July 30, 2010

you know it's time.

For your time of the month, of course. 

What are your "periodic" symptoms? 

Mine are easy, real easy. I either want spicy food or sweet food. And during months where I do zilch exercise, my period pains are really a pain in the a*S no joke. Other than that, my tummy bloats for a while and during that time, I entertain myself to whatever I feel like eating because there's a valid reason for my tummy to grow so big. I'm having my menses, thank you.

But whatever the case may be, when it's (nearing) the time of the month or during the time itself, my symptoms always involve food. Mengalahkan orang mengandung.

Last month was savoury month. I wanted mushroom soup, of all things. And it's not any mushroom soup I want need. Not the one at Pizza Hut or the one out of the can, thank you. I needed the real mushroom soup. I didn't get it, though because I was too busy, but at that point, any icky mushroom soup would do, I thought.

This month, it's both sweet and savoury food that I want. The drink stall downstairs sells the meanest, most sedap air asam boi I know. Do you know that drink? That "calamansi" (so gedik but this is what they call limau in the menu) with asam boi drink. Simply wonderful, especially if served chilled. Oh, yum. The other "must buy" item is Soft Cookies at Amos, anything dark chocolate and coffee flavoured.

And the savoury taste I want need for this month is - cheese. I cannot go without the Moza cheesesticks from Burger King. Oh. My. God. So heavenly, especially if served piping hot. And did you know how delicious that simple cold chicken cheese sandwich from Cold Storage tastes?

Trust me, as I am writing this, I am not even remotely close to hungry. It's only 11.30 a.m., for crying out loud.

But you have no idea how terrible my craving for cheese is at this moment, I can't stop looking at the clock.

Where can I get decent tasting baked rice in Putrajaya?

Or anything cheesy would do, really. Oh, Moza cheesesticks, here I come! Oh. nyum.



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July 29, 2010

would you like to be inspired?

***This is going to be really, really panjang, forgive me. But it is a very genuine concern about the hot date.***


This morning I entered my office with a different spirit. I was earlier than normal and the office was quiet. But not eerily quiet. It was just nice. Got my morning coffee fix because I was dozing off in the car on the way before that and took out my files from my bag- those I didn’t manage to open last night because Mama was so excited I came back early. Hehe. Alasan.


Then, I saw that notebook you are now seeing. It used to look a lot prettier than that of course (when it was still new) and now, there are so many things in there. Sketches, contact numbers, dated entries. It’s not exactly organized, but still, there’s a lot of sentimental value to it. Because for once, I didn’t write about my preparations in my blog, but I decided to do it the old school way – in writing.

It’s been a while since I last revised my list. And that’s because most things for the solemnization are done. Most things which involve me, that is, like attire (ha-ha surprise, surprise), make-up and stuff. It’s going to be very, very simple, trust me. I think even I won’t believe I’m married after all of it is over.

Suddenly, that “organized” monster in me woke up. I don’t really know until now what it is that got into me and the next thing I know, I was typing my list in matrix form, complete with a Legend and colour codings and stuff and by 8.30 a.m., I had already emailed the list to the Mister.


You have no idea how satisfied I was after I was done with that list.

There are actually more reds that you think, even if most things are settled. It’s these little nitty gritty things that really make us stressed out, don’t you think so? But one of the biggest things which I have yet slashed off my list is my photographer and videographer. What’s that again? Oh, yes. Time to scream now, I know.

I used to have long talks about these things with Jaja. This is one of those things which I have really badly misjudged. Hmm. Or is there another word for it because it's not entirely my fault that things have turned out the way they are. It’s like I found the photographer I really wanted a long, long time ago only to find out (even at that point in time) that he had been booked. I was amazed because it was still such a long way to go. But considering his reputation, I don’t know why I was so surprised.

Thereafter began my search for the photographer. Notice I don’t even emphasise on that photographer being perfect, etc. Because I know that if I expect them to be perfect, I will probably only end up with a terribly broken heart due to my insane expectations.

I depend a lot on my guts when I choose something. Talk about being an Aquarian. I shortlisted those which I felt I had most “Chemistry” with and soon began the series of phone calls and emails and such. I felt such strong chemistry with one of these photographers that I set for a meeting. I wouldn’t say that their photos are perfect, no sirree, but I know that if they care enough, they won't just do a good job, they can do a great job, no doubt. I had faith in that.

After the meeting, I was over the moon. I saw the storybook album and thought it was good. Of course, if I manage to convince them to customize here and there a little bit according to my needs, it would be perfect for me. But whatever it is, I was happy I made that decision. I made that decision about 6 months + away from my wedding.

I was okay and living in a state of bliss until I found out a little thing or 2 about their services. I mean, their photos are good (even the unedited ones) and everything, but the last thing I want to do after I get married is to chase my vendors for the things I already paid for. It’s a different story if I get my services for free. I would understand delay.

And since then, I put “photographer” back on my list of things to be done and I’m still on a lookout. Don’t even start about the videographer because I’m just arranging meetings now.These things have not yet been slashed and until and unless I find them, I don't think I'm going to get through a day without going through numerous photoblogs, looking for an answer.

And I know that this post is long already, but I’m going to keep on going because it’s obvious that it’s bugging me.

I believe that if you have the money, go for the photographer (and photography style) you really, really like so that the samples you see are the things you get. You can’t tell a photographer to change his style. Someone is bound to hire him for his original style, so we should really let them be, right?

But I don’t have the money, you see. It’s been agreed and the line has been clearly demarcated and my parents and I have decided that all these “techie” things will be borne by yours truly. And so, beggars can’t be choosers right? I can’t choose something which is so much more than my monthly pay, even if I think the world of it and think that apart from the things which will happen on the real day, the hardcopy of my memories is one of those things I want to look back on and cry a happy tear for.

So, like it or not, I have to go on a quest to find things which are within my means. And it’s not easy. Not easy at all. Everyone I ask, they are booked all day long. And I have come to that point where I just want to give up and let everything be, which is really bad I know.

To me, photographers are artists in their own right. If you trust them enough (just like with the other things in your life), you let them be, and trust me, they’ll deliver accordingly. I believe that some couples inspire some photographers more than others do. Every time I go through this or that photographer’s portfolio, I can feel when the artist is inspired and when he is not. Some people just have that vibe which makes the artist feels at ease, making them want to do what they do to the very best of their ability.

Sometimes, when I go through certain portfolios, I wonder, “Now, why didn’t I think of hiring him earlier, eh?” because his earlier photos didn’t at all reflect what his recent works would be. Do you get where I am going? What I’m saying is that although the quality of the photos can be consistent, their inspiration varies with each couple they photograph. YES.

And I hope that I am one of those couples which inspire my photographers enough to make them deliver results with minimal orders (and heartache).

Let’s hope and see.

So, who would like to be inspired by us?


P.S: If you happen to be any 2 of the above which I mentioned, please do leave a comment. I'd be surprised if you finished reading this at all.



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July 28, 2010

for your own good.

I'm listening to that song. That one song which probably no one is sharing with us. Weird. We only have like 2 songs, which are really our songs. Not just any love songs. And to be honest, most of our love songs are sad songs. Probably due to the distance, previously. It's good to be near. Don't know how I used to survive 6 weeks at one go without seeing him, once upon a time ago.

Well, today's not about love songs. Today's not even about the engagement or wedding preps (not directly related anyways) because well, you know me. Until and unless all is well and over, might as well not hope for anything from me, ey ;)

I've been trying very hard to play catch up with my work of late. It's a little tough but I'm determined to make sure I do my work properly. I didn't come to work to makan gaji buta. Oh, no. The last thing I want to do is to prepare my wedding using duit makan gaji buta. I have been taught well enough to earn my keep and it is not by riding on a pay which I don't deserve.

How does it feel like to be engaged? I thought I said I didn't want to talk about this? Well, never mind. This is what's on my mind, so be it. It feels... great. Though I must admit that it's not quite different. Yet. Maybe it's because we've both been oh-so-busy that the only dates we have are after-work meets to discuss our next course of action and also to vent (especially me) when I have something on my mind which I do not wish to share on my blog.

We haven't gone on a proper date yet. Plus, my dad has made it very, very clear even before the merisik that things don't just change just because we're engaged. Curfews are still curfews, so that means, when I leave the house early in the day on a weekend, I must at least, set foot in the compounds of the house by Maghrib. Thereafter, if they permit, I can go out with him again for dinner, etc.

Yes, I have a strict father. Though, I must admit that it is to my advantage.

Do your friends mock you for having a strict family? I used to be so ashamed about having "uncool" parents, you know. Like how my mom would inspect my attire from head to toe before I left the house. Or like how my dad would call Mister if he couldn't get through to me when I'm out on a date, just to check where we are (especially after curfews) and how he would wait for me outside the gate when it gets too late (which is probably 10 p.m. padahal I left the house after Maghrib). It's a bit tough for me to join my friends at night, etc., unless they're hanging out some place really close to my place.

My only discounts are when I go out with Mamita (that's like practically no curfew, especially after a tough day at work) and when I'm out with my cousins (none of our parents bother to check). Other than that, I used to be so, so upset with the fact that my parents controlled my curfews when all is well and dandy and it's obvious that hello, I'm 25, not 15.

But now that I'm getting married and thinking about future, and inevitably about my own family and kids, I realise how thankful, grateful, bersyukur I am to have parents who check my every move. Sometimes, when they don't check on me, that's when I miss them the most. Even Mister will say, "Eik, ajaib Mama tak call." since we're so used to having them check on the both of us.

Plus, it's nice of my friends to be so understanding (especially the Kesayangans) and patient and with that comes their great help and sacrifices in coming over to my place first before going out anywhere, picking me up at home and sending me back after drinks at the Mamak stall nearby, just so I get to join their activities. And after a while, friends who used to mock you for still having curfews even at the age of 25 just come to respect your way of life and stop mocking you altogether. They've even gone the extra mile of holding events at The Curve so that I wouldn't have to make such a long trip to Ampang. Nice, ey?

I know it isn't easy to bring children up, though I am far from problematic. Perhaps as a baby I was quite a huge burden (I couldn't stop crying. pelesit, orang kata) but now that I'm older, I'm proud to say I don't mind the things which make me a better person. Don't get angry with your parents for imposing curfews and ground rules. It's for your own good. And it keeps you out of unnecessary trouble.

Though of course, I'm no saint, sometimes, I do push it a little bit as well. I am young, after all. Well, aren't we all at heart? ;)


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July 26, 2010

teaser measer.

from my official photographer

only a teaser, he says, as there's a part II to my album.
i'm so loving it :) because it's obvious that it was made with so much love.
maybe you can try search for him at Tepak Bridal Photography in FB. 
i'm waiting for the hardcopy album and then, i think, he's so hired :)



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hak dan tanggungjawab.

Setiap hak itu datang bersama tanggungjawab.
Bukan diberi sewenang-wenangnya.

Lelaki diberi lebih kuasa kerana tanggungjawabnya yang besar.
Bukan diberi lebih supaya dapat menambah cawangan. Tolong lah gunakan 2:1 dengan sebaik-baiknya untuk mempertahankan hak saudara-saudara wanita kamu.

Lelaki itu pemberatnya, memang berat. Keluarga lelaki memang mempunyai hak yang besar dalam apa keadaan sekalipun. Tidak akan disangkal.
Tapi, kenapa kebanyakan orang lebih rapat dengan keluarga perempuan?

Kenapa lelaki makin lama makin tak bertanggungjawab? Dah kahwin tapi main mata di luar sana? Wife langsung tiada exclusivity.

Kenapa lelaki semakin lama semakin TIDAK take their responsibilities seriously? Kenapa buat selekeh and tak peduli dengan saudara perempuan masing-masing? Tak perlu pergi jauh-jauh la. Pasal pakaian pergi kenduri saudara perempuan kamu je pun dah cukup untuk menjadi contoh.

Tak kelakar wei pergi kenduri saudara perempuan kau pakai jeans dengan t-shirt. Lagi-lagi kalau itu satu majlis pernikahan. TAK KELAKAR LANGSUNG. Apatah lagi cool. Kamu ingat cool ke? Ingatlah. Dalam list-list yang layak menjadi wali, kau salah seorang daripada yang tersenarai. Kau pergi kenduri saudara perempuan, patut dalam keadaan paling bersedia. Patut kalau semua yang layak menjadi wali tu hadir semasa majlis, kaulah yang duduk dekat barisan hadapan. Dalam keadaan paling bersedia. Ajal maut itu semua kuasa Allah, wei.

Kalau wali rupa macam rockstar dengan jeans dengan t-shirt, aku yang malu dengan tok imam wei. Kalau pun kau sendiri tak ada pride untuk jaga penampilan sendiri.

Senang bukan contoh tu? Contoh pakaian pun orang lelaki dah ambil ringan?

Why, men, why? Why do you always say that you are not given any rights, unlike wanita? Why do you always argue that you are entitled to all the things because hukum syarak says so, but do nothing in your life to prove that you deserve that hak. Sometimes, kau yang paling tak menjaga solat. Tapi ada hati nak kahwin dengan orang lain and nak bimbing dia pulak? Bimbing dia ke mana?

Ingat! Kuasa dan hak itu bukan datang berguling kepada kau tu SEMATA-MATA sebab kau tu lelaki. Dia datang kerana kau kena buktikan kau punya tanggungjawab sebab ia memang lebih berat dari hak dan kuasa kau itu.

Sekian, terima kasih. Sila makan cili. Dan sila rasa pedas.




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July 23, 2010

i woke up...

...sneezing.

Yes, Farah and Mamita can attest to this. I was sneezing non-stop. Tsk. The room was so cold and Mamita told me that that night she tried to hide herself as much as she could under the comforter to no avail! Soorrryyy korang. I forgot that the aircond temperature was just 16. Tsk.

Like I said earlier, I didn't feel anything. But you see, you'll instantly know it's love when he calls you after a fight and the first thing you feel like doing is to hug him through the phone. Yes, he called me that morning when I was getting ready and all our problems seem to just evaporate into thin air. Then, I got excited!

They arrived RIGHT. ON. THE. DOT as in the iterinary. Well, not that that's much of a surprise. I know how petty he can get about timing and being punctual, so I can imagine the ruckus he would cause if the rest of his family didn't get ready on time.

They arrived and being the excited me...I peeped out of the window before Nadnad pulled me away from it and told me that I was not allowed to do that. HAHAHAH. It was seriously a very, very short ceremony finalising and confirming everything which has been discussed before. My engagement was more of the meeting of our extended families and for my friends to come around and celebrate with me.

It was special. I felt special. It's as if I was reborn into the relationship with him. We were both excited tapi malu-malu at the same time. Apakah? Hahaha. The rest of the day was spent taking photos with my loved ones, my parents bonding with his and more taking photos. Like I promised Batul, it would only end when we got tired of taking photos. (which I never thought would happen, but I DID get tired of it, surprise, surprise).

Alhamdulillah, everything went as planned, our families met and bonded and I hope each and every one of you who came didn't mind the simplicity of the event as a whole. Thank you for making it, some of them came after work just so they kept their promise to come! And some of the girls texted me and called me although they couldn't make it because they knew how important it waas for me to share that day with them. Thank you so much for being there for me everyone. I cannot repay any of your kindness. I really can't.

Alhamdulillah, I am now engaged to that one person who can make me want to hug and kill him at the same time. Hehehe.

Now, photos:

Credits to Na and Uncle Zai. I haven't received those from my official photographers yet. But I will post them later :). Oh, on the photographer bit. They are friends of my Mister and we all met about 2 years ago or so. It's good to have people you already know or are comfortable with for ceremonies like this, you know! :)

Okay, okay...
[I know you're waiting for the photos, Hahahah]

their much anticipated arrival

ehem ;)
beautiful, aren't they?

3 of the most important men of the day
my favourite photo of Babah. He was getting ready for doa, Alhamdulillah.
upacara sarung cincin. told ya I was excited ;)
just a profile
more photos like this in the future to come, insyaAllah
the most important women in my life. yes.
thank you for sharing the day with me, lovelies :)
and thanks to the guys too :')
sukanya hati saya awak-awak semua datang and stayed sampai petang!

so we got loads of photos ;)
my MMU friends
LOVE LOVE LOVE~
my source of love and happiness.

and...

the love of my life... this is by far my most favourite photo.


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July 22, 2010

some time alone.

I'm feeling oh-so-sluggish at the moment. It's kind of deja vu to be very honest. Perhaps this is a familiar sight as it is exactly a week from the last day I spent or wasted, whichever way you want to look at it, my time at the office. Last Thursday was sluggish as well - work wise. Other than that, my tummy was tied up in knots and I couldn't sit still. Or maybe, I was able to sit still but my mind was everywhere. It could be an extreme case of excitement, or maybe, I just couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that I was going to be engaged. Thursday was the last time I had any time to myself. By the time I went to sleep at night, I knew that I was ready for it. I had never felt happier in my life.

Friday came and so did the chaos. Well, not really chaos because we had everything we needed. We just had to get so many things done and by the time noon came, I told my mom that I really, really, NEEDED some time on my own. I really needed to at least do manicure/pedicure because my nails were nasty looking. Not nice at all. I think she saw how serious I was about it because I think I repeated it more than 3 times. And I hardly do that. Because you see, I 'm the type who just does what I am told. Hence, after vacuuming the entire place, cleaning the panes and cupboards and kitchen, my mom told me to go out for some fresh air. I wasn't supposed to look so haggard anyways, right?

So, out to the Mines I went for a round of much needed, long overdue, totally deserved self-pampering. Oh, yes, I went alone. I like going out alone you know ;). It gives me time to think.

My nails were so nice after that and my hair looked so sleek. Che chewwah. Perasan.


After the whole self-pampering episode, I went to Kajang to collect my hantaran stuff from my auntie's house. My cousins came over and helped me out as well and there were so many things! Our cars were jam packed but we managed to get everything home in one piece. Phew.

I thought that things would be okay come night time, but boy, how wrong I was. It's not really a case of "it wasn't okay" but you know what it's like. There was more vacuuming to do, more clearing stuff. Getting the room ready, waiting for Kak Shima to come and set the dais. I was exhausted I tell you! Thank God Mamita and Farah came despite the horrible traffic! Thank you so, so much girls, for being there for me! Plus my auntie came all the way from Bukit Jelutong with my uncle and cousins. That lifted a whole great burden off my shoulders, you have no idea.

The best part is that of that night is... Mister and I have not really argued since they came over for merisik, but we just HAD to fight the night before the engagement. Hmmmph... I really didn't know what I felt anymore that night when I went to sleep.

 
 But of course, we still managed to smile :)


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July 21, 2010

balas membalas

from me to him: 7 dulangs

I am not very sure whether or not I actually want to reveal what they are exactly though they're quite obvious already because I believe that these things are quite personal and that it really depends on the couple what they want and need from each other. As for Mister and I, we agreed to give each other the things we need for our nikah ceremony and also some chocolates, sweets, fruits, etc. 

To be very honest, this was the very least of my problems, actually. All I had to do was to buy the things we promised to give each other, and leave it in the good hands of my youngest aunty's most trusted friend. 

If I think I know a person well enough, I know that they will do things for you as if it is their own. I trusted her enough to know that she would want nothing but the best for me. I'm like practically her adik. Whether or not it suits our taste is a different story which can be dealt with later. But if you have decided to hire someone or list for someone's help, sometimes, the best thing you can do is to sit back, relax and leave it to their creativity. They will do a good job out of it. BUT like I said, this is ONLY if you know them well enough!

And that's what I did. I left it in her good hands 2 weeks before the ceremony, gave her a sample colour and only came back for them a day before the ceremony. In my opinion, she did a wonderful job! 2 of my favourites are:

the Ferrero Basket, which was soo pretty!

and... my Mister's baju nikah. Yeap, that's his baju nikah, alright. And trust me, it's not even close to green :)

This was the only thing I had a specific request for. I didn't want it to be seen or shown. Oh, she did exactly that! And the night before the engagement, I was frantically looking for that baju only to be told that "dia dah kena gubah" tsk :') terharu dengan kecantikan ni semua. Alhamdulillah.

And the lovely lady behind all the hard work and love of my gubahan hantaran is none other than -

K.Shikin. 

Wish I could tell you that she takes orders, but sadly... she doesn't. She's an architect by profession and does this for fun. Especially for family and friends. Don't think my gratitude to her will ever be enough for me to repay all that she has done. I did pay for the ribbons though. Heee

Oh, by the way, if you're good with gubahan and stuff, all you need to spend is around RM150 for the ribbons and trinklets. I know she bought it at Fah Lean. And you can get your alas dulang and dulang from Pesona Asmara in Seksyen 9 Bangi at only RM10 each!

So, there goes :)

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L L.

Ring a ring ring
 
Make up and dress are 2 of the most important things to a bride-to-be right? And of course, the next other important thing is... your engagement ring. Engagement rings are always a cause of drama. Whether or not unnecessary is another story, but well, drama will be involved, like it or not. But in retrospect, all that drama is worth it, isn't it? We always need to find a half-way solution; something you like and something he likes. I try as much as I can to suit his tastes since he is paying after all. So, yes, in some (or alot actually) ways, he does quite have the right to an opinion. After being with him for so long, all I can say is that... I trust his tastes. After all, he did choose me, didn't he? ;)

And most importantly we met half-way. It's always important to make sure you choose something within his budget. If he says he's got the budget for bigger things, go for it if you sampai hati hehe! If he says he can only give this and that, then, try to compromise. And choose something. I chose. It was a post rahsia before, and now declassified and free for all to read.

I have no photos of it though but that's really for me to know and for you to find out, ey? :)




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July 20, 2010

peachy.



Well, to be very honest, at first, I didn't know what colour I wanted to wear. It isn't easy to pick a colour. But at one point during the preparations, it dawned on me that I needed the engagement colours need to be special. They needed to be significant enough for me to remember why. The rest of the ceremonies; they can either be colours I love or colours which I look good in (which at this point has not yet been decided).

If you don't know me, you wouldn't know which high school I went to. But now, I'll tell you. I went to Tunku Kurshiah College and the official colour for that school is none other than... G R E E N! Mister, on the other hand... comes from Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak (SDAR) (oh, god why did I ever say I didn't want to marry an SBP guy) and the official colour of that school is O R A N G E! But I obviously don't look very good in orange, and so, I picked something that comes from that family of colours.


So, peach and green it is. In my personal opinion, it is good that the bride-to-be and her guests have matching colours, but matching colours doesn't at all mean that they must be in the same colour. Yes, there is a difference. Matching and same is different. I wanted to be different. Of course, if you want to be the same, there really is nothing wrong with it. It's a matter of personal preference ;)

I didn't tell anyone apart from Mama and Mamita (my good friend) of my theme colours. Not even my cousins knew and they believed 'til the very end that I was going to wear green. My aunties thought the same as well. I'm going to write a post later about why I have been so secretive about everything.

Well, anyways, back to my engagement dress. Some people would think that I didn't care enough for my ceremony to make it special i.e. make something from scratch, design sketches and buy cloth etc. because most people would want to make these preparations as memorable as possible.

Well, I wouldn't say that I don't care enough for it. I cared alot okay. I even took one day off work to browse for cloth. At that point, I felt so alone because everyone was taking it so easily. I didn't want to take things too easily. I like to get things done early. So, I went to Shah Alam because that is the area I am most familiar with. And yes, I went alone.

Shop after shop, I realised how clueless I was about cloth. It wasn't as easy (or as cheap) as I thought it would be. So, I started entering readymade baju shops. And Alhamdulillah, I found a shop in Plaza Alam Sentral, which I thought sold very nice readymade baju. I was on the verge of purchasing one piece off the rack before Mama miraculously called me from the office and asked me where I was. In the end, I waited for her, and the following day, we went back to that shop.

We finally purchased my engagement dress at Double N Collection, Plaza Alam Sentral. I wish I can be more helpful by giving a link or an address, but I can't remember! My advice is to take a day off and browse. And my personal opinion is that a bride-to-be shouldn't be pressured into thinking that just because everyone else is designing their own pieces, we should too. No, I want to break that belief and pressure. We have so much to worry about already. We often underestimate shops selling readymade baju. Honestly, their handiwork isn't all that bad at all. Plus, if you're off the rack size like me (I'm an S or XS depending on the cut), there's really no sin in purchasing something which already looks good on you, right?

I have heard and read about horrendous and unlucky encounters with designers and I wasn't willing to go through all that stress. It just isn't worth it. So, I made my decision and cut through all the stress. Plus, my metabolism rate is really high (and I know some people are like raising their eyebrows now) and so, I sweat alot or is it because I sweat alot that my metab rate is high? I needed something which I can hand wash instead of dry clean (I hate the smell of dry cleaning btw). Oh, yes, I'm practical like that ;)

The beading
About a month before the engagement ceremony, I sent my baju to Kak Nory (my boss' PA) for beading. She did a miraculous job out of making my baju from cantik to extraordinarily cantik! She made it look so festive and she was intent on making me a happy customer. I highly recommend her! I only paid her RM135 for all the beading around the neck, wrist and bottom part of the baju. It's quite intricate, if I may say so myself.

Veil
Oh, the veil? I bought it at Double N Collection as well. Didn't know much about patching and whatnots at that point, plus it's only an engagement, it has to be as simple and practical as possible, right? ;)

Anyways, here it is, my lovely (to me at least), practical baju tunang, which I bought off the rack. Just like how I imagined it would and should be ;)


I still love it, though I didn't design it myself! ;)

Remember, no one can tell you that this or that brand or this or that designer is the best for you! You will feel good so long as it looks good on you and that's what's most important.


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make up and dais.

Well, obviously, I have not met my deadlines yet, but I'm taking a breather.

I'm not sure where to start with the whole engagement ceremony. This has never been a wedding blog to begin with, and at this point, I don't plan on setting up one, since I already have "The Planner" to help me out. I've been reading magazines and other B2B blogs as well and that has helped a great deal, no doubt! Thanks to all those whom have replied my emails and entertained my questions dengan penuh kesabaran!

I'm sure most frequent readers are wondering when all this happened, because I'm in the habit of writing about what I feel all the time and telling about the things that are happening in my life, and being expressive, it's not often that I'm able to contain excitement or sadness about anything at all.

Well, truth is, I've dropped hints for a long, long time. But no one knew (or picked up the hints). No one apart from a few "chosen ones". One of the first few people who knew was Mamita, my long time friend. And Lynn, my ex-schoolmate. And of course, the mastermind behind all these surprises, are none other than the Mister himself. I will link you to the "hints" I dropped in a while, just in case you're wondering ;)

But for a start, let me begin with the MUA.

My make up was done by De N Shima Bridal. I met her during Lynn's and Ichik's engagement and I thought she did a decent job out of making them beautiful. So, the moment Mister's parents came for merisik (will blog about that later), I booked her.


My mini dais was also done by her team. I think they did a wonderful job! I love it because it was simple and sweet and depicted the whole mood of the ceremony perfectly.

I totally recommend her team because they are very easy to work with. The best thing to do after you book her is to go and see her with your mom. My mom insisted on this part and to be very honest, at first, I just didn't get it! Apasal semangat sangat nak jumpa? Well, what can I say, moms have a kind of charm which cannot be compared with.

(that's the hair accessory)

She picked the dais that she liked for me for a mere RM450, I got my make up for RM250 and we managed to lure her into giving me free accessories (worth RM30), and instead of transportation fees (to go to Bandar Seri Putra) of RM50 for dais and RM30 for make up, she let us have the entire package for transportation fees of only RM50! So, instead of paying RM450 + RM250 + RM30 + RM50 + RM30 = RM810, we only had to pay RM750. Might not look like alot, but trust me, if you're on a budget and you have to pay fuel of at least RM70 weekly to commute to and from work, that amount we saved goes a long, long way.

The other advantage if you go and see her beforehand is that if she's seen you before, she'll pretty much have an idea of what would look good on you and which foundation would be suitable for your skin etc. And the bestest part is that when you tell her you don't want to cukur bulu kening (which I have never done for the entirety of my life), she will just oblige. She will also ask you which skin type you are before applying make-up so that boleh sesuaikan dengan product, etc. And the hair! It was something I saw the day before the engagement in a magazine (over kan I really didn't have any idea what I wanted it to be until the very last minute) and I told her that night when she came to set the dais. She did a wonderful job! Mister loved it! I loved it as well.

Believe it or not, when I was getting ready, I didn't look at the mirror at all. That's because the best lighting in my room at that time was near the window. So, apa lagi, tawakkal sudah. The worst thing that could happen is that I would look like a hantu, right? After 17072010, most people will remember me as that. And after 3 days, all will be forgotten. I tried to be positive like that.

Especially when my cousin took photos like this and showed them to me:

 Scary bukan? especially that I've never worn make up and didn't know that this is part of the process.

But well, as you can see from my earlier post, I was transformed.

At first, my mom kept on saying that I looked different. She kept on reiterating that fact until I asked her, "Sebenarnya Ma suka atau tak?". That kept her quiet for a while. She told me that she just wasn't sure because she's never seen me all made up before. Hahah. Agak comel.

All in all, I was very happy with my make up and the service De N Shima Bridal gave! Totally recommended!

See, this also panjang dah. Heee. I'll write about the rest in a while ;)

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be teased.

I was all dolled up. For once in my life.

I have so much to say, but for now, suffice that you be teased.



I have always been confident without make up. I never minded that I didn't wear it. 
But oh well. Special days calls for something special.
This was before ;) 
(like that doesn't show)

 


transformed ;),  Alhamdulillah


I will write about everything as soon as I meet my deadlines. Oh, well, life goes on doesn't it?

But that doesn't stop me from being extremely happy with my (semi) special day.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah :)




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