Thursday, July 22, 2010

Unfolding April's folder

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At TCC

After shopping for the entire day with 3 other shopping queens, we needed fuel to recharge. We found ourselves spaced out at TCC and having our dinner in slow mo -- reg still nursing her illness, sushi from being spaced out the whole day, karen and I from the lack of sleep the previous night.

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I always wound up ordering the same stuff that I've quite forgotten if the Seafood Aglio Olio or the Mentaiko Spaghetti with Salmon Tataki was mine. All I remember was sushi's Strawberry Romantasia looked really delectable!


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I want to ride my bicycle...



Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein

How true! That is why you're a genius, Einstein!

Bearing in mind to maintain a work life balance and also to work towards one of my goals of adopting a healthy lifestyle, evan and I decided to meet up for cycling at ECP and healthy Subway lunch thereafter.

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Many a times, we are so focused on making a dash ahead and trying to keep a balance that we often forget to take a break; to soak in the beauty around us.

Take a walk around, see what there is to see. Stop, look, listen and smell that lovely little flower.

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Could never resist doing those jump shots. I can't do them well at all.

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Ready... action!

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Hope the gif is showing!


The attack of the red moustache gals

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There is a name for this type of blue. That, we learnt from a quartet of effeminate men/ boys who cycled past us while snapping this.

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The weather was lovely! Bad for tanning but great for sports. I hate uneven tan lines! For almost the whole part of the day, the sun barely peeked from behind the clouds. However when I got home to shower and prepared for BIL's birthday dinner, I was pissed to see sleeves, watch and bracelet tan.

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Typing this post reminds me of our next cycling trip which never materialise due to our busy schedules. How I miss that gal! Both of us have been so busy with work that our offdays are packed with many nonwork stuff.


I miss that gal but I doubt she misses me coz I always make her do stupid things

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From Compass Point to Far East to Wild Honey

I squeezed meeting cyn and the kids, complimentary hair treatment and dinner with reg and karen all in a day. I thought I could squeeze in facial too but I was too ambitious and had to cancel it in the end coz I had such a lovely time with the kids.

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Haha... Jase looked so unwilling up there but I swear it's just the way he smiled. He once looked at his photos and whined to mommy that he did not know how to smile. Charmaine the poser queen was a natural!


This was what happened when my camera landed in the kids' hands.

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We were very happy that day coz Charmaine's scan results showed that her sacrum was clear. During that few days, Cyn mommy was not gonna be bothered about everything else till the next chemo and enjoyed a normal family life.

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Charmaine hadn't been going out for a long time and a simple trip like bringing kor kor to cut hair was a treat for her.

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We played hide-and-seek with cyn mommy and char sniggered away cheekily when we peeked out and saw that mommy had missed us.

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My outfit for the day which cyn exlaimed looked very Korean.

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After that, I zipped off to Far East for a complimentary hair treatment at Highest salon before meeting reg and karen for dinner at Wild Honey.


Tucked away in Mandarin Gallery, Wild Honey is a little restaurant that serves all day breakfast. Ooh... how I love breakfast foods!

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It was fortunate that reg was familar with the ordering system since she had been there a few times. I would have been lost.

Their menu came in the form of two large chalkboards instead of the usual menu. Karen and I stood wide-eyed at the colourful words on the chalkboards like confused little children staring at old fashioned chalkboards back in school, not knowing what the words meant. Luckily for us, the wait staff directed us to an i-phone and showed us pictures of the items. With pictures, it certainly helped us make up our minds and facilitated the ordering process for we were holding up the line.

It was pretty crowded and we had to settle for a minuscule wooden table nestled in an inconspicuous corner.


Our table almost could not accommodate all the food and beverages.

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Karen went European with Wild Honey's version of eggs Benedict with field mushrooms & prosciutto.

Reg opted for Tunisian which was served in a sizzling pan of tomato stew, fried eggs & chorizo sausage

As for me, I don't remember what I ordered. Reg was asking me the other day while penning her entry on this outing and I told her I would know if I had the menu in front of me. Studying the menu and looking at my photo, I should think I went Italian with the open faced frittata with rocket, tomato, fontina cheese.

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Thanx Karen for the photos at TCC and Wild Honey. =)

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Surprises...

Before Joyce flew off (for good) to join her hubby in the States, she dropped by the office to see all of us for the last time.


I was pleasatly surprised to receive these from her.

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A notti quote book and lip gloss

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How very thoughtful! Really hope kh and I could visit the lovely couple if we ever do travel to that part of the globe.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Reply to "passerby" on tagboard @ 8 July 2010, 11:54

Copied & pasted from tagboard:
8 Jul 10, 11:54
passerby: tis is to cyn mummy: im juz curious. dun u feel sad tt ppl r doing all kinda special stuff for char oni cos shes dying?

Hi passerby aka
1) Anonymous who has been terrorising ourfeistyprincess blog
2) Anonymous who has been terrorising my blog after ourfeistyprincess blog was born
3) Anonymous from Chai Chee Industrial Park (IP Add: 202.172.242.86)
4) Anonymous with Starhub Cable Vision IP addresses that resets every now and then
5) kgkool

How have you been? It's been quite a while ya? I hope this post finds you well. The weather isn't very good these days so do take care of yourself and please do not suffer a heart attack when you see these...


Your identity as "passerby" on my cbox is in close proximity in timing again with your other monikers on my tracker






Look I've found a direct physical address for your ip @. There's a name there as well.



Please click on images to enlarge, I'm afraid you may not be able to see the severity of this issue.

You may or may not be physically there but from that address, we are able to proceed further if the harrassment continues. I've already given you many chances, sound advice and hints earlier on. Singapore is a small country and it isn't too difficult to track you down.

Cheers,
Jo =D

Wedding Services FAQ Part III

Continuing from the previous wedding service FAQ, here's part 3 and the final one. I decide that I'd better post part 3 before our one year mark.

I'm so sorry if the wedding posts seem to go on forever but I'm really glad that I took the time to do all the wedding FAQ posts as they really serve as a one stop place for directing everyone to their queries. The sad thing is, I don't get as much questions/feedback/responses from my readers anymore as I presume all your answers have been answered? In any case, you can still drop me any queries that have not been answered in the posts.

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Time really flies. This adage has been way overused but oh, how much truth it holds.

In 2 days time, we would be celebrating our one-year wedding anniversary. It feels like the wedding was just yesterday. It feels like not too long ago when we said "I do". It feels like not too long ago when he reassured my parents that he would take good care of me.

I've taken a long break from the last wedding service FAQ due to the music copyright issue but I've discussed with my video coordinator and photographer and both said it should be fine to upload their videos for personal sharing. I may remove the videos to my discretion should anything happens.

Do take note that the video files are compressed to fit the maximum file size limit of youtube and facebook. Furthermore, the resolution is greatly compromised when viewed on youtube.

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Photography by Gideon Koh


Photo slideshow of the day's highlights


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Photo slideshow of the banquet


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the coffee table album

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Gideon has great personality and is a really fun person to work with. We could click very well right from the very beginning when we decided to use his services.

Both hubby and I love how Gideon's photojournalistic style captures all the fleeting candid moments beautifully. The wedding may well be over. Nevertheless, we continue to relive the fond memories each time we view the photos.

Our families and close friends who had the privilege of viewing the photos on the DVD had nothing but praises for Gideon's artistic style and his ability to capture emotions and little details. As soon as the compressed versions were uploaded on FB, a few people actually dropped me messages to ask who our photographer was. Needless to say, many guests noticed him on that day itself and asked about him as it's difficult not to notice a cute photographer.

Gideon also provided good after service too. He readily helped compress the files for us to upload on FB and were very patient with us when we made changes to the coffee table album.

From a photographer and to a personal friend, I must say it's indeed our privilege to have Gideon as our wedding photographer.

Note:
Gideon Koh Photography has just been inducted into The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association! :)

According to www.agwpja.com:
The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AGWPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry when it comes to enhancing images. The chief objective of the AGWPJA is to provide members with a platform where the finest enhanced, manipulated and/or artistic wedding photojournalism in the world is spotlighted and
promoted for the bride and groom.


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Video by Academy Video

Highlights of what happened on the morning of 10th July 2009...


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blogger just shut down on me and whatever that I've typed about academy video for the past 1 hour was gone!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooooooo pissed! Will continue again later.

Updated on 10th July 12.53am:
Busy marking compo for my classes later and going for our anniversary staycation thereater. Will finish the part on aademy video after the weekend. Stay tuned!


I was doing some research prior to the wedding and saw a few couples giving the thumbs up for Academy Video. Curious, I went to their homepage but could not find any video sample at all. I was not impressed by their outdated homepage and almost ruled AV out due to this but decided to make an enquiry call. A meeting was arranged and we viewed varying styles of morning highlight videos ranging from the traditional, the artistic and the modern, creative approach at their main office. We also found out the reason why their videos were not shown on their homepage (which I won't write about here).

Note:
AV's website has since been spiffed up and it sure looks impressive. Be warned though that the flash may take quite a while to load.

I was attracted to AV's creative style videos but what really drew me was the package which included a documentary of the whole event. We were told that the documentary style dvd would be beautifully and smoothly edited video instead of shakey raw footages a la Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield which most videography companies offer.

We played the documentary style video for both our families and had a whale of a time reliving the events all over again. Friends who dropped by our place or who were directly involved in the morning activities also had a fun time viewing.

Our coordinator Jonny suggested video styles according to the couple's character without compromising on our expectations. He also noted down all our special requests. The end result was a highly entertaining video which left our guests in stitches. Our friends and relatives really loved the video a lot. I suspect it's also due to the fact that many people enjoy watching kh and the xiong dis being "tekan" by my jie meis.

A group of my friends commented that it was one of the best morning highlights video they've seen. One of my friends who got married a few months before me exclaimed, "Wah! Branded sia!" upon hearing our video services were from "Academy Video". She had been doing her research and she really liked AV's video style too even though she didn't opt for it in the end.

In my opinion, AV's prices are not expensive at all. It's just that there are many cheaper video services around which are really quite decent.

Kh esepcially liked the part when his reading aloud of the love "contract" was done as a voiceover. I like that too. I would always remind him of his promise and threaten him that it has been recorded for all to witness. Thanx to the video editor[s] for their prudent choice. However, I just didn't understand why they chose such an ugly shot of me for the "starring Jolene" scene. ;P

We were certainly pleased to have engaged AV for their videography services. We had a pleasant experience working with the team there. As mentioned above, our coordinator was Jonny who has since become a friend and our VG was Bernard. Bernard was pretty focused on recording everything that was worth sealing in our memory on tape. Occasionally, he would guide us and the xiong dis and jie meis on what to do. He worked quite well with Gideon too.

We did not engage AV for photo services as at that time, we were already certain in having Gideon to cover the photography aspects. However, I saw some of AV's photos and it's those kind of photojournalistic style which I like.

With that, if you like the morning highlights video you see here, do give Academy Video a call to enquire. I would never have known of such an excellent video service company had I not made that enquiry call to them.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

My hubby the "convert"

Just the other night, my hubby cheekily said, "You would never guess what I did today!"

I hazard a few wild guesses and was too lazy to continue the guessing game since he insisted I would never be able to guess.

Upon entering our room, I saw a little white paper bag lying innocuously on the bed with the letters ...



"So this is what you did that I would never be able to guess?" I questioned him with a bewildered expression on my face as I peeled the scotch tape off, revealing a polo tee.

"It's on 30% off with further 10% discount for UOB cardholders," he maintained.



I don't know to be secretly happy or not. My tailtail would actually buy something from Armani Exchange without me around?! Thats really something I would not be able to guess.

For those who don't already know, my silly tailtail is a very simple person doesn't believe in spending on brands, especially for clothes. His clothes takes up only less than a quarter of our wardrobe space and he thinks that a casual top costing more than $50 is expensive. On the other hand, his wife believes in spending for well-made clothes or clothes with style. This ranges from less than $10 clothing items to the 3-digit range.

What have I done to my dear hubby?

Friday, July 02, 2010

Is it July already?


[Photo credit: Chrissie White]

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