the handwriting game

The rules:

you must write out your answers so your readers can see your actual handwriting.
The questions:
1. What’s your name and blogger name?
2. What’s your blog’s URL?
3. Write: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
4. Favorite quote?
5. Favorite song?
6. Favorite band/singers?
7. Anything else you want to say?
8. Tag bloggers to participate.
Spotted this game from ladycroissant !
much love ; ashleyann ; HiLLjO ; busy bee lauren ; Brittany H ; Cinzilicious ; The Eclectic Life ; Sarah

day 11 & 12, what’s too much shopping and gelato?

day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence), day 10 (Florence)

day 11.

One of the things we looked forward to in Florence is shopping!

And I hope that will explain the lack of pictures on this day!

we reached the outlet too early and waited in the cold for more than hour.


jump! jump! jump!

and jump again! brrr...

return bus schedule for The Mall

sunset on our shop-a-lot day

dinner in florence

day 12!


ow-ow loves the wall patern in the train cabin


i had been craving for a gelato for sooo long, it excited me too much to find a Gelateria that's open for winter. can you tell i'm salivating?

sweet bliss....

can u tell where we were? it's pretty obvious!

The Baptistery of Pisa has the perfect acoustics. Prior to arriving, a friend in Switzerland told us that if we stood under the dome in the center of the hall, sounding a low sound, the whole place will echo with it. When we were there, somebody demonstrated that for us by singing. It was AMAZING.


left: the singer who filled the whole room with his voice. right: the top of the dome (interior)


details on the cathedral door - a gigantic picturebook

everybody who comes to pisa has to take some funny pictures with the leaning tower one way or another, and then folks at home will have to interpret the picture. try this.

To that little guy, I’m sorry for your candid implication.  I could’d photoshopped you away, but what’s the point of that!

i love these colorful markets

and i love what she was wearing. doesn't this look like a film set?

train-ing back to florence

outside a restaurant

our room window

what was OUTSIDE our room window - the yoghurt and tangerine that I was trying to chill

Mercato Nuovo market

of all the ice cream cones there is, we had to pick the world's most expensive gelato cones.. really, where did my brain go? By the way, that was my 2nd gelato of the day!

Piazza dei Ciompi antique market

We went for a loooong afternoon walk in Florence, bushyhead got more shirts, we saw David at The Accademia and even sneaked a photo of him, who can resist the world’s most perfect man? Then we met up the new friends we met at the wine tour and had the most expensive meal ever for the whole of our honeymoon.

Known to be one of the best restaurants in Florence, Cibrèo restaurant impresses us with their personable service, hands down to that! For every course, we got a server sitting down with us and talked us through the extensive menu, right down to the finest detail. There has got to be more than 10 items just on the main courses alone! All we can say is that, we got more than we bargained for, even with that steep pricetag. There were so many complimentary dishes that I don’t even remember what is what now. Most of what you will see below, complimentary! I was touched.

I apologize for not being able to post on a regular basis. Recently I just got a new job and I’m still adjusting to the hours. Like ow-ow, I’m a night-owl, though I’m determined to get this out at least twice a week.

Next, guess our next destination!


honeymoon day 10, wine down and relax.

day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence).

day 10.

are you sick of our numerous breakfast pictures yet? well i can’t help it especially if it’s complimentary (free!!) and served in a place like this!

Prior to flying to Europe, we booked a Chianti Wine Tour online with Angela’s Tuscany Wine Tours. Meeting point was in front of Biblioteca Nazionale, in Piazza Cavalleggeri at 10am. There’s only one way in my book to get there – walk. After all, Florence, or anywhere else for that matter, is best seen on foot!

a bus-van?

in front of Santa Croce Church, gorgeous sunlight that day

walking the dog along the bank of River Arno

coincidentally, we were joined by one fellow Singaporean couple for the tour. We stopped by Piazzale Michelangelo on the way to the Chianti region, which by the way, was one of the spots that I wanted to go on our own in one of the other days we have in Florence. This saved us a trip!

the ancient walls of Medieval Florence

the bronze copy of Michelangelo's David in the piazza that was dedicated to the artist

just a stone away from the first winery we were visiting is Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

the quintessential sight in tuscany - cypress trees

our tour companions in the first wine cellar we visited

label on oak barrels

sleeping bees

wine bottles waiting to be labelled

the wine label machine

the dining room where we had our wine tasting and a delicious lunch

a wine and dine man. what we love our this tour is that there were absolutely no hard-selling, in fact, we had to ASK to buy the wine. we sat by the table, had good food and wine and great company, with the view of tuscany countryside just sitting there. there was no better way to spend the afternoon

on the road again with that magnificent tuscan sun ahead of us

the 2nd winery

strawberry guava

another happy wine experience

yummy dessert wine

we were in good hands.

leaving the chianti region

happy customers. back in florence after a fantastico afternoon in chianti region with our tourguide-cum-sommelier Angela

florence at night

ponte vecchio

i was strangely attracted to this painting in a hotel where we took a brief pee stop before we stomp around florence city while the shops are still open. i believe it was a rendition of the city of florence

at Mercato Nuovo. rub the snout of Il Porcellino and you're bound to return to florence again. much like the spinning round and round with your foot at milan (see milan's post) and rome's trevi fountain ( coming soon!)

good food eh?

but we ended up having dinner in the hotel room, haha

i refused to eat MacDs, nor did i see anything i wanted to takeaway on our way back so i was left hungry in the room. but sweet bushyhead went out again just to get me my dinner


our wedding photo booth pictures – part 2


We are back from our honeymoon!

Well, it’s actually been our 3rd day back to Singapore, a cold and rainy one that is! And that has been one of my excuses for lazing around and not doing anything much at all, somehow the gloom makes the perfect atmosphere to do nothing and the bed more inviting than usual.

The honeymoon has not all been a sweet and dreamy one, for that matter, I don’t ever think traveling with me will ever be like that, as people who has been my traveling companions will attest and constantly remind others of that. Well, why pay good money to snooze and do and see nothing when I have my own clean and comfy bed to do all that at home? It just make good cents to me to seize the day, Carpe diem. My sprained right ankle, affectionately known to me as Pig Trotter, didn’t beg to differ as well! This story will be shared when I upload my honeymoon pictures. Morale of the story: Puffy winter clothing, a side-sling shoulder bag and a backpack half my size is not only a fashion faux pas but also potentially a deadly combination.

These are part 2 and the last of my wedding photo booth pictures. Part 1 is here if you missed them!

First, some out-takes:

and good old fashioned red carpet shots:

and these are the photos taken on Jan’s camera. Our camera battery went dead after too many flash shots at the Photo Booth. Another wedding tip if you are doing your own photo booth: Bring extra batteries.

the 2 ladies who helped to decor the pub to go with our theme

Round of applause for the Spellbound Wedding girls!!

Chicken Little and family!

with Jan who undertook the whole photography for our wedding

Chicken Little is not very happy not being the center of attraction


the musicians who graced our wedding... and here, I finally see a shot of the boutonnieres I made for the musicians! Look closely! One of them is seen between the Singapore and Malaysia flags.

with the excellent staff of Toucan Irish Pub

since 1993! That's how long ago when I first met the girls!

An Apology to all those who have been waiting for this batch of pictures! It’s plain to see, they are seriously overdue.


double yays: my guest post on Hindsight Bride

Hi from The Eternal City!

Greetings from Italy!

It’s our last night here in Rome, Italy. Next morning we would be on our way to Athens, Greece! I’m so very excited to share this next news with all of you! Recently I did a guest post on Hindsight Bride, and the post is out today! Christie O. at Hindsight Bride is one of my favourite wedding blogger because of all the advises she shares on her blog, especially if you’re planning a d.i.y. wedding. Please check out the interview here!

click to see the post on Hindsight Bride!

Do leave a comment and tell me what you think! Ciao for now!

hugs and kisses,


featured in The Bride’s Cafe!

Dear friends,

Sorry for the long absence, Bushy H. and I are still on our Roman Holiday, next up, Greece! This will be both of our first time to Greece and I’m hoping for clear skies and loads of good food.

Meanwhile, please hop over to The Bride’s Cafe! Janie of The Bride’s Cafe has so kindly featured our wedding some time last week, and I am only able to share this with everybody now. I have been dying to share this, do check her blog out! Gorgeous wedding features galore!

I’ll be back end of the month with more updates, missing all of you already.



our wedding day pictures – night shots

Hi lovelies! Welcome back! This will be my last post for the year 2010 and I’m ending it up with the last batch ( number 5 ) of my wedding pictures! Here are the links to previous posts if you’d missed them!

Our d.i.y. engagement shoot ( featured in The Wedding Chicks )

Our wedding was also featured in The Bride’s Cafe as well as a short interview on Hindsight Bride, do check them out!

Actual Wedding Day Links:

The preparation

The Gate Crash

The Traditional Tea Ceremony

The Soleminzation

Food was served buffet style once the solemnization was over. The band started playing Rock and Roll all night, along with some crowd-pleasing favourites.

music entertainment from Compass Entertainment, click on the musicians to visit Compass Entertainment website!

it's a pity you can't see the boutonnieres i made for the musicians here. silly me didn't take any picture of them as well!

my father-in-law + his food + music = a belly happy man

my brother with his teddy boy look

We also have tables indoor for guests who prefer the comfy air-conditioning

the indoor area was also where we had our Photo Booth to take silly pictures in

to see more of the pictures taken at our Photo booth, check out part 1 of the album by clicking on the picture!

i think they are a pretty sweet couple, don't you think?

with my batchgirls

and then we were 'encouraged' to have our first dance, unscripted, unplanned for and unavoidable

We danced to the music that our friend Tze wrote for our wedding, following my strict requirement. The same score (different version) was played for my march-in.

we are... not very good dancers

then my brillianceness suggested that we should get friends up and dance with us

thus begin the 'finger-pointing' and 'name-calling'

there are some who obviously have it in them to shake and rattle..

others just have more creative styles and flair than I expected

my father-in-law was so 'high' playing the music that he almost took over the percussions by abandoning his piano and started playing with the sticks, undoubtably leaving the original percussionist little Bryan perplexed

The band that kept our energy up! I wish i got a recording of the songs they played that night

In the midst of me running around trying to get people to the dance floor and creating bubbly atmosphere, literally, I missed much of the dancing and it ended all too soon for me. i was having so much fun!

i had to vent

while the dancing may have stopped, the guinness gang has set up a drinking post for stefan

i joined in some times

but i love my wedding because i get to mingle with different groups of friends...

... get my pictures taken with my budz...

... and get fed by Ching who made sure i have food throughout the evening


i also had time to sit back and listen to my new hubby's thank-you speech

and that's me making a curtsy when my name got mentioned in the speech for crafting the wedding

the rest of the evening was spent having way too much fun posing for pictures, in and out of the photo booth

and discovering who chicken little is a carbon-copy of


here's to the new mr and mrs see who just tied the knot on 26th Dec! you two are great together, may the 2 of you stay best friends forever and eternally bound in marital bliss!

And then we ran off into the sunset and lived happily ever after.

Though it doesn’t stop here! Photos from the Photo Booth will be next, this will be a brand new batch, see you here next year!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

* All pictures by Jan ; additional edit by me
* Rock and Roll band by Compass Entertainment ; composition of In Time Love Comes by Tze
* Flower arrangement by Spellbound Wedding
* Venue and catering by Toucan Irish Pub
* Videography by MADhouse
* Bridal Hair and Makeup by Gin Tan, Groom's hair by Max

For additional credits, please see this post!


wedding day pictures – the solemnization

Hi friends!

This is going to be a long one! If you haven’t seen the pictures taken before this solemnization, please check out the links below!

The preparation

The Gate Crash

The Traditional Tea Ceremony

After some photo taking at the hotel, we took off in 3 cars to Toucan Irish Pub at Duxton Hill. I wanted only Baby’s Breath and Anna from Spellbound Weddings, along with Ellie, took care of all that flower arrangement for us! She also took my scrappy DIYs and displayed them in manners that far exceeded my expectations.

our reception table

our pretty receptionist!

for a simple tutorial to this bunting, click on the picture!

cute signage by Anna!

On that little tree by the left is where we hung pictures of both of us, instead of printing them out on a photo book

one of our favourite photos out of the 20ish we picked out from our travels and engagement shoot. click on the picture to see some of the engagement pictures we took ourselves!

the wedding favors - click on the picture for these tutorial!


little turquoise guitars and ribbons on doilies and hanging tealights


the aisle to the altar, lined with lotsa Baby's Breath

I had 8 of these little bubble bottles to be used as confetti after the ceremony. Note to everybody, you need more bottles than that! click on picture to see my notes on confettis!

Rock n' Roll is not dead - because for that one day, it's the 50s and the events that led to the song American Pie has not happened yet

I'm so glad I found these shoes, special thanks to Ching! Though if anyone of you out there is having an outdoor wedding, please buy those heel protectors. I had our initials lined out with crystals underneath the shoes, those along with the heels are knackered by the time the evening was over. click on the picture to see the one thing I should had gotten for the heels before the wedding but didn't and am now realy regretting that decision

You know I'm really happy when my smile turns into a grimace and all the facial lines and muscles are pushed into slight aesthetically-uncomfortable positions

You know I'm ecstatic when I start to guffaw with those MGM lion roar

the bridesmaid and the best man!

this and the next 2 pictures were taken during our brief rehearsal

while guests are arriving, I was off to do some last-min touch ups, redo my hair piece and attach the birdcage veil. Guests were encouraged to take photos at the photo booth we set up. We thought we prepared enough props for the photo booth - fun retro eyewears, blackboards and markers.. etc. Anna surprised us with more eyewears and a couple of boas. Isn't that service excellence or what!

the backdrop for our photo booth with the poster I did myself.. colour came out wrong actually but since it was already printed, it will be a shame for me to waste it just because of a slight off with the colours.. click picture to see part 1 of the pictures we took at the photobooth!

... and so begins the wedding solemization. leon our best man with anna our wonderful decorator

leon looking more tense than the groom

my mum walked me down the aisle to the music "In Time Love Comes" specially composed by our friend Tze. To listen to our march-in song, click on the picture!

Note to all future grooms, please say " I do" to your bride, not to the Pastor nor the Justice of Peace. For clarification, he did say that to my face, this is an example of how it would look like if you forgot

stefan repeating his vows to me, mostly about how I irritated the hell out of him

i stuck with the safer choice of for better or for worse

it's comforting to see that I'm not the only one with double chin

thanks to all my 'bubble generators'!

an oh-so-sweet and beautiful poem written for us by our friend Ganesh... fitting for this picture 'cause he's in it!

and then it was time for the bouquet tossing

it took me at least 3 tries to get the toss right. the first few times stefan was always there to catch my stray-flying bouquet

and Ellie was the lucky girl who caught the bouquet!

More pictures from that evening coming up next!

I’d love to hear from you, please drop some comments!

Lotsa love & hugs,


* All photos by Jan