Saturday, January 10, 2015

New year, new start

So, here we are. The first full proper weekend of 2015 after the first full proper week of work and yoga. It's been such a busy week that it's hard to think that we've only just had Christmas and New Year. Still, I suppose that's a good sign, particularly in this economy.

I'm still on a bit of a high from having purchased my wedding dress and booked the wedding banquet venue, which must mean that I have made the right choices on both fronts. I'm glad, because, in spite of the familial and societal pressures (perceived or real, I have no idea), I think I've managed to stay true to my personality and sense of style. The dress I chose isn't strapless like so many of my friends have been, and it is a little more covered up, but, every time I look at the dress, I just know it's me. Classic, elegant and stunning. As for the venue, it's perhaps not quite what my friends would have expected me to go for, but, given my love of vintage and classy, I do think it's very much me, despite the Chinese-ness of it all.

I still need to get other details sorted out, such as bridesmaids' colours and photographers and so on, but I think we still deserve a pat on the back for how much we have managed to achieve even though we're overseas. 

Speaking of photographers, I found one whose style I love. Unfortunately, he's also rather pricey, and that's before factoring in the fact we have to fly him in. His level of skill and eye for storytelling just seems so much better than any Singapore- and UK-based photographer I have come across so far, and I really do wish we could get him, and am trying to figure out just how we can accommodate him... Or whether I can find someone else more affordable but close enough to his level. Ah well!

On the work front, I think I'm doing well. My manager told me that I'm a valued member of the team and that he would be "devastated to lose" me, a phrase I'm told British people do not use lightly. I' really hoping this translates into monetary terms given this year's big-ticket expenses!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

On track

Here we are, almost at the end of 2014, a year which has, quite frankly, whizzed by so fast that I am not entirely sure what's happened. That's a good thing, I suppose. A year that goes by so quickly because I'm doing so many different things, that I have no time to rest, other than the magical Christmas period when my office decides to close.

It's been a nice few days of doing nothing much (though, thankfully, not over-eating as is our tendency during this time), and, with just three days left to this year, I'm incredibly pleased to report that, bam, just like that, we are now back on track with our wedding planning. A week or so ago, we were behind on deciding on a wedding venue because it was just so hard finding a place which met our key requisites. Now, having spoken to the venue manager, and having adjusted our expectations in what we can and cannot do, I'm delighted to say that we have our venue on our desired date.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Happiness

I've realised that I tend to blog less frequently when I am happy. I'm usually happy when I've got loads to do, so that may be one reason, though, recently, I've (reluctantly) acknowledged that I've gotten to a stage where I prefer going to dinner and house parties, compared to clubbing all night. I'm maturing. It had to some time!

There's been a lot going on over the last few months in every aspect of my life. I've attended a number of West Coast Swing (WCS) workshops and events and just grown more confident in my dancing ability, I've progressed in yoga, I've had to make a number of tough calls at work but, at the very least, stuck to my principles, and, of course, there's the wedding planning. There's also been the first proper holiday we've been able to take in over a year.

Mostly, I think it's been a combination of just getting better at the things I've been working at, and, also connecting and re-connecting with other people.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wedding dresses

I seem to have been struck by the worst cold I have ever suffered in my entire life. This, of course, means that I am spending far too much time on the Internets, and most of that has been spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing over pretty white dresses which are completely unaffordable, which has only added to their desirability.

I went to a bridal shop two weeks ago for a designer's trunk show. Silly me thought that that would mean that there would be more dresses from that particular designer for me to try on. Instead, it just seemed like the usual lot of dresses - at least, judging from the sales assistant's befuddled look - and I ended up trying on two dresses from that designer, and a couple of others from others in the shop.

I didn't really know what to expect. I didn't think I would come across a dress and go, "Yes, this is the one, and I must get this!" In fact, there was only one dress I tried on and went, "WOW!" Despite that, it wasn't my favourite dress. My favourite dress was this one, and it's just so simple and elegant and... pretty much the kind of dress I'd love to wear to a posh party. But, that's just it. It's an incredibly nice dress for an upscale function, but I guess it's not wedding-y enough. 

The dress which elicited the "wow" from me though? I didn't like it as much. I knew I looked good in it, and it showed off my figure to a fantastic extent, but I just didn't feel it. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because whenever I wear anything figure-hugging, my eyes are inevitably drawn to my ginormous hips, and, no matter what anyone says, all I see are the hips and how huge they are. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Engagement

Right, as the more eagle-eyed among you may have spotted, there’s a ring around my ring finger in the picture of me holding the Regent Tweet cards. That’s because I’m engaged!

It happened a few weeks ago, and my lovely fiancĂ© caught me completely by surprise. I’m now in semi-panicky bride planning mode, trying to figure out when, where, whom and how to finance this. I supposed that’s normal, right?

Anyway, I digress. I know I’ll be a little ball of stress because there’s so much to do in terms of organising this… and there was a lot to do even before the proposal, and I’m just not sure whether I can work on achieving the big goals I had before this!

But, thankfully, I’ve done yoga for three months now and I’m much better at relaxing, so I’m just going to do my best to enjoy this as much as anyone engaged person can.

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Wish us luck.