Monday, November 21, 2016

Done and Dusted!

 
 
 Anddddddddd we're out!

Our wedding receptions have finally come to an end.
So much stories to tell, but I'll leave that for another time.

For now, I just want to get back to the part of my life when I don't have to worry about wedding planning. :)

 
 
 
 xoxo,

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wild Honey Brunch @ Mandarin Gallery, Singapore

Making a trip down south to Singapore is never a good choice now that the Ringgit is traded at 3.0 against SGD..I can't even...

But I had pretty good reasons to make that 2-day trip to Sg last June with the girls - I was on a 3 week break before transitioning to a new job (or rather, back to my old company) so I really wanted to take a break from everything before it all starts again.

One of the places I've wanted to try is Wild Honey for their brunch menu. I went there with OCY whom was my roommate and as tourists, we were obviously unfamiliar with the places and got a bit lost while trying to locate their Mandarin Gallery branch.

At the entrance of Wild Honey @ Mandarin Gallery.

OOTD details
Top: Laced cropped top from Zara
Bottom: White jeans from Zara
Sandals: Charles n Keith




We waited quite a bit (probably 15 minutes) before we were seated. The place is kinda cosy except the part where we had to be seated at a long table, side by side with total strangers. Don't quite fancy that because it feels like we don't have much privacy for the price we were paying :P


Stranger left shortly after. Haha.

Hmmm fancy napkins.


While waiting for our food, I took a few snaps for remembrance as I usually do.

I do appreciate the hipster-ish vibes at the restaurant but I'm not sure what else I appreciate other than the ambience.
Service and food was pretty...meh for me.




Finally our food have arrived! Serving was pretty small for me and the toasts were a little too hard for my liking.
We had the European (wrapped in bacon) and Norwegian (wrapped in salmon), which are their versions of eggs Benedict) and which to my opinion was really nothing special. :-/




Unfortunately, the experience was quite a disappointment probably because I did put some sort of expectations on it after hearing so many people raving about it.

Would I go there again? Well, I did 2 weeks ago...ONLY TO BE DISAPPOINTED AGAIN.

The 2nd time around, I didn't even bother taking a photo of their pancakes...it looks like something I can do on my own at home and I had no idea why I paid RM100+ for it!!



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Wedding Diary Episode 3: Why You Should Read This For Your Pre-Wedding Shoot

This, I learned the hard way. Presumably like many couples who are getting married, one of the things that the bride would normally look forward to is the pre-wedding photoshoot. I'm not any different.

So I mentioned that we have selected the location of the shoot earlier and made all necessary payment for the photoshoot.
After what I've gone through, I would love to share my experiences with all the couples who are planning to have their pre-wedding shoot in the future.

So here's what you might want to know when you're deciding on your pre-wedding photoshoot:

1. Bridal Shop

Credits to the photographer.

Most bridal shops these days provide almost everything you need for your wedding including:
a. Packages for pre-wedding photoshoot including photographers, make up artist (MUA), photoshoot location, photo albums, etc.
b. Bridal gowns (and groom's attire) for pre-wedding photoshoot and actual wedding day
c. Wedding car decorations

I have heard many horror stories of how some bridal shops at wedding fairs would actually trick you into getting their cheap packages and ask you to add on for nicer wedding gowns later.

So the question is:

"Should you sign up for a package at a bridal/wedding 
fair or at the bridal shop itself?"

Here's what we did (and recommend doing):

a. First, visit the bridal fair to know what's being offered in the market especially for couples who are as noobshit like us. 

Do not, I repeat, do not, just sign up on the first bridal booth you come across. The strategy of these sales people (SAs) at such fair is to let you think that you're being offered the best/cheapest package compared to the rest of the booths. Insist on saying you'll come back to them later (unless of course if you're happy with the package, you can always sign up immediately).

b. Note that most bridal booths will display their best wedding gowns at the fair. These gowns normally need additional top up (on top of the package they offer you). The basic ones included in the package are usually not shown at the fair.

If you can, ask the SAs how much would it require to get the more exclusive gowns and negotiate with them there and then if you're interested to sign up at the fair itself.

c. Secondly, if you're like us, prefer to see ALL the dresses that the bridal shop offers, you can go straight to the bridal shop itself (might need to make appointment in advance). This step may seem more difficult as you would need to travel to different shops and this will definitely consume your time.

However, the perks of doing this include getting to see the basic and the more exclusive gowns in the shop. This way you can find out if you like the their dresses before signing up with them.

Tips: Take the opportunity to go to the bridal shops when they have in-house promotion from time to time.


2. Pre-Wedding Photoshoot 

Credits to the photographer.

Once you have decided on the bridal shop, you would be ask to decide where you would want to have your pre-wedding photoshoot at. Here are a few tips I would like to share based on our experience:

a. Select a location which is within your wedding budget.

This is of course a no-brainer. But you have to note that some bridal shops charge additional sum to fly their photographers and MUA to the photoshoot location. If possible, get a bridal shop that has a sister branch in that preferred location to minimize the cost.

For overseas photoshoot, select a country which you can speak their language as well. <---this failed="" horribly.="" p="" we="">

Both Babe and I are strong in our English but our spoken Chinese language is just...meh. For me, I can understand Chinese but it's not easy for me to express the language in words.

Guess where we chose our photoshoot location?

"MACAU". Yes, of all the places, we decided to go to Macau. BAD MOVE!

We had so much difficulty conveying our points across to both the photographer and the MUA. :(

b. Pre-wedding photoshoot gowns might be a little tricky to choose especially since most bridal shops would want to suck out all your money so that you top up some amount to get nicer gowns.

My advice is to make sure that you have a variety of gowns for the photoshoot. I'm usually all for the princessee type of gowns (A-shape) but because I wanted to have different looks, I did opt for a mermaid shaped evening gown as well.

NOTE: This is where the SAs will bring the more exclusive gowns for you to try without you even know and when you fall in love with that gown, that's when you'll be brainwashed to pay more for it!

c. For the bride-to-be, make sure you do your homework on the type of hairstyles and make up you prefer before the photoshoot.

Because I did not do mine (plus my inability to let the MUA know exactly what I want), my MUA screwed up my hairdo. Yes, I HATED MY HAIRDO!!!

3. Selecting Pre-Wedding Photos

Credits to the photographer.

In my own definition of pre-wedding photos, these photos should immortalise you and your husband-to-be's youthfulness so that when you look at the photos 50 years later, you will remember how you look like when you were once young (unless you look much hotter when you're 70 or 80 haha).

If the package you sign up for only includes say, 40 pieces of photo, the SAs will normally ask you to select more and provide you another package which you are entitled to if you buy additional photos.

Tips: Try to sound uninterested with the additional photos as much as you can. The more you sound like you're going to stick to your original 40 pieces (means they won't be making more money out of you), the more the SAs are likely to give you a better offer if you purchase additional photos.

Instead of paying $$$$, we ended up only paying another $$$ for our photos!

Hope this helps! Will talk about wedding reception location next!


xoxo,

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog Filler: So Many Things Are Still Pending!


Before Babe proposed, I've always thought I had it all. Wedding may be a huge thing but hey, I have it at the back of my hand. *blows nails*

But now...no prize for guessing who's freaking out now with 3 weeks to go before the photoshoot.

1. Gowns not chosen
2. No wedding shoes
3. Hair not dyed
4. No idea for casual shoot

and the list goes on...

On the bright side, I still managed to squeeze some time in to have brunch with my fiancé. hehe.



So excited for the weekend!! (Actually it's just gonna be like any other weekend but who doesn't love weekends?!)


xoxo,


Sunday, April 10, 2016

My Wedding Diary Episode 2: Of Choices and Advices

I'm sure we all have heard it all before: Marriage is NOT a 2-person affair.
It's more than that.

If you're lucky, it will usually involve just the family and the couple.
If you're a little unlucky, it will also involve the family, the friends and the couple.
If you're just pure unlucky, it will involve all of the above and people whom you have not even heard of but decided to stick their nose into your marriage affair anyway.

Depends on how you see it, my marriage planning so far involves the family, the friends and us.
I have no one to blame but myself because I'm always the play-nice type where I don't like to hurt anyone's feelings and eventually I end up being the one getting hurt.

In terms of family, there'll be issues on...well, everything.
As much as you want to have your OWN say in certain things, there'll always be some family members who will think that it's best if you do it their way because after all they are the ones who have the experience, not you.
They will think that you do not know how to look for reception venues, pre-wedding shoot, bridal gowns, bridesmaids' (and best men's) attires and duties, flower bouquet, videography, well, you get the gist. Pretty much EVERYTHING.
Worse is when you tend to deviate from their opinions, they will end their sentences with, "Ok la it's up to you. It's not my wedding anyway." I can practically see my blood veins ON my skin now.

As for friends, from selecting bridesmaids (AND MOH), to deciding who does what and when, who to follow you to the bridal shop to select the gowns, etc, all these should sounds rather easy, you'd say?
<>
See what I meant when I said I always play nice?
I know it's my wedding and I should just do what I want. 

But...if you think of it, my wedding is just one day...at most 2 days. 
These people will be around more than just those 2 days. 

Anyway, quick update:

We have finally decided on our bridal shop and pre-wedding photography!

More to come!


Love,

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Wedding Diary Episode 1: Of Wedding Date, Reception Venue and Bridal Shops (& Photography!)

Ah. I've been thinking of doing this ever since the time I decided that one day I'll grow up and marry the guy whom I truly love and now that I've found him, I guess it's about the right time to pen this down!

So, after we got engaged, like any other bride (or is it really just me wtf), I was a little nervous because I obviously have no experience in this and because our budget doesn't allow us to hire a wedding planner (or rather I prefer to be more hands on for MY wedding...does that make me a bridezilla?!), I was left to figure out things myself. My sister and a few friends who are married did offer me some help but because I just didn't know what I want at that time, I pretty much turned down all their help. Haha.

But the first thing that came to my mind was to:

1. Set the wedding date
As any typical Buddhist, I wouldn't say I'm extremely superstitious but I would like to get the best date for my once-in-a-lifetime wedding. So the best person to approach for this is, of course, my mom (thank God for mothers, really)! She went to the temple (or somewhere, seriously I'm just not into this but I just want to have a good date haha) with my aunt and ask the medium for the dates based on my and Babe's birth dates and time. 

It didn't take her very long to get me the dates but the next one almost killed me:

2. Find the wedding reception venue
This is one of the most difficult tasks for me so far. It wouldn't be this difficult if:
a. You have a year (at least) to plan for the wedding; and
b. You have a rough number of people you are inviting to your wedding.

For (a), it sounds easy and most would ask, "Why the rush?" Well, FYI, I made a promise to myself that I do not want to get married at the age of 30 and above. I have made it known to Babe as well because if anything, I want my wedding as another milestone of my life in my 20s. I'll leave 30s for the babies (haha). :P

But for (b), while it may not be that difficult to find out who you'll be inviting, it does get a little exhausting because most of the numbers are from your parents. Remember, the reception is for your parents, not you or your spouse. It took soooo freaking long just to get a rough (note: still no final number) of the amount of pax we will be having for our wedding.

After all that, then you'll be able to shortlist the venues which can accommodate that number. BUT, if you're having your wedding in less than a year and hoping to get a good venue, you can pretty much forget about it wtf. We were lucky to secure quite a good hotel (not top of my list sadly) and placed the deposit after much hoo-hahs!

3. Get a bridal shop (usually comes together with pre-wedding photography)
Oh my god. I just came back from a wedding expo and nearly suffocated. I think I probably suffered from a minor headache while leaving the expo. I really hated how pushy the sales people are but thankfully I am someone who doesn't succumb to pressure easily (in terms of controlling myself against sales people).

So I went to the expo with Babe and the moment we walked towards the entrance, a group of people (I'd like to call them ushers) suddenly charged towards us and one of them passed us a card which offers the bridal gown + photography services. He was lucky we weren't there for any specific bridal shop so we agreed to sit and let them tell us what their offer was.

But the moment we sat down, we basically couldn't get our ass of the seats for almost 2 hours? IT WAS RIDICULOUS PLEASE. We already made it clear to her (the pushy sales person) that we are not able to decide there and then because we want to have options but she just kept pushing.

While I admired her persistence, it's her luck to meet me because as anyone would know me, my self-control is pretty admirable hahaha and too bad, we still got up and left although their package is the cheapest (not the nicest though).

The 3rd point is still pending as I type. Tomorrow we're going to hunt down the bridal shops because I do not want to get a package by looking at picture. This bride here wants to look and feel the dresses TQVM. :P

I mean, we have all heard from other brides how these wedding expos always try to cheat the hell out of you. They'll show you the best they have in the albums but when you are at their actual shop, their clothes are totally different and you'll have to pay extra to get the nicer one! I'm not going to be another victim to fall for that.

Till my next episode!

xoxo,
clconquers

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rabbit SoftServe @ First Avenue, Penang

While trying my best to keep myself updated with all the latest hype in Penang, of course I didn't miss this out: Rabbit Softserve at First Avenue

I've seen the dessert getting famous on Instagram and made it a point to try it out when I was back during the CNY break.
To my surprise, it was just a small stall with probably 3 tables and we were lucky to get a table the moment we got there. 

So apparently from week to week, the owner will come up with new flavors or collaboration with local brands/influencers to create the themed softserve ice cream of the week.
Of course mine was the CNY theme and I love the little piece of paper they stuck on the ice cream. :)

What I don't quite fancy was the marshmallow which was soggy. Eeww.
Also, don't be fooled by the size of the cup you see from the photo, the actual content of the ice cream is less than half the size of the cup. Yup.

Taste wise...if I'm not mistaken this pink one was the watermelon taste. It tasted pretty diluted but for a non-dessert person like me, this is good enough for me to not feel sick of it after a few spoonful.

I would still recommend it for first-timers because it's instagram-worthy!


This cost me about RM13. Would you get it?


xoxo,
clconquers

Sunday, February 28, 2016

What's On My Face?

If you can't already tell by now, I'm a make up junkie.
As junkie as I am though, I usually won't buy new make up until my current one is used up.

I know I have a lot of chemicals on my face but really, sometimes I wish I could turn back time but if you know me well enough, I have a specific spot (quite huge) which I always need to cover up.
That was the reason I started exploring cosmetics and because of that, there is no way back anymore. :(

Anyway, sappy story aside, here's my arsenal of make up! Woohoo!
Okay maybe most people can't tell I have so many things on my face but trust me, these are already considered the least for people who put make up on every day..


L-R: Dior Lip Maximizer, Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, Chanel Les Beiges (No. 20), Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush, Diorskin Nude Air in 010, Burberry Face Contour - Effortless Contouring Pen in Dark (No. 02), Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara (intense black) and Benefit's Benetint lip & cheek stain.
Front: Empro Triangular brow pencil

Phew. Okay that's long.

Here's a close up of the items:

1. Dior Lip Maximizer


This is seriously something I don't need. Okay who am I kidding, I don't even need all of those things I listed above! Hahahha.
But I really love this because I have really bad chapped lips (almost on a daily basis) and putting lip balm is becoming useless as I tend to peel (I know, yucks) my lips when I'm anxious/nervous.
Unfortunately I feel like this almost everyday... :S

This lip maximizer however, does wonders to my lips so far!
It takes just a short while to plump up my lips and the cracks just suddenly feel smooth and I can apply lipsticks easily now!
Can even wear it to sleep and wake up with plump lips!


2. Burberry Fresh Glow - Luminous Fluid Base


I'm usually not the one that wears make up primer until I realised my skin is deteriorating because I wear make up everyday (I know, kinda oxymoron) and bought the Shu Uemura PORErase make up base. Then I stumbled upon this and I was sold when I saw how luminous it was when applied on my skin @.@
Though it's on the pricey side, the result is really worth it when you see your make up stays!


3. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Cream (in No. 20)


You see, as much as I love make up, I'm usually also pretty lazy in putting them especially now that I wear them everyday.
A famous local blogger has been using this and her skin always looks so flawless so I decided to try it for myself too.
I love it! I use it on days when I feel lazy to apply the Shu Uemura foundation and this really works like magic!
It gives the skin a subtle healthy glow and I'm all-in for healthy looking/dewy skin!


4. Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush


I wrote about this brush on my previous post! I use this with the Chanel cream and it works wonders!
Except that...

The bristles are coming off!

5. Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder (in 010 shade)


This wasn't exactly a good buy. I (finally) finished my Shu Uemura's loose powder and after some research, I decided to get this one by Dior.
It was highly raved but I was disappointed from the first application.
Don't get me wrong, the coverage is what you would expect of a loose powder but what irks me most is how messy it can get!
There are days when I don't even move it (except when I travel with it) and the powder just spills on the sponge and on the plastic cover!
Then when I try to get the powder on the sponge, I always get too much because the holes are simply too big. Urgh.
Most probably wouldn't buy this again but looking at the amount, I think it'll take ages again for me to finish this. Haha.


6. Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara



Long time ago, when I was still a student, I used to highly recommend Majolica Majorca (MM) mascara which was then still new in the market. I thought it was the best mascara ever for my straight and short lashes.
After that, I have never changed my mascara (somehow Maybelline mascaras just don't work well on me) until I decided to give another mascara a try and found this.
It's almost 2x the price of MM but the holding power is amazeball. I use the cheap night market eyelash curler for a thousand years already but this mascara really holds the curl really well!
Will definitely repurchase this!

Close up shot of the wand.

7. Burberry Face Contour - Effortless Contouring Pen (in Dark 02 shade)


When I was in a Burberry make up session by Sephora, the make up artist introduced this to me and for someone who doesn't have a V-shaped face, I can only rely on contouring to achieve that almost ideal face shape. Okay maybe I should also cut down on my food intake too. :-/

Anyway, there are 2 shades available - 01 and 02. I got the darker one because the SA advised me that contouring is useless if you can't see the color and 01 is a little light on my skin tone.
That's how I started my contouring journey. I wouldn't say I'm perfect at it but I kind like the illusion it gives my face. :P



These are the usual spots I contour on. Sigh. Things I do to look and feel a wee bit better, huh.


8. Empro Triangular Brow Pencil



This one..I think I bought 4 years ago hahahaha. My eyebrows are pretty thick so I usually don't draw them unless someone (who shapes my brows when I go for my facial session) plucks/shaves too much until I need to. Hmmmph!
This Empro pencil was pretty famous few years ago and because I don't use it often, I still keep it till now!


9. Benefit Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain


My first lip and cheek stain was a complimentary sample from a SA in one of the malls in US when I was on a biz trip.
I love it so much that I decided to get the Benefit Christmas pack which comes with the above Benetint (smaller than the original size) and a tinted lip balm. 
I'm not quite a fan of the balm but this I love!
It spreads easily (remember to spread it within the first 2 seconds of application or risk your cheeks/lips being stained!) and stays throughout the day.
What sorcery is this!


10. Dior Rouge Lipstick in Garden Party (760)


This is probably the first official lipsticks I own. It's very expensive la but I really am very fussy when it comes to lipstick colours and I think this one suits what I'm looking for.
Something that's not too loud yet makes a (subtle) statement.


My final look!

See! After all those make up, only the lipstick is obvious. Is this considered no make up make up, too?

More look of the day!











That's all for now! Gonna savour what's left of my Saturday before the last day of the weekend hits. :(

xoxo,
clconquers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sharing Sunday #3 - Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush vs Real Techniques Foundation Brush

Don't know what to talk about for #SharingSunday! Thought I'll just make a quick post on the foundation brushes I have and now I'm only sticking to one! Find out which one below!

1. Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush


Dense but soft synthetic bristles, feels really comfortable on the skin. 





2. Real Techniques Foundation Brush (from Luxola.com which is now acquired by Sephora!)


Curve in at the middle part of the brush allows good grip of the brush during application.
The bristles are out of this world. I'll explain below.

So the background of the Urban Decay brush is that I wasn't happy at all with the Real Techniques foundation brush I bought from Luxola.
In fact, because of that, I actually thought Luxola could potentially be a scam website because after all RT brushes are highly raved and with the first use of the brush, I already wasn't excited about it anymore!

Not too sure whether it applies to everyone but I noticed some of the reviews on (the now obsolete) Luxola's website has poor review due to the same issue which I'll share below.
If you're thinking why I still bought it even reading those poor reviews, it is because I was stupid laaa ish.
I was in the impression that if so many people raved about it, a few bad reviews should be quite common, no? How wrong I was!

Upon my first foundation application using the RT brush, I was appalled to see visible streaks from the bristles on my face! Everyone knows you're not supposed to have those streaks on your face if you apply your foundation correctly.
It happened every single time I used it without fail and as much as I tried to smooth out those streaks, it just takes too much of an effort and the bristles are honestly a little rough for the skin.

As for the UB Optical Blurring brush..it felt like man made heaven I tell you.
If not mistaken, I had Babe bought it for me for Valentine's Day (men say you have to tell them exactly what you want, hinting doesn't work) and I have been loving it since!
The application was easy and the bristles are oh-so-soft!
I have been using it with the various liquid foundation I have and so far it's nothing but great!
The optical blurring term used on this brush is true! In fact, it's a Photoshop term and it means blurring the flaws (my own definition hahaha).

So there you have it. UB is more expensive than the RT one but so far, it's really worth it!

xoxo,
clconquers


Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Beautiful Saturday With My Girls

It's been too long of a super hectic week!

Boy am I glad it's finally the weekend. CKQ suggested to go to The Row, KL and Waze took me one whole big round using Sprint. =__=

Didn't quite know what to eat so we ended up at Limapulo, which serves Nyonya food at a pretty reasonable price. Food was not too bad for the price.

Tamarind chicken lunch meal @ RM9.90


Part of the rustic decoration in the restaurant.

After lunch, we went to Butter + Beans which is just down the row of restaurants for some quick coffee!






Kinda quite like the vibe there and The Row is just located next to Sheraton Imperial...and I had NO idea at all!
With the gf.

Shall end the post with an #OOTD photo of myself:

Shades: Prada
Top: Off shoulder from Kitschen
Skirt: Factorie
Bag: Michael Kors
Accessories: Flowers courtesy of OCY haha

xoxo,
clconquers

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sharing Sunday #2 - Happy 12th Anniversary & Proposal Day

Wow, I have been so busy this past week I almost forgot about the existence of Sharing Sunday!

This week, I'll share on what I've been up to since yesterday! It is our 12th Anniversary today and we decided what better day than to splurge if not on an occasion that happens once a year!

I've always wanted to visit Majestic Hotel KL ever since I saw it's huge bathtub and 4 poster bed!
We got the Junior Suite which comes with an extended living area!

Credits to Majestic Hotel KL website.
Views of the Junior Suite room:



Presenting to you, the 4 poster bed I have been dreaming of!! The king bed was so plush I fell asleep almost immediately hahaha.

I can't help it..it's too pretty!

Next on my to do list was to soak in their bathtub!! It was really nice and huge! I'm glad I still had my Spa Sanctuary bath bubbles and it was oh-so-fun!

If I could suggest anything to the hotel, it would definitely be great if it could provide their hotel guests with bath bubbles instead of just the shower/bath gel.

Babe said I'm giving him ideas on our future next house!



Hahah!! Really have to make full use of the room, don't I!

We have the sunset view too!





In fact, we have both the sunrise and sunset view! Too bad there was a huge tower building that blocks the sunrise or else it would have been the most perfect room!

I realised I forgot to take another side of the room which has the study desk and the walkway to the room from the main door!
No matter, I'll just post a link here when I got the video up on YouTube!

Breakfast view.

The next day, Babe decided to go for a high tea since the hotel is famous for it.
I almost got taken aback because never in my life does Babe ever mention to have a high tea...like for real!

Our view at the high tea.

We've come a long way! :)


A closer look at the ring! It was very beautiful and all I ever wanted. :)

To be fair, I am not a jewellery/accessory person so I'm pretty much okay with anything (lucky dude :P) as long as it's not too puny hahahaha or too huge?!

I've seen before friends with huge diamond rings and I honestly got quite turned off because it was too huge to be worn?!

Anyway, the size is a little too big but we might get it resized after CNY!

Happy Anniversary dear! The proposal was exactly how I've always wanted it to be and thank you for always being there for me.

xoxo,
clconquers

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