99 Days..

How time flies… 99 days left now… What’s been done? More things have been done.. It’s not a lot but at least there’s progress… Decided to have the wedding at our home after much hurdles and restrictions… I don’t really like it as I prefer to do a combined wedding somewhere nice cos I really hate the researching part for catering but nowhere meets my criteria.. It’s tough.. Most of the places do not allow open fire or external catering so I don’t have much of a choice here..

We’ve decided to have it minimal with no exchanging of lavish goods and throw everything else for our future holidays instead of to the wedding itself.. Oh! And he wants to take the marriage course so I guess we have to go..

Checklist:

✅ ring
✅ venue
✅ bridal
✅ solemniser

❌ catering
❌ decor
❌ door gifts
❌ wedding cake
❌ invitation cards
❌ entertainment

Happy 2017!

Yeah, I know I’m a lil late but well.. Got a lil busy… Happy new year!

How did I spend my New Year’s?

Every year end, we have our annual get-together, gift exchange staycation somewhere.. This year, I booked a shophouse stay from Airbnb. Its like a modern, unique hostel, with your own ensuite bedroom. Located in Geylang Lor 24a, it may not be comfortable for some as it’s in the red light district. But we had no problem with it.. Loads of food, people and entertainment around.. The room is pretty, spacious and lovely.. We loved it.

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Hmmm… Summary of 2016…

My pet Cheepy gave birth to 2 adorable naughty babies, started on an important class, revived this old blog, one of my close friends, B, is finally seeing someone after being single for a long time.. Got myself engaged to my long time bf, got ourselves our very own new car and purchased our first home.. I must say its a pretty big leap for me… Things moved so fast I couldn’t keep up..

And then 2017 arrives and so many things will be happening this year.. My BFF is giving birth to my second god-daughter very soon and will be moving in to her new home end of this year.. I’m officially gonna be an aunt as my one and only bro will be expecting his first baby very soon too… And supposedly a new home somewhere near where I’m currently staying now. One of my close friends is getting married and hopefully B will seal herself that boy she’s seeing.. Last but not least, I’m getting hitched.. In exactly 104 days, I’m gonna finally move out of my parents’ home.. Lol!

It should get pretty exciting down the road.. So many major changes coming.. Here’s to 2017! 🙂

Coldplay’s Sold Out Concert in Singapore 2017

Ok, so I need to say my piece as I’ve been holding it in for so long… I am one of their fans who doesn’t have a ticket for their “A Head Full Of Dreams Tour”concert here in Singapore. I was unfortunately one of those people who got redirected to a virtual waiting room for the longest time ever.. And the best part was of course, coming to an unavailable page. How awesome! Well that made my whole day crappy.. It was real shitty..

Initially, I was actually thinking to myself.. Yeay, they opening up a second show here! (The first one sold out in less than 2 hours since the general sale opened!) But it shouldn’t be that hard to get my hands on them since everyone rushed for the first one already. And not forgetting that the organiser had released more tickets for that night. But Alas! The second show sold out on me again before I even had the chance to get in.. Thanks to that stupid virtual waiting room that Live Lushington Asia Singapore decided to conveniently add before you get to see the seats.. I mean seriously???!!!!! Why am I so unlucky??????? Even my friend didn’t get past that waiting room..

I’m honestly quite surprised by the popularity… I’ve never had any issue buying concert tickets like this EVER. So I thought, ok fine.. I’m just unlucky, Coldplay are just too popular now and they have too many fans here in Singapore… Which is good for them..

BUT NO, that’s not true.. Ok, maybe it’s true but that’s not the reason why it’s sold out fast! Guess what I saw just a few hours after ticket sale started?? People selling tickets online at more than half the price!! It’s been a few weeks now.. And the price has been more ridiculous than ever.. $128 tickets are going for at least $400 now.. That’s freaking daylight robbery!!! I feel sick knowing that people bought these tickets more than what they need or even worse, not having the intention to go just so they can make profits out of it. They are undeniably earning out of our misery.. I’m truly disappointed. Human can be so greedy… Sigh! The cons of the convenience of the Internet.. Right about anyone can just get what they want without having to work for it.

This is the moment where I miss those times when you have to physically queue for tickets.. People actually worked for it and earned it.. At least it’s not that painful to see people selling them online cos I know at least they worked for that profit instead of sitting or lying down comfortably facing a screen, clicking away while others suffer for their greed.. And this does not only apply for concert tickets. Same goes for NDP tickets. It used to be hard work to earn your spots to watch the parade. Now? Fucking ballots! Years gone by, and I’ve never gotten any since the ballot started.. Ya, start counting the years! And again, some people just joined the ballot for fun, got it and sold it online to make profits.. While citizens like me who really wants to watch the parade, gets to “enjoy” it at home. Sounds fair to you? Not at all! Pardon my language but I’m just so angry…. frustrated… It’s just so unfair!

Back to Coldplay, they said they will do something about these scalpers… How? By voiding the tickets sold online.. Wow! That helps! Who the hell knows if they’ll really do it. And even if it’s true, they are still at the wining end. Scalpers lose their money(but not if they manage to sell it to desperate buyers), desperate buyers will definitely lose their money (for paying overpriced tickets or for having void tickets and sellers won’t refund their money), the performer/artist will lose the capacity of their fans for the concert(unable to enter due to void tickets or didn’t get to purchase actual tickets). Who is at the top of the winning chart? The organisers of course! They’ve already got the amount of money they want.. What have they got to lose? Nothing! Do you think they care what happens after that? Do you think they care about the people’s welfare? I don’t think so.. It is a business after all isn’t it?

I seriously think we need to bring the old system back.. Earn your tickets.. Queue or whatever… Do something to get it.. Not just by clicking away. It’s far too easy and convenient for them! Or at least for the first few days or something… Just to be fair for those busy people who doesn’t really have the time to queue.. I know by this way, it will definitely decrease the amount of scalpers.  If the organisers are truly genuine in wanting to tackle this issue, there’s the solution for u.. But u and I both know they are not.. Those are just words to try to please the angry mob… I’m totally not buying it. I’d rather they do something effective and practical.

Ok, (not) enough ranting for now.. But I have to stop here before it gets too long.. I may just end up paying more just to catch Coldplay in Bangkok instead of my hometown. At least I can kill 2 birds with one stone. Thanks a lot u fuggin’ greedy scalpers!😒 Let’s hope for karma..

 

Signing off,

Angry and Disappointed

140 Days…..

✅ Bridal

✅ Photography

I still have yet to settle on my wedding venue… People are pressuring me already and I’m still undecided.. My hopes are getting thinner and thinner as one by one, the replies I’m getting is not in my favour.. I will try to list  my choices down in the next few posts when I’m not too busy with work..

Yes, I’m working… (I’ve been bumming for 8 years). Not full-time though..just part-time. 4 hours, 3 days a week. But hey, it is still a job.. My friends teased me about it.. (They still do actually). Been here since the company just started.. So it’s coming 2 years now.. Or maybe a lil past 2 years. Supposed to be temporary till they get more staff but I guess I should start making money during my super-free time instead of sleeping. I’ll story on that later.. So many things to fill up…

I should make a checklist soon…. So many things are left hanging and I’m running out of time.. Sigh.. How time flies…

Ok, it’s bedtime.. 8am now and I need to wake up in 4 hours..

Best Looking Christmas Log Cakes 2016

It’s that time of the year again when I have to look for log cakes… I personally love to browse lists instead of going to their own site one by one so here’s my own personal list based on my research so far.. In Singapore. I have NOT tasted any of these cakes so this is based on looks and ingredients (whichever sounds yummy and not weird.. Be warned though, I’m a sucker for chocolates so it may be a little bias =D)

Disclaimer: Credits to respective owners of images and text.. I do not own any of the images and some text are directly taken from source.

Top 10 prettiest/delicious looking log cakes in Singapore:

(1) Mad About Sucre
    27 Teo Hong Road, Tel: (65)6221-3969. Last Order: 13th Dec 2016.

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Oops, the reindeer is stuck in my chimney cake (16cm, 25cm, 33cm)

Choice of 2 flavours: Caribbean rum, French chestnut, light French caramel & dark chocolate OR French chestnut, French caramel and rum.
Available in small (sgd90+), medium (sgd140+) and large size (sgd180+)

 

(2) Mad About Sucre
    27 Teo Hong Road, Tel: (65)6221-3969. Last Order: 13th Dec 2016.

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Reindeer White Log Cake (16cm, 25cm, 33cm)

An all-white log cake concocted with very popular ingredients of Japanese Yuzu and premium white chocolate.
Available in small (sgd80+), medium (sgd130+) and large size (sgd160+)

 

(3) Regent Singapore Hotel
    1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715, Tel: (65) 6725-3244. Until 1st Jan 2017.

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Amedei Dark Chocolate, Almond, Hazelnut and Cherry Christmas Surprise, 1kg (Sgd108)

Encased in an intricate chocolate box with a gold-dusted chocolate ribbon over is the almond chocolate sponge layered with 70% dark chocolate mousse, Morello cherry confit and Gianduja amaretto supreme, and covered with a tangy blackberry glaze. A crunchy chocolate hazelnut crumble base adds delightful textures to the cake.

 

(4) The St Regis Singapore
    29 Tanglin Road Singapore 247911,  Tel: (65) 6506-6860. Until 25th Dec 2016.

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Signature Chocolate Yule Log with Gold Flakes, 750g (Sgd68)

Thick, dark chocolate ganache amidst the Viennese cocoa Swiss rolls covered with chocolate shards. A definite choice for chocolate lovers!

 

(5) Mandarin Orchard Hotel
    333 Orchard Road Singapore 238867,  Tel: (65) 6831-6272. Until 31st Dec 2016.

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Signature Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log, 1kg (Sgd80)

Making a sweet comeback, chocolate lovers are sure to appreciate this perfect ensemble of chocolate cremeux and sweet and salty hazelnuts on moist flourless sponge, topped with praline mousse.

 

(6) Swensens
     Last order: 14th Dec 2016 (online), 17th Dec 2016 (walk-in)

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Rocher Nirvana (Sgd58)

Rich yet creamy Rocher hazelnut ice cream studded with crushed almonds decorated with macarons and chocolate truffle will make your taste buds yearn for more.

 

(7) Goodwood Park Hotel
     22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221,  Tel: (65) 6730-1867/68. Until 26th Dec 2016.

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Salted Caramel Nuts Cake, 500g (Sgd42)

This sturdy serving of caramel pound cake layered with creamy salted caramel and almonds is generously coated with a nutty milk chocolate glaze, decorated with whole almonds and dainty dark chocolate squares.

 

(8) Intercontinental Hotel Singapore
     80 Middle Road Singapore 188966,  Tel: (65) 6338-7600. Until 22nd Dec 2016.

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(Sugar-free) Framboise of the Wild Forest, 1kg (Sgd68)

A guilt-free choice which comprises a chocolate mousse, sugar-free chocolate ganache, centred with a raspberry confit atop a crunchy chocolate biscuit base.

 

(9) Antoinette
    30 Penhas Road Singapore 208188, Tel: (65) 6293-3121. While stocks last.
     Mandarin Gallery #02-33/34 Singapore 238897, Tel: (65) 6836-9527.

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Antoinette (Sgd55, Sgd110)

Milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, layered with dark chocolate earl grey tea cremeux, hazelnut feullitine with earl grey tea crumble, chocolate genoise and raspberry sphere.

 

(10) Intercontinental Hotel Singapore
      80 Middle Road Singapore 188966,  Tel: (65) 6338-7600. Until 22nd Dec 2016.

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Pink Snow (Sgd68)

An orange sponge cake set within layers of Vanilla Bavarois, Wild Strawberry Gelee and House-Made Orange Marmalade, the creation is finished atop a base of white crispy biscuit for an added touch of crisp.

 

BONUS:
I just have to add this in cause it just looks too damn pretty and a waste not to be in the list..

(11) Antoinette
    30 Penhas Road Singapore 208188, Tel: (65) 6293-3121. While stocks last.
    Mandarin Gallery #02-33/34 Singapore 238897, Tel: (65) 6836-9527.

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Red Rosette (Sgd150)

Chocolate cake, light chocolate ganache, orange confit, almond nougatine
and dark chocolate chantilly.

Ringing in my head…

So, I will be customizing my own wedding ring..Back then, we have decided on a brown diamond ring which we saw and I loved in a store back when we were looking for the engagement ring. But of cos it comes with a hefty tag and I decided that it’s just not worth it. So I decided on a gemstone.. My mind is now set on Ruby cos it’s blood red and and it looks damn nice on a finger.

I’ve been googling for ideas on what I’m gonna stick to my finger for the rest of my life and this is definitely not an easy task for me.. Initially, I thought well, how hard can it be right? I’m a simple person who likes simple stuff.. But as I see more and more images, it gets harder and harder for me cos everything looks so pretty and well,  I’m a really fickle-minded person when it comes to making decisions.. Even my engagement ring was a chore as I was torn between 2 of them.. We ended up with this sweet looking thing..

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Simple and classic with a twist.. Yellow diamonds 🙂

I’m considering these designs below but have yet to decide on final design AND if it should be in rose gold (initial plan) or black gold.. Which is nice? Decisions, decisions…

(Credit to owners.. I don’t own any of the images)

Getting There… Well, trying..

Today was on the net whole day searching for Christmas log cakes for clients and event venues.. The venue part is seriously frustrating..

Still trying to figure out things around here.. And I also want to revamp this old moody blog of mine to something refreshing.. Let me explore and will get my hands working ASAP.. I hope I can get something done by the end of the week..