos ... :)

And through all my mini-fits, I get to see how my husband-to-be is such a committed man to me.
That he may be carrying the 1001 stresses of being a man (what's more, one who is about to take on the gargantuan challenge of a wife)--but he never lets them hold him back from learning how to be a better man everyday.
Neither of us are near perfect, but most times I feel he tries soooo much harder than me! :P
I am truly blessed.




Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Have a twinkle in your eye!


Who cares what they're wearing
On Main Street,
Or Saville Row,
It's what you wear from ear to ear
And not from head to toe
(That matters)

So, Senator,
So, Janitor,
So long for a while
Remember,
You're never fully dressed
Without a smile!



Monday, August 24, 2009

Zzzzzzzz.........


I took one look at the remnants of the wedding invites to write, and I fainted.

The invites can wait.
Because I'm off to bed ...

Good nite! :P

Friday, August 14, 2009

When I grow up, I wanna become like King David.


Last couple of days I was wrestling with something God put in my heart to do.
Then yesterday I felt very strongly that it was time.
So I sent the sms, and did the meeting up.
I thought to myself, even if it ended badly, the most important thing is that I did what God wanted me to.
How I appeared to others wasn't as important anymore, as knowing that I pleased Him. 

I'm glad to say it had a good ending. :)
God really moved in the whole situation, and in His time, He really does make all things beautiful. 


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Proverbs 31:10-31 (MSG)


A good woman is hard to find, 
   and worth far more than diamonds.

Her husband trusts her without reserve, 
   and never has reason to regret it.

Never spiteful, she treats him generously 
   all her life long.

She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, 
   and enjoys knitting and sewing.

She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places 
   and brings back exotic surprises.

She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast 
   for her family and organizing her day.

She looks over a field and buys it, 
   then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, 
   rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.

She senses the worth of her work, 
   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.

She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, 
   diligent in homemaking.

She's quick to assist anyone in need, 
   reaches out to help the poor.

She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; 
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.

She makes her own clothing, 
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.

Her husband is greatly respected 
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.

She designs gowns and sells them, 
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.

Her clothes are well-made and elegant, 
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, 
   and she always says it kindly.

She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, 
   and keeps them all busy and productive.

Her children respect and bless her; 
   her husband joins in with words of praise:

"Many women have done wonderful things, 
   but you've outclassed them all!"

Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. 
   The woman to be admired and praised 
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-
God.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A simple tot, Benji and a wedding


A Simple Tot

Recently I was just thinking, it would be nice to have some new shoes.
But I had not the time to shop for them, and besides, I was trying (yes, TRYING) to save money.

Then, lo and behold, I had 5 pairs of shoes given to me over a couple of weeks! 
Here's one of them. :)



Benji--An Update Thanks To CT

Apparently, tucked under Benji's floating head was a silver bowl that he was guarding ... while intent on keeping watch, he got sleepy and fell asleep right on top of it!



Finally, he knocked out and slumped into a deep sleep .... voila! Silver bowl!


A Wedding


Check out my mum and fiance in matching clothes at Jayson and Michelle's wedding. 



Erm ... it takes a real man to carry a lady's purse with such poise I guess. 



The groom looking all relaxed in his happy Crocs after the wedding. 



Us with the wedding couple!

I'm getting a little annoyed with the low-res pics taken from my hp.
Maybe I shd invest in a new digicam slim enough to make me wanna take it out. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Quotes that caught my eye



~Mark Twain~

"After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her." 

~The Wizard Of Oz~

"Hearts will never be practical, until they are made unbreakable." 


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Back after 2 years



Me and Pei Sao at this Italian restaurant which has just made its way onto my list of favourites!
Lurf the attentive yet non-intrusive service and addictive food.



Me and the ubermost-active boy ever, Wu Yi Rui. 

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The little guy behind me at dinner




Ain't he cute? :)
Look at the fat cat staring up at us. 





Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In TW till Jul 28


It's great to catch up with frens.
I've not been back here in Taiwan since my dad was sick.
This time, I got to come on a last minute work trip.
Busy busy busy working ... but at least it's in the company of vendors who have also become friends. :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Some random pics



Bye bye Long John Silver's .... We will resume our rendezvous after my wedding. :P


If you are thinking, "That doesn't look like Shar..." You're so right!


That's the decoy I set up to pass off as me. 
It was a hi-stress day. 


We haven't queued at our Jurong West church building in eons! I had almost forgotten what it felt like. While trying to get as much air-con as possible, I whipped out my hp and asked the man to smile. 


Me and my Harry Potter buddy Nicole!


I call him Sunshine Baby Kaiser.
He smiles and laughs at everything, and is an absolute darling!

Go green, everyone! :D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

JX wrote an iPhone app!


OMIGOSH, my fiance wrote an application program for iPhone!!!
And it's on sale now for only $0.99!! 


You can also do a search for GREAT QUOTES on the Appstore. 
Just double check that the developer's name is JayAxe!

Thanks for your support! :) 
I'm off to rave over my amazing husband-to-be! 


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Peevish laughter


I was in a grouchy mood last night.
Cos of a combination of several factors.  
Then I looked at my room and got even more peeved cos I badly wanted to pack it full-force, but I couldn't cos I had many other things to do! 
So there I was, stalking in and out of my room with a "don't touch me" face....



Then the fiance called, and he asked why I sounded so stressed.
I said, "I'm very MANG ZANG!!" and started to tell him why.
To his credit, he laughed and light-heartedly took all the complaining in his stride. 
He even played along, which made me laugh.



But I was still crabby, until he suggested something for our honeymoon which completely changed my mood!
He felt maybe we should go for a shorter and cheaper honeymoon, and use the money for something else.
That was a huge risk to take, telling a crabby woman to give up on her ideal honeymoon!
Logically, the thought of not visiting Europe should have made us go, "HUHHHHH...."
But on the contrary, I found myself smiling from ear to ear.
Cos it's something I had been thinking about too, but I was just trying to find a good time to share with him.
I think we both felt it was a God-inspired thing.
Especially as we were so in agreement about it. 
And everything else seemed to fall into place with this decision.

Then somehow the conversation led us to share about some stuff we felt God was speaking to us during the day and week...
So, by the time we hung up, I was one happy girl. :)
Let's give the man of the house a big hand!

Speaking of laughter, don't these precious couples look so happy??



Monday, July 13, 2009

Snippets


Highlights of today:

- I got ready in 15 mins; earned JX's applause for the feat. 
- We were blessed by Dr. Bernard's sharing at the Expo service this morning. 
- I caught up with Nic and Daz over dessert (this one was when I was still awake).
- JX's parents successfully asked (on behalf of their son) for my hand in marriage ... or what we call "ti qin" in Chinese.
- Both families had a good time food tasting at our wedding dinner venue ... the conversation was practically non-stop from when they met at my place right through the entire dinner. Amazing for a first meeting. :)
- Caught up with JX, Nic, Daz, Celine over drinks at Esplanade after the dinner (I was already half gone here ... and the Dirty Harry didn't help things ... JX left earlier cos he was even more zonked out than me!)

So now I'm off to bed, thanking God for a good albeit tiring day. :)


Friday, July 10, 2009

I lurf this song.

Calm down
Deep breaths
And get yourself dressed instead
Of running around
And pulling all your threads saying
Breaking yourself up

If it's a broken part, replace it
But, if it's a broken heart then brace it
If it's a broken heart then face it

Hang on
Help is on the way
Stay strong
I'm doing everything

Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way

Are the details in the fabric
Are the things that make you panic
Are your thoughts results of static cling? 

Everything will be fine
Everything in no time at all
Hearts will hold 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Eyes wide open

I'm starting to feel like I'm on the edge of a major stress crater!
Hahaha....cos as we draw closer to the wedding, I'm imagining the onslaught of things to do!

On the other hand, we are picking out our honeymoon....
Yay!! So fun! :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ps. Kong's take

I take my hat off to Ps. Kong for the boldness to address a sexual issue such as masturbation.
Take a look at his latest blog post here

Friday, June 12, 2009

Yah or But?

At early morning prayer today, Ps. Tan shared about "homologeo."
It means "Confessing (the same thing as God)."

When God and others speak, is your instinctive response "YAH!! Let's go for it!"?
Or is it "Mm....BUT...."

I'm looking out for the times I use "but" in my conversations, and how often it's negative.
I believe you are affected by what you speak, because more than anyone else, you hear it the most. 


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Balinese moments


I really lurfed this beach! 
But we didn't get to take our wedding pics on it ...
Because that reflection you see is actually a whole spread of mud.
And my gown's train is about 1.5 m long. :P



Amazingly, this is the SAME beach at high tide. 


Min and me along the shopping belt of Kuta.
We bought NOTHING there. Woo hoo! 



It's nightfall and Wolverine has emerged ... with Min's hairclips. 

I just realised we didn't take any pics with the photo maestro, Jimmy! :P

Check out my Facebook to see the rest of the pics.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

homesick?

Recently I've been having recurring bouts of a strange feeling within.
It's hard to describe ... but it's kinda like a sudden longing for and need for something badly.

The first time I experienced it was in Primary 5 when I went away to camp with the Brownies.
I laid on the upper level of the bunk bed, trying to sleep.
And all the while, this feeling was making me oh-so-uncomfortable.
I didn't analyse it too much, and in view of the circumstances, I simply labelled it "homesickness" and then cried myself to sleep. :P

2 years ago, it came back once, I think ... when something very upsetting happened, but I can't remember exactly what. 

Then, these few days, it's back again.
And I don't know why ... will prob need a while to figure this one out. :P

But I do know by now that it's probably NOT homesickness. 
Haha.


rays of sunshine

Reuven


Asher and Baby G.

Monday, May 4, 2009

TODAY (the money version)

Today I'm leaving credit cards behind
I'm banning cabs
I'll skip my lunch
I'm holding on to all my moolah

I see the rising costs
This month's only just begun

No more buying stuff
I'm tight for this month
Well it's got me here
It's got me
I see my bank account
I'm going nuts
It's got me here
It's got me

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Apostleship

I read this in Ps. Phil Pringle's book.

"God directed Elijah to the brook Cherith when Israel suffered famine (1 Kin. 17:3). He commanded ravens to feed the prophet at the brook ... Ravens are one of the most selfish of creatures, unwilling to share anything they've discovered with another, yet their nature had been so altered by God that every morning and evening they brought food they had found to the man of God."

Change is possible with God. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The signs are telling ... it's around the corner ...


Welcoming my wedding perfume: Gucci by Gucci!
Given by: W356
It's got such a great lingering scent. :)

I came into office today to a yummy treat by Audrey, especially welcome because I hadn't had breakfast! :)


Dark chocolate cakes = comfort food.

Had a most enjoyable celebration with the ching gang last night too.
Lots of laughter. 
We didn't take any group shots, but if you wanna see me blow out candles, click here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

my mouth feels empty

I was brushing my teeth and suddenly felt that my toothbrush was VERY soft.
I looked at it to make sure it's mine (Ew if it isn't!!).
Correct ah ... it's the lime green one what.
So what was the issue?

Then I remembered, "Oh yahhhhhhh ... my braces have come off ..."
*smile*

It's a temporary thing tho.
They're going back up in October.

Haha.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hoop-ee!

I bought my wedding ring! 
Then I changed my wedding ring! Hahaha. 

We both managed to find our wedding rings last week.
Not only are the rings non-matching, but they are from competitors!
He got his at the Soo Kee warehouse sale, and I got mine at the Lee Hwa warehouse sale.
Why? You may ask.
Because what suits him does not suit me, and vice versa ... 
Besides, we're not too particular.
It's the differences that make up our life. Haha.  
Similarities make life boring. 

Anyway, back to my ring.
Initially, I got a 3-row micro-pave with 61 oh-so-small diamonds making up 0.24 carats.
It looks something like this, but the diamonds only go halfway around.
 
But it was too big, so I needed to send for alteration.
Before I went to the shop, I was asking Min, "How ah, should I alter??"
She was like, "Shake and see if it comes off lor."
I was super CAREFUL ... 
I put my hand into my bag and shook it violently, so that if the ring does fall off, it would fall into my bag.
Smart right?

But I didn't count on my butterfingers.
And Murphy's Law. 
The ring did come off in my bag, but as I was picking it up to put it back into its box, I dropped it on the floor~
One miniscule diamond fell off.
Take 0.24, divide it by 61 and you'll know exactly how miniscule.

So you can imagine, two babes kneeling on the marbled (MARBLED!) floor of Paragon, trying to find it.
Thank God for Min's very sharp eyes!
She spotted it very quickly and we quickly secured it in the box and took it to the Lee Hwa shop, where we were informed that the diamonds on micro-pave rings have quite a tendency to drop off.
Especially after alteration.
So salesperson Andy suggested, "Why don't you try another design?"
I considered, what are the odds that my diamonds will fall off in future?
The answer floated back immediately, "High lor, considering WHO is wearing the ring."
Sigh. I am well aware of my klutz tendencies.

After trying on quite a few, I narrowed my choices down to two.
Then after much ping-ponging, I finally eliminated the other choice for this!

 
The other was a single row of Destinee diamonds in a claw setting.
I was tempted to take it up cos even tho they'll cost me the same price to top, the Destinee had a better upgrade value.
But I tot, being old sentimental me, how likely am I to upgrade my wedding ring for something else?!
And I lurfed how thin the Destinee was, but it looked perilous for ole butterfingers too.
I figured that in the long run, it's better to have something that's secure.
At least my diamonds are safe in the channel! Haha. 

It needs to be altered too, cos apparently my fingers are below averagely thin. :P
Then I'll have it engraved once I'm happy with the size. :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Babe in the woods

There's Hollywood, Bollywood and Lollywood.

The Singapore movie industry will be called Sollywood.

Aiyoh, solly for being so corny. 

The new man in my life


Meet Mr. Clocky, whom I just bought off eBay.
I need him.

I was highly attracted to this other guy too.
He rides up the string whenever it's time to wake up, so you have to climb up to turn him off.

But he's just a tad too ex. 

While we're on this topic, reading this on a forum really cracked me up.

I found a cheaper way to get up on time: take an old fashioned metal alarm clock, put inside an aluminum cooking pot, place the pot on a glass plate, and push it to the most inaccessible spot under your bed. Guaranteed to get you up, because you can't shut off the racket without climbing all the way out of bed...

Can't you just imagine the NOISE?! 
I think I should try it out for fun. :P

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

shd I have breakfast?

Good morning!
It's 4:56 a.m. and I'm in the office with 3 other colleagues, working to make the launch of Harvest Times Online perfect.
Pls log on to harvesttimes.com.sg and enjoy what we have prepared for you okei! :)

In the meantime, while waiting for the file to be uploaded online, I've decided to revisit my long-lost blog. 
I went for the first consultation with my bridal studio today.
Michelle and Cedric took out 6 gowns for me to try so I can get a feel of what I like and what works for me before she started designing my gown.
She's really good with clean lines ... which I absolutely lurf. 

Honestly, although it was such a thrill to be in those gowns, and it was really great to have JX sitting through it with me so he could offer his opinions ... I literally yawned my way through the whole thing! 
For one, the gowns were rather heavy ... and I wasn't feeling too well ... so I was very tired!
Good thing I had my trial make-up session first and Alicia was entertaining me with the anecdotes of some of her previous clients.

It felt a little funny, cos she did night make-up, but day hair for me!
So my front does not match my back.
But I liked both individually. 
The hair was not the real thing though...it was more to give me a rough idea cos I was trying on all those gowns. 
And then, we secretly took photos ... and that's when I realised I really do look like a GIRL!!
(even though Alicia kept saying it throughout the whole session)
Not woman, mind you ... but girlish girl! 
What's more, I colored my hair reddish brown last night, so somehow it emphasized it even more.



Oh man....good thing JX looks like a boy. Hahaha. 
I think it's cos we both have single eyelids.
I was telling Alicia I shall pray for our kids to inherit our parents' eyes, but she was all "Hey, single eyelids are better!! They have more scope for make-up variety, and they tend to make you look younger ... etc etc etc."

She went on for a while, until I really started to see the potential of single eyelids.
Besides, I think it's kinda cute.
We can take a family portrait with all of us wearing those bamboo conical hats.
Ala samurai warriors.

Or take on the Chinese stereotype as our family theme.
Ala Mulan.
Hahahaha!

I'm nuts for lack of sleep. :P


Monday, March 16, 2009

21092009

It's confirmed!
We're getting married on Sept 21, 2009
It's Hari Raya Puasa, so we'll have plenty a-Muslims celebrating with us. 
Haha.

It's scary though!
We booked 55 tables for the wedding dinner, and already we need to do some major cutting down. :P 
My family and family friends alone are taking 20 tables. 
However are we gonna do the one-photo-a-table thing?! 

Friday, March 6, 2009

Banquet madness

This is the story of my banquet location search.

I armed myself with the list from www.singaporebrides.com, and started researching like mad.

Firstly, we need about 50-60 tables (!!!!) 
Yes, many relatives and frens we are blessed to have, so already that was a limiting factor when it came to our choices.

Secondly, because of the immense figure, we had to stick to a smaller budget so we wouldn't end up with a financial headache after the wedding.

After doing all the research, I had my heart set on Noble House initially.
It has the capacity, great central location, price within our budget and it's under Tung Lok so food shd be good.
No free hotel nite stay, but we figured we could take a room at nearby Fullerton and chill out after the whole day's happy madness.

We were all ready to book Sept 5 there, until ...
JX checked with his parents and they were not for the date cos it was still within the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Okei, we're cool. 

But Noble House was not available on those dates.
Nor the days before, after, or anywhere in the vicinity of the ninth month of 2009.
Not cool.

So, the search began again.

Now, we needed to find a place that can take 60 tables minimum, because our guest list seemed to be growing bigger and bigger.

I came across:
Hilltop Garden - Nice! High ceiling, can take up to 62 tables. Free flow beer and wine somemore. We've gotta pay an extra $1,200 for the crystal ballroom, but we figured it works out to about $30/table, so ... okei lah.

BUT! 
It was not available on the dates we wanted.
Between the end of the Chinese 7th month and October (we didn't want to hit October and beyond), we only had 2 weeks.
We comforted ourselves, "Okei lah, anyway Hilltop a bit far hor..."

So I started looking through my list all over again, and calling the restaurants to ask when they had a freed-up slot.

A word of advice to all BTBs, ask for the restaurant/hotel's available dates in the whole month, the month before and after.
It saves you time and you can have your options if things don't work out with the matrimony etc.

I found myself ping-ponging back and forth between the restaurants and the church, because we were trying to find a date that worked for both.

I didn't want to bother JX too much with the details until I had shortlisted the really good ones.
But after all my very "oh-man-how-depressing" research, I felt it was necessary to pre-empt him.
So I told him, "Our budget kinda allows for limited choices, most of which are too far, or too ugly. It's a challenge to find a place that can accomodate our 60 tables within our budget and looks decent, but I'm still trying lah ..."
My optimistic fiance is a man who believe IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.
So he stepped in.

We checked out Dragon Gate at Harbourfront which looked slightly potential in its photos on the internet.
JX took a look around and went "Okei, not bad..."
I didn't like the place very much, but I was prepared because we didn't have many choices left.
So I asked all the necessary questions. 
When we finally walked out of the place,  JX went, "Actually ... quite depressing hor..."
He couldn't be more right! Haha.... I said, "Now you know what I mean..."
The place had 4 big pillars and it was way too erm....pink. Haha.

So on we went to the bridal fair at Vivocity where we discovered Pioneer Spring.
They were available on Sept 19, so we quickly booked it! Yay!
Plus, they threw in a free night's stay at Copthorne Waterfront + $500 restaurant voucher.
Yay, I get my hotel room!

So we were very happy.
Until the sales manager Kenny sent us the proposal.
It was a $100 more per table than we wanted.
When we asked why, he insisted it was the minimum, which got me fuming mad.
Cos then it was a misrepresentation on the brochure!
Yes, such things trigger my hot buttons.
Especially because I was careful enough to study the whole thing to ensure we don't hit any fine print boo-boos.

The matter went up to the Managing Director who told me the same story, that it's a weekday price, and the price we wanted is for the ballroom.
Allo .... we are taking BOTH the restaurant and the ballroom! 
So shouldn't we get an even better rate?
It was a ludicrously thin argument that made no sense.
He said, "I can offer you a lower price lah, since you want ... but I have to take out some things from the package..."
Whoa.... You're not exactly doing me a favour now, you know...

Anyway, I told him to speak to THE man, who amazed me cos the MD finally admitted to him they made a mistake, and hence JX asked him to come up with a package under our budget that we could agree on.

They reverted with one under our budget all right, except they really took out several stuff, such as the free flow beer and wine and some other what-nots.
Not agreeable.
Hence, we decided to drop them and I'm now reverse-advertising on their behalf.

At this point, Susanna from Hilltop Garden called me and asked if I still want the tentative booking I made for their Jurong branch.
After discussions back and forth, we finally decided to take it.
(Yes, I know ... It's even further than Hilltop! Hahaha...)
As I'm sitting here typing this, JX is with Susanna putting the downpayment.
It's due to be completed in April, so we won't be able to see it till then, but we're going by faith after seeing the artists' impression and their other branches.
Hahaha. 

That's one thing down.
Now to settle my church matrimony!

But that's another story altogether. :P
Just pray I get to use the JW church on the same day okei? 

Btw, the dinner is set for September 20! 
Haha ... I know it's a wildly popular date, and not that we bothered about it, but it's rather nice to know our wedding will be on 20092009.
Haha ... I believe it's a quirky thing God threw in.
He knows we are 2 ppl with short-term memories! :P 


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

From the windows of Suntec


Chk out the HUGE and oh-so-bright rainbow that was shining today!



And this is where it falls.
You can also catch a glimpse of the lighter one behind.

Sidetrack: Dawn popped by my table today.
"Hey, you will need many many red packets for your wedding, so do you want to take these? They are all in the same design too, so will look nice."

The other day, she went "Hey, I was thinking about your wedding ... do you want to check out these restaurants........?"

She's such a sweetie. :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Boing!

I am ...

Wondering when my braces are coming off.
Wondering where to go on our honeymoon.
Wondering if anyone wants to buy over my Truespa package?! 

Looking for a house.
Looking for a reasonably-priced ooh-la-la bridal package.
Looking out for more dinner venue choices.

Drawing up my guest list (Oh man!!!!!!!! Faint)
Drawing up my helpers' list. Or at least I'm starting on it REAL soon.
Drawing up our budget for what looks set to be our maddest and funnest year so far! Haha. 

I am ... 

Having such fun! :P

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I said Yes!

Yes, it was a Valentine's midnight proposal. 
:)


Saturday, February 7, 2009

of weddings and such

I once had a 4-yr crush on primary school classmate.
From P5 to Sec 2! 
Of course, the last 2 years weren't really counted, cos we were in different secondary schools, and I barely saw him, so basically it was a leftover crush on a memory. 
Haha. 

Anyway, I attended his wedding solemnization and dinner last night.
And it was a very sweet one. 
His sister shared stuff like how he would eat nasi lemak EVERYTIME he took his then-gf out, cos it was the cheapest, just so he could have more money to buy what she wanted.
(Everyone say, "Awwww"....)
He's still very much the nice guy he was, except now he's really grown into a nice man. 
Haha. 

I had fun catching up with Sven and Dezhong too.
I haven't seen either of them in ages, although I do sms Sven from time to time.
I didn't manage to get a pic with the wedding couple, cos I totally forgot about it when I was leaving.
But thanks to the wedding photography mobile studio, I got a namecard-size pic of me with Sven and Dezhong.
I'm too impatient to wait till I get back to the office to scan in the pic, so here's a blur version of it. 



I really like the idea of the mobile studio.
They go around taking pics of ppl during the cocktail reception, then you get a copy of it almost immediately.
Then you also get to write on their tablet pc next to your pic so your greetings to the wedding couple can be immediately flashed on the projector screen.
How cool!
(Some of his frens posted the results of the Toto draw ... haha.)
You can find out more at www.livestudios.sg if you're interested.
I hear it's $1,588 tho. :P

Anyway, I was very glad I got to share in the wedding joy, and even gladder for the frenship, which has lasted all of 20 years.

Goodness!! 20 years!! :P
How we have all grown. 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shoop shoop shoop!

Shachew went ice-skating!
Yay! 
Now contemplating making it a regular activity. 
Hee hee. :P

Friday, January 23, 2009

Where the _ _ _ _ is everyone?!


If it doesn't load, click to watch on Youtube

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy praying!

Okei I haven't been blogging much.
Forgive me.
I'm in the midst of turning my sleeping hours around.
Trying to sleep by 11pm, or latest midnight everynight, so I can wake up at 6am. :P

Yes, since coming back from Korea, I've been waking up at 6am to pray!
Wah ... clap clap for Shachew.
Double clap clap from those who know how well I enjoy my sleep! :P

After reading Dr. Kim's book, I figured I know how to make this happen and SUSTAIN it.
She would "punish" herself by saving a certain amount every time she forgot to do something.
So I've decided to adopt that strategy and "punish" myself by saving $1 for each minute I'm late in my prayer time.
Which means, I'll either be very disciplined and prayerful; or very rich!
Either way, I win.
So far, it's going pretty well, except for the two occasions that I overslept for half an hour each, so my savings are now up by $60.
I donno whether to clap or mourn. :P :P :P

JX came up with a prayer chart based on the 7 parts of creation that I tot was really good cos it's so easy to remember (or work out when you can't remember).
Feel free to use this if you wanna! 

1st: Light - Pray for your "today" word from God; the light of your rhema.
2nd: Waters - Pray for dependence on the Holy Spirit; the water that springs forth in your life.
3rd: Land - Pray for your finances and wealth; what you plow the land for.
4th: Vegetation - Pray for your health and physical body; what you feed on.
5th: Animals - Pray for your career and ministries; what you have dominion over.
6th: Man - Pray for your relationship with people around you.
7th: Rest - Pray for your walk with God.

I've also decided to go swimming three times a week. 
For any one time I fail to do so in a week, I'll put $5 towards my Christmas gifts funds.
So if you get cheap cheap gifts this year, it probably means I'm very fit and healthy. :P
Hahahaha! 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

check out the 12,000 at 4.30am

I'm back from Shoppers' Paradise and Prayer Capital!!
I totally enjoyed myself crossing over to year 2009.

It's good I shopped much in HK, cos I could barely find anything to buy in Korea... :P
But I got excited and inspired to imagine the future of CHC as I watched and joined the Koreans in their daily morning prayer!
Imagine an audi of 12,000 full to the brim at 4.30am!
While we were trudging up to our seats, middle-aged uncles and aunties were running past us to start praying as quickly as they could.
Goodness. 


Pictures tell a better story, so check out the rest of my photos here

It's time to get elbow deep into work again, and everything else.
Haha.