House Bites #3: ID Hunting

From the date of our flat selection in October 2016, HDB is supposed to call us to sign lease of agreement within 4 months, so by right it should be February. Somehow, they missed us out until we had to call and chase them multiple times after coming back from our honeymoon. So we finally went to sign the lease of agreement last April.

Our key collection is expected to be Q4 this year. But the flat looks almost ready, so during the signing of lease agreement, we tried to ask the officer to see if there is any chance that we could get the keys earlier. True enough, he said that HDB will ask to reapply our HLE around June-July. And usually from the time that happens, you can expect to collect your keys within 2-3 months. So the earliest we could collect our keys is probably around August-October. Apa lagi, kelam-kabut lah carik ID!

We just met up with 4 IDs within one week. So here’s a review of all the meetups. Continue reading “House Bites #3: ID Hunting”

Wedding Bites: Vendor Reviews

Bridal, Decor & Catering: LAB Bridal.

6/10

This is actually my least favourite vendor. The bridal part was okay. I love the gold maroon songket and blue dress, but the make up could be better. My MTM nikah dress turned out nicer than I expected. Mak andam service was good, cos she was quite fierce. I like fierce. A little intimidating, but she was nice to work with. The pak andam, on the other hand, was this very young and vain chap who cared more about his own appearance a little too much. Tak ada hair spray sendiri la, hair brush la, sponge lah. Semua kene mintak mak andam aku jugak.. -.- Decor was okay, if you are not cerewet. I was a little pissed because I asked for hot pink and silver decor. The wedding planner even confirmed with me “fuchsia pink, kan?”. But on the actual day, it turned out baby pink instead. Anyone close to me knows that I like bold colours and I hate pastels or light colours. Anyway, I couldn’t really be bothered to raise my concerns so I let it go. Food was decent too. Not very wow, but not too bad either. Or maybe I was just hungry on that day. Oh wells. The food that my mum ordered for Friday night was great though. I love the ayam lemak cili padi. Anyway I chose this vendor because I have rented my JC prom outfit from them before, back in 2009. So I thought since we’ve met and worked together before and their prices are not bad, why not kan.. Wrong decision. No major hiccups, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

 

Photography & Videography: AD Photographyz & Ink Motion

7.5/10

Photo and video was part of our all-in-one package. We were given 2-3 choices of photographer-videographer teams to work with, so we chose AD photographyz and Ink Motion. The bosses of each companies are cousins, so they work very well together. In fact, they were very pleasant to work with and they seem to click really well with our bridesminahs and groomsmats. I could tell they had a lot of fun together throughout the whole 2 days. The photos and videos turned out good too. Video was nicer. Photos were not super fantastic, but decent quality. There were a number of shots with like photographer/videographer termasok frame, but again, we are not very cerewet, so it’s quite okay. They were quite punctual with the delivery of photos and videos too, if not for some minor hiccups post-wedding.

 

Bridal Henna: Fauzella Artistry

11/10

As a henna artist myself, I know for sure that Kak Fau is one of the best henna artist in Singapore. To me, she is my henna idol. I just know I NEED to have her do my bridal henna from the first time I come across her works. Needless to say, it was a dream come true.  My bridal henna was absolutely PERFECT. The design, the flawlessness of her work, the stain. Omgosh THE STAIN! If you know the theory behind how henna stains the skin, it is all due to the lawsonia content of the henna powder. Kak Fau has declared that the lawsonia content of her henna powder is the highest in the world, that she know of. Yup, she compared it with many other brands of henna powder. Even though her price is more to the high side, it was totally worth it.

 

Entertainment: DJ Inspirasi

8/10

This was recommended by mum because she came across DJ Inspirasi through somewhere. They are known for providing their services in venues like masjids. Their concept is more Islamically-inclined. No karaoke, very soft and soothing music, yet still lively and celebratory and they only play musics with good lyrics only, without reference to anything haram or not too Islam-friendly. They were quite strict like that. The boss is Ustaz Nor Muhammad, though he doesn’t seem to go down to the venue to provide DJ service on his own anymore. He gets his own staff to do it. I requested for a few of my personal favourite English songs to be included in their playlist. Out of the 20 songs I submitted, they only approved like 2-3 of it. Probably due to lyrics that has reference to  (non-halal) physical touch or whatever. Anyway, on the day itself, the DJ was a little too soft. I could barely hear his voice. I think he’s a little shy, and not that outspoken. He did recite a few dua for us after my entrance, and helped to announce names of guests to assist in the photo-taking. But because the itinerary already went off-track, he didn’t attempt to make sure that anything on the itinerary was missed out, like our wedding speech. Yup, we actually missed the wedding speech. But it’s okay. The songs they played were really nice too. They actually have a few English mainstream love songs, which were covered by other singers and the lyrics were tweaked to have more Islam references in them. Which turned out really nice, actually. Overall, I’m quite satisfied with their service, but the DJ needs to speak up more.

 

Doorgift: Oleholehsrikandi

9/10

We ordered about 480 pieces of mini sejadah from Oleholehsrikandi (on carousell). Price was affordable, there were so many different designs and colours too. Probably 10. She also prints and paste the “thank you” stickers on each packed sejadah. Although her designs were quite limited, I got my friend to do a customised design for me, and the seller just printed them for me. Very fuss free, not much to say about this seller. I love it.

 

Kompang: Brader’s Kompang

8/10

Overall, decent kompang and qasidah performances. Considering they are still a new group, I would say it is pretty good if you are not that cerewet. Price is more to the cheaper side too, so it was worth it.

 

I know almost all my reviews here are like “good enough if you are not cerewet” hahaha. Cos I memang malas nak put up my cerewet self when it comes to wedding. Comment here if you want to find out more about any of the vendors listed above. I will be happy to provide a more detailed description of each of them. 🙂

100 days of marriage!

I just realised that the frequency of my posts has been reduced to one a month since the month I got married ya Allah what is this!

Anyway, so much has happened and I haven’t been able to take a breather yet. Since I’m squeezing in time to write this post, it shall be point-form until I have time to write a proper post, which is dunno when. Hahaha

  1. March: Treated our bridesminah and groomsmat to a seafood lunch at a kelong.
  2. March: Had our first staycay on my birthday weekend at Village Hotel Changi.
  3. April: Second honeymoon – Batam aje. Hahahaha.
  4. April: Applied for a rental house to HDB through the PPHS scheme and got ourselves a little 3-room flat within 3 weeks!
  5. May: Moved out of my in-laws and shifted to our new rental flat.
  6. May: Finally tried sugaring lol
  7. May: Applied for a health insurance for myself and topping up my parents’ insurance with riders.
  8. May: Attended a wedding (3 weddings in one day actually!) for the first time as a married couple.
  9. May: Going to attend our first meeting with an ID company this weekend insyaAllah.

So yesterday was our 100th courtship monthsary. Coincidentally, it also happened to be our 100th day of marriage! That’s quite a milestone. We had planned to go out on a date almost the whole day. But after eating 3 wedding food last Saturday, I woke up with mild diarrhoea on Sunday morning. All plans down the drain. We ended up spending the whole day at home in our PJs instead, watching movies and eating junk food. Nowadays, staying home can feel nicer than going out. Either age is catching up, or this is just the reality of married life. Don’t need to go out to go dating anymore. Can just dating on the bed. HAHAHAHA

Wife’s Bites: 5 Things I Learned After 2 Months of Marriage

I will find time to write vendor reviews soon, provided I still remember what happened on my wedding day hahaha. But for now, I feel the need to consistently pen down my thoughts and emotions before it fades or evolve and I forget how I was feeling at each point of time.

Alhamdulillah, now that I have been staying with my husband at my in-laws’ for 6 weeks, we are more ‘settled’ and have established stable daily and weekly routines or schedules. Like we know how often to do laundry, how often to visit my parents, how often to go out on date nights, how often to eat out or eat dinner at home, how to handle our finances etc.

Anyway, here are 5 things I have learned so far from marriage.

  1. Love is a choice, not a feeling.

Continue reading “Wife’s Bites: 5 Things I Learned After 2 Months of Marriage”

Wife’s Bites: 4 weeks of marriage

First post as a wife! Alhamdulillah H and I have been married for almost a month now. I have been thinking about what to write in my first #WifesBites post. Should I talk about the wedding, the honeymoon, vendor reviews, married life? Well since I’m good at talking about my feelings, I shall write about my feelings from the nikah day till now.

The Nikah
As everyone knows, I’ve been really chillax all the way. So I kinda mentally prepared myself to get super emotional on the nikah day itself, or maybe even go into panic mode, just in case, you know, my emotions only decide to come out from the darkness at the last minute. Continue reading “Wife’s Bites: 4 weeks of marriage”