I love my city

Seriously, there is a sense of pride and unexplained nostalgia brewing just by looking at these pictures of familiar places long ago – the same space and places where my parents grow up in.

Great World Amusement Park

Goodwood Park Hotel

Raffles Hotel, Palm Court, 1920s

Street scene near Cathay Building

Cathay Building

Junction of High Street and North Bridge Road

Clarke Quay 1970s

Mobile Library outside the very much-missed National Library

anybody miss this skyline?

It’s August. Time to remember Patriotism.

*All pictures taken in the 50s unless stated otherwise.

* All pictures from National Archive of Singapore, click on picture to go to their origins.

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HiLLjO I’m glad you can out all  those heartbreak and frustration behind you now! We are still persevering (not much choice!)!
bonkasaurus Yep, i still don’t quite understand the steep pricetag on mini apartments… but location like the one you mentioned is great though!

welcome your wanderlust

Housed in a 1920s old school building is this wanderful hotel that reminds us of the dreams we should be having.

maybe they should be art-nouveau-inspired...

with colours that 'pop', of yellow submarines and purple rain...

of limitless possibilities, painted out on blank canvases...

filling you up with secret messages and joyful poetry...

dreams should be like your secret garden...

they are a form of escape...

What are your dreams like?

* Wanderlust Hotel – 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494

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From Portland to Peonies I wish I am still in Europe too! You know, in that state of self-denial and eat pasta and gelato everyday, thinking, Italian women don’t get fat!

Michelle Thank you, and it was!

Chic ‘n Cheap Living Don’t you just wish that you could bring that yellow postbox home? At least I know I do!!

Cinz Thinking back, why didn’t we try that too??!!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon I love my adventures with my Bushyhead! I’m looking forward to many more to come!

A Oh yes, an ex-colleague shared that idea with me many years ago. It’s a kick to collect all that foreign stamps and country ink-stamps on the postcards as well!

Maddy You have GOTTA be THERE!!! It’s inspiring!

MelRod Thanks for dropping in, Melrod! *hugs!*

Mabel Hi Mabel! Text in the pictures? Do you mean the caption? Is it their placement or size that makes the post hard to read? Let me know! 🙂

honeymoon day 4, i was queen for a day.

day 1 & 2

day 3

day 4. a long drive between seasons.

ow-ow says

We woke up to a home-cooked breakfast and though i’d seen it before, but the scenery outside grischa’s house is always breathtaking, no matter the season nor the hours of the day.

 

lights in the dark

after breakfast

snow is melting

remnants of playtime

soon, we hit the road, following the detailed route that gregor has carefully discussed with grischa the night before. objective: to see the real Switzerland!

 

leaving the village

 

just an idea of how the scenery changed as we go from Zurich to Lugano and then back up again

taken from inside the car and with extra awe

awe-struck

The St. Gotthard Tunnel. it runs from German-speaking Göschenen to Italian-speaking Airolo in Ticino to the south of Switzerland. At 16.4 km long, it is the 3rd longest road tunnel in the world and 19 min for us to get out and see a seemingly different country from the one we 'exited' from.

taking a walk through lugano, where temperature dipped lower than what was in zurich

i don't know much about art or architecture except i know what i like, and whoever made this has a sense of humor

we missed Befana’s Day by a few days when we were there. instead of santa claus, we see witches like this one hanging outside some of the houses in southern switzerland and later, italy. to find out more about this tradition, click on the picture!

it may be just a bus terminal for daily commute, but the modern design makes this stand out more than the buildings around it. you'll never lost your way with an eyecatching landmark like this!

stopping over at this hidden gem of a town

we wandered and wondered where everybody else was

maloja

i'm amused by how this house looks under the snow, aren't you?

my second lunch here at Hotel Schweizerhaus. the last time i was here, we were sitted outside under a glaring sun and now we can't wait to get in ('cause we were really hungry!!)

it got dark and foggy

what seems like water droplets on my window are actually frozen droplets

i could pluck them like gemstones

the 2 tiny specks? people on the frozen lake

visibility got better once we passed the lake. i brightened this picture up so that you could see the pretty lights that line up to another village

up the mountains we go and soon this is all we see

end of road trip! we met grischa's parents for some tea at this posh spa resort

and it is here where bb discover the best fries in the world

home again.

someone looks surprised!

it’s 12 days after Christmas, Three Kings Day in Switzerland. According to this website,

The day before the „Three King’s Day” the Swiss bakery shops are full of „Three kings’-cakes”. This is a sweet bun or teacake containing sultanas. It’s made from a number of separate pieces of dough baked together. The cake can easily be pulled a part and one of the pieces has a tiny plastic king in it, so the cake is eaten carefully.

Who ever gets the king is allowed to wear a golden crown which comes with the cake. At the same time this lucky person is allowed to boss about the family for the day.

So Brigette made everybody a cup of tea and we all sat down round the table to partake of this tradition.

my chosen bun

and guess what, i'm the queen for the day.

after which, gregor brought out his projector and he showed us the travel photos they took on their own honeymoon… those were really fantastic photos! the magic of slide film cameras.

I had never watched a holiday photo slide with somebody to tell us what each picture was about. it was so personal and it bound the whole room together for that whole duration the projector was running. and it does feel like we were there in the pictures when it was taken.

We have one more day in Zurich, for updates on my next post, click on the image below!

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honeymoon day 1 & 2, i got my craving fix

3rd Jan 2011,

We departed sunny Singapore, hopped on a 12-hour flight and begun our much-awaited honeymoon.

note his expression. he knew he's going to be in for some kind of hell soon - free from work and possibly internet conection, foreign food and beyond-tired legs

 

checking for signal was one of the first thing he does once we got off the plane and stated waiting for the train to take us to Frankfurt am Main.

ow-ow's first appearance

light and tickling : his first snow

hardly Zephyros. it didn't snow when we touched down, it didn't snow when we were taking the train but the moment we stepped out of the subway station, Frankfurt gave bb what I wanted him to have for this honeymoon: a chance of snow.

huddling birds on leaf-less trees after a long winter flight. in the morning, they will be gone and who knows where they rested their aching wings the next night

We spent the next 2 nights at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Long history behind this one, they opened in 1876 as “Frankfurter Hof”, it was the first place to own the first public phone in Frankfurt 1891 and a year later, the first electric lightning. Having survived through the first world war and never been occupied during the WW2 by the Nazi Regime, the hotel was burnt down after a series of bomb attacks. Only the facade was saved and it’s the same facade that we see today.

i love all those little (well, little from afar) Christmas trees between the archways.

the hotel, then. Imagine the grandeur that the interior was

the room, however, contains none of the grandeur we saw on the facade, nonetheless, it was nothing to complain about... except... I was expecting the bed to be a little plushier though..

After a successful late-night scour for food outside, we headed back to the hotel to do some quick exploring through its endless corridors.

 

" swipe id if you want your ciggies! "

lights out!

Day 2.

 

frankfurt (kaiser straße) in the morning... the sun just never seemed to officially start work until noon-time

morning-faced

Brasserie ici at Marriot Frankfurt was one of the breakfast experiences that i missed so much! This is just one small section that they have. The variety was incredible, though I felt with every passing years, they cut down on the variety, and this time round when i was there, my much-look-forward-to sliced beef steak was taken off! woe to me.

but the pancakes cheered me up a little

and this, more

bb had a long-distance phone relationship with a girl at the phone service-provider most parts of the morning

i had to entertain myself with my freakish eye

on familiar grounds

leipzeiger straße

yummy bath bubbles

tools of the trade

this was the stuff that carried me through many lonely dinners in the room, me sitting cross-legged in a couch with my eyes either mindlessly watching german MTV or some english dramas I'd brought from home. Nonetheless, it was always enjoyable and a luxury I looked forward to.

taken from bb's pov: his stomach just couldn't compare with mine, he only had a soup

tiramisu after a meal like that? oh yes!

both droolers

a maggi store. seasoned chicken noodle soup with more seasoning. eek! just what we needed for the cold outside.

at Römerberg plaza. all the pretty neogothic buildings you see behind us were all destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt after. lovely place for a meal, if you have spare to spend!

 

coffee at my favourite joint in the gloves my buddy personalised for me for christmas

toasty idea! sit al fresco and watch the world go by with your best friends tucked snuggly under these wool blankies

i'm still in awe at this mall's architecture a year plus after its completion

the cold and probably the time difference got the better of bb and we headed back to the hotel where i watched him sleep like a baby for the next 2 hours. i think my heart was still wandering out there

but being the good sport and a thoughtful husband, he woke up to go the other pizzaria that i must go to meet Jan with me. this look was a mishap after i , the absent-minded wife, hopped on the wrong tram and inadvertably caused the 20 minute wait in the cold dark night at an unsheltered tram station.

the taste of familarity that i missed soo much!

yummy, downed with generous portion of wine

if you had spotted our free model in the background of the 2 above pictures, you'd understand why we had to take a photo with this character

thanks jan for coming out to meet us when you too were under the weather!

More to come! We travel to Switzerland next! Touching hospitality and cats galore, but before that, which will be coming in the next post, I have to share this picture taken on our way back to the hotel.

this one is a classic look that even I won't get to see often. it's his "i'm cold and i'm tired and i have a loud hiccup" look

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how i made my own hair fascinator and birdcage veil

This post is specially for Strikingreality! 😛

I feel it’s essential to make a disclaimer first that I am no expert on making hair fascinators. This was my second time trying (i did a tiny trial before making my actual bridal one) and I’m sure the masters who makes these things for a living do it far more effective and skillful than I did.

I also didn’t take any pictures of the process because I like my crafting in my dark messy little room where I’m free to experiment and change my mind when I want to, so I need you who intend to read through the boring stuff below to have a really imaginative mind.

I wanted a birdcage veil instead of the standard veil because I feel it fits my theme better and I can never imagine myself behind one of those long veils. I got a 12 inch width English veiling (Ivory) from pocketsaurus@Etsy and am extremely happy with it. I also followed closely the tutorial by Mary Ann with slight variations to customise my own gigantic head. Previously I got a 9 inch veiling but that does not even come close to covering my forehead. I wanted one that goes just slightly below one eye and the 12 inch is doing that just great.

In her tutorial you will see that she cut the veil 30 inches in length. I made the fatal mistake of cutting the veil too short the first time round and when that’s done, there’s no salvaging it unless you want that peek-a-boo style behind your fascinator. Personally, that first one was sitting a bit awkward on my head. So I got a 2nd piece and cut it a bit longer than 30 inches, given my big head. Basically, the longer it is, the puffier it’s going to be when you scrunch the edges together. If it’s too much for you, just trim off the extra length.

Mary Ann used a comb in her tutorial which she sew on by one of the corner of the nice edge first so that if there is any necessary changes you can still easily trim the other edge off. Instead of using a comb, I sewed mine onto a clip, which I feel is easier to put on and remove since for our traditional tea ceremony, I didn’t want the veil on, choosing instead to have it later in the evening for our solemnization.

In fact, my hair fascinator and birdcage veil were made separately because I wanted the versatility to change my look. After we were done with the solemnization, I pinned my birdcage veil in a slightly different manner so that it appeared shorter than it really is and not covering my face. You can probably tell better if you’d seen my night shots that the veil was still there, but less obvious. So hey! That’s 3 different looks there without a makeup artist!

2 looks 1 accessory. Left: during the tea ceremony only the hair fascinator was used. Right: birdcage veil was pinned under the same fascinator, though now it was inverted, instead of having the sparkly bits in front, it's now toward the back of my head, leaving the long ostrich fringe trim just slightly brushing on my forehead.

gemstones were added to the nice edge of the bircage veil. I spaced them apart so that they are not overwhelming nor heavy enough to cast weird shadows on my face. Who don't like a little glitter!

To make the birdcage veil fit better, my makeup artist taught me to use bobby pins to pin the naughty parts down before clipping the hair fascinator over to hide them. It’s really easier than it sounds because I was able to do that all by myself before the ceremony with a puny mirror.

my crash course to learn how to put on my DIY birdcage veil by myself later before the wedding ceremony

To make the hair fascinator, I first cut out the felt base where I would be pasting, sewing and other unorthodox methods of attaching my feathers, pearls and gemstones on. Depending on the shape you want your fascinator, say if it’s a flower, you may want to cut a circle, if it’s a tiara-like band, you may want a rectangular-shaped base. I wanted a fan-shaped one, but instead of cutting the felt out like a fan, I cut it out in a heart shape, just because.

Once you decided the shape that you need for your base, cut 2 identical ones out from felt. You really want to have a colour of the felt one that is similar to the colour of the fascinator you would be making. However if you have dark hair like me and your fascinator is going to be a dark-coloured one, then a black felt is perfectly fine.

First, display the ornaments (feathers, flowers, beads, crystals, lace.. the sky’s the limit!) you want onto the felt base.

Once you’re happy with your arrangements, start attaching them to your felt base. Personally, I first glued the feathers down (I used my trusty white craft glue, but really, you need a hot glue gun), made some simple stitches as insurance onto the glued feathers and covered them up with the lace pattern which i also glued onto the feathers. Next I sewed on all the pearls and stuff onto of the existing layers. These add as triple insurance that things don’t start falling out. Along the way, you will realise that, hey i need more feathers here or there’s a gap that needs touching up, no need to fret. The whole project’s not ruined as long as you don’t throw your hands up and declare it. If you need some touch-ups/cover-ups, this is the stage to do so. As long as they are done on this layer of felt which will be concealed. If you seen the back of my felt base, you would had seen a messy lot of knots and a lot of threads zig-zagging across the whole felt. Once we are done with that, roll the clip/comb up with some fabric or ribbons and tighten them with stitches and glue. Sew the fabric side of the clip onto the second piece of felt so that the ugly knots and stitches are hidden. Apply a mixture of fabric hardener and glue over the back of the warzone created on the first felt base. Press the two piece of felt together, with the ugly sides facing inward toward each other. Wait to dry. The next step is optional, but I like my stuff to last longer so I’ll just do a simple stitch around the felts, just in case. ( see picture above)

And that’s really all there is to it… at least from my end! Feel free to post any questions or comments if I had neglected anything, thanks for popping by today!

love and lotsa bunny hugs for this chinese new year,

pat
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our wedding photo booth pictures – part 2

HA-LLO!

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

Rockabillies!

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.

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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.

love,

Pat

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!

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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!

L.O.V.E.

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,

Pat

* All photos by Jan

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wedding day pictures – the gatecrash

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Thank you for coming back! This is a continuation of my last post, if you haven’t seen it yet, click here!

So Stefan arrives at the hotel with only one brave man behind him to come face-to-face with the girls, who weren’t going to let the both of them into the bridal suite easily.

 

money was given to "bribe" the gatekeepers

Remember happy bun?

"bribe" was deemed unacceptable

best man. breaking out in cold sweat.

he's not spared either

... his victory stance?

see? my girls are angels!

.. obviously that little wasabi feast was not enough to ward off the girls' requests!

at this point, I could only hear what's going on outside through the bedroom door (and a secret sliding wall). I was supposed to get "live" feed from Cindy via iphone, apparently the videos and pictures got lost in transition and didn't get to me till much later... that didn't stop the rest of us in the room from trying to laugh out loud simply from guessing what we were hearing!

Next, Stefan was given the task to write a message to me on his nails using violety-pink nail polish. one letter per nail and it extends to all the nails both the boys have. here in this short notice, our dear friend here can come out with something that I'd rather have inscribed on my wedding band. to read more, click on picture to find out what IS on my wedding band now

enlisting his brother's help

read from right to left. it says "2∞NBeyond"

next, we shall see how "crafty" he can be. he's asked to make an apron out of the fabric, edgings and mini sewing kit he was given. Click pictures to read previous post to find out why!

according to sources, he simply ripped two holes out using the oh-so-cute-and-mini scissors and pulled the edgings through them. Less than 2 min. You know it's horrible by the look of Elsa's face

Presenting the stuff of lousy craft work as narrated by dear cindy ( one of the “live” feeds that I was supposed to watch live then):

after the 3 simple tasks were done (he was let off pretty easy), the girls got permission to open the bedroom door, only to confuse the 2 boys with 2 other doors inside. They were asked to guess which door leads to the inside of the bedroom and if they guessed correctly, they would be allowed entry.

truth is, none of the doors led to the bedroom entrance. One opens to the toilet and the other to the shower room. This hotel comes with a sneaky sliding wall that hides the main bedroom away from view, but the boys didn't know that and were asked to "top up". To think they were so disorientated that they thought another door along the very same corridor they were at is The room.

you can tell by that face how miserable the "top up" was.

Eventually though, the boys were told to turn around, while the secret door was opened by me inside.

Next, Stefan steps into the room, to be continued in the next post!