Bride to Be Update

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Wearing my favorite dress from H&M

 

  • A tad slimmer compared to last year. Seriously need to do something about the flabby tummy. Not sit-ups because I did try and I ended up with muscle pain in that region.
  • I have given up my dream to be a Snow White bride and have embraced my lovely light honey or beige tan. My love for the sun is too strong!
  • My hair is getting longer and I pray that somehow, my hair will be long-is on the big day itself. I don’t expect a miracle but maybe hair extension could be one possibility.
  • I need to sort out the blemishes and dark/sun spots all over my face.
  • Tempted to try a full body wax. I’ve been told to go for the Bridal spa every two weeks for lulur, body massage and whitening scrub.

 

Never knew being a bride to be could be so hard. I thought it would be effortless. Oh well, what is life without a few challenges?

Love,
E.

Thou Shalt Fear Thy Internet

The world we live in today is peculiar indeed. There used to be a time where people were simply addicted to the Internet. Now it is worse.

People cannot live without it. People are depending on it as if their lives are on the line. Their whole life revolves around the Internet. The Internet is their religion. Their God.

They always have their God with them no matter where they go and oh, so zealously religious are these people that they pray to their God constantly.

Everytime they have problems (No matter how silly, small, trivial, etc irrelevant) they will tell their God through the many ways available. They believe that God will send them some kind of miracle. It is amusing how some people think that comment and likes can help solve a problem. It is unthinkable how some people would expose the most private matters in their lives to their online God without thinking about the consequences that soon will follow suit.

The believers of this religion is not afraid to voice out their opinion online but when their God is not around, they hide from their words. I have witnessed so many online feuds. Feuds that happened because of very stupid things.

In relation to this, I cannot blame the Internet entirely. The Internet was invented for a lot of wonderful reasons but clearly, some people abuse its magnificent powers and brainwash themselves into thinking that the Internet is evil. When in fact, no one else to blame but themselves.

You might think with the invention of the Internet and mobile phones, our communication skills would be made more excellent. I beg to differ. I strongly believe in the significance of a face to face interaction rather than the superficial online communication. Our dependence on the easy and quick communication modes of calling, sms, email, messages via FB or Twitter and such have made our communication skills worse, if not worst.

Gone are the days of honesty, replaced by this horrid sugar coated lies rubbish culture. People no longer do things out of honesty, instead, they expect praises and rewards by showing their ‘good deeds’ online. People are becoming stalkers and behave like the judge whom have a way with everything. The internet is full of bullies who think they are doing the right things. Political and freedom fighters of lost causes which could lead to hatred and worst of all, war.

Moral of the story? I am not saying you cannot use the Internet. Nothing is wrong with that. I mean, I am a blogger and I use the it very extensively. It all depends how you utilize this powerful media. Regarding having a problem and letting everyone on your FB about it is uncalled for. Instead, seek out your closest friends and family. Facebook won’t help. It will just lead to more trouble. The most you get from Facebook is humiliation.

If you really need to rant and vent out every single negative things that have fallen on you, get a diary and write. When you are extremely angry or sad, you tend to say really mean things. Perhaps by writing it in a diary, no one else gets hurt and you get to analyze what is the actual problem and who knows, maybe you could also find a solution. :)

Better yet, if you are feeling utterly negative, visit this link and help donating rice to the unfortunate. At the same time, you get to learn.

Sorry for this nag of a post, I just can’t help myself.

Love,
E.

Of Weddings

The moment Aslan proposed last August, I knew my world would never be the same again. For one, I am engaged (Not officially but technically, engaged) and secondly, since that moment on, probably 70% (or more) of my brain space have been taken up by wedding ideas and planning.

Crazy but true.

The moment I wake up, right up to just a few seconds before I sail to dreamland, the A-Z of weddings occupy most of my mind. I haven’t reached the zombie bride-to-be state (yet) but the wedding is the sun and I am the earth that goes around it.

 

I wonder if the bride to be is the same person or not when she turns into a bridezilla?

I wonder if the bride to be is the same person or not when she turns into a bridezilla?

 

Some people would poke fun at me and tell me to take a chill pill but it ain’t easy as it seems.

Top three reasons why planning a wedding is significant to the bride to be:

  1. Unless you plan to have another grand wedding in the near future, most people, would only have one wedding in their lifetime. Wedding anniversary or wedding vow renewal is a completely different story. Therefore, since a wedding does not happen all the time, might as well make it memorable not only for the couple but their families too.
  2. Some people do not mind their families to plan their wedding. In most cases, whatever planned turned out great but in some cases, people often wondered, who’s wedding was it actually? The wedding couple or their families? Sure, families are most welcomed to help but surely, they ought to know the limits of their help. Sometimes they have the tendency to forget what the occasion really is about and kinda drag other irrelevant issues into it. For instance, insisting to use this certain vendor  and whatnot, no matter how mediocre the product or service is, just because they are related to the family. Don’t get me started on family members who think they are the best wedding planner in the world. Yes, it would be a shame not to use the RM45 a kg prawn for the feast but seriously, are you chipping in the wedding cost? People who talk big but don’t do anything are freaking annoying. Luckily, my family members are awesome people. Phew.
  3. Financial woes. To be honest, as much as I want to have the most ridiculously beautiful (aka just crazy expensive) wedding, I’d rather save the money. I do not want to be burdened with a debt just because of the desire to have such grand wedding. Something moderate and classy will do just fine. A wedding is a celebration, so, regardless of how it is done, so long as Aslan and I are officially married, becoming husband and wife, who gives a damn about people’s expectations?

I have about five months left before our special day arrives. I’ve been asked whether I am stressed already. It is unpredictable. Sometimes I am calm, and the next moment, completely freaked out. I guess that’s normal. Right? Hehehe.

So far I have tackled these big fishes in the sea of wedding planning:

  • Dates and venues
  • Photographers and videographers
  • Bridesmaids
  • Make-up artist
  • Wedding dresses and shoes
  • Barang hantaran
  • Pre-marriage course

The fishes I have yet to tackle are a mixture of big and small:

  • Caterer for the solemnization and bersanding ceremony (Need to wait until the meeting this Sunday)
  • Bridal room at Aslan’s place (Meeting up the contractor today)
  • Design of invitation card
  • Pre-Wedding photography
  • Invitation guest list (I have done about 30% and they are all just friends so far)
  • Wedding application
  • Door gifts
  • Pelamin

As for wedding themes… Is there a need to have a theme? Is it really important? Aslan and I can’t think of a theme but just us. The theme of our wedding is simply us. And maybe because of the fact that a themed wedding could cost more. Haha. If people desperately needs an answer for our wedding theme, I’d have to say, Gold and Silver. Hey, it is still a theme, isn’t it?

Oh well, cheers to a sane bride when the time comes,

Love,
E.

Bangkok Escapade

The last time I went on holiday with my dudes, that was almost two years ago. For our 2013 reunion/hen’s night celebration, we have chosen Bangkok, Thailand, the land of smiles.

So, here are the highlights of our holiday:

Our hotel budget was very modest, so we decided to try out Bangkok Loft Inn in the Thon Buri district. Located 30-35 minutes by the sky train from central Bangkok, it is a gem of a find. Price of the twin bedroom for four nights was TB 5500 and yes, it includes breakfast.

Nothing sells more than free wifi. But seriously though, this hotel is good.

Nothing sells more than free wifi. But seriously though, this hotel is good.

The hotel is close to everything; 7-11, massage centre, street food stalls and most importantly, the Bangkok Sky Train stop, Wongwian Yai.

In Bangkok, the BTS was our main mode of transportation. Cheap, convenient and fast!

In Bangkok, the BTS was our main mode of transportation. Cheap, convenient and fast!

Our room was located on the second floor. The only flaw I found about the hotel is how thin the door and walls are, sometimes you can hear your neighbour laughing or talking. Albeit, if they do that very loudly-lah.

Comfortable and spacious room.

Comfortable and spacious room.

Clean and fully functional toilet

Clean and fully functional toilet

As for breakfast, they will give you a selection of meals to pre-order. They have chicken rice, American breakfast set, rice porridge and salad. I usually go for the tuna salad with two boiled eggs. The guys except for Hamimi, tried almost all of the selections throughout the stay.

Combining tables to accomodate the five of us

Combining tables to accomodate the five of us

Apart from the pre-order meal, fresh fruits, cereals, bread and pastries and desserts are also available at the buffet table.

Apart from the pre-order meal, fresh fruits, cereals, bread and pastries and desserts are also available at the buffet table.

Prawn salad

Prawn salad

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

Chicken Rice, Rapik's favorite

Chicken Rice, Rapik’s favorite

America breakfast which consists of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, chicken or pork ham slices and sausages.

America breakfast which consists of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, chicken or pork ham slices and sausages.

Me at breakfast

Me at breakfast

To be honest, we did more shopping than sightseeing this trip. Most of the shopping was done at Platinum Mall. Believe it or not, for lunch we usually go to the food court at Platinum Mall. It is cheap and delicious! My favorite meals when in Bangkok (Believe me, I never fail to order them) are Seafood Pad Thai and Somthom or Papaya Salad. Fortunately, Dave don’t mind sharing the meals with me, thus, my diet is safe from harm.

Seafood Pad Thai from Platinum Mall Food Court, TB 75

Seafood Pad Thai from Platinum Mall Food Court, TB 75

Seafood Papaya Salad TB 65

Seafood Papaya Salad TB 65

Oyster Pancake Augustine and Rapik ordered

Oyster Pancake Augustine and Rapik ordered

Prawn Pad Thai from Siam Paragon Food Court, TB 185

Prawn Pad Thai from Siam Paragon Food Court, TB 185

Fishball and vegetable soup with noodles TB 35

Fishball and vegetable soup with noodles TB 35

Mango chilli dip with fried and steamed vegetables with fried fish TB 100

Mango chilli dip with fried and steamed vegetables with fried fish TB 100

I can’t deny there are a lot more Thai food we have not tried while in Bangkok. One of them is the famous Tom Yam Kung, or river prawns tom yam. Boohoo. But we believe we will go back to Bangkok in the near future.

As for sightseeing, we went around the area along the Chao Phraya River.

While waiting for the river taxi

While waiting for the river taxi

On route to the Grand Palace, which was closed due to a prayer session

On route to the Grand Palace, which was closed due to a prayer session

At the market just outside the Grand Palace

At the market just outside the Grand Palace

Rudu channeling his inner Gaga

Rudu channeling his inner Gaga

We survived the Tuk-Tuk ride

We survived the Tuk-Tuk ride

Colorful Tuk-Tuk

Colorful Tuk-Tuk

Lucky Buddha Temple

Lucky Buddha Temple

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Entrance to the King's residence

Entrance to the King’s residence

Long tail boat ride! TB 200 per person.

Long tail boat ride! TB 200 per person.

Of course, we walked around the city centre. Well, mainly nearby Platinum Mall.

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Pratunam Market

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And yes, celebrated my hens too. I had so much fun and because it is considered something private between me and the dudes, I can only share one photo.

Can't believe I am a bride-to-be! The Sereni & Shentel Hen's Veil is a gift from the dudes. Thank you!

Can’t believe I am a bride-to-be! The Sereni & Shentel Hen’s Veil is a gift from the dudes.

Bangkok is such a lovely city, I cannot wait to go back and feel at home in Thailand.

Blog more soon!
Love,
E.

A New Beginning

Due to an unfortunate incident last year, in which my Facebook photo links are no longer functioning, rendering my blog quite useless.

It pains to see all my past entries without photos, therefore I have made the decision to delete all entries and start anew. I must admit, this seems like a better option than to delete the whole blog.

To start of the new year, I will share my 12 favourite moments in 2012.

 

1. Celebrated our 6th anniversary in on a private island resort in Phuket

1. Celebrated our 6th anniversary in on a private island resort in Phuket

2. Brought Aslan to Universal Studios Singapore for his 26th birthday

2. Brought Aslan to Universal Studios Singapore for his 26th birthday

3. Visited Athens, Greece

3. Visited Athens, Greece

4. Visited the lovely island of Bali in Indonesia

4. Visited the lovely island of Bali in Indonesia

5. Aslan finally proposed!

5. Aslan finally proposed!

6. Watched Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour in Auckland, New Zealand

6. Watched Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour in Auckland, New Zealand

7. Back in Paris after two years

7. Back in Paris after two years

 

 

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8. Rapik joined Aslan and I to Melbourne

8. Rapik joined Aslan and I to Melbourne

 

8. Tried skiing for the first time at Queenstown, New Zealand

8. Tried skiing for the first time at Queenstown, New Zealand

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9. Sereni & Shentel Made in Borneo book launch

9. Sereni & Shentel Made in Borneo book launch

 

10. Our holiday to Scotland and UK

10. Our holiday to Scotland and UK

 

11. Visited Sydney

11. Visited Sydney

 

12. Our tekol ceremony

12. Our tekol ceremony

 

2012 has been such an interesting years and I visited so many awesome countries. I look forward to more new experiences this year. On top of my list is to be Mrs. Aslan and of course, securing a full time job. As much as I love to travel, I think it is time for me to settle down with a permanent job and start saving for my future.

A girl can always dream. So, here’s to a new beginning for me and for all of us.

Salute!
E.