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shortie.

My next class is in 15 minutes, so do allow me to do a really quick post and nooooo I am not working double shifts, heh.

Wedding planning has taken a back seat at the moment after we’ve booked all major vendors. We’ve decided to leave the other details until after our mini-engagement in December, InsyAllah.

And I’ve chopped my hair off since my hair was at the neither-long-nor-short phase and the weather didn’t help much either. So on Vesak Day, I woke up went to Mother’s room to seek her approval on the hairstyle I chose and off I went to the nearest hair salon.

This is my new hairstyle:

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This was the picture that I showed the hairdresser and this was exactly what she gave me. I am happy, happy camper! Sangat best bila rambut tak merimaskan!

Okay, time to meet my teeny-weeny kiddos now ;p

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colour me pastel.

I was very inspired after reading Farhanah’s entry on colour schemes that I’ve desired to look see look see on which colour schemes would work well with my personality as well as the other half’s. I roughly know what kind of concept and feel I want for my wedding so it’s just a matter of the colour combination I’d have to think about. Partly because Abg Aidil told us to think through on the colours we want and which concept suits us best.

I remembered asking the other half which concept he wants for our wedding. Without hesitance, he told me he wants a prison concept, where guests will have to eat at long tables with their hands chained. Our family members will be equipped with batons to check the amount of duit salam given by the guests (or in this case, prisoners hahaha).

After he answered that, I knew that I would be in charge, decor wise. But it was hilarious just listening to him go on and on about ‘his choice of concept’ and I, being a visual learner, had to visualize the whole prison-themed wedding in my head. Back to my colour inspirations!

So far this colour combination takes the top spot for now:

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Pastel pink, mint green & grey

So while my colour scheme is that, our families will be decked in:

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Pastel blue and purple

I love pastel. I love the softness and simplicity of pastel colours. Of course these are only my vision. It still needs approval by Mother and the other half.

Initially I had also considered this colour combination:

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But as time went by, I realized this combination doesn’t appeal to me anymore hahaha. I know it’s a bit too early to finalize the colour scheme for my wedding but hey, it doesn’t hurt to play around with colours while I still have 16 months left before meeting Comel Molek.

By the way, I used Combo Maker for the colour ‘swatches’ and FindTheData for the colours hex codes. I might come up with a mood board too, once I get approval 🙂

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pom pom.

I have always been obssessed with bunga pahar pom pom, especially after seeing how successful Rina and Hidayah have DIY-ed theirs! In my mind there is a vision of those pastel-coloured bunga pom poms sitting on my future dais and to achieve that vision, I’d first have to convince my Mother that such bunga pom poms are do-able! We went to Ikea the other night to shop for her bedframe and alang-kepalang dah kat sana, I bought a pack of red coloured tissue papers as well. My main motive was to try and DIY bunga pom poms but Mother thought I bought them cos we’re running low on dining table tissue papers.

“Beli ni untuk apa? Macam tau aje tissue kat rumah dah nak habis.”
“Nak buat bunga pom pom.”
“Pom pom? Oh, kakak nak gantung kat bilik ke?”
“Tak. Nak test untuk bunga pahar.”
“MANA ADA BUNGA PAHAR PAKAI BUNGA POM POM? BELI AJE AT ANGSANA.”

My parents’ theory is that kalau buat kad jemputan, bunga pahar or bunga rampai lawa-lawa, orang akan buang jugak. I BEG TO DIFFER! So I am planning to show the following images for my Mother’s consideration. She is DIY queen of the house so hopefully terbukak hatinya untuk DIY my bunga pahar bila tiba masanya.

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Images from Oh Pretty Please

Look at how pretty the pastel-coloured bunga pahar pom poms are! So sweet-looking I macam nak cium-cium laptop screen ni sekarang.

By the way, where do you BTBs go to in JB to purchase kahwin-kahwin stuff? I only know Angsana that has a few shops selling those but what about other places?

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watsons.

KK shampoo

Farhanah, now you jual shampoo? Hehehehe.

But all thanks to her review on the Avalon thickening shampoo, I actually went to Watsons to check out the Avalon shampoo range. I couldn’t find the thickening shampoo she recommended but found an alternative instead:

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Avalon Rosemary Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner.

My hair loss boleh tahan jugak tau! Every time I comb my hair, strands of hair will fall off too. It was so bad that one day I got kind of depressed and told the other half that maybe I am suffering from an illness.

But after using this, not bad seh! Not only has my hair been volumized (haha!), it smells good, and feels really soft and silky. Before I used this shampoo, I read reviews online that the shampoo was overrated and it doesn’t do good to your hair so bo pian la, dah beli mah? So I used it anyway and boy, was I pleasantly pleased with the results!

There is hope for my hair!

This reminded me of the thickening shampoo I used five years ago. My ex-colleague and I used to rant about how our hair would take very long to grow to our desired length so in an effort to have long, beauitful, wavy hair ala-ala Fergie, we researched online and discovered this shampoo:

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But this Mane and Tail shampoo can be used for both horses and humans! We were initially apprehensive about the effectiveness of this shampoo (kepala kita sama dgn bontot kuda ke?) but cincailah, we bought it anyway because Jennifer Aniston used this very same one to make her hair grow at a faster rate.

I remembered using it for a few months – rambut tak panjang, makin lebat lagi ada! And it smelled weird too. So I stopped using it and decided to let my hair grow long naturally.

Maybe, if fate allows it (hahaha), I would wanna try this shampoo one more time! Bau kuda pun tkpe la. Janji rambut lebat hor?

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bagai pinang dibelah dua.

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Is it just me or is Rosyam Nor very charming in this picture? Come to think of it, he has always been charming.

Why is his wife tersangat ayu sekali?

Why is his daughter so pretty?

Why is his menantu kacak?

And I bet the pelamin deco is damn cantik. Can see sipi-sipi already.

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weight woes part deux.

If anyone has read my Weight Woes entry, you’d know that I am plus-sized and am trying my utmost best to lead a healthier lifestyle, in order to look good on my wedding day.

It didn’t help as well that some of my Father’s relatives enjoyed commenting on how I was fatter everytime they saw me and also passed unkind remarks that I had to sit at the car boot because there was no space for me in the car.

Biadab, tahap maksima.

So during the past Hari Raya(s) I would face all those rude remarks while visiting relatives, returned home and cried in my room at night. But then, padan muka jugak la kena comment macam gitu sebab “I am what I eat”, which led to my excessive weight gain.

The last I updated on 30 March, I was 78kg. Right now, as of this morning, I am……

71kg 🙂

I am beyond thrilled that I am finally doing something right but the hard work doesnt stop here. Apart from taking care of what I eat, I am now doing Zumba! Since the June holidays are coming in two weeks’ time, I have signed up for 8 Zumba lessons through Groupon and will also be joining Dance Fitness with my colleague on Saturdays.

I am confident that continuing what I am currently doing will enable me to reach my desired weight (65kg by December 2013, 55kg by my wedding day) but some of my friends, albeit being supportive with regards to my weight loss success thus far, were saying that 55kg is too thin a weight for me. My sister told me that if I were to lose more weight, my gigi will be jongang and then another problem of having to put on braces will surface -.-

We’ll see how things go la hor? Anyway, if anyone is interested in whipping up a healthy meal, do go to http://www.eatingwell.com/ 🙂 I love the receipes there and so far they are tasty banget (according to my tastebuds hehe).

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busy bee.

It’s been two weeks since I last let you guys in on my wedding planning! No, it’s not because my other half and I are planning to bring forward our wedding date (hehe, Another Accidental Bride!) but coincidentally, both of us were really busy with work! Fortunately, we managed to squeeze some time over the past two weekends meeting vendors and paying our deposits.

Raihan from OnceUponImages

When Raihan texted me their studio address, I immediately told the other half, “Wedding vendors suka kerja kat tempat pelik-pelik eh?” because the previous time I met Nora Zee, her office was at Chiku Road and it was the first time I ever heard of such a road, heh. OnceUponImages’s studio was situated at Ubi Industrial Park and I thank my lucky stars that the other half is so gifted in looking for weird, unknown places because yours truly can’t read maps for nuts.

Talking to Raihan proved that we had made the right choice in engaging their videography services. He was very interested in how we met each other and crafted a cheeky smile because he said he already had some ideas on how to storyboard our video. He made us feel really comfortable and I was expecting myself to do most of the talking because the other half is kind of reserved but lo and behold, he did most of the talking while I just sat and listened, haha.

We had chosen the Diluso package, which was frankly, sufficient for us.

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And I’m sure most of you have seen their latest work – Arin & Eldila – The Proposal.

Arin & Eldila – The Proposal from OnceUponImages on Vimeo.

Sweet hor. Raihan let us watch this on his iPad. Just when I was about to comment how sweet Arin was to come up with such an idea, the other half interjected my silent thoughts by saying,

“Proposal also need video? Then bila kahwin video lagi?”

Aiyoooooooo. For memories sake, cannot meh?

Hafizah from Purple Plumtree

Meeting Kak Fizah at her home proved my above mentioned theory right – Vendors suka tinggal tempat pelik-pelik (pelik by my standards because I stay in the West hiakhiak). We met her at Punggol and had the opportunity to browse through her latest works. I could tell the other half was impressed because he kept telling me gambar dia snap semua cantik!

She explained to us on the various packages (which are affordable, by the way) and we decided to go with The Wedding Affair, priced at $1500.

AND!

Until 31 May, she is having an anniversary promotion!

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Which means our package is actually below our initial budget! Alhamdulillah, rezeki!

Aidil from Comel Molek

We met Abg Aidil yesterday at his cousin’s place at Tampines. His cousin’s place was so cosy and fantastically furnished that I couldn’t help but ogle at the awesome home decor while talking to him. It didn’t help that I have shifty eyes also, chet.

We loved talking to Abg Aidil. He gave us a lot of tips in choosing our wedding vendors and to watch out for hidden costs because some vendors do practise that. I love the fact that he is transparent about his business and he is genuine in making couples happy with Comel Molek’s services.

By the way, did you know that his cousin (who is also his business partner, Abg Lan) owns SEVEN cats? I am in love with cats. If I weren’t a teacher, I would be cat woman volunteering my time with the cat welfare society. And I have 4 kitties at home so to hear that Abg Lan brings home stray cats to call his own, made me love them even more.

Then Abg Aidil told us how the name Comel Molek came about.

Comel Molek is the name of Abg Lan’s first two cats!

If there was a hidden camera somewhere, I swear you would see how my face instantly lit up and how I grinned from ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat upon hearing that. I squeezed the the other half’s hand and said, “We made the right choice. It’s fate.”

Hahahaha. Merepek right.

We were ecstatic just listening to what Comel Molek has to offer and the other half dengan tak sabarnya told Abg Aidil that we wanted full ceiling deco with the centerpiece as well.

Groomzilla alert, yo!

So from now until September next year, we would have to think about what colour theme would work in our favour and which concept we want. I have a feeling I already have a confirmed concept in mind but we’ll see how it goes 🙂

Here are some of my personal favourites from Comel Meow Molek (oh how I love cats):

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I love the drawers on the dais. Don’t ask why eh, I just love looking at them. Hahaha.

There you go. My update after two weeks. Eleventhoctober, this is all for youuuuu *starts singing Janet Jackson’s song*

Tomorrow I will update on my weight loss journey pulak, woohoo!