Thursday, February 27, 2014

Le Parents' 30th wedding anniversary.

Finally got around to blogging about my parents' wedding anniversary party! 30th anniversary yo. Quite scary to imagine being married to the same person for THIRTY YEARS! Especially when they are as different as my mom and dad, haha. Since it is so amazing that they didn't kill each other they remain in love for all these years, my parents decided to throw a small dinner party for the occasion!

Actually, there was a small drama with the party. Initially, my parents gave us full rein to do whatever we want for the dinner, including the venue, deco, food etc. So we decided on a "English Garden Party" theme, and was set on Ben's in BSC, as it has a very nice glass room that would look gorgeous for the party. However, a week before the party, we went to Ben's for dinner to choose the menu for the party, and my parents suddenly did a 180 degree turn and said NO! They want Chinese food instead wtf. It didn't help that Ben's service was extremely inefficient, and they served us a piece of cake that has gone bad. -__-

I was quite upset actually, 'cause how to throw an English garden party in a Chinese restaurant wtf. Plus, we have already prepared some deco stuff, so it's really quite a bummer to switch venue/ theme at the 11th hour!! Teeny, being the cold person she is, was like, "whatever la, their loss" WTF. My brother couldn't care less about deco, and Jing wasn't much help since she would only be back from Brisbane on the day of the party. I felt quite dejected and alone at that time, and was honestly considering to just give up doing any planning for the dinner.

In the end though, I decided that as long as my parents are happy, it doesn't really matter where the party is! WE will maketh the party, hehe. So I went along with my parents' plan to have it in a Chinese restaurant, and along with my siblings, did some simple deco. :)

Ok, enough with the back story wtf. Pictures time! I got a friend of mine who is a professional photographer to take some photos during the party, so they are really pretty. :D But the dimensions are smaller than usual, 'cause I stole them from Teeny's FB wtf.

Some behind-the-scene photos while we were setting up... I think these were my favorite photos from the day!

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The restaurant that we dined in was Gu Yue Tien (in Chulan Square, opposite Pavilion KL), which is arguably the best Chinese restaurant in KL. This was before we put up the decorations!

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Being coordinator for the day LOL.

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Giving each other a helping hand. :)

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We almost wanted to cancel out cake order when the dinner venue was changed to a Chinese restaurant! But luckily we didn't, 'cause it was really the highlight of our feature table. :)

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Super love this photo of my parents. :')

My mom continued with the "floral garden" theme, and ordered all the men to wear bow ties. My dad was not spared, haha.

And while all of us were busy running around getting the place ready...

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.... my grandparents were camwhoring, HAHA. Grandpa was wearing a bowtie and suspenders, so handsome! And my grandma was using my mom's Valentino clutch which matched her cheongsam top perfectly.

I think my grandpa was really pleased with how he looked that night. When he found out that my friend is a professional photographer, he ordered him, "YOUNG MAN! Come come, take a photo of me. I need a new passport photo" HAHAHAAHHA.

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Yay, full attendance from everyone in the family!

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Our feature table. The "Just Married-- 30 years ago" was my idea, haha. Also put up some photos of my parents at their wedding!! I think some were missing from this photo, 'cause some of the guests kept on stealing the photos to study closely wtf.

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Brother Hoe also looked really dashing! First time saw him in a faux tux. Faux, 'cause he was actually wearing skinny jeans with his bow tie and tux jacket wtf.

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Thank you for getting married and giving birth to us beautiful people, dad and mom! wtf

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My mom changed into 3 outfits for the night WTF. Now you know where my fashion hoarding genes come from, haha. However, this is an extra meaningful outfit as she is wearing a Chinese 'kua' that my grandma wore for HER wedding 59 years ago!!

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One with the grandparents. :)

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I don't have a proper outfit photo from the night, so this crappy phone image will do.

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This is with our "godmother", aka my mom's best friend, and her children. She and her family almost follow us on our family trips!

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Pretty pink roses for my mom. It was 2 days before my mom's birthday, so it was another cause for celebration.

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Hi Daddy, I love your lipstick color WTF.

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All the young girls at the dinner. Luckily I can still come into this photo wtf.

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My mom got tipsy at the end of the night and fought for a kiss WTF.

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Funny faces for the family album!

All in all, it was a FAB night. So much so that my mom now wants to celebrate her 31th, 32th, 33th... wedding anniversary. HAHA!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

On the decks.

I think it's safe to say that say we are slowly but surely settling into the new place! We still don't have internet here, but we have a Yes 4G dongle, so that will do for now. We still don't have gas, but we got an induction cooker (kind of like an electric stove). We are still getting the hang of things, but we are getting there! :)

So with that, I hope I can find more time to blog! Previously there was a lot of time wasted on the road, traveling from the boy's place (where I stay sometimes), to my family home (where I also stay sometimes wtf), to office. So now there should be more time freed up, heh. To show my sincerity wtf, I am going to blog some pretty photos, WOOHOO! *syok sendiri wtf*

Jing brought us to a nice place for brunch during our Sydney trip last year, briefly blogged about it here.

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Deckhouse is a glass-house restaurant facing the Sydney Harbor Bridge!

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Naturally we chose to sit outside to admire the view. Not to mention, the spring weather was glorious!

My all-time favorite weather is Spring, followed by Fall, and then I can't decide which one I hate more wtf-- Summer or Winter. Summer is too hot and sweltering, which makes you not have any mood to do any form of walking or sight-seeing. Winter, on the other hand, can get very depressing and dirty (all the melted snow and slush) which also makes you have no mood. But then again, at least we can dress up in winter! So maybe Winter beats Summer, haha. Unless it's a beach holiday la wtf.

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Yay brunch!

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Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background yo.

After our brunch, we took a walk outside the restaurant and took some really nice photos! I think Deckhouse should consider renting out its place for photo ops too wtf.

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Do we look like we are in a Taylor's College ad lol.

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Actually I was quite afraid that I will trip over my heels and fall into the sea wtf. My nickname is Ms. Calamity. -_-

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I miss my sister!

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Outfit of the day:

Floral applique top: Topshop
Hot pink shorts: Korea
White blazer: AZORIAS (on sale now!)
Horseshoe necklace: Accessorize
Sunnies: Celine
Leather link heels: Korea
Bag: Alexander Wang

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Super miss having a holiday after going these photos! *ignores fact that I just came back from TWO holidays in January wtf* Well, I guess it's lucky that I going on another holiday with my family in March then... :P This time, it will be Seoul! Am quite excited to show my family around my second home lol.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Moving.. Moving... Moved.

I warn you all first ar, this is probably the auntiest post that I have ever written! (I even started a new blog category-- Revel in Wife Material-- for all the aunty parts of my life hehe).

 Staying out on our own has been great! To be honest, our home is far from being complete-- we don't have gas in our place yet (leaving me to have to rely on the oven to create meals), we have no wifi (our place is new, and TMnet being the efficient people that they are, will only have internet cabling up in April -_-), and before this, we didn't even have a water filter so we had to drink mineral water. And on the first day that we moved in, our sink started leaking!

But yet, despite all these shortcomings, it feels so nice to come home to our own place everyday. To rack my brains for something yummy to cook for the boy. To wash dishes together by the sink and to hand clothes to the other person to hang at the balcony. To cuddle on our L-shaped sofa and watch movies with Rocky nuzzling our toes.

Mind you, not everything is perfect! We have also bickered about housework (already, haha), but I believe this is a learning process for us. :)

Anyway, just sharing some of the food I have prepared recently! It's kind of a huge deal for me 'cause I haven't cooked in 5 years. And also quite challenging 'cause I can only use the oven! I can't even make baked pasta 'cause pasta requires boiling and boiling requires gas wtf.

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This was what I prepared for our first night at our new home! Did you all guessed correctly here. :P

Simple meal of roasted chicken drumsticks with cherry tomatos, ciabatta (I used baguette instead), basil leaves, garlic cloves and dried chilli. I like it 'cause it is quite a balanced meal with fibre, protein and carbs! :D

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A typical breakfast. Muesli with Greek yogurt and fruits. The boy said that sugarless yogurt is too sour though. -_- So now he eats with milk lol.

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Another easy meal! Tip for all of you, use wraps as the crust for your pizza, it is so thin and crunchy, can fight with Dominoes hehe. Used leftover roast chicken from the day before along with some vegetables and ham.

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It makes me happy when my food is pretty! Super atas fruits here-- persimmon, cherries and plums, but we didn't pay one cent for them! *glee* Got truckloads of free food 'cause the boy's family bought a lot of food for prayers (first day of CNY and the Hokkien's CNY i.e. 8th day of CNY).

One of the free food that we got was oh sweet lord roasted pork! Made broccoli with roasted pork (served with brown rice) one night-- oven roast 'cause, oh ya, no gas wtf.

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Yesterday the boy got a bad case of diarrhea so I made porridge for him! It was my first time ever making porridge and I just sort of winged it 'cause I couldn't find any recipes that I like. Used a rice cooker 'cause, oh ya, no gas wtf.

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And it turned out better than I could have hoped for! :D :D :D Even the boy was impressed, and he kept on thanking me for dinner. *flips hair*

In fact, halfway eating the porridge, he suddenly blurted out: "I am not eating porridge."

I was like, "Huh??"

And he said, "I am eating humble pie."

Haha. 'Cause he was very skeptical of me cooking before this. But in reality I exceeded his expectations on every account (his words, not mine lol). But of course, do bear in mind that he had super low expectations to begin with haha.

Anyway, I am quite proud of myself nonetheless! Keep up the good work, Hui Wen! My goal is really for us to eat healthier so that we can live long long long and annoy each other forever hehe.

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Friday, February 07, 2014

New year, new home!

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, because we were busy with moving!

YES!! We have officially moved into our new place! :D :D :D

It's only been a few days, and to be honest, I haven't really had the luxury to bask in the fact that we have our own little nest now, what with the CNY festivities and Jing being back (it is the first time in 5 years that she got to celebrate CNY in KL!). But that doesn't stop the whole experience from being AWESOME! :P

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Replying emails with this little furry monster snoring gently next to me. Biadab la this boy wtf.

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Also playing the part of a good wife-to-be by preparing meals! I haven't cooked since I left Melbourne... which was a good 5 years ago wtf. This was our first dinner on our first night in our first home! Hehe. Can you guess what I made?

At the moment, the place is still quite bare (i.e. all the main furniture is in, but not much deco is up yet), but I am looking forward to adding my own touches to the place in time to come. Can't wait to share photos of the place when we are a little more settled in! :)


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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Bangkok Eats: Issaya.

I get asked quite often where to eat in Bangkok, so I thought I would blog about some about our favorite eateries/ new joints! Hope this new addition to my blog will be useful to you guys. :)

Today's entry is about Issaya, a whimsical bungalow that is quite the hidden gem. It was our first time at this restaurant, but it sure didn't disappoint!

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Love the clever play on prints on the menus.

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There are quite a few lounge areas in the lush gardens, and this birdcage area is my favorite spot, hehe.

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If I have a free reign to decorate my home, this is probably how it would look like! A lot of colors and clash of prints, with touches of greenery here and there, and a dash of whimsy. :)

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Just a simple mixed vegetable dish, but it looks SO PRETTY!!

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Going for a white/ nude palette with a pop of color on my bag and lips. Which was just as well, because if I have worn something colorful I would have blended into the interior of the restaurant, haha.

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Looking out into the garden.

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Jing's whole outfit is from AZORIAS! Top is already sold out, but you can get the skirt here.

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Possibly the best pork ribs I have ever eaten. :O :O :O

We had the tasting menu, which is approximately RM150++ per pax, but they allow you to share! So maybe 2 people can share set of the tasting menu as portions are pretty generous. They also have an ala carte menu which is probably what we will go for the next time we visit. :)

4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Road, Sathorn, Bangkok.
Telephone: +66 (0)2 672 9040-1 Fax: +66 (0)2 672 9042

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White chiffon dress with frayed rosette pockets: Bazaar
Gold cuff: Diva, Australia
Sunnies: Korea
Nude ankle-strapped pumps: Zara
Bag: Mulberry

I blogged more about this day in Bangkok my Dayre: *click*

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