We received our invitation cards from Mamanda 2 weeks ago and we were surprised by the thickness and presentation of the cards. Firstly, we didn’t bring a huge bag cos we really thought it was going to be light. We only had 250 invites anyway. But, as soon as we reached there, Farid, our comical wedding organizer told us if we drove. So, we said no. He then said, you guys gotta book a cab ok. Then, he came in with three big bags filled with cards.
Yes, everyone must’ve asked me if they didn’t show us the card before we booked the package. I think Farid did, its just our memory wasn’t working as it was 2 years ago. Anyway, we’re happy with how it turned out- simple and clean cut.
It feels surreal to have your name and his name printed on it…
We are left with finalizing our Itinerary and bridal fitting :)
May HE ease our journey to marital bliss. In Shaa Allah.
4 weeks to go…
…..of Wed Preps?…..
So…. H and I went down to ROMM 2 weeks ago and surprisingly there wasn’t a long queue prolly because we went there on a Tuesday morning. There were 2 couples ahead of us and the process was quick.
1- Go to the ROMM counter and they will issue you a number. For me, there was this security Pakcik whom issued us the no and he asked if I brought my wali. I told him yes. Just because he was trying to find an elderly man. I said “yes, it’s my younger Brother”. Perhaps, it’s not a norm for Younger brothers to be Wali and I didn’t want to explain further to him but he was comical indeed, cheering my younger Brother on after he found out that he was my Wali.
2. Our numbers were called and the lady asked for our ICs and called in my younger Brother since he is the Wali. I’m glad that I brought my late dad’s death certificate as the lady at the counter asked for it. Check our particulars again and signed the forms.
3.Wali to be called in the room to be interviewed by the Ustaz followed by me and H. The Ustaz was calm not serious and he asked me what I learned during the pre marriage course and then had to angkat sumpah aka recite oath.
Then were done. Since we took a day off, both H and I with our moms went to JB to eat and shop. :)
We did a pre marriage day course at APKIM in September. Truth be told, it was truly an insight and the counsellors didn’t make the topics too dry at all. Some were relevant topics and I liked how we had individual interviews in the morning part.
My younger Sister the Creative bug
I decided to ask my younger Sister, the Creative bug in the family to design my solemnisation gift tags for my guests. I love how efficient she was and how simple the design she created.
Corsages and DIY gift
I decided on flower corsages. Purple for the bride and Rose for the Groom side.
Oh, and a special DIY gift for H on one of his gift trays. Marks our Long distance relationship….
I’m 7 weeks away to the wedding….. Let’s eat some ice cream and go for a massage please? Hehe.
I’m still trying to get over the fact that I’m back in Singapore and not living in Shanghai anymore. It takes a LOT of not wallowing in the past. In Shaa Allah, I hope I’m willing to take HIS test with patience. There were times that I felt I wanna give up and move back to where I felt ‘success’ was the epitome in my life. To those who’ve been living and working by yourself in a foreign land for years and had to come home for good could relate.
Having said that, I am thankful that even at my lowest point, H had been there for me, tolerating my rants on life differences and how he tells me that Allah has better plans. Work is mundane and currently where I’m at, it hasn’t been very positive. I’m holding on to better days ahead.
2 weeks ago, I had the honour to assist one of my good friends on her wedding day! Their courtship was more than 9 years and I was so happy for both of them. I knew Wawa, the bride since our primary school days and yes, we practically grew up together. It was such a beautiful event as they did a combine wedding at Arena Country Club in Jurong, that place is ULU but it was a part of Singapore that I know now since they have Go Kart within the club itself. There were some technical glitches but my good friends and I had the most amazing time of our lives. Now that I’m back in Singapore for good, it’s really good to catch up with my friends for the whole day.
A particular vendor(s)that I would highlight at this event was her bridal, besides dolling her up pretty, the Merah Jambu bridal room, her Mak Andam, Kak Rai and Kak Mul were so nice and chatty. I felt like I made new friends on that day. their photo booth were so awesome as well. Unlimited printing of photos for merely less than 700 I think. It’s from a vendor called wishpix. They were really friendly and has been standing up for the whole 9 hours man and no complaints at all. :)
Anyway, photos will do justice. Wawa, if you’re reading this, may Allah bless your marriage till Jannah. I am so happy for you. If we ever have kids, make sure we have them have longkang adventures catching spiders like how we did waaaay back. Lol.
This post keeps me going. Stay positive. Have faith.
I haven’t been updating this site because I was sorting out my 18 boxes that had been shipped from Shanghai. No space at my Mom’s place (and I have 4 other siblings@ home) so I rented through store-friendly warehouse. It’s not really affordable but I really had no choice. H even had stuff to store so I rented a pretty good space for about half a year.
I’ve been trying to find the ‘suitable’ preschool to work in. And let’s face it, in Sg and perhaps in any other parts of the world, there can never be a suitable workplace. Conducive- yes, Helpful and warm colleagues- yes, Expected Salary and benefits- no, Work and Life Balance- Not often.
Oh well, I shall not complain excessively and count my blessings. I landed a job at a reputable preschool 2 weeks ago and I shall endure the heaps of documentation. Always good to learn something new. In shaa Allah
UPDATES with the Wedding Prep
We booked APKIM for our 1 day Pre-Marriage course, thanks to BTBs who has shared some positive feedback of their course. I hope ours will be a positive and enriching experience too. In Shaa Allah.
We filed in our application on the 4th day of Syawal and the no.of couples filling for their marriage on that day is quite a popular sight. The numbers kept increasing. We didn’t had any specific Ustaz so Ustaz Yazid was available to solemnize our nikah on that day. In shaa Allah.
This is the most exciting part of the plan! We booked our honeymoon adventure tickets- FINALLY! Flying on KLM and we will transfer flights from AMS to MADRID baby! I shared with H that Holland will always leave an impression for me as its the place I started my solo travelling around Europe 5 years ago. We decided to go Spain over Greece since we will be travelling over the December period and certain islands in G-land aren’t permissible to visit thus, the change of plans.
I’m still looking around for a wedding cake….since I dropped the idea of baking my own cake. -_-
Next month, vendors will prolly be calling us to settle half of the payments, since it will be 3 months before the wedding. (whatever happened to time?)
Till then, enjoy the rest of the week!
30 WAYS TO ADD SOMETHING BLUE TO YOUR WEDDING DAY from Harper’s Bazaar
The shoes, the dress, the flowers are just divine.
More photos could be found here.
Yeterday, I submitted the form for booking of the main prayer hall for our solemnisation. I waited for about almost half an hour to receive the news from the lady and she told me that another couple will be having their solemnisation an hour after mine so she has placed my booking on hold.
Okay, so I get it, we are not the only ones getting married and using the place. LOL. Okay, to be honest I panic cos I have to make arrangements especially with the reception at Mamanda. Initially, we wanted the reception to start from 4-8pm but if we are not able to get the 2-3 solemnisation slot then we will prolly have to change from 12-1 and push our reception earlier. I can’t possibly make my guests wait till 4pm, go home and come back again.
okay, everything will fall into place. There’s no need to panic over such stuff. Hehe. Any bride to be face such situation?
Salam Ramadhan Kareem everyone!
I’m back in sunny Singapore for good a few days ago. Alhamdullilah, that I landed safely despite the crazy turbulence on and off during the flight on China Easter Airlines. It was a nostalgic moment for me as I recalled my first flight out to Shanghai 3.5 years ago and how excited I was with an amazing career ahead of me. Now that I’m back with no expat package but a better air and surrounding myself with close family and friends joining the ‘rat face’ again. Truth be told, it’s still a familiar place to me but I’m really trying to settle back into this lifestyle. I have to keep reminding myself that Allah has better plans for me. In Shaa Allah.
Shanghai will still be remembered as a place that I used to do crazy adventures, formed many friendships and the beginning of a great career.
For now, H and I really working hard to this. We may conquer long distance relationships through many many fights and disrupted calls and love notes, but what’s ahead of us, only Allah can guide us to this marital bliss. In shaa Allah.
Erm, 5 months to go, what?! to all those BTBs having their wedding the same month as me, keep calm and complete your tasks! :)
What’s left :-
-confirm on solemnization @ mosque
-next month, register on ROMM
-confirm on my wali aka uncle as my beloved dad passed away 4 years ago :'( #alwaysbemydaddysgirl
-rings and other hantaran gifts to be settled
-honeymoon to be sorted out, now we are still deciding between Greece and Spain :)
That’s it for now.
I still can’t believe that I am left with a month till I’m back in SG for good.
And at the same time, 7 months till the WEDDING?! Like WHAT?!
Whatever happened to double digits.
Anyway, I shall not be frantic just cos we plan to go for our honeymoon the next day after our wedding.
And I shall not frantic just cos the flight tickets are super duper SKYROCKETING!
I shall BE Patient.
HE is the best of all Planners.