Wednesday, January 30, 2008

When the going gets tough...

Eat Malaysian!!! With these 15-16 hour days I've been pulling lately, nothing comforts me better than a taste of home! Even though it's never as good as my mom's, when you're half a world away, half-good is better than none!

So this evening, it was awesome to come home after a long day, take a hot shower and have a hot plate of rice, bok choy and chicken curry *content* :)

Mr. J of course does not partake in my simple pleasure, so I made him a wrap with cherries and olives. Classic example of East meets West in our kitchen. I have been so blessed, my man isn't fussy when it comes to food.

For the record, note to self, Mr. J has been a model husband lately, I never told him but I did notice him picking up a lot after me, keeping stuff clean and neat and not complaining that I don't help cos he understands my long hours. Nothing more sexy than that! ha ha

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"The Survey Says....."

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.
Mr. J [my husband]

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Leaving the hotel to the client’s

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Collected my take out order from PF Changs

4. What happened to you in 2006?
Where do I even start… Mr J proposed in June, we bought our very first home in July, moved into our new house in August, my parents visited us for Thanksgiving and Christmas, this was the first time Mr J met my family. That year was also a busy year for me, I traveled for work 32 weeks that year!

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Nite nite [to Mr J, I’m out of town this week again and that’s our normal routine before bed]

6. How many beverages did you have today?
Water all day except a diet Sunkist as a pick-me-up this afternoon

7. What color is your hairbrush?
Brown

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
My dinner

9. Where were you last night?
At my hotel room

10. What color is your front door?
Black

11. Where do you keep your change?
Coin compartment in my purse

12. What's the weather like today?
Sunny and cold [30F]

13. What's the best ice-cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia [Low Fat]

14. What excites you?
Our ‘date’ nights!

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
I want to so bad but Mr J loves it long

16. Are you over the age of 25?
Yep! Soon entering into the next decade of #s!

17. Do you talk a lot?
Depends on my mood

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
Nope, can’t possibly follow any series with my job!

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Yep, my father

20. Do you make up your own words?
ALWAYS!

21. Are you a jealous person?
I can be :P

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter 'A'.
Arlene

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter 'K'.
Kavitha

24. Who's the first person on your received call list?
My hubby.

25. What does the last text message you received say?
"Tuachi,[Big Sister in Hokkien], call home”.

26. Do you chew on your straw?
Yep

27. Do you have curly hair?
Nope

28. Where's the next place you're going to?
Miami, Florida on Sunday for a week!

29. Who's the rudest person in your life?
There isn’t one cos I can’t stand them!

30. What was the last thing you ate?
Kung Pao Scallops

31. Will you get married in the future?
Just got married la

32. What's the best movie you've seen in the past 2 weeks?
Past 2 weeks??? Only saw one so it’ll be Mr Brooks

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
Yes.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
On Sunday before leaving town

35. Are you currently depressed?
Nope, I’m happy, happy, happy!

36. Did you cry today?
Nope

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Because I was bored

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
Feel free to do this if you want

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I'm so proud of you!

Yesterday, Mr. J went for an interview, we didn't really think much about it, it was one of those "It would be nice if we got it, but we understand if we don't as a million other people are being considered". Anyways, Mr. J just called from work and asked me if I were sitting down... my heart dropped to my toes thinking all worst possible things but it was worry for nothing because he got the job! This not only means a considerable raise but also it'll bring him closer to home after this summer!

Congratulations honey! I am SO proud of you and appreciate how hard you work to provide for our little family and our future!

Friday, January 4, 2008

S & J Wedding Part 4 = Reception, Sheraton Hotel



Ice carving, which I only had a chance to see at the end of the reception when it was partly melted!



Guests mingling during cocktail hour.



Registration of guests



Mr J with my beautiful sister



Bethany and I



Mr J and his mom



Entrance of ballroom



Procession



Main table



Awesome band



Cake cutting



Moet time!



Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmm Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeng!!!![CHEERS]



I'm sure you can tell from our expression what sort of comment Mr J made!



Mr J's toast of choice... "Roooooooooooollllllllllllllllllll Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiddde". Cheer for the University of Alabama football team, his alma mater.



Our first dances, I chose "Chantal Kreviazuk - Feels Like Home". He chose "Queen - You're my Best Friend"



Mr J jamming with the band.



Mom 'n dad dancing the jitterbug.



Tossing of the garter [My older bro Chris caught it! Another wedding next year? Stay tuned!]



My good friend from London and her hubby! Sorry we didn't get to visit much but thanks for being there! Love and hugs! :)

And then, it was over... at 2 AM!!!!

S & J Wedding Part 3 = Tea Ceremony, Parent's house PJ



Pouring tea for my parents



Mr J giving his Mi a kiss



"Ah Mah, lim teeeeh" brought about hoots of cheers and laughter by the onlookers. It means, ?grandma, drink tea? in Hokkien. Mr J was like duck to water, he not only did it in Hokkien but also Tamil for my dad's side of the family.



Mr J kissing his Ah Mah



My oldest brother, Chris.



My uncles



Mr J's parents



Aunty Nat from the UK



My sister, Kamille receiving her 'dues'



As usual, Mr J HAS to tease my sister Amy. In this instance, she was made to choose between the thicker or thinner packet... she chose the thicker which was the wrong answer! My baby brother lucked out cos he was next :)

S & J Wedding Part 2 = Wedding Mass, Assumption Church, PJ



The bridal car.



Waiting nervously for the ceremony to begin.



More waiting...



Getting the everyone situated and ready for the wedding march.



Walking down the aisle, watch the girls, they're counting steps!



Handing over of the bride.



Walking down the aisle together.



Exchange of rings, I couldn't help bursting out in laughter as Mr J was being cheeky and switched his ring finger to his pinkie as I was reading my vows and placing the ring.



The kiss, they made us do it TWICE! *Blush*



It's final! Signing of the register.



Announcing Mr & Mrs J!



Showing off our cowboy boots! We wanted to add a little fun and wear something people tend to generalize with Nashville. It was so comfy too!



Family pics



With Mr J's family from the US and UK



With my pretty girls



Train shot



With chants of "kiss! kiss!", Mr J and I decided to humor the crowd with goldfish kisses :)

S & J Wedding Part 1 = Morning of wedding

Our wedding day started with me getting up 5.30am to prepare for my awesome stylist, Jayne. I cannot sing enough praises about her because she did a magnificent job. A little pricey but definitely worth every single sen!



Jayne working her magic.



My parents putting on the veil.



My sister, Kamille (maid of honor) and baby brother, Francis(usher/door opener).



Arrival of the groom. Let the bargaining begin! My baby brother 'sold' me for an angpow [red packet] and an I-Pod Touch!



Here comes the groom! Mr J was a bundle of nerves as he absolutely did not know what to expect, he tried to bribe my sisters and brother the day before but everyone were tight-lipped!



Uh oh, first obstacle, my little sister, Amy who is also my bridesmaid.



Our cousin from England, Jackie putting on diapers for Mr J. Note the pacifier!



Mr J and his groomsmen, cousin Liam on the left from UK and on the right is his dad. All were maid to walk down the street sucking on their milk bottles.



Mr J begging for the razzing to be over and to get on with the program...



One last task, kiss all the girls! In this case, my pretty cousin from Singapore!



Trying to combine traditions, Mr J didn't get to see me but instead, handed me my bouquet. Many people have asked me why the single white rose. Mr J chose it to be such to "symbolise innocence, purity and one-of-a-kind-ness". I thought that was very meaningful and special.



My mother with her bouquet from Mr J



My pretty party. L-R, My cousin Bethany from the UK [flowergirl], my sister Amy [bridesmaid], me and my sister Kamille [maid of honor]



Walking out of the house on my father's arm. Single one last time :)