December 2020

The last month of the year.

Never would I expect that I have been Mrs Tan for almost 2 years. OMG.

Just want to documentary the month of Dec with my dear.

During the 12.12 sales, we bought a switch which allow us to switch on /off of light and fan with wifi, so that we dont need to walk to turn it off. haha.

Then we went for Christmas walk around in Shopping mall. Had steamboat hotpot in Fei Fan Hot Pot One Utama.

Lao gong, I hope that next year 2021 , we can travel to Europe countries or New York for Christmas celebration. I have been working so hard. Christmas is among a few of the holidays that I have. I wish to travel to New York for about 10 days?

Because our honey moon trip , which suppose to take place in April 2020 had been called off due to covid-19 Pandemic. The pandemic awakes the sense of priority in me, time is sacred. I do love travelling to Japan, but I wish to explore Western Culture more than Japanese Culture.

Since our time is sacred, we should go to the country that which we are so eager to explore. I dont mind have less local travel in order to make the Western-bound vacation happen. I mean it.

After dinner, we went for window shopping. Trying shoes because it is on sales. Ended up , I didn’t buy anything, LOL

Same same but different : Which of these sandals fit my style the post ?

Again, Merry CHristmas and looking forward to every Christmas in the future with you! ❤

and thank you for gifting me a smartphone. I appreciate it a lot!

Oh yea, and since he is going to go back to his hometown during the Christmas week, he also make some tang yuan for me , so that we can celebrate Winter SOlstice together! Love you, Lao gong!

We have our little baby!

Your daddy and I are so excited to have you. We can’t wait to meet you!

This is such a precious moment. I even archived every little details about my pregnancy!
You can read them here, in my Maple’s diary.

Your daddy is helping mummy is write how old are you on my tummy.

Behind the Scene

Of course, prior to that, I need to come out with the theme and the idea. I can only think of flowers. Althought it is very common, it is beautiful!

Location : Ampang Park

Actually , to match my look , I should have go to somewhere with Rumah Melayu or beach. I was raised in Terengganu by the way (ie. Saya anak Terengganu).

But the beach in West Coast area is so imcomparable with the ones in East Coast. So I come out with the idea to shoot in FRIM Kepong Forest. It turned out that the FRIM was closed, then we switched to Sentul Park, which was also a new discovery for us!

Below: Testing for the outfit with the flowers one day before the shoot.

The pose above reminds me about this pose that we had posed during the pre-wedding photoshoot in FRIM Kepong.

More photos about the pre-wedding shoot on this scene

The Wall Series

Hey, baby . Meet your uncle. He is the one who helped us to take nice photos!

I guess Long is one of the earliest Kok Family members to get to witness my raising bump.

The pose under the photographer’s instruction

Til then. There is still another modern theme photshoot. Meanwhile, welcome to embark on my pregnancy journey at Maple’s Diary https://ksh2772.blogspot.com/

Prince Charming Tan 

In the entire universe, 

I feel blessed to have you. 

In the four walls of the space, 

I feel blessed to have you. 

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You are the sunshine in the house. 

You are the anchor keeping  me grounded, physically, mentally financially. 

You make me grounded, keeping me on track.

when I am too busy until I forgot to shower, 

You nag me to shower.

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I must be lucky,

To not just have a lover,

but a chef, a butler, All in one.

When I am hungry, you will cook for me.

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On days where work has drawn dark circles under my eyes,

and my schedule has faded to grey,

you outline my day in colours,

and bright specks of sun ray. 

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Your hug is so warm, 

Warmer than the rising run.

Closes me like a room, with a lock and a key, .

That only you and I have…

Keeps me Secure like I am being wrapped tightly in a cozy blanket.

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Whenever I am derail

You keep me grounded –

With your annoying incessantly spur of nagging

As irritating as it is, It is true and useful.

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You are not a giant man, 

I don’t see the whole picture on your shoulder, 

But you are 100% reliable,

Refuse to get distracted by anything along the way.

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You are my Santa Claus,

Fulfilling my wishes, 

Providing me all the needs. 

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You are my ATM literally, 

Whenever I am running out of cash, 

I would go to you to get cash, haha

and then later online e-return to you, hahahahaha

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Sometimes,

Because you are Tan Wei Sheng.

Your words cast a spell on me,

almost like magic,

and I easily fall –

wrapped around your fingers.

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Sometimes, 

Because you are Tan Wei Sheng.

I choose not to listen to you,

Though my shoes may seem comfortable, 

My souls(soles)  are worn and torn – 

Unseen from the outside. 

But you  are not in my shoes , 

You don’t understand how I feel.

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You are stubborn, So am I .

Fortunately, we both are reasonable,

We both resort to the best outcome.

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Your kindness and responsibility –

You mean what you say every time.

Occasionally some unexpected surprises,

Keeps   our love fresh and full of romance,

Making me the happy wife.

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You are so different,

so charming,

like my very own,

Prince Charming Tan…

Adding a magical touch to my photos

I love playing around by giving a mood , a story to the photos. Different of colouring, layering, mood would instantly transform the mood of the photos, expressing the liking of the owner, and message to be delivered through the photos.

 

 

Top: Original

Middle: Second layer of modification

Bottom: One layer of modification

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To be frank, I am actually having a tough time to choose between the middle or the bottom photo. The middle one manage to show the greens behind the subject. But the bottom one manage to blur out everything, and give us a limelight.

 

If you ask me, I like both the middle and bottom ones equally.

 

 

 


Initially, I plan to delete this photo. It has no point.

 

Top: After editting

Bottom: OriginalBeFunky-collage (3)

See, the original one looks very sharp, showing how my tired my skin is. But after make up, the latter one looks better.

 

 


 

 

This one is just to show that I manage to squeeze in bubbles inside the photo!

 

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Prewedding Photoshoot in FRIM Kepong

24th January 2019 (Thursday)

Agenda

7am – Reach studio to make up and get dressed

  • Hubby went out to dabao/take away lunch. We expected it would be a full-day photoshoot , hence lunch inside. 

9.30am – Headed to FRIM Kepong. (Paid Rm 100 for the photography pass)

10.00am – Started our photoshoot

  • changed our attire/ make up & hair (3 looks for FRIM)
  • movedg around between different corners in FRIM Kepong
  • had our lunch in FRIM Kepong

3.00pm – Leaving FRIM Kepong

 


I have yet to get our photos from the studio. Cant wait to see all the photos taken!

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Eyes couldn’t open properly, cause I got up at 6am, and I slept quite late the previous night. My MUA (Make Up Artist) on the day was Emma from Precious Bridal House, a corner shop in SS2 area.

After accumulating two times of getting make up experiences, I realised that it is important for me to know what is the hairstyle I want. For example,

  • Showing off bare forehead
  • Putting on the veil
  • Braid

 

I actually like every single photos taken here. Cause it’s a forest, full of greens!

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We planned to spent our full day here, cause we are having photoshoot for 3 different looks , but actually I felt so tired in the afternoon (around 2pm) already.

 

My prince. The photoshoot day is the only day in the whole 8 years I know him, that he smile is so sweet, and smiling to me. Later on when I asked him, why can’t you smile like this to me everyday? It doesn’t cost you a penny. He said he was forced to smile cause the photographer asked him to =.=

To husband

But don’t you know that I love that you smile like a sweet girl to me, and kiss me, and hug me and flirt with me like what you do to me on the photography day meh?

 

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How to Pose?

You can see from the photos. He seldom smile to be frank. And the photographer kept on asking him to smile. Our photographer of the , Ah Wood. He used 2 cameras to take photos .

The way he guided us to pose is quite…千遍一律, proffessional, coaxing us, affirmative but lack of 感情。 I also learnt that in order for a women to take a nice photo , one have to showing the S curve line.

For example, you can’t stand totally straight. You need to act pain to get some nice photos like stomach pain, waist pain, then twisting your neck, and when kissing, the photography need to find the best angle. So we both also twist our neck. Like turning 180 degree every SINGLE TIME. At the end of the day, our were having neck-sore.

 

The pre-wedding photoshoot was a whole different experience. As Compare to the usual taking photo  and taking pre-wedding photos with the guidance of professional photographer. I wish that I could have watched the video below earlier, on how to pose. Learnt it! It will be useful for you, eventually!

(Can’t upload the video directily here in WordPress, click this link to view the amusing video, you will enjoy watching and learning it!)

 

 

 

Initially, we want to have beach theme for our prewedding photoshoot. But we need to pay for the photoshoot on Sepang Beach, and it’s not as pretty as the one in Cherating, a place in East Coast with many spectacular beaches! (We both come from East Coast of Malaysia). So, in the end, we opt for a nature green in Forest will do.

Putrajaya has man-made beach, it looks so unnatural. Ended up we chose to have our outdoor photoshoot only in a place, in FRIM Kepong. The good thing about having only 1 place for outdoor shoots is that we didn’t need rush between many places stretching between Selangor or even to Port Dickson area.

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Actually I am not trying to bring out the vintage feel here. I just want the photo to be a warm tone. See, so beautiful. Suit nicely with the forest theme.

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This one we took by ourselves one ! I brought my tripod there, and using distance remote to press the shutter button. A lot hustle, but it’s a must!

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Emma, the MUA helped me to touch up on and off to make sure I look flawless. And yup, photographer also helped to dress up my hubby, cause the wife was  busy carry the long , layered, heavy multipled hem of each dress .

 

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Looking attractive huh? The watch ambassador, Mr Tan Wei Sheng.

 

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second look at the second spot.

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Moving to picnic side.

and not only I like to interact with the nature environment there , later I found out WS also took selfie of him with the little stream in the FRIM

You can tell that I was total feeling at ease. Surround by greens, feeling chill even it was in the afternoon. So I got the idea to take photo of breezy wind, but my dress was too heavy, couldn’t really stick my head out of the window, to show the movement of breezy wind , of a girl sitting in a moving car,moving about in  FRIM Kepong.

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Then , came to our third also the final look. I chose the different coloured one, for the sake of having variety in  our pre-wedding photo collection. Hopefully it looks nice in the wedding photos.

 

Our  Outdoor Crew

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End this post with the team of the day.

Outdoor MUA: Emma

Outdoor photographer: Ah Wood.

 

 

Our Indoor Crew

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and then indoor photoshoot team for the first round photoshoot (Indoor). Not that I dont want to show her. Her skills are extraordinary. Would highly recommend you to find Grace, she with her magical fingers, manage to create certain extent of delight on your hairstyling, and make up. Remember the korean hair style on my hubby in this post? It was coming from her masterpiece.

Indoor MUA: Ah Green

Indoor Photographer : Ceasars

 

 

 

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Updated here some other links from my friend which I found is quite useful too!

9 Tips on Pre Wedding Shoot

Wedding Tips for the Bride and Groom

 

Alternatively, if you are looking for Wedding bouquet, corsage, buttonhole, wedding banquet decoration based in Ipoh, you can also view Blush Wedding and Bouquet, all I could say is  I can see their arrangement of flowers is really delighted, beautiful and full of effort!

 

Prewedding photoshoot preperation : for BRIDE

dsc08515dsc08529We incurred some  unexpected expenses that cost us around Rm 500. Hence I wish to share my experience as a ONE-TIME USER so that you will at least have some ideas on what to do to prep for your photo shooting day. And who knows you might have your way to minimise the unexpected expenses in your own creative way/through negotiation in advanced or buy some other sources.

 

Disclaimer: 

The information provided here servse as a personal reference value. It is based on what I’ve observed along the way. I learnt all this from my one-time experience and it could be vary because difference MUA (Make Up Artist) might say different thing.

Still, the reason I am sharing this information because

  1. My man who is very caring, knows very little about Bride’s grooming preparation.

  2. I could hardly google very detail , petty, things based on Malaysian context.

 

Contact Lens

It’s really up to you whether to put on contact lens or not. Some MUA will recommends. Other would not. I guess in the end it really boils down to what is the outcome you expected.

Be pretty but doesn’t look like you? 

Be pretty and still look like you? 

Compensate the value contact lens give to you by using the right angle? 

For me, I am still thinking whether I should have put on contact lens on other photoshooting day.

Eyelashes

I am not sure if you can buy by yourself. I rely on MUA despite that I can buy myself. Cause I do not know which type of eyelashes that she will use. It costs me Rm 40.

Eyebrows

Trim your eyebrows or leave it to the MUA. My MUA still trimmed for both of us, cause I trimmed it into an arched shape, and she makes it to Korean Straight shape, cause it looks less fierce.

Hair-

-dye your hair so your hairstyle give  a better texture look, that you will hair will be noticable.

-wash your hair one day before. After that, do not apply any toner on your hair anymore.

 

Manicure

The sales lady who serves said that I should go for manicure. I didn’t. Then on the shooting day, I realise how a pair of hands occupied so much of the photos. So, I will do manicure on the actual day lo.

Armpit hair

As usual. Shave it. One day before.

Nu Bra

I want to buy the one use by bridal house. I not sure if it is Silicon bra or any other bra. I bought a few from Shopee. In the end, I still use the one from given by bridal house.

 

Wallet damage: Rm 120

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Shoes 

-a pair of white high heels is a must

-you could also prepare a pair of sneakers with high platform to ease your movement if your dress is too long it covers your shoes. High platform is to match with the height of your hubby.

 

Teeth whitening

I have pale yellow teeth. Go for whitening only lo.

 

Facial treatment : ampoule

Talking about ampoule, it’s the little issue that I felt cheated the most.

 

Knowing that the ampoule could cost us a lot. I opt to source for ampoule outside. I thought all the ampoules are the same. However, on the shooting day, my MUA disapproved. Because it is oily, and it is a little foamy upon rubbing, which isn’t suitable to apply on bridal make up, as the process of applying make up foundation involves a lot of dabbing. Then I felt cheated at the moment. I was like

Haiyah, you are like to say different thing one or. The one in the shop where I bought the ampoule said it’s suitable for bridal make up.

 

Then my MUA disapproves it.

The reason I bought ampoule initially was to minimise the expenses, I spent RM 140 to buy the DECLARE ampoule.

Now, perhaps I can use it for daily use only, which doesn’t make much sense, I have enough skincare for my skincare needs. Seriously, a bottle of averagely Rm 20 of 2.5ml ampoule is too much for me la. Let bygones be bygones. That’s why I seriously feel the need to share this piece of little information which I think is very elaborated, yet crucial lo!

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Rose Collagen Essence – Formulated in France

 

In the end, I used the Rose Collagen provided by the bridal house again. My hubby and I used 2 bottles of 2ml of them each. Which is Rm 40 per bottle.

Then the MUA recommended us to take the combo value set at Rm 323 consisting of

-8 bottles of 2ml ampoule

-a sponse

-a puff

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Rm 323 puff set. with another 4 bottles of ampoules which has been used. (Total 8 bottles)

Seriously, at this point, I do not know whether it is worthy or not ady. But for the sake of beauty. BUY.

 

Others

To sum it up, I do enjoy the process of photoshooting, that transform both of us into a very beautiful human being, in a temporary man-made way. Our wallet bleeds a lot. So I guess it’s up to the point is it really worthy for you for not.

As for me. I love photography, I love bright , fancy things. Wedding photoshoot is a thing that I would never skip.

So, all the best to many many wedding birds who are going through this process. Enjoy it cause it’s a once in a lifetime experiences. Do a lot of research, knows what you want, because the photography is  going through the same procedure, and all the pose will be more or less the same. (Seriously, what other pose you can make?)

If you are do not have idea on what to pose, then don’t feel like want to move cause your dress is heavier than usual or you will just smile cause you looks pretty when you smile and in the end all the photos are the same pose. )

So, in my case, I do rely on photographer on teaching us how to pose. Then perhaps one in 50 photos, I assertively slot in my ideas inside, which , now when I reflect back, is all the post of hugging, kissing, and holding hand.

Well, in the end it might still looks the same for all the couple. But I guess what all the entire process brings to you. For example, I was quite nervous in the beginning my smile is very rigid. Then WS keeps on rubbing my hands that I feel so much calm down.

Dress Fitting @ Precious SS2

24th Nov 2018 (Saturday)

Went for dress fitting.

 

25th Nov 2018.

I found a new reason to love my lao gong. He is very good in his bargaining skill! Initially, our package includes only 48 photos (which will be printed in album and softcopies of them). As you know, I would like to take and keep as many beautiful photos as a momento as possible.

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So we decide that we should get all the softcopies. With the package available, we manage to get a better deal compare with 50% off on the Black Friday Sales too! Initially, my idea is to stick to the old package , which is only 48 pieces soft copy photos, means  we will settle for the less, since we didn’t allocate must budget to photo shooting too. My hubby knows that I actually prefer to keep as many soft copies as possible.

DSC08130So, I am a bit delighted and thankful when he makes his best effort to seal the best deal for the sake of soft copies and additional quality (one more day in shooting, meaning instead of one day or 10 hours in shooting, we have 2 days or 20 hours in shooting! Double the time means more pretty photos too! I bet it will, coz I love taking photos and being taken too.)

We were considered lucky, as I didn’t forget the part of Soft Copy while signing up for the package in March 2018. We made a deal that if we take the soft copy, along with extra one more day shoot, it would be additional Rm 1812 instead of surcharge Rm 1250 for the all softcopy 50% Black Friday Sales.  (Meaning the 1 more day photoshoot is Rm 562)

Now, coming to this point, I not sure if you think my hubby is good in bargaining skill, but I still think that he is full of charm while working out the strategies to make the most worthy deal.

Our sales attendant, an experienced mid-aged lady, Wendy is also good in negotiation skill. She won’t reduce the price for us, but as a compensation, she offered us other things/add-on that we want too.

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DSC08249It’s funny to see both of them negotiate. LOL, I know I should side to my hubby side, which I did. I morally supported him as I am not as good as him when it comes to bargaining skill, LOL.

Again, my hubby is full of charm when he bargained. He gives me the feeling that he would be a very successful businessmen/sales man in the future. He knows which is the priority, thinking from marco and micro point of view in terms of bargaining.


So in the end, we manage to get

  1. Rm 88 off from our upgraded package.
  2. One more lace dress (choosing Lace dress would incur additional Rm 150 due to the lace laundry fee.)
  3. One more Bride’s full set attire on the actual day.

 

 

Tips on how to get more nice photos

  1. Be punctual – if you late for the make up, all the following agenda would be delayed too.
  2. Admit it, some time the look if not nice, because we don’t see variety in the pose. So must learn how to pose for photos, so that you will be looking natural, not pretentious, and the outcome turns out better.



 

 

Now, reflecting back to the situation that time, it might not be as super great deal as what I’ve 2. imagined. (The one more day shooting is Rm 562, sounds expensive, but I would not give in quality to anything, one more day shooting, as compared to additional 2 or 3 hours, squeezed at the end of the day is better, as I can post more, and more time to slowly dress up and make up. I would prefer not to rush when it comes to my favourite thing LOL. )

 

Having to said this, what is my next step now?

  1. Get a toned body, so that I will look nice in the photo

I even follow these workout routine to get a lean and toned, attractive body figure.

Flat Stomach

Thin Thighs

Thin Arms

  1. Learn how to pose, interaction with my hubby

 

 

On the way of planning my Traditional Chinese Wedding

DSC08219#1   The struggle of having the Chinese Wedding Banquet

4th Dec 2018

It took me the whole night to think about whether to have a Chinese Wedding banquet or not. Throughout the thinking , and re-thinking process, I did find a lot of people, and having discussion with my mom and my hubby to.

My main concern of having a Chinese Wedding Banquet is whether does it really worth my hard earn money. Right now, on the way of prepping for the actual day, Only then I realise and experience the struggle, the financial struggle.

I guess that’s the main reason some young couples nowadays decided not to have an elaborated wedding feast, and wedding reception.  I guess only through experiencing it, you get to know what is the struggle of going through the progress.

As a working adult, trying to achieve whatever I plan. I learn along the way, I need to be responsible for whatever decision I’ve made. Despite I can work hard to cover the wedding budget/expenses, the key point is whether does it really worth my hard earned money. I earn so hard to realising my dream, then a wedding banquet, reception that can make us spent money like water.

Thinking from my friend point of view, I also think that is it that people whom I care really want to make it to my banquet? I mean, I have this feeling that sometime I just don’t want to receive red bomb from people who I am not really close with, haha.

And I also need to take care of the feeling of my parents, parents-in-law, then I also realise we really need to make a lot of decision, priortise and sacrifice some matter.

My another dilemma is some of my friends/relative also keep on asking me, when I will pass my red bomb to them….hmmmm. Actually, I have the gush to post in FB, asking who really want to receive my red bomb.

 

Also, since I am now in the progress of preparing, I am so sensitive to everything about wedding.For example,  I went to pump car fuel and saw a wed mag, I will take a second look at it, and decided whether to buy it or not. But I decided it just didn’t worth my time to read the magazine. The more you read, the more I feel lost, hence….at this particular point of time, I’ve learnt how to priorities matter and be responsible of the decision I made.

 

8th December 2018 

 

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I thank myself for having a diary like this to document the every little milestone that we achieve together. I got the idea of getting this name plate so that I can use it for our photoshoots and to be put in our new home too! Can’t wait to see the outcome!

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It was a rather impromptu decision. Saw the watch was on sale, it was so worthy so we bought it. I always want to play matchy with my hubby. Everything comes in a pair. A pair of sneakers, jackets, and even watches!

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I even created a hashtag for to commemorate the moment of both of us #wsXmaple