Whoops Sorry Everyone
A thousand apologies to everyone who left comments here. I wasn't trying to be rude by not replying but I simply didn't check this blog for comments. I usually get notified when people leave comments on my other blog and I assumed the setting would be carried over to this one. I was wrong. Thanks everyone for their well wishes. I love you all!!!
Our Wedding Bands
Our Wedding Bands.
We bought this item a couple of months ago but I only started to wear it after the day we registered. It's a set of matching platinum rings from Goldheart in Midvalley Megamall. It cost us about RM3,000 but I think it's worth it.
Engraved inside on my ring is YAP SIEW TOH 290906 and on ST's ring it's LEE WYE JON 290906. This way we will always be close to each other even if we are apart :) The number symbolises the date of our registration date.
ST's ring is a little too tight for her while I've gotten used to mine.
At 10.00 o'clock in the morning of 29th September 2006, I married Yap Siew Toh. We are now officially recognised by the government of Malaysia as husband and wife.
It was a hectic morning. I was supposed to meet ST at the Thean Hou Temple at around 9.30am but my family and I ended up arriving at 9.50am due to an accident along Old Klang Road! Luckily we arrived just on time... literally on the dot.
We spent a few minutes at the commisioner of oath's office and then immediately headed of to the Registrar of Marriage office. Our queue number that morning was 2505. By the time we were there 2504 were already performing their rites. Very soon our number appeared on the LED board.
Me and ST.
My parents, me & ST and ST's parents.
We went in, the lady at the counter checked our original documents and then a few minutes later it was our turn to go into the room to take our oaths. We sat down and we were presented with our marriage certificates. There were four copies for us to sign. Two kept by us and two kept by the Registrar. After myself, ST and our witnesses completed signing the documents we proceeded to "angkat sumpah".
The happy couple.
You have a choice of having the ceremony being performed in either Mandarin or English. We chose English because my Mandarin is no good but either way the officer in charge will rush though reading the verses... not that I mind because the only important thing was for us both to say....
I do, I do!
Exchange of rings.
And that's it basically. We went back the the Commisioner of Oath's office to settle a few things and then we spent a few minutes taking a few pictures around the temple grounds but it wasn't a terribly interesting place IMHO.
Fuk Luk Sau.
Our Chinese celestial signs. ST is a lamb while I'm a monkey.
Group picture. The small kid is Mr. Hong Hong, who appears in wAntAn productions
from time to time.
My family. Joe my younger brother was the day's photographer.
Registration of Marriage Tomorrow!!!
A dozen roses (RM55.00).
Tomorrow's the day. After tomorrow I can no longer fill up any forms with my marital status as single because tomorrow I'm officially (according to the government) getting married to ST. I bought a dozen roses for this occasion from a florist in Taman Kinrara. More updates tomorrow. I'm kinda nervous actually :)
Going to China
It was the second day of Matta fair (which runs for a total of 3 days)... the plan really was to go to Korea for skiing in December but it was wayyyy over our budget. Only now do I know that the prices written on travel brochures or advertisements do not take into account flight charges and other miscellaneous costs! Something that we thought would cost us only RM2,800 per person would have ended up costing us about RM4,500 per person. That's a very big difference and sadly not one that we were willing pay.
We spoke to the sales agent from Reliance Travel (arguably the most reputable travel company in Malaysia and also the most expensive) and she suggested to us a few places that's within our budget (RM3,000 per person) and they were all in China. Not that I'm complaining but we really never intended to go to China for our honeymoon. Nevertheless I took home the brochures and did my research online. Surprisingly the tourist destinations are well documented in English and I was particularly smitten about this place called Jiuzhaigou Valley
which was officially sanctioned an UNESCO World Heritage Site
Unfortunately the Jiuzhaigou trip costs as much as the Korea trip so that was out of reach too. There were two other suggestions from the sales agent. They were Guilin and Yunnan... both of which are scenic spots but my impression is that they are nowhere near as interesting as Jiuzhaigou. So in the end we settled for a trip to Shanghai and its surrounding cities which was within our budget and something that I was enthuthiastic about. Shanghai looks like a great city and I'll be damned if I don't enjoy myself there.
We've already paid in full but the dates are not 100% confirmed. We're trying to get our trip timed in such a way that we'll be in Shanghai on the night of the New Year (western new year) countdown but I just looked up some websites and it seems that Christmas is a lot more interesting than New Years! Oh well... I'll wait for the staff from Reliance to give me a call before deciding further.
Edit: There's a trip departing on December 18th which is perfect for a Christmas countdown in Shanghai!!! I'd better discuss this with ST in the morning.
Last Wednesday (30th August) I had to leave work early because I felt really ill. I felt uncomfortable the whole morning in the office. I was feeling weak and cold. Couldn't stand it anymore so I took off to the nearest clinic where I spent an hour for the slowpoke clinic (Clinic Medic... must remember to avoid them next time) to be done with me. The doctor was slow and unfriendly and the nurses took their god damned sweet time to dispense the medicine. All this and I paid RM58, for a simple flu case! I took my MC back to the office and took my leave. Had lunch with ST before going back home to rest.
Later that evening I met up with ST again. We had an appointment with Ivory Romance to view the photos we took the other day. I think they turned out well. Not every picture was a winner but we managed a decent selection.
Our package originally was for 21 1oR sized photos in a simple photo album without any digital touchups. However the guy who spoke to us really managed to hard sell the design album. What's a design album? Well it's basically an album in which your pictures are nicely composited by computers. Some of the effects are quite stunning. Plus they also do better touch ups for you.
I think most people opt at first for the cheaper package without design then on the day they come to view their pictures Ivory Romance throws the hook with bait attached. The bait here is quite interesting. They take a few of your pictures and create rough mockups of the design album for you. I don't know if the other couples that day got pulled in but I was really attracted. Sigh...
Obviously we had to fork out additional money!!! We also upsized our room sized portraits and chose the print on canvas option so we had to pay an additional RM2,000+ for it. Is it worth the money? I hope so. We'll know when we see the "designed" pictures.
Will You Marry Me?
So when did I pop the question to ST? Well that's a secret so I'm not going to put it down on the blog but I can reveal how it happened.
It was a Saturday like any other. I would usually spend the whole day hanging out at ST's home. But there was something different that day. That day I was determined to propose to her and to do so I required the help of a diamond ring which I conveniently bought a few days before from Diamond and Platinum. It's not an expensive ring mind you but it served its purpose well.
I actually spent a few days thinking of how to go about doing it and the net was my best friend in this regards. I managed to come up with a few plans but I settled on following either one of these plans; namely the KLCC plan or the Putrajaya plan. I thought the Putrajaya plan would be the most romantic while the KLCC plan was less elaborate. However the KLCC plan was the best plan because I could get it working without arousing much suspicion.
Saturday arrived and I managed to get ST to go with me to KLCC for dinner. We had dinner at Chinoz on the Park. It was a nice romantic (and surprisingly not that expensive) dinner. She commented that it was a long time since I brought her out to a romantic dinner place. That was true of course but luckily it wasn't obvious enough that she would become suspicious.
Dinner was nearing its end and proposal time was coming. I was fairly nervous actually but I managed to put on my poker face. Things were still proceeding as planned. We didn't rush the dinner so we spent quite some time there (although I can't recall how long). After dinner was done I steeled my will and coaxed ST to follow me to the KLCC park.
As usual there were lots of people seated in front of the fountain. That was not a good place for me to propose to her because I'm a shy guy. I didn't want to make a show out of it. I wanted it to be personal, just between the two of us. That's in stark contrast to what star crossed lovers in Hollywood movies do. The guy proposes to the girl on a crowded street and when the girl agrees everyone puts on their happy face and cheers the newly engaged couple. Nope, something like that's not for me :)
Thus I decided to bring her futher into the park where we could find a quiet spot and just sit down. I pulled her into the park and a short distance later I saw a lady guard ushering people out from the park. Shit! I had absolutely no idea that the park closed at 10.00pm. Immediately my heart sank... the plan was disrupted. But it was not over! The show had to go on.
I pulled ST to the Convention Center part of the park. I remembered that there was a beautiful verandah over there with lots of creeper plants on the roof. That would have been a good spot to pop the question too. Unfortunately that area was out of bounds too. Stupid guards!
At this point in time I was running out of ideas so I just told ST that I was tired and wanted to sit down and rest. So we did. The both of us sat on the sidewalk of the Convention Center building. There wasn't much privacy with lots of people walking past us (mostly Arab tourists) but there aren't any other places in KL we could go to that would be safe at this time so we had to make do.
Actually the spot we were at wasn't bad at all. We looked up and we could see the twin jagungs looking down on us. Those towers are really beautiful at night. I made small talk with ST. I can't quite remember what we talked about. Halfway through our conversation, I put my head close to hers. My face was brushing her hair. I quietly whispered in her left ear. I said to her "will you marry me?".
She was stunned when I took a box containing the ring and placed it gently on her hands. She opened it up and I could see her glowing. She was very very surprised and obviously very very happy. That made my day. It didn't take very long for me to see tears stream from her eyes. I didn't expect her to get so emotional. Strangely for the first time in my life, I'm glad that I made her cry.
At this point although she hasn't actually said "yes", the answer was obvious. However being the insecure person that I was I asked her just to be sure :) The answer was as expected; YES!
Took Wedding Pictures at Ivory Romance Today
Wow... me and ST were at Ivory Romance today to take our wedding photos and the session lasted from 9.30am to 8.00pm! That's about 10 hours of makeup and posing for photos but mostly we spent it sitting in the dressing room waiting for the other couple to finish taking their photos so that we could move on.
Our photographer today was Ah Dee
and her helper Fan Cheong
. Our makeup artist was a guy named Risley
or something like that. Notice anything funny (other than the names)? Yup, our photographer was a woman while our makeup artist was a man. Usually it's the other way round but I thought they were pretty good so no complaints there. However we'll only know the final results when we see the pictures sometime next week.
We started the photo taking session by going to their penthouse (which was located in another building nearby) and it was freaking hot. I sweated so much that Fan Cheong
had to keep wiping the sweat off my face but I wasn't the only one sweating, Fan Cheong
used as many tissues as I did for himself. There was another couple there at the same time too the groom sweated so much you could see many sweat drops dripping off his chin.
After that it was much better because we only had to take our pictures in their cool air conditioned studio. Thank goodness we didn't choose to go outdoor to take our pictures, I might have fainted. There's a good reason why you don't see people wearing coats in Malaysia, it's just not practical.
I managed to sneak a few photos with my trusty K750i while no one noticed. Here's one of ST in her purple night gown.
ST in purple night gown.
I have never ever seen ST with so much makeup on her before. While I still think she looks best without makeup I think she looks absolutely stunning with make up on. In fact when I first saw here all made up I think my heart skipped a beat. Anyways make up is really damaging to the skin... it's best that she does without them.
After we were done we headed over to Hang Kee
nearby to have their famous wantan mee. ST still had her makeup on and she looked absolutely radiant.
After spending quite a bit over Rm3,000 on the pictures I hope they turn out great.