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Last month, i blogged about my sister’s hens night. Now, it’s finally time to talk about her wedding! Or weddings, to be exact.
My sister has planned to have not one, not two, but three weddings! I can bet on my dog’s left nut that everyone would react the same, “WAH! THREE weddings?!”
Yes, three weddings.
Since her husband is Singaporean, she thought of having a wedding in Singapore, and another in KL. Also, my sister has always dreamed of having a Western-styled wedding/ROM. However, you know how elders are, they must have a Chinese-style wedding that includes a banquet dinner (or these days lunch) as well.
Hence, three weddings. First the English ROM, then the Chinese wedding and banquet, and lastly a wedding banquet in KL.
I know all of you would probably say that it’s completely unnecessary to have so many weddings, i know. I’d agree with you too but you just don’t f*ck with what a bride wants so yeah, we all just left it as that.
So anyway, after looking through my picture folder i realized that i didn’t really document much on the weddings. I mean, after all i was the maid of honor and i was really, really busy.
Furthermore, my sister is quite a scary bride. Whenever there’s a problem that needs solving, i’m the person who’s next in line (next to my brother-in-law) to make sure it gets solved. It’s not fun getting sounding from the bride who’s the boss of all boss on the wedding day.
It’s not an easy thing to plan a wedding, especially if you’re a person who likes to have a hands on on everything like my sister.
I mean, i would like to handle everything personally as well but i guest it’s hard to keep track of things if you don’t have wedding planner. My sister didn’t hire a wedding planner because they’re expensive, and so she pretty much did everything herself.
I cannot describe the amount of mental stress i endured when we flew down to Singapore for her ROM in November 2012. From the very start of the day at 7am to getting to the airport to touching down at Singapore. It was never-ending.
Traveling with a super kan cheong mum who shouts and yells too much was stressful enough, landing at Singapore and finding out that some things for the wedding aren’t going smoothly is another.
For one, my sister’s wedding flowers were – how should i say this cause there’s no better way to put this – f*cked up. The peonies she ordered weren’t bloomed and instead, they were closed tight like a ball.
And so she had to make a run to the nursery to get a bunch of flowers and we bridesmaids had to do our own bouquets.
But it’s safe to say that we did quite well considering the fact that none of us had any flower arrangement skills. My sister had all the tools ready so it was just a matter of common sense on how to put a flower bouquet together.
And while the ladies were busy making trimming flowers and making bouquets, the boys had to print and cut place cards for the wedding lunch. We worked until late night and had no problem falling asleep within a minute.
On the next day, it was show time at Fullerton Hotel.
I had to go on overdrive because not only i had to do my own hair and makeup, i was in-charge of last minute decorations, walk-in rehearsals and a few other things.
Thank goodness for the other helpful bridesmaids. And thank goodness for Hoongmao as well because if it wasn’t for him, my sister’s grand entrance would’ve been ruined as there were complications with the music.
Baby’s Breath flowers + Tiffany chairs
My flower bouquet + place card that Hoongmao helped cut + Molton Brown wedding favours
My sister’s idea of a dessert corner that me and the other bridesmaids set up
My beautiful sister
My new brother-in-law, Albert
The bridesmaids – Charmaine, myself, Jacqueline and Mervina
A few people have asked me where my dress was from. Actually our bridesmaids dresses are convertible dresses that my sister bought in Singapore. The other bridesmaids wore short dresses, while i wore a long one.
You can find convertible dresses almost anywhere i think, but so far i’ve only seen Su-Estilo selling them in KL.
My dear panda, who was extremely helpful the entire time. I’m sorry i raise my voice at you.
I was running up and down the hotel and when i wanted to rush for the rehearsal, i couldn’t find him so i called him up and went, “Where are you?!”
Apparently i sounded very scary, haha.
And i believe this is the first time i’m showing you guys the watch i bought for his birthday two years ago :D
Finally, we are done!
It was seriously one hectic day.
There was so much to do and so much running about. However the moment after the registration of marriage started, everything just flew by so quickly. Next thing you know, the wedding lunch was over and it was time to clear everything up.
The second wedding was on December 2012.
This time it was a Chinese wedding. There wasn’t much to do this time in terms of decorations, but my duties as a maid of honor doubled since there’s only me this time around and no other bridesmaids. And also Hoongmao wasn’t with me this time :(
Just like the other time, we arrived in Singapore the day before the wedding. And just like the other time, my sister wants me to do her wedding bouquet. Again.
And so we went to the nursery…
I have no idea why i was so excited to see real Christmas trees though.
“It’s so big!”
Just in case you were wondering, my jacket and bag are from NakedKimchi and i bought my cap from Bugis Junction, Singapore :)
Later that night at the Regent – arranging flowers for my sister’s bouquet while almost everyone i know back in KL are going for Heineken Thirst, ahem.
The next day, we woke up at 6am to do our own makeup. We had someone to do our hair for us, but we realized later that day that we could’ve done our own hair as well cause i ended up having to re-curl my sister’s hair as the curls were dying.
I did quite a good job, if i say so myself :D
My beautiful sister once again, holding the gorgeous flower bouquet that was done by me :D
My maid of honor dress by Su-Estilo.
My sister wanted me to wear a long flowy dress, but we both were thankful that i wore this dress instead because i ended up doing a lot of work. Imagine having to constantly pick up the bride’s wedding dress long trail!
But all in all, it was quite an easy day. Besides having a mini gate-crashing session (Albert came to pick my sister up from the hotel) and a tea pouring ceremony, the lunch banquet after that was easy sailing.
We were done by around 5pm. I went to take a nap at 6pm but ended up sleeping until next morning. That was how tired i was!
Now that two out of three weddings are done, i can relax for a bit until the next one that will be around mid of 2013. Ah….
Oh how time flies!
I’m saying that cause Hoongmao and i are planning for our next trip to Bangkok again! It’s a trip that he tries to go every year to pay holy respects to the temple there.
Anddd i’m saying this cause i’ve yet to post pictures from our trip last year. LOL!
Back in December 2010 i wrote a pre-post about our holiday trip saying that we were gonna go to Bangkok for a couple of days, then fly over to Singapore for Zouk Out 2010. Supastar jet-setters indeed!
It was our first holiday together with just the two of us and no one else. I have to say that it was one of the best holidays i’ve ever had. Except for the part where we got to Singapore. Singapore was shit cause Zouk Out 2010 was shit.
Hoong got us a really nice hotel to stay at in Bangkok. It’s so nice that it’s Barney-thumbs-up worthy. And we really missed the hotel a lot after we left.
It’s called Dream Hotel. Although it’s some what a distance away from the shopping areas, we really didn’t mind.
The hotel lobby
Personally, i think everything about the hotel was fantastic. From the interiors to the service. The hotel staffs were really friendly and useful. They would always call a cab for you while you lounge around inside. And a cab would usually arrive very quickly. It’s like first class, baby.
You can also grab these little cards from the reception. It’s really convenient if you’re planning to take a cab a lot. Or if you’re not really good at saying where you wanna go.
Just hand it over to your driver and he’ll take to where ever! It has Thai printed on it too so that it’s more convenient for the driver.
And welcome to our super cosy room!
A nice big TV!
The hotel also had free DVD rentals at the reception. The selection of movies to borrow is quite little, but hey it’s free!
One night, we borrowed Pulp Fiction :)
A rather comfortable bathroom too
I know it’s no big deal, but i’d like to point out that they would always give new bottles of water everyday too. It’s about the service, you know.
Anyway, it was late afternoon when we arrived. We decided to head out shortly after to make full use of our day.
When we were downstairs, i was taking some pictures around the lobby while we were waiting for our cab. A hotel staff came and kindly offered to help take a picture of us, so we obliged. See what i told you bout this hotel?!
And this is us almost a year ago. Once again, seeing him with short hair just feels weird haha
We took the train a couple of times too cause the station was somewhat nearby
Hawker stalls outside Central
I love these stuff!
Then we had some beef noodles at the Platinum Mall food court
Having beef noodles there is somewhat like tradition to me. Every time i go to Bangkok, i’m sure to go to Platinum Mall. And when i’m at Platinum Mall, i’d always have this beef noodle at the food court.
This time however i tried something new – cantaloupe juice. It was one of the most awesome juices i’ve had! I’m so glad that Sonia asked me to try it :)
We visited the Erawan Shrine outside Grand Hyatt Hotel
And of course some foot massage to end the day
The next day, we planned to visit the Golden Mount temple for some prayers. But before we left the hotel, we discovered probably the best hotel breakfast ever.
Starters for me
Scrambled eggs with loads of stuff in it like ham, mushrooms and tomatoes upon request
And of course, the main course
I was like
I loved everything they had there! If i was in an anime, i would be running through a meadow field with tears of joy in my eyes.
The choices they served for breakfast was awesome. And they had BACON. Just the way i liked it too. This is the kind of breakfast that i would love to wake up to everyday and we did have breakfast at the hotel everyday.
And off we go to Golden Mount!
It was a long climb up, but it wasn’t too bad
Was tired but managed to strike a pose anyway #likeabaus
Oh and i got sounded by the lady behind the counter selling bells for wearing shorts. Yeah yeah i should know better, but i only brought shorts to Bangkok cause the weather is mad hot. Message received, lesson learnt.
Hanging bells on the top
Then i forgot what we did after. LOL! That’s what you get for blogging something almost a year later.
I think we might have went shopping a little. Hmm.. *shrugs*
As we were heading back to the hotel, we came across a street vendor selling all sorts of buggy snacks. We decided to buy some back to the room.
The grasshopper tasted okay, somewhat like salty peanuts. I had no problem eating the grasshopper, but i took a really long time to have the guts to put the silkworm into my mouth. Like a really long time.
A friend of ours told us that the wormies taste like chicken flavoured Twisties.
True enough, it did. LOL!
After that, i preferred nibbling on the worms instead of the grasshoppers. We couldn’t finish it all, so we gave them to one of the hotel staffs for being so nice.
Night out at Khaosan
Had some padthai
The padthai we had at Khaosan was okay. Padthai is always good. But it was nothing compared to a shabby street stall we had our dinner at the night before. It was just a random stall by the longkang. We didn’t know where to eat so we just ate there on the way back.
And my god, the padthai was.. heavenly. To think that it came from a shabby stall beside the longkang.
But padthai is still padthai. And padthai is always good.
Still love these!
Simple but pretty awesome porridge
Random dessert stall. I saw a lot of locals ordering so i wanted some too
And drinks at a random place
We spent the next day shopping. It was also our last day at Bangkok before leaving for Singapore the day after.
Last dinner at Bangkok
Kiddy plate. Not that i’m complaining or anything..
Then the next day, we headed back to KL to catch our next flight to Singapore. When we got back to KL, all hell broke loose. Our flight got delayed for a few hours and we had nowhere to go. We tried finding a temporary stay at Tune Hotels but it was full booked.
Then when we finally arrived at Singapore, the queue to catch a cab at the airport was crazy long. I reckon cause the whole world is coming to Singapore for Zouk Out.
When we finally got to our hotel, we found out that our room is a lot more compact from what we have seen on their website. It was even hard to get a decent picture, but i took some anyways.
Here’s our room at Moon Hotel, Singapore.
This is the walkway of the room, which would require careful movements cause it’s so narrow.
The entrance to the room is on the left, and the toilet and bathroom is on the right. You can spot the sink where the round vanity mirror is on the right. Personally i thought it was odd to place the sink outside.
Then at the back, it’s like a confined space for the bed where you have to step up onto a platform and the bed will be on the floor.
You see the curtains on the left side of the bed?
Well there’s no window over there. Behind it is just a plain wall. It’s kinda funny cause i was really tricked.
On the right side of the bed, there’s a small corner for the miscellaneous items. And a glass window that sees through the shower. And that’s about it!
To be honest, i would really consider this cosy and all. Really. I’m not that fussy.
But the fact that the hotel provided bad service really pissed me off! I figured that the hotel was gonna suck the moment we checked in cause the service at the reception was shit.
They didn’t even have room service :(
We had to walk out along Dickson Road and scavenge for a place to have dinner despite being so tired. Boy were we spoiled big time by Dream Hotel in Bangkok.
After that, the panda took a nap while i went on by getting ready for Zouk Out cause.. well, there’s no rest for the wicked! Hurhur more like the vain needs more time to do makeup and all, yeh.
Smuggling some beer we bought at 7-11 by using a laundry bag, LOL!
The phone lines were super congested, but managed to meet up with Ahjie
Ahjie and friends
Beer was expensive there. Good thing we smuggled some in
Jovi and Kok Wing! Bet they were seeing vivid
The main stage was packed like fuck while the other stages were boring as hell, so i don’t know which is worst
Managed to find le Mario :D
Then, it was a very gruesome journey home. Thinking bout it today makes me feel like as though i survived the sinking of Titanic. Or any “life-changing” incident that’s survivor related.
It was sooo bad that we decided to change our flight last minute to the next day and booked another night’s stay at another hotel. I shall leave it as that. What made the journey back so horrible shall remain a mystery.
But just know that by the time we got back to Moon Hotel, it felt like we swam across piranha-infested waters and ran through a pack of hungry hyenas. Fucking beat!
And stupid Moon Hotel wouldn’t even let us use their computer to change our flight! Instead, they asked us to go out to a cybercafe some place else!!
It’s a good thing we moved back into the city center to Marina Mandarin instead, where we will be treated better, like real guests. Hmpf!
We practically hibernated when we got there. And of course rolled around in the luxury of the great Marina Mandarin *swoons*
Aftermath; taking the MRT to Ion Mall for dinner
If you look at the picture closely, you can see a red spot on my heel. I stepped on something sharp at Zouk Out and it cut my skin quite deep so i bleeded quite a bit. It hurt but i think it was no big deal.
The day was our flight back home to KL.
Had some time to kill at Changi Airport and i bought this Cookie Monster hand puppet from a toy store. It was pretty handy considering the amount of time we had to kill. Now was that a pun or what? :o
I guess overall it was still good. It’s quite an experience and i’m glad that i had him with me when it all happened, both good and bad. Thanks for everything, love :)