Roach Riddance Rampage

Ok, so my title exaggerated a little but I liked the alliteration.  Haha.  Was in the bathroom just now when I heard a persistent fluttering of wings against the insect screen on my bathroom window.  Saw a "teenage" cockroach on the screen.  Real foolhardy roach.  I had time to finish doing my business, wash my hands and take the insecticide (I recommend odourless Shieldtox) from outside the bathroom and sprayed at the roach.  It dropped away from the insect screen pretty fast.  Thank goodness for the insect screen else I think I would’ve freaked out if the roach flew into the bathroom!

After I showered, etc, I was going to go outside my bedroom to get a cup of water when the action of opening my bedroom door seemed to cause it to scratch something against the floor.  Good grief!  It was another small roach.  I guess I semi-paralysed it ‘cos it was dragged along in a arc-shape as I opened the door.  However, as I was holding too many things in my hands, I didn’t have the time to grab rough paper to kill the roach and it managed to escape under my wardrobe.

Credit goes to Shieldtox again!  I sprayed the entire area below my wardrobe with it and after 5min, the darn roach came crawling out.  *Piak*.  For once I felt happy to hold a Singtel bill in my hand.

To Change or Not to Change?

Zounds managed to contact his friend who had his wedding at Hyatt end of last year.  His friend confirmed that he only paid a $4k deposit and there was no 50% pre-dinner instalment nonsense.  Zounds suggests that I call his friend’s coordinator instead.  Darn.  Now I’m not sure if I should:

1) Call the more experienced staff (aka "Hansem") that was supervising Brilliance and ask him to take over because I do not wish to deal with people who blind me with their stupidity, or

2) Call the other coordinator that served Zound’s friend.

The plus point about contacting Hansem is that he was copied in on our email exchange with Brilliance and thus should be aware of what has been promised to us.

The downside is – what if he was the sly one pulling the strings and getting Brilliance to squeeze Iceman and I into committing to a lousy package?

How how how?

Blinded by Radiant Stupidity

I’m really kind of pissed off now.  Iceman and I took a look at Swissotel Merchant Court just now and we concluded that our preference would be to go with Hyatt.  However, 3 things that the banquet manager at Hyatt (Ms. Brilliance) said / did is making my blood boil. 

Firstly, she told Iceman and I that she has blocked the dates we want and the deadline is 13 June 2008.  This deadline then shifted for no reason to 9 June 2008, but I got it changed to 10 June 2008. 

Secondly, Brilliance told me today that to secure our booking tomorrow, we need to pay $5k deposit, followed by 50% of the outstanding balance 1 month before the wedding dinner, and the rest the night of the dinner.

I felt that this was strange because no other hotel has any requirement on payment to be made 1 month before the dinner.  I did a check with 4 other friends and confirmed that this is unheard of.

Thirdly, Brilliance told us previously that when we confirm the booking with Hyatt, she will prepare the documents required for us to sign.  During our tele-conversation this afternoon, I asked Brilliance to prepare the said contract.  However, 2 minutes after we ended the call, Brilliance called me to say that there’s nothing to prepare since we negotiated the terms of the contract over email and thus everything has been captured.

I told Brilliance frankly that I’m not sure what is the norm when it comes to booking a wedding dinner venue but if this is the norm, then ok.  However, having done a check with friends, it seems that this is absurd because w/o a contract, how will we verify what the hotel has agreed to provide?  Moreover, my concern is that if Brilliance resigns or gets terminated (given how stupid she appears to be), will Hyatt honour email exchange with an ex-staff?  Email exchange, while providing some form of "evidence", is not an enforceable contract. 

So now I’m thoroughly annoyed with Brilliance, who I suspect is a really really new staff.  That’s probably why there was a more experienced staff supervising her presentation to us last Tue.

I must say she spoke eloquently and has pretty decent English.  Sadly, her "brilliance" blinds me. 


P.S. Should I call Hyatt’s main line and ask for the more experienced staff to serve us?

‘Brilliance’ Equals Not ‘Brilliant’

Iceman and I will probably be going with Hyatt for our wedding dinner in Singapore because the brand name is good and they have managed to accommodate most of the requests we put forth. The name of the banquet manager we’ve been dealing with has a very close meaning to “Brilliance” (as in shining).

Anyway, Hyatt has agreed to provide 1 complimentary bottle of wine for every confirmed table at the dinner. Iceman and I requested that assuming we had 30 tables, we want the 30 bottles of wine to be split into 15 bottles of red and 15 bottles of white. “Brilliance” agreed that it could be done. In her reply, she said,

“Not a problem for the wine to be split into 15 white & 15 red. Just let us know nearer the date which table should have white and which should have red and we will set accordingly.”

Once I read the email, I was like DUH!?!?!? I couldn’t help it. I mean, won’t Hyatt just prepare 15 bottles of white wine and 15 bottles of red wine, and the waiters will serve guests both white and red regardless of the table they are from, till the wines run out?

Sigh. Obviously, her name may mean “Brilliance” but she is certainly not very “brilliant”.

Better Together

I think finding the right person is akin to finding that glass slipper that fits, like how the prince found Cinderella.  Another description for it would be like wearing that person’s ring and having the ring fit perfectly.

Was having a chat with a church friend recently when she brought up – hadn’t I considered marriage with my ex-bf before?  I told her that he considered it.  I didn’t.  Yes, I’ve mentioned before that the ex wanted to settle down.  However, anyone who listened carefully would have realised that I always said that was what he wanted.  I never said it was something I agreed to or wanted.  If anything, I felt stifled by his constant badgering to settle down.

I’m not one who will commit to something without careful thought – be it agreeing to something or disagreeing, I will always take my time to think about things carefully before I give a commitment.  Just because I don’t say "no" to someone’s persistent planning doesn’t mean I agree to the plan. 

The ex and I once bought "couple rings" from HK before.  Truth be told, I used to like the idea of having a "couple ring".  However, when we did buy them eventually, I felt there was nothing special about it.  I chose the design of the rings… and it fit sort of ok when I was trying it on.  But once I started wearing it, the ring often felt too tight and it gave me a rash.  It was certainly symbolic of how I felt about the relationship – stifling.  I don’t even want to go into what a pain the rash was…

Anyway, I love the engagement ring Iceman gave me.   It fits perfectly.  Definitely not too tight and the size 5 probably won’t fit on anyone else’s ring finger but mine.  Haha.  I suppose the song Better Together would capture how I feel pretty well.  (Now if only darn Singtel would stop ignoring my repeated "Tune Request" and include this song as part of its Colour-Me-Tones database!)



Am thinking of using this song in 1 of the 2 photo montages I hope to have at the wedding dinner.  Remember you heard it here first!  So in the many weddings that will happen from now till August 2009, if someone else uses this song too, I didn’t copy that person!  Heh.  Am a little sore that my cousin wants to wear a cheongsam for her wedding in May 2009… ‘cos people (relatives) will think that I copied her… when I’ve ALWAYS intended to wear a cheongsam at my wedding.

Shared with her about my favourite combination of engagement ring/wedding band too.  I like either an engagement ring with small diamonds like mine, matched with a plain band with perhaps a single small diamond on it, or a plain engagement ring matched with a wedding band with paved diamonds along the top half of the band (aka the "eternity design").  The reason why I didn’t go for the 2nd combination is ‘cos I already have my mom’s eternity ring so I didn’t want a wedding band the same design.  Now I’m waiting to see if she’s going to go for the 2nd combi.  Ok ok, I know I’m being paranoid and petty but hey, that’s the thing about being a single child you see.  We enjoy being unique – one of a kind (well, at least for important things that matter!)

Anyway, here’s the lyrics for the song Better Together.  🙂

There’s no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart,
our dreams, and they are made out of real things
like a shoebox of photographs
with sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer
at least for most of the questions in my heart, like
Why are we here? And where do we go?
And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy and
sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together

Mmmm, It’s always better when we’re together
Yeah we’ll look at the stars and we’re together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah it’s always better when we’re together

And all of these moments
just might find their way into my dreams tonight,
But I know that they’ll be gone
when the morning light sings
and brings new things
for tomorrow night you see
that they’ll be gone too,
too many things I have to do
But if all of these dreams might find their way
into my day to day scene
I’d be under the impression
i was somewhere in between
With only two,
Just me and you,
Not so many things we got to do
or places we got to be
We’ll sit beneath the mango tree, now

Yeah It’s always better when we’re together
Mmmm, we’re somewhere in between together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

I believe in memories
they look so, so pretty when I sleep
Hey now, and when I wake up,
you look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is not enough time,
There is no, no song I could sing
and there is no combination of words I could say
but I will still tell you one thing
We’re Better together

I Thought I Couldn’t Count…

Had drinks with some colleagues just now and we started talking about our uni days, whether we stayed in the hostel or not, etc.

Kid’s Meal: I didn’t take part in any CCA or activities during my uni days.

Bigmac: Why not?

KM: I think it’s ‘cos the hall I was in was not the right type of people I like so I didn’t really take part in the activities.  Moreover, I had a 6-day week so no time.

Bigmac: 6-day week?  But u can plan your timetable what.

KM: First year cannot.  Fixed timetable.  But I had Wed & Fri off lah.

Bigmac: Wait, wait.  If u had Wed & Fri off, how can u have a 6-day week?

KM: Ya!  It was 6 days.  I had lessons starting Mon till Sat.

Me: Er, that’s only a 4-day week.  Not 6 days.  U had 2 days break what.

KM: No.  It was 6 days.  ‘Cos lessons start from Mon to Sat.  I consider 4-day week like if the lessons were only from Mon to Thurs.  Then that’s a 4-day week.

Me: (mutters under my breath) No wonder u couldn’t fit in with the people in your hall.

My Mom’s Regret

My dad went to China last Thurs.  The first 2 nights, I got home relatively early so I took turns locking up Coffee + Peanut and Pinky + Horlicks, so each pair had their chance to run into the other pair’s enclosure space & "stretch their legs".

But I was really busy over the weekend and got home past 11pm the past 2 nights so the bunnies had to stay in their respective enclosures.  4 days of not "stretching their legs" proved too much for Horlicks and Pinky.  They have been banging on the door that separates the 2 enclosures the past few nights.  Tonight, my mom said the minute she got home, Pinky heard her footsteps and started mauling the door.  She said he was banging the door so hard, she thought the entire barrier would collapse!

Feeling sorry for Pinky and Horlicks and seeing that Coffee and Peanut happened to go back to their own cages, my mom locked Coffee and Peanut’s cages and opened the barrier door so Horlicks and Pinky could run freely.

Big mistake ‘cos the next thing she knew, Horlicks went and peed next to Coffee’s cage in order to mark territory.  Haha.  So now my mom has to hose down the yard floor.  I think she regrets giving in to Horlicks and Pinky.  Hehehehe.  They’re such naughty bunnies.  😛

The Plan – First Cut

Have been busy trying to sort out the sequence of the wedding dinners, etc.  What Iceman and I have agreed thus far is this –

The wedding will be in August 2009.

We will have the JB celebrations on a Saturday – the customary "picking up the bride" in the morning, followed by tea ceremony for Iceman’s relatives, and then dinner in JB.

On Sun, we’ll have the solemnisation at a hotel in Singapore, followed by tea ceremony for my relatives, then dinner.

I’m hoping to hold the celebrations over 1 & 2 Aug or 15 & 16 Aug.  Really depends on the availability of banquet venues in JB & Singapore.

So far, Iceman and I have gone to see Goodwood Park Hotel and we quite like the place (thinking of having the solemnisation & tea ceremony at the pool then the wedding at the Windsor Ballroom).  Goodwood’s minimum of 25 tables and max of 35 tables also suits the number of guests we’ll have nicely.  Our initial count is 30 tables +/- 2 tables.  What we don’t like, is the price.  Haha.  At $1100 per table, it’s a little above our budget of $1000 per table. 

We went to see Orchard Parade Hotel too… and we didn’t mind the ballroom though it received some flak from online wedding forums.  However, when we went down, the ballroom was set up for 27 tables and it looked kind of tight already.  I think it’ll be too cramped if we had to squeeze 30 tables inside the ballroom.  Sigh.  The price was good though!  About $800 per table?

Will be checking out Regent Hotel, Orchard Hotel and the Grand Hyatt this coming week.  Hope we find something nice!

I’ve also signed my bridal studio package.  Will be going with French Bridal ‘cos I like their white gowns.  Managed to get them to agree to doing a made to measure evening gown for me but I’ll have to top up $ for a full lace or embroidery gown.

For the actual day photography (for both JB and SG), I’m likely to go with Lightbox Productions.  Their service is very good.  Very personable.

So that’s what we have so far… hope to confirm the date for the SG dinner soon so we can scout for the JB venue.

Iceman & I also roughly know what sort of wedding bands we want.  Something roundish, no "tyre threads", simple.






Example of what we like.




tyre track


Sample of what Iceman terms as "tyre threads".  Hehe.  Actually I don’t mind the tyre threads but he doesn’t like it.  Haha.

No offence to anyone who has this design!!




Things are starting to look up really.  There were some things that I planned for w/o any backup plans… like wedding dates, etc.  Iceman always tells me that I should have alternative options but I would just go ahead with what my heart desires.  Thankfully, God has been good.  Things are sorting themselves out and I think I’ve pretty much managed to get what I want (despite some initial obstacles).

I know some friends may think that Iceman & I haven’t dated for very long to be planning to settle down but I was pretty sure from the start that he would be the right person for me.  Long time ago, a friend of mine, YH, told me that "when you meet the right person, you’ll know it".  At that time, I always questioned how was it possible.  It defies logic.  But very early into our relationship, I felt that Iceman would be the right one.  Somehow, I just "knew".  I didn’t want to post this earlier ‘cos it would sound a little silly but I suppose now that we’re settling down, I can say YH – I agree with you!


Booze Queen introduced me to this song, "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and featuring Colbie Caillat.  Didn’t really grab my attention the first time I heard it.  But the more I listened to it, the catchier I found it.  :)  I know I’m jumping the gun here but I think it might make a good song for the photo montage at the wedding dinner… haha.




Do you hear me
talking to you
Across the water
Across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky
Oh my, baby I’m trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you, I promise you I will

Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair

Though the breezes through the trees
Move so pretty, you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday