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To the people who made my wedding awesome, thank you.

A successful and smooth wedding always has a number of people who helped to make it that way. My wedding was no different.

1. More Than Diamonds
I was very picky with my the type of ring I wanted since it had to fit the type of work I do and not get in the way. Most of the rings we saw at the jewellers were either too ostentatious or way above or budget, so we decided on getting our rings custom-made.

The lovely couple who ran the business, listened to what we wanted and designed the rings on the spot and gave us good suggestions on the design we wanted. With a number of different materials, gemstones and designs to choose from, it wasn’t difficult to find one that we both loved and still stay within budget.

2. Vibrant Skin Sanctuary
I’ve been going to Vibrant Skin Sanctuary for years to do my monthly facial. I love the personalised service, reasonably priced packages and most of all, she helped my skin feel and look better. So when I found out that she provided the bridal spa service, I jumped at it.

It was so pampering and relaxing. My skin felt so soft and smooth for weeks after the treatment. It was totally worth smelling like ikan goreng (fried fish) during the treatment.
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Adventures of living with cats: #1 The one where I got bit

I’ve always wanted cats but my mom had always said no. So, I got my wish when I got married since my husband has 2 cats, Sadie and Coco, at home. He keeps insisting that I only like the idea of having cays but I have no idea what I’m in for.

The past three weeks, had been good in my opinion. I’m learning to watch where I step in case of cats underfoot. Especially at night, when I go to the kitchen in the dark and they choose the darkest part of your path to lie down on.
Anyway I have a daily routine now, where I brush Sadie everyday when I come home from work.


See this cat there? She’s cute and innocent looking isn’t she? Well, she isn’t!
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3 weeks in


It was hard moving out of my parents’ house. I’m leaving behind the home I’ve always known, my comfort zone and the company of my blood relatives, into a different house, with people I meet at most a couple of times a week, before the wedding. It was a change to sleep in a bigger bed and share it with some one. It was strange to have 2 cats under feet most of the time and most of all, getting used to the new bathroom schedules.

I realised how pampered I was; having breakfast already prepared by the time I’m showered and dressed, the laundry done for me, there were fresh bedsheets on the bed weekly. Now I’m the one doing the laundry, the breakfast and the sheets. It’s a learning experience that I’m hoping that I’ll be better at and be able to do it faster.
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Less than a week

I’m trying not to freak out since the wedding is just days away.

Everyone is asking if I’m excited? Am I nervous?

Frankly, I don’t know what to feel. I’m excited and nervous and scared, and even a little numb. I’ve been busy packing things for my move to my future-in-laws’ place, packing for my honeymoon, buying stuff for the gift exchange baskets.

The house is a mess and I need to clean that shit up too.

So many things to do, so little time.


Counting Down The Days

Half the year has gone and as the second half starts, I start counting down the days; to the end of my time working at my current work place, the start of my life as a wife and the start of my responsibilities at the new work place.

A friend of mine said that I, like her, seem to do things the bandaid way. Why string out the pain slowly, just rip the bandaid off quickly at one go?

I didn’t plan to have everything happen at the same time. It just so happened that it all seems to happen in the same month.

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My kitchen, my lab – where I experiment natural beauty stuff on myself

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had a renewed interest in preservative-free, natural beauty products. Five months on, it’s starting to be an obsession that not many people understand. The biggest motivation for me to do this is due to my family’s history of breast cancer. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and we were close to losing her. Even though with the current data, there’s not much to link the use of the parabens in all the products that we use on our skin to cancer, I believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Anyway, in the five months since that post, I’ve stopped using shampoo and my little collection of natural products has increased to the point where I’m just experimenting in my kitchen with new things. I just realised yesterday that I have a good collection of oils that I’ve been using on a regular basis. My kitchen is now like a mini lab for me.

Let me list out the things that I’ve been doing lately.

Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar wash

Known, unfortunately, as the no ‘poo method. I’ve (almost) completely stopped using shampoo and conditioner, using baking soda and the vinegar wash every other day, to clean my hair. I’m still experimenting with the proportion of baking soda I use but I think I might have found the one that suits my hair and my lifestyle.

Here’s my how I mix up my hair wash solutions:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  •  500ml water

– The baking soda doesn’t dissolve so I have to shake the bottle every time I want to use it, to get the powder mixed evenly.

  • 2tbs apple vinegar
  • 500ml water
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil

– shake the solution bottle every time before use, just to get the oils dispersed as evenly as you can through out the bottle.

500ml of each usually lasts for about 4-5 washes for me, since my hair is fine and thin and not very long.

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Are you sure this is supposed to be part of the process?

Because all this talk about wedding is annoying me. And it’s my wedding. All I want to do is to tell the whole world about the wedding plans and shit.

All. The. Bloody. Time.

Seriously, I’m so Minah Kahwin-Kahwin right now that I want to smack myself.

I want to show people all the pictures I took of myself after I did my make up trials. The hair that my make-up artist did for me. All the different presents. What we’re planning. What I’m wearing. What he’s wearing. Where we’re going. Heck, I want to show the whole world my wedding dress, like oh my glob, just stop it with the wedding shit already.

I wonder if other brides-to-be have this same reaction? This insatiable need to talk about the wedding.

I wonder if this is how Bridezillas come about, to have all that attention focused on just them.

The thing is, I just want to get the wedding over and done with so that we can actually start on the married life thing, to build something together, which I thing is more important than the wedding itself.

I think I need a distraction. Something to keep my mind off the wedding stuff.