Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Sher & Pete
Saturday, December 22, 2007
This evening of the 22nd on Malaysian time, Vivian and Ivan are hosting their Penang wedding reception - round two. Pete and I wish we could be there with you two among family and friends celebrating once again your blissful union. Fear not, we are there with you in spirit!!
I cannot wait to see pictures from this evening. Talk to you guys soon in 2008! Have a happy wedding celebration, Christmas and New Year!!
Sher & Pete
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I guess I can still ask Santa for some toys.... say an iPod touch?! So I wrote to Santa... and this is his reply:
Monday, December 17, 2007
We reached home safely before the anticipated snow storm were to hit our area. Good timing too since there was about 3-4 inches accumulation before midnight. Sunday morning... freezing rain which turned to more snow and add a couple more inches of snow.. you get Sher & Pete staying indoors under their warm covers! Pete went out periodically to shovel... here are some pictures taken yesterday and this morning!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
How many times have you been a bridesmaid?! Me? Two and a half! Being the half of a bridesmaid part.... talk to Vivian about it! :P Never been much of a Katherine Heigl fan... but I cannot wait to see her upcoming movie co-staring the ever prince charming James Marsden - 27 Dresses. Heigl's character Jane has been a bridesmaid for a whopping 27 times... thus her accumulation of bridesmaid dresses. In the spirit of my wedding planning madness... this is quite a treat!
**Don't forget to turn off the music on the blog first!
Synopsis - Jane is idealistic, romantic and completely selfless - a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane’s boss — with whom she is secretly in love - Jane begins to reexamine her “always-a-bridesmaid....” lifestyle.
Out in theatres: January 11th, 2008
Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Edward Burns, Malin Akerman
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Hugs & kisses from a dear friend
Actually, it's really true what they say, you find your best friends in high school. You may lose touch with some, drift apart from others, but you will get closer to those you were already close with and form a stronger bond with those who weren't that super-close in the first place. But in any case, you know you can rely on your high school girlfriends in a way that you can't with anyone else. These girls are kindred spirits and friends for life, friends you know will be there for the rest of your life :)
I'm all sentimental not just because of a couple of bags of chocolates from Sherene (though I'm super thankful!), but it's just that weddings make you see a lot of things, some of which aren't even things you want to see. There will be heartache, disappointment, hurt and even anger, but at the end of the day, there's no better time or place for you to re-evaluate your friendships a little and really see whom your true friends are- those who'd do everything and anything to help in any way they can, wherever they may be.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
In Italy, Sunday marriages are considered to be the luckiest. Another superstition concerning Italian weddings is that the bride should not wear any gold on the day she is married, until wedding rings are exchanged.
According to the traditional Italian wedding custom, the bride will carry a satin bag (la borsa), in which guests place money to defer the expenses of customarily lavish weddings in Italy. Sometimes during the festivities the bag is guarded by the bride’s grandmother, or the bride might wear it and allow the male guests to put money in exchange for a dance with her.
An Italian wedding is a festival for all the invited guests. The wedding day begins with a Mass in the morning. The couple leaves the church and rides back to their families’ neighborhoods, then, the newlyweds spend some time together, while the guests are preparing the reception site for the festivities.
Before the banquet begins, sweet liquors are served to women, and strong drinks are served to men. The menu at an Italian wedding is nearly as important as the wedding itself. Guests may be served as many as 14 different courses with wine and other beverages. After dinner the customary multi-layered Italian wedding cake is served with espresso.
A cookie dance is started, where the bride and groom lead the guests dancing around the reception area, and then over the cake, where each person takes a piece. The non-dancers then can welcome themselves too. A traditional wedding circle dance, called the Tarantella, will be joined by all. Before the reception is over, the bride and groom usually break a glass. The number of pieces of shattered glass symbolize the number of years the couple will share.
At some weddings in Italy, a pair of white doves is released into the air, symbolizing the couple’s love and happiness. In Veneto, it is customary for the couple getting married to walk to the wedding chapel together. The townsfolk place obstacles in the bride’s path to see what kind of a housewife she will be. If she picked up a broom, for example, she would keep a clean house. If a child is in her way and she stopped to talk with him, she would be a good mother. Also, the bride and groom must cut a log in half with a double handled saw, before they reach the wedding site. This demonstrates the solidity of their relations.
Another popular wedding tradition is a ribbon, tied in front of the wedding chapel, symbolizing the bond between the couple being married. The actual wedding ceremony (sposalizio) is officiated by a priest or a civil authority. Old church traditions warn against marrying during Lent and Advent, and also in May and August. The celebration begins with a mass in the morning; dancing and feasting that follows may continue till early morning.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Viv & Ivan.... you two look amazing!! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!
Are you running a workshop for Posing for Wedding Pictures 101 anytime soon?!
Pete and I sure need all the help we can get before it's our turn! :P
One wedding (07/07/07) down and one more (12/22/07) to go for you two...
Good luck with the final wedding plans for the Penang wedding!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Heya Ol' Blue Eyes... doing some Christmas shopping too?!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
To help Ween out with her passion for baking and cupcake business - Pete and I sent out a package and a half of holiday baking tools. The darling cupcake queen did two postings of thanks to us for the little gift.
You are so welcome WEEN!!
Here are some of her cupcake designs for the holiday season.
To see more of Ween's wonderful creations... check out her blog at cup-a-cakes.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Congratulations Alex & Ashley on your engagement!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I had in the past moved emails which I have read to their respective categorized folders... the organizer I am. But lately, or to be precise... as of January 22nd, 2006 I had been really bad in moving my read emails to their respective folders. Serves me right, right?! I know for a fact that the chances of me revisiting old emails are slim.... however, there are days when I just want to go back and refer to (eg: papers, articles, picture attachments, etc.) them. There must have been a reason I saved them instead of instantly deleting upon reading!
*sigh.... okay Outlook Express, let's start a new.... starting from today. After reading each incoming email, I pledge to move selected emails to their respective folders and to delete and expunge all other not-for-keeps emails.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Check out the trailer...
*Don't forget to turn off the music on the blog first! :D
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
- we both have bedsheets that are of some pastel shade of green.
- we found the perfect wedding favors (they are green!) that "symbolizes" our relationship.
- we ♥ the simplicity and elegance of the cymbidium orchids (green, sage cymbidiums).
- we enjoy lime! (key lime, mandarin lime, kaffir lime, Persian lime, etc.) And they are a shade of green.
- Sher ♥ margaritas and they are made with = lime, which is = green.
- Peter loves granny smith apples = green.
- Kermit is Green, and it's not easy being green.
I think you get the idea... :D
Here's a look at our color pallette and ideas for our wedding!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Speaking of a song list, we never really had a wedding song list... what started off as a list of favorite american jazz standards which we enjoyed dancing to (YES, Pete does indulge me in a dance or two every now and then! I love him for it!) from my favorite crooners such as Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Stacey Kent, Michael Bublé, etc., brought about this wedding song list which I have compiled and presented to my dear friends who have tied the knot.
Needless to say, I was impressed to have found a local singer who have these songs in her repertoire and especially one who can belt out the classics in the way they were meant to be adding her own personal touch to it. Maybe Ms. Lee will be singing at our Penang wedding? Maybe?!
For more information about Janet Lee, visit her website at http://www.janetsing.blogspot.com/ and you can also listen to Janet's Demo tracks on her MYSPACE site at http://www.myspace.com/janetsing or here on my blog of her rendition of Misty.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I was home this past summer and was fortunate enough to communicate and meet with two photographers that Pete and I had narrowed down from our internet research. Thanks to the internet, early planning stages and browsing of options were possible especially if one were to plan a wedding from a far. And even then, it was no walk in the park! My dear friend from high school Ween Nee accompanied me to meet with my photographer. Yes, I did go with with them - Whizarts Wedding Photography. I was very delighted to have met Ke Wynn (principal photographer) & Alishia (senior photographer).
Upon inspecting their portfolio, I knew that they were the ones to capture our wedding day. One of the pet peeves Peter and I had on wedding photography is that the photographer should have a good balance in capturing small details of the wedding as well as everything else to it. In our search of photographers around US and Malaysia, we have seen many photographers who steer either too much into tiny details in pursuit of being "artistic" to those on the other end of the spectrum who simply took pictures as one would with a point and shoot camera - no photojournalistic vision what so ever. In addition to that, Pete and I wanted a local photographer who would be able to share his vision in incorporating sights and backgrounds of my lovely island city home of Penang.
We are both really excited to be working with Ke Wynn next December 2008. It may be more than a year away... but eager nonetheless to have him with us on our special day among family and friends. If you are interested to see more of his work... visit his blog HERE!
Penang wedding photographer... CHECK! That means the search is still on for a photographer for our NY wedding in September 2008. And what a whirlwind of a seach that has been... details to come in a future post.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I am absolutely, totally, crazy in love with this pair of Jimmy Choos!!! I have been searching high and low for this pair. Wouldn't it be so perfect with my bridal dress? Don't I sound like a bride now?!! Well, I can always keep the design in sight and look out for something similar or have it custom made. Or... I can be a little desperado and try hunting down Mr. Choo to have him make another pair for me?! He is after all a Penangite and a Penangite would not let leave a sister in despair right?! Wishful thinking!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"Each year the country's leading institutions slide farther down on international surveys that rate academic quality — or they don't show up at all."
Well..... DUH!?! " I TOLD YOU SO!!"
So much for wanting to compete with Singapore and the rest of the world in becoming some center of academic excellence when all your bright, university deserving students are fleeing the country!
From the issue dated October 19, 2007
Malaysia Announces New Higher-Education Strategy
By MARTHA ANN OVERLAND
The government of Malaysia, whose universities are battling a reputation for mediocrity, recently announced plans to revitalize its lagging university system and turn the country into a center of higher education in Southeast Asia. But critics of the proposals say that until universities operate on a system of merit that is free from political interference, the plans will be empty words.
Excellence in higher education has been elusive for Malaysia. Each year the country's leading institutions slide farther down on international surveys that rate academic quality — or they don't show up at all. Their mediocre reputation has called into question the government's goal of attracting 100,000 international students by 2010.
At an August meeting of government ministers and higher-education officials, Malaysia's prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said that some 20 public universities would be granted autonomy from the central government, though not in all areas. They will be encouraged to raise their own money and will be given more power over how to spend it. Some universities will also be given more indepedence in hiring faculty members.
But the prime minister stopped short of allowing public universities complete freedom to enroll only the best students or recruit top faculty without regard to race, stating that the universities will still have to reflect the racial makeup of the country.
Although they are the majority, ethnic Malays benefit from an affirmative-action program that was created in 1971 when they were the poorest and least-educated ethnic group. Today, Malays are still given preference when it comes to government jobs, and they pay lower interest rates and housing prices than do other ethnic groups.
Ethnic Malays also take an easier university entrance examination than non-Malays. Unable to gain admission into the country's better programs, and often denied government scholarships, thousands of ethnic Chinese and Indian students leave the country each year and do not return.
The race-based system also applies to government teaching jobs, making it difficult for non-Malays to get hired. Faculty members complain that promotion is not based on research or publishing, but on pledging loyalty to the government-appointed administration.
Lim Kit Siang, a prominent member of the opposition Democratic Action Party, criticized the plans for failing to end a system that favors one race over the others.
Azmi Sharom, an associate professor of law at the University of Malaya, who has been critical of the government's interference in higher education, said he applauded the plan to give public universities more autonomy, particularly if vice chancellors are selected for their academic qualifications and not their political allegiances.
"When you have decisions that are made for political reasons, then it's not sound academic practice," said Mr. Sharom. "If you are going to be the best, you can't be having any of this hanky-panky."
The government has vowed to overhaul higher education before. But most of the measures have been cosmetic, designed more to raise the country's rankings in international surveys than to actually improve the quality of education.
The economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, was given an endowed chair at Malaya partly to elevate the profile of the languishing university. The move has caused grumbling among local scholars who wonder how Mr. Sachs, who holds multiple positions at Columbia and has rarely set foot in Malaysia since his appointment in 2006, can make a contribution.
"Anyone can see it's all show," said Mr. Sharom. "They are so obsessed with the rankings, they are doing things just to boost them. Jeffrey Sachs is a symptom of that."
Volume 54, Issue 8, Page A33
Sunday, October 14, 2007
If you think it is fun hunting for dresses, I'd say its more tiring and hair-raising at times. Finding the style was not a hard task..... it was trying to locate the dress in the style you want with the correct fabric material you have opted for and deciding over the different color hues different designers have to offer - that was making things difficult!! However, I'd have to admit that was one heck of an experience and I am glad that is over and done with.
The dress I chose was one of the very first collections which I looked at. So after much searching, it all came back to what first caught my eye. If only I knew to just go with my first hunch..... save some crazy trips to bridal shows, bridal stores and even a bridal salon in Canada! Everyone says you just have to look around just in case you find something better - and it's all part of the process in the making of a bride.
All the girls ordered their dresses before the weekend ended and what a relief that was for me!! And now, what are we going to do with shoes?! The (new)
Friday, October 12, 2007
**Notice how Mr. Lobster tried escaping from the refrigerator!