Panic! At the Disko

If you know me, you should know by now that I’ve been pretty chill with the whole wedding planning because I’ve more or less settled the vendors for my side of the reception. Also, I had 500 plus days to go till the wedding so it really left me with nothing much to do for the rest of this year. Boring, I know. But notice it’s all in past tense because we effectively just cut down the waiting game by a full 90 days! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are bringing forth the wedding to an earlier date. Alhamdulillah!

I never thought this could happen to me because I thought we were pretty set with the date and all. There were talks about bringing the wedding to an earlier date between Z and I but we didn’t really put in conscientious effort to bring it up to our parents because we thought they might not approve.

Also, I’m not gonna lie – the challenges of being an engaged couple can really get to us sometimes. It’s really mind-boggling how the tiniest of issue can cause such an uproar. Also, being human, emotions such as envy and jealousy are no stranger to us. While I am happy to know of friends who are getting married earlier and I cannot contain my excitement when my friends break news about having a bun in the oven, I can’t stop myself from feeling envious because I wanna get married  and have babies too but I can’t because there’s still 500+++ days to go.

But I’m okay, trust me. Z and I believe that whatever’s meant to be, will be and there is certainly hikmah in us getting married slightly over two years from being engaged. Also, this particular Facebook post by Ustaz Mizi made me feel so much better about it.

Being delayed is a blessing, it happens so that you could be better prepared for what’s to come.

It’s a blessing when an expected deadline isn’t met. To settle down. To make your first million. To get in the university. To become a parent.

It’s a blessing that things didn’t happen sooner than you’d expect.

Delays are “downtimes” for you to utilise so that you could be better prepared.

Because ultimately God wants you to know that it is not by what you do, but by what He says – that love, mercy, and abundance enter into your life.

And failure is part of your training
Loneliness is part of your training
Rejection is part of your training
Disappointment is part of your training

You can’t learn to walk without tripping
Tripping is what teaches you how to walk.

You can’t learn how to love without disappointments. You can’t learn gratitude without loss. You can’t learn to appreciate abundance without lack. And you can’t learn companionship without lonely nights.

Delays can be painful. But they certainly are blessings through and through. Keep the faith while waiting.

But then I go to weddings and the whole internal struggle repeats itself. I know Allah has a better plan for us, that there are areas in which I can improve myself in like attending more religious classes, continue with Arabic classes, learn how to sew, be more patient and all that jazz. But I can’t help wondering why aren’t my prayers (to cepatkan the marriage) being answered? Astaghfirullah. ūüė¶  And we felt it most last weekend. So after speaking to our soon-to-be-married friends (I will eternally be grateful to the both of you, you know who you are) over the past weekend, we felt more compelled to cepatkan the wedding because we know that getting married earlier would be the better option for us. “When you’re ready, it’s better not to delay something that is good for you,” said our dear friend. That’s when Z and I started to think through our decision. We also didn’t waste any time and proceeded to check our finances to see if it’s possible for us to bring forth the wedding. Alhamdulillah, we are right on track and inshaAllah we will continue to be so. We checked the calendar for suitable dates and decided that August and September would be just nice. We didn’t have any particular dates in mind as long as it was an earlier date. We both spoke to our parents for their approval and while my mom was initially quite apprehensive, she got to terms with it because mak mana tak gembira kan???

panic-quotes-1So our plan was simple – just ask our vendors for available dates in August and September 2017. I scrambled to email all our confirmed vendors and let me tell you this – first time in this whole wedding planning journey that I am this close to getting a panic  bridezilla attack. The anxiety and anticipation of getting a negative reply (or worse, none at all) from the vendors made me feel so SCARED. Most of our vendors replied within an hour max (except for some). After getting the dates from our vendors, we had to double check the calendar. While September is good, the first Saturday of September holidays (teacher woes!!!) coincides with Aidiladha and the days of Tashriq. The middle part of September is not a good time since I’ll be down with exams and marking. So the best time has got to be the weekend before September holidays since the last week of Term 3 will be a short one (Teachers’ Day / Hari Raya Haji holiday) which means I can utilise my marriage leave. A quick check with our vendors and everyone (even Akrab!!!) gave positive replies. So that’s it guys, our new date will be 26 August 2017, inshaAllah!

The only problem is I still have yet to get a reply from Nawwarah Bridal (major vendor) and Hurhur Paperie (not really major). I think I’ve sent multiple e-mails in my bridezilla mode but still no reply. Help me, everybody! T_T To comfort my panicky self, I’m telling myself that if ada rezeki, inshaAllah I get to have NB as my bridal. Also, I’m secretly bersyukur sangat-sangat because inshaAllah the du’a that I made while performing umrah will be granted soon. ūüôā

It is really true what they say…


I hope you can make du’a for us that NB will be available for the new date and all the planning goes smoothly. Aameen!




Duckscarves Addiction!

Hi! I’m A and I’m a Duckscarves Addict!

Yup, you read that right. I love dUCkscarves and I cannot get enough of them. I don’t care if you’re gonna tell me (or speak behind me) that I spend too much money on just a piece of cloth that I can easily get from Geylang for $5 or that I only have one head so I don’t need to spend ludicrous amount of money on something just for modesty’s sake or that I base my happiness on something so material. Yes, because I just love it when I receive parcels with the now almost ubiquitous purple boxes (or when I’m lucky enough, the beautifully illustrated Limited Edition boxes), untying the ribbons and reading the postcards from D. And then when I get to put them on so nicely (and still with great coverage) because I’ve finally perfected the art of styling the duckscarves, I smile to myself because all these make me immensely happy. Even more so when I get to wear them to Badoque as seen below.

My favourite range of duckscarves other than their limited edition ones would be the Satin Silk ones. I also love the new versions of mixed crepe and georgette and can’t pick a favourite between the two. The materials are so soft yet very terletak when you’ve put them on. I love how the scarves are so carefully packed in their respective boxes, tied with a cute ribbon no less. I mean, can you imagine the amount of work goes into just packing them? It may sound like such a menial task at this day and age but D never fails to make it look so exciting through her Instagram page. Just look at their wonderful feed:

To date, I don’t know how many duckscarves I have collected since I gave away some of the basic boxes as gift boxes because they are taking so much space (read: The duck boxes make such cute gift boxes. If you’re feeling generous, the scarves themselves make such cute presents for your best girlfriend! 

I really hope that duck won’t be like one of those brands that will disappear after a while because gosh, I need to collect them all!! Hehehe. Coincidentally, it was their second birthday yesterday! 

Anyone else has a duck addition like me? ūüėć


Wait for me, Kolumpo!

I can finally take a little breather at work since it’s the exams period and I just need to get through the markings for now. Phewwww. As of now, I just can’t wait for the Vesak Day weekend because I’ll be heading to my favourite Malaysian city, KL ya’ll! It was decision¬†that my friend, D, and I made, one night, in the spur of the moment. We booked our flights to and fro and the hotel that night itself! Hehe. I figured that I most probably won’t be traveling far out of Singapore (and to new countries) until our honeymoon and the short Hong Kong trip this coming November (for work purposes but it doesn’t count since I’ve been to HK). So short trips to Kolumpo will make up for it. Hehehe. I really can’t wait to……sleep in the hotel hahahaha. But here’s the reason why:


PULLMAN KLCC guyssss. Hehe I love Pullman hotels (with my favourite so far being the one we stayed in Makkah). And since the Pullman KLCC opened in mid-2015, they are relatively new. I really hope it’ll live up to it’s name and standard!

Other than that, I’m looking forward to eating at cafes, being¬†the pretentious hipsters that most of us claim¬†not to be. Hehehe.

Wait for me, Kolumpo!

The Decor Diaries Part 3: The One!

So I’ve not exactly blogged on why and how I chose Anggun Decor as the official decor vendor for the wedding at my side. I previously blogged in The Decor Diaries Part 1 and The Decor Diaries 2 regarding my decor dilemma. I mentioned how when it comes to decor, I place great importance on drapes and fresh flowers. Initially, I shortlisted ComelMolek and Anggun Decor before finally making my decision.

I decided on Anggun Decor simply because it’s THE ONLY wedding vendor I’ve had my eyes on since I started this whole wedding project. I mean, sure, I did like decor from other companies like Jentayu and even Mariah & Sham (they didn’t reply me!) since they offer bespoke wedding decor. There was even this one time when I e-mailed a Malaysian company because their decor is just amaaazing but when I got the quotation, kirim salam sudah.

Okay let me sidetrack a bit on these Malaysian wedding companies. I suspected long ago that these Malaysian vendors charge Singaporeans at such an exorbitant price, sometimes two to three times more of what they charge in Malaysia. To be sure of this, I e-mailed Vivy’s (step macam dah on first name basis but we met, kissed and hugged at a private event so yeah hehe) MUA, the one who’s all the rage now in Kolumpo, after a friend of mine emailed her and requested for her to come over to Singapore. The price ehhh, kalah Fatimah Mohsin and Nora Zee okay!!! Plus it’s in SGD and not inclusive of airfare and accommodation!! So when I emailed her, I decided to tell her I live in Bangsar  and she offered me a quote in Ringgit that is three times less what she quoted my friend. The same happened for the Malaysian decor company. Sigh, you all think we Singaporeans print money is it???? In fact, I can bet you your Malaysian customers are wayyyyy richer than us. T_T

Okay back to my Anggun Decor (AD) story. Despite other companies offering equally jaw-dropping wedding decor, I realised I keep coming back to Anggun. They may not update their IG as often as I’d like them to but it doesn’t really matter because somehow, my parents and I keep attending weddings by AD. So naturally, we tend to gravitate towards AD because we see their work first hand and  instantly fell in love over and over again. The best thing is that their office is in Bukit Batok which is veryyyyy near to my workplace. I am very pemalas so if wedding companies are located in the East, I usually just get Z to meet them or make an online agreement for deposit hehe. But since this is one of my major vendors, I HAVE to meet them. And we weren’t disappointed. Kak Nyta is very sweet and hospitable when my parents and I came for the appointment. I could see that my parents were already very comfortable with them and even though I’m the one paying for it, I find that it’s important for my parents to be senang hati also lah. I also caught a glimpse of the materials and items they used and they have quite a wide variety. I can’t wait!!!

Let me share some photos with you girls!


So pretty right? The first three are their Open Concept Dais (need to pay a little bit more) while the last is from their Basic Decor ( I think). I signed up for the Basic Decor Package first but I think I probably will top up to get the Open Concept Dais hehehehe. Oh and AD just did one recently at Begonia Ballroom and OHMYGOODNESS!!!! It’s so beautiful and just like a Malaysian wedding!


So lawa!!!!!! Hehehe I’m getting more impatient just by seeing all these pretty photos! What’s for sure – I know I made the right choice by getting AD and inshaAllah everything goes well!



The Photobooth Predicament Part 2

Wow! I finally made it to this post. I’ve so many backlogged posts SO imagine my horror when I found out that some of my drafts are gone – including the one I wrote on the Photobooth topic. It’s really like a double whammy for my since WordPress are up half of my previous post. Which is why I decided to cut the story short and present to you my choice of vendor for Photobooth… The winner goes to….




Yes!!! I instantly fell in love with this very backdrop. I know it’s probably going to be out of style next year since we still have got a long way to go… But who cares???? Hahaha. I will probably change my mind but it’s okay since the package I signed up for includes a customized backdrop. It is however for 5 hours and while I would love to have them for the whole reception I think, no need laaaa… My initial concern was that nanti pengantin tak dapat bergambar at Photobooth but I realized it’s not a problem since we can take before we leave for Z’s side anyway. So yay!!!! I am very puas hati just by looking at their photos and I really hope I get to attend a wedding with them around! Hehehe.

And good thing is, I didn’t have to give up my previous package with Pixclique since I decided to give it to Z as a present since I know Z is really the fuss-free type of person when it comes to all these miscellaneous stuff. He wanted a Photobooth but he’s also not bothered about finding one so I might as well give mine to him. Not much of changes to be made to the booking anyway! Bride and groom masih sama! Hehe.

I’ll be updating on my chosen decor vendor soon, inshaAllah! The draft has been in the system since early this year! Such a procrastinator I am! Till then!



The Perfect Venue Part 1

So, I’m not sure if any of you read the papers recently but this certain article caught my attention.

Malay couples paying more for alternative wedding venues

Malay couples are increasingly moving away from the traditional wedding ceremony at void decks and holding them at private venues, even if that means paying more.

Wedding planners catering to Malay marriages told The Sunday Times that about 30 per cent of their clients are now having their weddings at community clubs, country clubs or function halls.

It was less than 10 per cent five years ago.

The Straits Times, 13 March 2016

Nothing new for most of us, of course. It’s no longer uncommon to be attending Malay weddings held at venues such as community clubs, Hort Park and country clubs. Majority of these wedding venues come with a hefty price tag, especially if you were to compare with void decks. But of course, you pay for the services, facilities and ambience and if these things are what you’re looking for, it’s definitely not wrong. There are also venues that offer all-in-one packages at a steal and in my opinion, this works best for fuss-free couples. I’m still on the search for The Perfect Venue for my side of the reception so while I’m at it, I thought I should share some of the alternative and unique venues that my family, Z and I have looked into. For me, it is important that the venues are permanent, air-conditioned or not. I’m not exactly interested in outdoor weddings under a huge and temporary tent. So let’s look at my list of venues consisting of:

  1. Muslim Delights @ Luzerne
  2. Hort Park
  3. The Grassroots Club
  4. Begonia Ballroom
  5. The Joyden Hall
  6. Grand Marquee @ Alkaff Mansion (not available after Dec 2016)

All-in-one Wedding Venue: Muslim Delights @ Luzerne

When Z and I first started planning the wedding, we toyed with the idea of having the wedding reception at Muslim Delights @ Luzerne. I first fell in love with the venue when I found out it’s THE venue that Taufik Batisah held his wedding. the venue consists of indoor and outdoor function halls and can fit quite a number of tables. They also provide changing room, a room for resting (with beds!), toilets and prayer room. The dais is also not too shabby and quite to my liking. Best of all, we don’t even have to rent tiffany chairs since they are included in the package. We also felt that it was a great venue for combined weddings especially for us since it’s basically in between our houses. But in the end, we decided to give the venue a miss despite the reasonable package offered to us because our families preferred to have separate wedding functions. There are other wedding venues you can look into if you are looking for a fuss-free wedding. They are Charisma D’venue (for an intimate wedding dinner reception), The Orange Ballroom, Muslim Delights at The Grassroots Club and The Ballroom by AB Shaik. Oh, Muslim Delights also has another in-house venue at The Grassroots Club and the prices are slightly lower than that of Luzerne’s but the venue is just as beautiful! ūüôā

Slightly More Atas Than A Community Centre’s MPH: Hort Park MPH


Credit: HOST Weddings & Events

If you are a fan of garden-themed weddings, that the function hall at Hort Park has got to be the venue for you. I attended a friend’s wedding here and except for the location, I thought it’s a beautiful place to have a wedding. I shared with my parents how beautiful the venue was and they were initially interested in the idea of having the wedding in a garden as well. The rental of the venue was not bad (I won’t say affordable because that’s subjective) for something that’s out of the ordinary. You can easily find the rates here. Don’t you love it when companies and organisations upload their rental rates or package prices online, readily available for us netizens? I don’t really enjoy emailing neither do I enjoy making phone calls so I greatly appreciate little things like this. Hehe. A thing to not is that they don’t allow cooking on-site so there’ll be additional logistic charges you need to pay to your caterer. Anyway, in the end, my parents decided against the venue because they must have the venue at Woodlands because we live in Woodlands. Ok. Can.

Slightly More Atas Than A Community Centre’s MPH: The Grassroots Club MPH


When I saw this photo, I went O-M-G. 36 tables you know!!! Your guests certainly don’t have to fight for tables especially during peak periods. And you still can have enough space for family members and loyal friends who stay the whole day at the wedding (hehe, guilty party here!) This venue is so spacious, so pretty and SO CONVENIENT. It’s right along the MRT track (YCK MRT Station) and there’s a sheltered walkway that links the MRT station all the way to The Grassroots Club. For a while I was set on getting the venue even though they don’t allow on-site cooking and it’s away from Woodlands but after thinking a hundred times, I think I’m not willing to let go such a huge sum of money just for the venue (it’s almost thrice that of a CC’s MPH!). I would rather spend it on the honeymoon or frilly things like a candy corner or teh tarik live station or maybe makeup, clothes and bags? Ya, I like to spend my money on frivolous things like that hahaha. But seriously, if you have a bit more money to spare, do have it at The Grassroots Club. I think it’s quite the perfect venue. The next perfect one would be The Begonia Ballroom but I’ll do a part two for this. So look out for the sequel! (No, WordPress didn’t cut my entry this time!)

P.S: I’m not sure if you girls noticed but I’ve succumbed to a dot com. I’m on now! I really do spend my money on frivolous things like this hahaha.


The Photobooth Predicament

It seems that planning this wedding has filled me with dilemma after dilemma. If it’s not decor, it’s berkat. If it’s not berkat, it’s live entertainment. This is probably due to me being very mata rambang and fickle-minded about what I want. Do you girls face the same problem too?

So the latest problem I had recently had something to do with Photobooth. I’ve already mentioned previously in¬†Almost Complete (Confessions of a Kiasu Bride)¬†that I’ve secured¬†Pixclique¬†as the photobooth vendor for my side of the wedding. I booked them around August last year because I thought their prices were quite reasonable. I also liked their photobooth system. When I was looking around for photobooth vendors, I had a few requirements¬†in mind. They are:

  1. Must be able to print photo strips with customised design (very important! I only wanted photo strips and nothing else.)
  2. Package includes unlimited printed photos for guests
  3. Minimum of 5 hours
  4. Pretty nice backdrop design
  5. Doesn’t cost more than $700

Wishing Wand

I was initially tertarik to¬†Wishing Wand¬†because who wouldn’t? I consider WW to be one of the premier photobooth vendors in Singapore. They are probably the Jentayu and Ishq of photobooths,¬†offering bespoke and wonderfully curated themes and photo booth designs. When I saw their photo strip bookmarks, I was SOLD.


Siapa yang tak berkenan, you tell me???

But alas, my hopes and dreams to have them shattered because…


Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Their prices exceeded my budget. I understand that for their service and quality, it’s quite a reasonable price to pay. But I wasn’t ready to pay that amount, so I had to say goodbye to WW. ūüė¶ I then encountered Fab.foto¬†from a colleague’s wedding and I thought hey, they are pretty good!


I inquired them on their packages and although the price they quoted me for a 6-hour service was slightly above budget, I thought it was not too bad until they clarified that the quotation was for single photo printing regardless of the number of guests in the photograph. I would have to pay extra to have multiple print-outs. I was disappointed, yet again. There is always the option of having the photobooth for a shorter period of time to accommodate to my budget but I was adamant that I will find The One. So I continued to search high and low until I chanced upon Pixclique one fine day.

They have photo strips. Check.


They can print unlimited photos for guests. Check. They have a¬†6-hour¬†package. Check. Their backdrop designs are pretty nice. Check. They fit my budget. CHECK, CHECK, CHECK. They even have this pretty nifty contraption of their own that I thought is a reminiscent of the good old Neoprint days. Come, I show you…


It’s ingenious! Touch screen leh. Okay maybe there are other photobooth vendors incorporating the same technology but this is the first time I see such things so please allow me to be jakun. Hehe. I immediately deposited the money and for the most of last year and early¬†2016, I was pretty satisfied with my decision. Until I saw this particular photobooth vendor

Jeng jeng jeng… This is supposed to be a completed entry but since WordPress cut my entry I’m gonna continue with a sequel. Nantikan kesudahannya… Hahahah!