Our ROM Solemnisation

No doubt, this will be the longest entry of the century.

WE’RE BACK!!! HAPPY AND MARRIED!!!

Event: ROM Solemnisation of Adrian & Fion
Date: 2nd Nov 2008(sunday)
Venue: Furama Riverfront Hotel, The Waterfall Lounge
Start Time: 12.30pm
Solemnisation Time: 1.15pm – 1.30pm
End time: 4.30pm

Gown: Made-To-Measure From NewImage Bridal(IMM)
Design of Gown: Fion & Capio(NewImage’s Designer)
Make-up & Hairstyle: Sally(NewImage/Bridal Concept)
Bouquet: Cream Roses with Forget-Me-Not’s
Manicure & Pedicure: PINC, Vivian
Wedding bands: Poh Heng, Platinum with Yellow Gold

Solemniser: Mr Chan Kai Yau
Witnesses: Bride’s Mum and Groom’s Mum
Receptionists: Xiang & Wei (Bride’s younger brothers), Bride’s Mum
Overall-in-charge: Roy(Furama)
AV audio: Dat
Photographer: Calvin from twoheartsonestory.com

Yesterday was like the nicest and happiest day of my life. Yeah. To tie the knot with the man I love and having my circle of dearest friends around me to wish us blissfulness, to give applauses to our happy occasion. The atmosphere was damn great, lively and high, all thanks to the wonderful staff of Furama Riverfront hotel as well as our pro solemniser, Mr Chan. He is good!

Most of my sweetest, dearest friends were complimenting my gown and that I look gorgeous and slim that day. You guys are SO SWEET!! The FACT is, I looked extremely HORRIBLE with my wide smile, exposing my upper gums in ALL the pictures because I was so damn happy like a lovelorn idiot. And I looked like a slutty auntie with demonic green eyeshadow and a huge lump of hair on the head. With my flabby arms, I looked MORE like the mother of a bride. Well well, nevermind la….

By the way, anyone care to lend me her photoshop and ALSO teach me how to beautify pictures? Lol.

Mummy is so sweet to order lots of offerings and proposed us to go temple to pray together on sat so that things go smoothly. 1 mee-sua mountain hamper, 1 lotus bun mountain hamper, 4 thick stacks of extra-large size gold paper(kim zua), 3 huai cakes, 3 boxes of mee-sua, 2 big pineapples. No joke. Boy, does that make a difference to our luck! Definitely! Just read on! Mummy also prepared a cake for us to cut and wanted us to share a slice of cake in the morning to signify a round and happy ending. Oh well.

cake
Still got a “喜” wor!! Cute huh!!

cutcake
Cutting cake ceremony. Haha. Yummy cake.

Guess who is staring at us??

vickki
I also want to eat!!!

vickki1
…………..bo chup me…………..

vickki2
Give me eat leh……………

vickki3
Mummy please…..daddy bo hiu me…….

WAHAHAHA

Earlier on, remember how I was cursing that stupid Albert, some director of the Catering of Furama Riverfront hotel about how inflexible and profit-and-loss person he is? And that kinda leads me to think that ALL PEOPLE in Furama are BAD. I was wrong!

Anyway, since I dont know how nice are the Room Reservations Department and I dont know what kinda shit the stupid Albert told the Room Reservations Department, I told dearie my plan, about being 先小人,后君子。 Firstly, I will go up to the check-in counter and told the lady politely that we wish to check in to an Executive room and ASK is there any available. She will check whether is there any available, after which she will revert to me with the price. THEN, I will tell her actually Im on a ROM package and according to the contract, Im entitled to a free upgrade to an Executive room upon availability. Since/If she already said it’s available, then she cant go back on her word mah. Hiak hiak hiak. It all went as planned and true enough, I saw the lady’s composure faltered slightly and she looked as if she’s being duped(am I being too sensitive? Dearie, did you notice her face change too?). Anyway, she spoke cautiously to me that actually we’re supposed to check-in at another counter. Oh, that, I seriously dont know. She transferred us to another nearby private counter where another 2 ladies attended to us. And yes, we got our dream room!!! Thanks Tee Gong & Godfather Bo Bi!!!

1 of the ladies brought us up to 19th storey, room 1909. What a nice number!! Upon reaching the room, we saw few helpers scurrying about the room. As if she sensed our perplexity, the lady explained they only know of our arrival minutes ago and they were decorating our room with bridal decorations!! SO SWEET OF THEM!! They need not do that one. =) I told them to take their time as dearie and me need to go down to The Waterfall Lounge to settle some stuff, but I thanked them prettily. We saw a standing board indicating our names and our event at the entrance of the lounge. When we tried to find the so-call Indian guy, the manager who is in charge of our event as per old Albert has remarked, no Indians were in sight. Instead, a good-looking, young attendant, dressed impeccably attended to us and said he will be the overall in charge of our event. His name is Roy. Good. Im not that comfortable with strangers who are of a difference race.

Time to time, Sally, my makeup artist called to ask me where I was. To my shock, she has reached as early as 8.45am and has been waiting since then. She has a prior job assignment nearby(probably a wedding as it starts earlier). I told her Im sorry she has to wait because Im busy at the moment. Our fixed time was at 11am anyway. 10.30am, we finished giving instructions to the floor and proceeded to go up to our room for a shower, Sally called again at the same timing spotting me near the lift lobby. I told her apologetically I will call her when Im done, preferably at the pre-arranged timing at 11am and I cant let her upstairs because for our room, the toilet is totally TRANSPARENT with CLEAR GLASS. And the thing is, we haven shower! She sinked back onto the couch again, obviously hot enough to cook an egg, looking all annoyed and helpless at the same time.

Im not lying!! The toilet is really with transparent glasses!!

And I LOVE the bathtub to bits!! And the room is huge!! Although it’s not a suite.


Complimentary fruits

Lovely decorations isnt it? Okie la not really the state of the art, but the swans, the orchids, the rose petals and the spray of roses are a lovely touch. =)

And I also love the hanging rack!! It’s really made for bridal gowns and suits because there’s no hassle to open a wardrobe door, plus it provides a huge space for the any overflowing train. Love it love it.

My gown and dearie’s suit. As my gown is pretty oriental, dearie’s matching me with mandarin collar black suit with light yellow shirt, although the suit looks like grey in the picture.

All these pictures were taken in a flash of anxiety and excitement because Im still short of time. After I took the toilet pics, I pushed dearie to bathe while I took others in lightning speed. Thus they were not very comprehensive and nice shots. I unpacked all my barang barang and went to bathe after dearie was done. 11am SHARP. Sally called again and finally came up.

Sigh. Seeing her black face, I agreed to take up her ampoule, 1 vial priced at $20 to appease her a little lor. 杀人放火 price. I actually bought my own whitening and mandarin ampoule vials too, each only $1, $10 for a box of 10 in sprees. =( Anyway, I tried to chat her up la, arbo she looked as if I killed her entire family like that. I wont want to look like 如花 in Jacky’s show. =P Finally she relaxed and started to open up. What kind of bride like me will try to pacify her grumpy makeup artist when she has no fault at all by being punctual on the fixed timing? =P

I can see her effort to address all my concerns. I wont say her makeup sucks but it’s not up to my standards. Perhaps because Im fussy, perhaps I know how to makeup too, perhaps Im a bitch or all 3. I heard mixed reviews, some said nice while some said I can do better. I really dont like the green she did on my lids. Look like 妖精 lah. And if you ask me what kind of 妖, confirm it’s 蛇妖. Actually I showed her 2 pictures in a magazine, one of a nice makeup, one of a nice hairstyle. I thought she can do something like those. Whereby the makeup consists of some sparkly powder near the inner corners of and nearby the eyes, illuminating the whole look, topped with transparent glossy lips. And the hairstyle is some romantic, youthful hairstyle you often seen on Taiwanese models with a small hump on the top with romantic big curls down all the way.

I know my gown demands a more sophisticated hairstyle but I dont want to look old. Sigh, anyway, none of the sparkly effect was done. And she said I cant adopt that glossy lips look because my lips are already pouty. If I use that much gloss, my lips will look even MORE POUTY. *rolls eyes* I was appalled when I first saw myself in the mirror. She said the green will make my eyes look bigger in the photos. Like real they will. She didnt even line the bottom of my lids, which Im too busy to notice nor to touch up. =.= But the maggie mee curls were the last straw. I told her to use my fat curling tongs instead(ya I kiasu bring one) to create bigger curls. She said no need. She first tried to comb through the curls, then tried to curl with her slim tongs in another way. Both doesnt give me curls which I like. My face must be damn uncordial that time because she promptly and FINALLY used my curling tongs when I stroded back from the mirror the 3rd time, unsatisfied.

This time, yes, I have nice curls. But but….something was just wrong! Too much hair was piled on top of my head, leaving the sides botak. HENG MY EARS NOT BIG AH!! All of my hair were either on the top of my head or in waves down my back with 2 miserable strands down my face. Some asked me whether my hair is fake because they looked very long. =.= Bo bian I tried to pull some curls to the front.

With the sides of my head being botak, my square face became more prominent. My pizza face STOOD OUT in every picture in the most conspicuous way. =( Joy called me just now to congratulate me on being Mrs Goh and I kinda complained to her since she’s also a pro makeup artist and with hairstyles. She said my face is not square lah because I have a prominent pointed chin. So what that makes me? Heart-shape face? Bleh.

Eh really lah, I really feel I look fugly lor, really dontttttt feeeeeelllll like uploading my pictures here leh. Wonder did Calvin catch nicer shots…he has yet to pass me the soft copy. Speaking of Calvin, he’s real shy. He’s nice and obliging, but perhaps too shy already, thus not initiative enough. Hmm, and he doesnt really lead you in positioning alot nor do poses. Though I saw some of his shots, they’re nice and artistic with his flair in using light and angles. Let’s hope he can capture me in better light and angles..OMG..I suddenly remembered I’ve forgotten to take picture with him!! Aiya…paiseh..also forgot to take with Roy hor. Aiyo, he’s 帅哥 leh. Although I cant *ahem* play liao, I still can introduce him to my single lovely friends!! I think I still got his namecard with his handphone number. Wahahaha. Any single ladies interested please do leave a message. WAHAHAHA.

Seriously he’s real nice. Remember that stupid Albert is so niao to give me complimentary carpark coupons right? Saying what he got costs to bear, he got to answer to his department bla bla. Even more of the expected driving guests were driving that day and dearie requested whether he can give anymore complimentary coupons. Guess what? He gave us a STACK. Easily 20 pieces. Hmm hope he dont get into trouble though. So all my guests got complimentary carpark. Yay!!

Seriously, Im sorry for not being a good host that day. I was abit flustered if some of you might noticed, not because Im nervous for the occasion but because I kept afraid things might go wrong. And some things did. When I was doing my makeup and hair, my toopig husband was happily lying on the bed watching tv. And because I dont have the time with me, by the time I noticed time has been secretly creping by, we were on a shoe-string hasty pace with time.

“Have you collected the complimentary coupons?”
“Have you tie the rings on the ring pillow?”
“Have you bring down the feather pens with all the documents?”

“For God’s sake, go change already and go down! Some guests might have arrived.”, I chastised my blur hubby.

“But but..the toilet is transparent…”, he mumbled with blush cheeks, darting Sally a glance.

“Nevermind lah. Change behind the frosted glass panels. It’s not obvious lah.” I said.

Anyway, Sally is busy doing my stuff, wont be looking at him also lor. He’s as bashful as a schoolboy sometimes. ZzzZzz.

I wished I have allowed Mummy and brothers to help me more that day by telling them what are the stuff ought to be done. What I didnt expect was how handicapped I was in that corseted gown. I cant walk without pulling bit of my gown, else I’ll tripped. I cant walk very fast too. What I didnt expect was how short time was for me when Sally exceeded her time. She told me she will be done in 45minutes to 1 hour but she took 1hour plus that day. What I didnt expect was how early and punctual my guests are! What I didnt expect was how I couldnt find my hubby half the time and how he forgotten half the things he needed to do! Argghhh~ Now I know how zai is Kel liao, for she did her own ROM stuff with little help from her family while staying serenely beautiful with makeup which stayed. I think partly is because hers is smaller crowd and she’s more mobile that day with her half skirt lah. While we took pictures, I jokkingly told our clique to take MORE because this will be like the only time when Im slimmer than the preggie her. WAHAHAHA!

Thank god, Mummy, Wei and Xiang, helped to keep track of the guests pax, guestbook, complimentary coupons as well as the ang baos and the hoards of gifts. They also helped me to take all the gifts up to my room before leaving late. Phew. Else I will just DIE with body and mind torn apart between a lounge of guests to look after and a table of Precious Moments Gifts to look after, especially when they’re so far apart(Gifts were at our reception table, near the entrance). Where’s my hubby? He was rushing to show his family our glorious room, leaving me to fend for myself because they were leaving shortly after the buffet. I was jokking that mother-in-law and father-in-law attended the affair as if it’s like any other normal occasion with no close connection with the wedding couple. Dearie laughed and said yeah, because FIL still asked “we need to attend one meh?” =.= Perhaps their time was like that.

Ok lah, although I didnt look my best that day, Im still very very happy with all my besties around. You guys are the veryyyy bestttt!! Therefore, despite me feeling very unhappy with my fugly pictures, I will still put them up!! Because I wanna show my lovely friends who were there to witness a very meaningful event to me. =)


Mr Chan-Solemniser


Family


Colleagues

All my/dearie’s darling friends!~!

We’re Married!!

YAY!

All my little stuff used for the wedding!

I thought the classical lounge music from THAT CD SHOP is nice, that’s why we bought it to play during the event. But Ser commented that it made her feel like sleeping. =.=


My bouquet of cream roses with Forget-Me-Not’s and my pendant on Mummy’s LeeHwa gold band. Nice right? Gra asked me if my pendant is from RISIS. Lol. “No lah, 便宜货only, bought from fareast”. Kekeke.


Earrings. =)


Guest Book from Furama.


My little gold pouch


Can be carried with a handle! Cute!

I think most viewed my accessories like pouches, pendants and earrings as expensive. Lol. To be frank, they are very cheap. Kekeke. Ahhh….too busy to take pictures of the solemnisation table, ring pillows with the rings as well as the buffet. =( But Calvin took some pictures. Supposed to pass Huey a tiara for her coming wedding but too busy le. Shall pass her next time.

And..lastly, I couldnt thank all enough for your delightful presence that day, warm wishes, meaningful gifts as well as generous angbaos! Smuacks!!


Ang baos. Amounts up to $1500+. WOW!! We have such generous friends!! The highest contributor goes to Mr James(dearie’s xiong xi) who bao a generous $700!!! *shocked* Xie Xie!! *bow*


Gifts. Dearie and me wowed at the expanse of Precious Moments Gifts. No wonder they’re ridiculously priced but still got people buy siah. They’re so apt for weddings! We’ll see why!


From KT, his wife and XY


Photo Album, Picture Frame and Scroll to hold our cert


From WY & Li


Porcelain Sculpture from Precious Moments. Serenely lovely.


Swarovski


From colleagues


Swarovski Crystals Bear Couple


From Ser & Viy


Precious Moment Revolving Water Globe


From Jes & Ja


Disney Mickey & Minnie Wedding Photo Frame


From Huey & Al


Precious Moment(ya again) Platinum Glided Toasting Flutes(Yay, can use for Wedding Night. Hee)


From Mik, Eil


Precious Moment Revolving water globe


From Ir


Precious Moment…photo album


Doorknob messengers & $50 taka voucher from Iv & Cel

Oh yes I think Im done. We’re very heng leh. Because although many gifts from Precious Moments, none of the revolving water globes were duplicates. Heng manz..

Some friends have been asking us how much the whole event costs. Ok if you wish to know, it’s actually calculated by per pax. After ++, coupled with the wine I bought along, per pax is around $65. As the first 30 pax is a fixed price with each additional pax another price, it’s all approximate figures. We did not make a profit from the angbaos nor the gifts lah, but I reckon we’re very rich with all your blessings and warm wishes. =D Seriously, I’ve never dreamt about the amount of the angbaos nor the mass generous gifts. Because I read in forums, most ROMs..well…are a sincere treats for close friends and relatives, expecting nothing in return. At most, some gifts. So Im really really surprised for the mass angbaos and gifts. =)

Also, for the wonderful room, there’s nothing more we can wish for already. Guests have complimented the quality of food, and me myself was satisfied with the staff’s service. Perhaps only 1 major hiccup along the way. That is, Roy forgotten to instruct the waiters/waitresses to serve the red wine which we brought along during the buffet. Perhaps it’s also my fault for pulling Roy to take pictures with my camera. Thus when we were finally done at around 3+ to 4pm, we noticed most guests have already left. The ones who left only drank abit. Most were driving like I said. We brought the remaining guests to view our room like a proud owner. Lol. After that we went down to the lounge and continued to sit and chat with some guests all the way till 5+pm. By the time we settled down in our rooms, it’s already 6+pm. Deadbeat.


Lovely!!! Ahhhhhhh…………………

And to end my entry, our lovely rings. Platinum with yellow gold. We love it’s simple and classy design. Love it love it.


Dearie’s


Mine. Nice right? No? Box you ah! =P

(P/S Some loser hacked my windows messenger I think. Couldnt log in with my password. The new password was being sent to my hotmail with which also must be login with the same windows ID password. If the password is being reset, how do I even login with the resetted password to get the resetted password? WTF? Anyone who can solve do leave a comment. Thank you.)

My lovelife

Argh. Lately, Im feeling more and more constipated when trying to call the right words to mind when blogging. Language ability seemed to be deteriorating. Like wise with my stamina, health. In short, Im aging!!! And last time my M lasts about 5 days, now it lasts about 3! Im so afraid I will have early menopause siah, which is very very bad!

So fast and its July already. It called to mind that our ROM is only 3months away and my birthday is 1 month away. And because of the stupid NDP every year, we always got to book our hotel getaway way in advance. I wondered this year should we continue to book Fullerton. As I said, we have always been satisfied with their rooms and service. Since no other hotels provide such great rooms and service at a much economical price with the same accessibility…I guess maybe we’ll still continue to book there this year. Ever since our first and second Valentines were spent there, we seemed to have some sort of bonding with Fullerton. =)

But true lah…after few times of checking in the same hotel(even though booked different rooms before), as much as they’re fantastic, one will seek a refreshing change isnt it? Therefore, just now I’ve checked out other premium hotels like, The Oriental Hotel, Shangri-La and Changi Village hotel. We have never stayed there before. The first 2 are comparable to Fullerton. I am attracted to Oriental’s deco. Shangri-La’s deco and service is impeccable too. I like Changi Village’s resort feel but just realised that their rooms are quite small in square feet as compared with the others. Pricing is around the same for the rooms I like across the board. The Oriental have the harbour view room to watch the fireworks for the NDP but it will cost more than $500 after +++. Dearie said its up to me, if I like just go ahead. But I feel its too indulging to spend more than $500 for just 1 night. Its like a $100 more for that few minutes of fireworks of the NDP. Moreover, now that we’re preparing the wedding, I dont wish him to spend too much for my birthday. But just the sweet way which he let me decide wherever I want just to pamper me just makes me melt. =D

Hmm…but even if we book Fullerton, we also need to make reservations for dinner on the Eve…. So much so for being born on that special day. =/ Fullerton’s location is great, maybe we can book dinner at Jumbo Seafood or any restaurants at Clarke Quay. Heehee.

Lately, dearie and me are hooked on 壹号皇庭。 We bought all 5 series of it and hell, it is expensive okie…despite they said per disc only sold at $2. Cheat cheat cheat oneeeeee.