Dearie’s 31st Birthday & James Wedding

As you know 2 of my long posts disappeared so I will just forgo blogging the not-so-important stuffs. Perhaps I will update in future lah, if fate allows. I will just summarised James’s wedding post with Dearie’s Birthday post. Another announcement will be made into another post. Else too long already. =P

Dearie’s Birthday on 4th Dec 2009 at Orchard hotel

It wasnt so much of a celebration as dearie wants everything to be done simple. Im so sorry Orchard hotel turned out to be a major failure and disappointment. Nevertheless, I know dearie’s being accommodating and still appreciates what I’ve arranged for him.

I booked the room via asiarooms.com and it’s definitely cheaper than booking with the hotel directly. Perhaps a $5 or $10, I dont remember but what’s more important is, it’s easier to get rooms via asiarooms.com because when I actually called Orchard hotel, they said they dont have any superior rooms left on 3rd Dec. But when I booked through asiarooms, the reservation went through. This is because asiarooms got special allotments in these hotels. I was worried I cant get a double bed so I emailed the hotel and quoted my reference number. They replied the next day to confirm a double bed room has been reserved for me.

On 3rd Dec, we reached punctually at 2pm to check in but was dismayed to find out the double bed order was not being followed. I was annoyed and it showed very well. The receptionist pretty much has the face that she’s in space and has a dreamy look most of the times where I wondered did she hear what I said. She took around 15minutes to check for a substitute double bed room. Dearie and me were so tired standing at the reception. Of course I complained why she took so long? She said it’s because they just had a new system installed. Nahz. Eventually she upgraded my superior room to a deluxe room as she ran out of superior double bed rooms. Of course Im happy.

We put down our staff and went to catch our lunch at the Japanese Teppanyaki cafe at the hotel’s basement. Nothing was impressive. Dearie ordered his favourite grilled cod fish while I had a grilled platter consisting of cod fish, prawn, scallops. His fish was tiny with many small bones while my fish is not fresh. It was not a very fulfilling dinner. As it was dearie’s dinner, he was entitled to a complimentary glass of ice wine which tasted too sweet to my liking. However, both of us had the complimentary warm apple crepe which was delicious.

When we returned to our room at around 3.15pm, kaoz, the TV cant operate. We called for the technician and some bangladesh entered the room. Fiddled with the remote for half an hour before he left, saying he will need to “check it out”. We waited for him to come back until I fell asleep! By then it’s already around 4pm. The housekeeping gave us similar answers and the front desk NEVER picks up the calls. I was brimming with anger as I charged down to the lobby and complaint loudly. The receptionist, Ruby, didnt even dignify me with a apology but instead shoved me an impatient look that she has already called the technician to go repair our TV again.

Since I dont know how long the technician was going to take again, rather than wasting time in the room, we went Bugis for some shopping. Dearie is in need of a pair of white shoes for our photoshoot and wedding to pair with his white suit. We shopped around Bugis street but bought nothing we fancy, given the short amount of time. I, however bought a vanilla and strawberry cake for dearie to cut at midnight.

After that we quickly drove to lavender market to buy Dearie’s much craved chilli crabs. We also bought fried baby squids(haven took that in ages!) and sambal kangkong. On the way back, there was traffic jam and we were so famished when we reached the hotel. Guess what. The TV still cant operate! The stupid computer system is a failure. ZzZz We called the operator and she was addressing me like Im a kid. Dammit for having a child-like voice.

“May I know what is wrong with the TV? In what way it cant operate?”

“Somehow I cant watch the local channels. Can you ask the technician to come?”

“No. You must first tell me what is wrong with the TV.”

“I think something’s wrong with the remote or something. No response when I press the channels buttons. Anyway Im not very sure as Im not the technician!!”

Before I can scream at her again, dearie snatched over the phone(I seldom see him so angry) and yelled at the operator;

“The TV still cant operate and it has been more than 3 hours since we asked the technician to get it fixed. We went out at 4pm and now it’s already 7pm+ and it still cant work.
:
I dont know what’s wrong with the TV, Im not a technician! Just ask the technician to come up right now!” Dearie finished before he slammed down the phone.

The bangala came again to fix and this time he finally got it right by punching a few buttons. He, however was polite enough to mumble a apology which we dismissed with thanks. You polite to me, I sure polite to you. But if Im a dissatisfied customer, first, acknowledge my problem, second, apologise on behalf of hotel, thirdly, offer solution and lastly, counter check if problem is solved and get feedback. The receptionists seemed to jump to third step everytime which is very annoying lor, especially when her solution dont work at all and she never do follow-ups.

We had a lovely dinner. The chilli crabs are so very yummy, the baby squids crunchy and sambal kangkong fragrant with the shrimp paste.
Orchard hotel dont provide VCD at all even on requests. When midnight strucked, I requested for a lighter to light dearie’s cake’s candle but as usual, they dont have because they claimed to be a non-smoking hotel. YA I KNOW. But I just want to light a birthday cake’s candle! Cant you just borrow a lighter or something and just light for me ma? Cant.

Okie when I called again after the cake was cut to request for plates and forks, to eat the cake of course. GUESS WHAT.

“A service charge will be charged to your account for the service of plates and forks, Mdm.”

“Service charge for mere use of plates and forks??!!” I exclaimed incredulously.

“Yes Mdm.”

By then, I was no longer infuriated. I looked at the phone as if it has sprouted worms and turned to dearie in a dazed and monotonous voice, “what kinda hotel is this??!!” And sadly speaking, my delicious fresh cream cake was slightly soggy because their fridge was not very chilling. =(

The stingiest hotel definitely! For the bathroom only has 1 set of toiletries as if they expect 2 roomers to share and only 1 robe. We already gave up all hope to request anything again from the hotel.

The morning breakfast was OK with the normal western-styled bacon and eggs and stuff but tasteless chicken porridge. The restaurant service staff, however was polite and pleasant. When we went to take the lift to our 7th storey, a staff stopped us as they’re having a firedrill.

HAHAHAHAHA.

*breathe deeply*

Which hotel will perform firedrill at 10am in the morning? Orchard Hotel loh.

We sat down at the lounge to wait for around 10minutes before we can take the lift up.

We went back to our room to watch TV but again failed to watch. Because a message appeared, “network cable disable. Please check!”

WAHAHAHAHAHA.

1.5hours to check out time. Forget. We just sleep the hours away I thought. Just when we lied down, the fire alarm went off.

HAHAHAHAHA

Okie for a mere 10 seconds. But…I tell you…we sweared we will never come back to this fucking horrible hotel, ORCHARD HOTEL.

And you think that’s all, you’re in for a surprise! DONT UNDERESTIMATE THE DEPTH OF FUCKUPS THIS HOTEL CAN DO WOR!!

I set alarm at 11.45am, just in case the stupid hotel charges any late checkout charges to us. I had a real sound sleep until that familiar unknown force was tugging at me. Pressurizing, just like a mass of invisible force. I was irritated of course, more than alarm as I’ve experienced this ghostly encounter many times before many years ago in my room. I dont know what “it’s” up to but I certainly dont wish to be turned facing up for fear of being ya1 by “it”. It’s a most suffocating feeling. I glanced at my handphone, it’s 11.45am. Just snooze for another 5 minutes I thought. I ignored “it” and slept firmly on my side. 5 more minutes, my alarm rang and I told dearie to pull up the curtains for all the sunlight to shine in as the room was very dark.

When we reached the carpark then I told him what happened. Im not terrified or what. Im just worried “it” followed me home. But based on my hunch, I think it’s unlikely because “it” should be a harmless ghost who was trying to wake me up or disturb to leave the room so that “it” can have it to “itself”. Judging from the dust in some areas of the hotel room, I guessed it has been vacant quite long. Somemore it’s a corner unit.

If all these above cant banish your thought from staying in this horrible Orchard Hotel, then just be careful dont ever get a room with the number 754. Such horrible service. Not as if the room is super super cheap, also costs a $250+ Ok.

We decided to go Ochard for some shopping instead of going home directly, for obvious reasons. Even though dearie said his car got amulet, it’s still better to be safe than sorry I thought. We went fareast, taka, wisma. Finally dearie settled with a smart pair of white Pedro’s shoes going at $115+ after a 10% discount with UOB card. Wah. My hubby’s shoes are even more expensive than mine! Like double. I suddenly have this premonition that the pair of red heels I eyed at TANGS with a pricetag of $220 wasnt that atrocious afterall! As quick as lightning, dearie quickly argued that his was more expensive because it comes with branding and he has few pairs to begin with, unlike me who has so many pairs. *rolled eyes*

Anyway I saw a pair of very suitable glittery dark silver heels at Heatwave which is versatile and glam enough to match any coloured evening gowns as well as my cheongsums. ALAS…but my size was sold out. =( I have 3 pairs of red heels already and I most probably wont buy the $220 pair as red is not very versatile to match. The shopping trip for the day ended with my purchases at Hypnosis. 2 tops and 1 lounging 3quarters. 20% off with a free cotton soft black shawl when purchases reached $80. Very comfy. =)

Evening time, I treated dearie to a seafood teppanyakki set at Sakae Sushi. It was our 2nd time having the set. They’re delicious and very value for money. Sorry no pictures. But it consists of

-2 pieces cod fish
-4 prawns
-teriyaki chicken cubes
-1 plate of fried beansprouts with lady’s finger
-2 seafood chawanmushi
-4 pieces maki sushi
-1 plate salmon sashimi
-2 bowls rice with miso soup
-2 scoops of chocolate icecream

Total around $42.

It’s basically a seafood feast for my darling on his birthday eve and birthday. I thought I did cut down expenses this time round when we downgraded from Fullerton to orchard hotel. NooOooOo. Together with all the seafood feasts and the birthday pressie, a tie from Raoul, everything still sums up to around $500 for both of us. I dont mean anything my dear, just hope you do understand why and dont be shocked when you see my credit-card(sub by you) bills will definitely come up to more than a thousand. =P Though to the others, please dont misunderstand, I always pay my own bills. =)

Happy 31st Birthday my darling. Love you lots! Smuacks Smuacks!

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James & ShuHui’s Wedding on 29th Nov 2009 @ SwissMerchant Court.

It was a lovely affair with the couple mumbling countless thanks to all of us, even when I did absolutely nothing much except by snapping their pics and staying back to mini-sabo them after the dinner ended. It’s the first time I saw Shuhui but she’s warm and endearing. =) We chatted alot about our wedding preparations, bridals, banquets and even photography. Dearie was James’s Xiongdi and as expected was busy most of the times throughout the dinner. The dinner was very sumptuous, with huge generous servings of scallops and giant prawns. It’s very rare because most weddings I went, each only got to taste 2 or max 3 pieces. I wonder were the guests at my table merely acting demure and sedate with their small consumption or they’re really tiny eaters. For it’s impossible for me to fill my stomach with their proportion amounts.

I was teasing Al that Cat will be very easy and cheap to “support” with her small appetite so he dont have to worry so much when he marries her. Lol. Their wedding bells will be ringing soon too as I heard they started balloting for flats. If that fails, they will buying resale flats. So Im very happy for them!

Fast-forward to after the dinner, we went up to the bridal suite prior to the couple. Playful dearie demanded angbao and wanted to sabo the couple before he promised to open the door. Haha. Seeing the couple’s fatigued happy faces, we merely made them munch a green apple before letting them in. We’re not that evil afterall! Some of us went Clarke Quay for a drink. By the time it ended, it’s around 1+am. Since the helper’s room was empty, we took the room so that dearie dont have to drive all the way home when he’s so fatigued. Took some pictures, it’s all compiled in the slideshow.

Wishing them an eternal and blissful marriage always with tons of kids! Haha.

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