We had an exciting weekend amidst an unexpected happening, lots of meetings and some planned fun.

Thursday night, my kitty came home with a bleeding gash on his tail. It's the first time I've seen him injured so I slipped into first time parent anxiety. Hunter kept licking his gash. Totally bad idea. I had to fight with him to keep him still so I could clean his wound with tissue and cotton buds. Of course, he didn't like it very much and kept trying to break free.

Next day, I made an emergency appointment with a vet and we transported Hunter in his new carrier. He didn't like being carried around AT ALL and whimpered throughout the whole car ride. It sounded like a kid crying and made K so heart pain, he kept flinching every time Hunter howled.

After the visit to the vet, we rushed home to pack because K had booked us a night at the *Magic Castle* for our anniversary celebration!

Looks like Hogwarts?

Built in 1908, the *Magic Castle* is an exclusive club for magicians all over the world. I love love magic and have been harbouring a wish to visit it. Whenever we drive past at night, it always looks like something right out of a fairytale.

Too bad they don't allow Muggles in.....

UNLESS you have a reservation at their hotel AND their restaurant. So I was absolutely floored when K decided to indulge us!

Too bad they don't allow pictures inside. To enter the Castle, you have to find an owl hidden on a book shelf and say to it 'Open Sesame'. I tried but nothing happened. K had a go and the shelf immediately turned around to reveal a hidden room. Must be an American owl, don't understand Singapore accent. Hahaha.

Inside it was an American society ball where everyone is secretly/openly checking everyone out. And that includes the roving eyes of a portrait on the wall. There were holograms, dark passageways, a phone booth with a secret and a haunted piano that could play any song you requested.

And of course there was magic. The performances were held at 3 different venues called The Palace of Mystery, The Closeup Gallery and The Parlor of Prestidigitation. Try saying that 3 times fast. It's a tongue twister. Anyhow I learn a new word. Prestidigitation means sleight of hand. So we have the stage magic, closeup magic and sleight of hand magic.

I was most awed by Johnny 'Ace' Palmer in the Closeup Gallery. As his name implies, he is a world famous magician who specialises in the art of closeup magic. While stage magic and sleight of hand are dependant on special props and charisma, closeup is really all about skill. It was absolutely amazing to see Johnny turn small coins into one big coin and balls into chicks into doves. While I knew how he did it, it was visually impossible to see how he did it. He was that fast and that good.

K was initially skeptical about this place but he ended up having a great time. In particular, he was super amazed by a magician who could 'read his mind'. I wish to go back again!

I have been in love with the Georg Jensen fusion ring since 2004. It's something precious that I want to get for myself. Of course it has always been out of budget. I mean, I can get a Chanel caviar 2.55 for the price of a basic gold ring.

Before we left for wedding band shopping on Sunday, K warned that it would only be a 'window shopping' trip. But when I tried out the ring on my finger, K loved it so much he decided to (gulp!) make the investment. =D

The Fusion ring is designed by Nina Koppel. While looking for information on the designer, I was surprised to find... nothing. I did find Nina's inspiration for the ring. which was 'to capture the dynamic synthesis of different elements in our spiritual and physical worlds'. Huh???

Anyhow I love this ring because it is unique, it is dynamic and as my friend Xin reminds me 'It's like the bible verse in Ecclesiastes. A cord of three is not easily broken.' The Fusion ring is meant to be personalised and you can do it in so many ways. Choose either 2, 3 or 4 sections and for each section, select either white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. With or without diamonds. I am keeping my combination a secret for now. =)

We went to Tiffany, Cartier and David Yurman for K's ring but had no luck. As we walked down Rodeo Dr, we spotted a row of white shirted salesmen outside Gucci. Wonder who they are welcoming.
Next time you are travelling long distance, you might have to hope the passenger next to you isn't Malaysian or Filipino unless you are in a chatty mood. Because according to a recent survey by Synovate, Malaysians and Filipinos are the friendliest while Thais, Hongkongers and Taiwanese are the most reserved. What surprised me was that Singaporeans didn't top the DND list. Until I realised that the survey didn't include any Singaporean traveller. Which is odd since Changi airport is one of the busiest in Asia where I am sure a lot of Singaporean business and leisure travellers are flying out of. Wonder which airport the survey was done at.
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With our first Olympic haul in 48 years (silver!) and now the first ever F1 night race. Reading all my friends' blogs about their experiences at the races, I wish I was back home to soak in the celebratory mood this year. (How on earth did so many of you get F1 tickets??!)

Last year not long after Singapore was given approval to host the race (night race was not in the works then), my then-boss had asked me to come up with marketing strategies to lure hungry race goers to our restaurant. I still remember how excited I was by the prospect of an actual F1 race on our streets and dreamt of hobnobbing with Kimi and Lewis. Alas, life never goes the way we expect. Hopefully one day I will have my chance. Worse come to worst, Malaysia is toying with the idea of a permanent night race too.

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Brides seeking elegance and sophistication need not look further than Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Her iconic character in Breakfast at Tiffany remains a fashion classic till this day. One defining wedding style would be her tiara. Personally I find the Beauty Pageant style crown too showy and unoriginal. There are definitely more (much much more) attractive options for modern brides today.

Though I'm not a tiara girl, I can't help but fall in love with these delicate pieces from Swarovski. They look like pieces Evenstar, Liv Tyler in Lord of the Rings, would wear for her wedding to Aragon!

For more flair, Belcanto makes these cool one-of-a-kind tiaras from vintage jewellery.
Am very very sad. My mermaid style gown has arrived and to my utter horror, I can't zip it from the middle of my back up.

Considering the bride who wore it before me is 1.7M and has bigger boobs, I don't understand why I can't fit into the gown.

Not only that, it didn't arrive in perfect condition. Some beads had been torn off a strap and the hook fastening the back of the dress together is broken. I am not sure if it's the fault of the bride or the rough ride the dress had.

In any case, I learnt a big lesson. NEVER ever buy secondhand unless I can physically check out the quality. Good thing K was so tired from all the wedding errands it hasn't sunk in that I bought a white elephant.

Hope a seamstress can work miracles. Or I wouldn't know what to do with it. *prays hard*

Add On: Today as I was packing the dress into the box it came in, I found a pair of gorgeous earrings hidden under the bottom covers of the box. It's a lovely gift from the previous bride. How thoughtful of her!

These are funnier and can you believe it, more intellectual than the Chinese 欠扁问答题!


Ans: 因為自作業,不可活

2. 麥兜自己沖涼,估一近代文學作家名
Ans: 朱自清

3. 話說有間名牌鋪頭一折大減價,有個女人走左入去掃貨,但佢買完出黎之後就死左佢究竟點死?
Ans: 抵死

4. 鍵盤入面邊個掣最靚仔?
Ans: F4

5. 咩毛最普通?
Ans: Normal

6. 隆胸兩邊隆哂要一萬,但隆一邊只需三千,估一四字成語
Ans: 一波三折

7. 拉乜野可以學到野?
Ans: Library

8. 英文有廿六個英文字母,當E同T走左之後,會剩低幾多個英文字母?
Ans: 21 個,因為ET搭UFO走左

9. 大口仔搽紅唇膏,估一英文生字
Ans: Direction(大red唇)

Ans: 做六gei手勢果時

Ans: 比利時(比利是)

Ans: 因為西經比唐三藏拎左

Ans: 因為喜瑪拉雅山(起碼拉阿珊 )

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I toyed with having my Singapore wedding dinner at Oosh, Dempsey Road. But my parents flat out rejected the idea of petite food portions in a non-airconditioned, hard-to-find location. As usual, they are right. Any good Chinese restaurants to recommend? Food and ambience are top priorities.


Would you have done anything differently for your wedding?
Would you share what you have learnt with a bride-to-be?
Would you pass on an excellent vendor to your friend?

As all brides would know, word of mouth is definitely the best resource. While you can be an active member of the SG bride forum, why not take the extra step to write a newsletter or book and share your knowledge?

And that is just what my friend, Clarie, did. While planning her own romantic happily ever after, she discovered that IT IS POSSIBLE to have a unique wedding that belongs to both of you. It took her some research, some recommendations and a lot of discipline not to be sucked into becoming the wedding industry's Barbie bride.

The culmination of her efforts is The Wedding Manual. Clarie has interviewed specialists and insiders for tricks of the trade to make your moment special. The Wedding Manual is not meant to be a comprehensive step-by-step guide to mold you into a caricature of a rebel bride. Rather, it is a starter guide offering brides-to-be choices and listing the considerations to be a individual bride. Best of all, The Wedding Manual is FREE!

Take a look and if you think it's helpful, pass it on to a future bride you know.

One thing to check off my Bucket List:
To be quoted in a book.

It's been 9 months since I began life here. Where did all that time go?!

When I first arrived, I was a vehement critic of the public transport here. Long waiting periods, not on time, dirty seats, dirty floors, doors that don't work, shady passengers, buses that don't run after a certain time ...

I wonder if I will turn into a vehement critic of SBS when I go home next year. No seats, always packed like sardines, people don't move aside, people pushing you to get out or in, people poking wet umbrellas onto your feet ...

Maybe I should appreciate public transit in US more.
Ha, who are we kidding.
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A long distance relationship means celebrating special occasions remotely. This year was the first time we were able to celebrate our anniversary together. I decided to treat Kelly to a summertime concert at the Hollywood Bowl, largest outdoor amphitheatre in US.

When I was purchasing the tickets, the event was listed as 'LA Philharmonic Fireworks Finale with Brian Wilson'. Fireworks is tres romantique non? But when I told Kelly about my surprise, he was puzzled and asked why I bought tickets to a 60s pop band?!?!

Me: "No no, this is a LA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT."
K (laughing by now): "With Brian Wilson!"
Me: "I thought he's the conductor?!"

Well. Turns out that Brian Wilson was part of Beach Boys. A band known for their close vocal harmonies and happy songs about cars and surfing. NOT what I had in mind for romantic. -_-"

Brian Wilson through the ages. He wrote many of the group's most popular songs. Quite a handsome dude in his younger days. Looks a little like Zac Efron?

Zac Efron in 50 years.

Though I knew nothing about Beach Boys, their melodies and lyrics were so repetitive that I could follow along after a while. Kelly happily harmonise my singing with 'bow', 'wooooh', 'ooooo'.. No doubt helped by copious amounts of wine!

It was also refreshing to see the aunties and uncles around us singing, clapping, bopping along and dancing to the songs!

I was also mesmerised by the stage lighting.

From monochromes to candy stripes to ...

To rainbows!! Very Willy Wonka-ish!

The guitarist in Brian Wilson's band played some tough riffs while holding it behind his head! Impressive!

Of course there was the fireworks!!!

Isn't this cute? A little car firework!

And more fireworks!

Little whirls of fireworks like this appeared before...

The Grand Finale!

Click the video below to listen to their music. The tickets turned out to be a happy accident. It was a wonderful night of breezy music, lots of cheese and crackers, 2 bottles of wine and happy singalongs under the stars. Happy Anniversary!

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Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch $1010
The silver would be my ideal wedding clutch. Love the rockin' skull with bullet holes. Nope, I am not pantang. Just broke.


Another vintage 1900s clutch I love love. Frivolous me wants to buy but practical me says what can I put in this tiny clutch that is smaller than my wallet? 6.5inch at the bottom and 4inch tall.

A sigh.... for all the clutches lost to practicality and small wallets.
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My poor kitty misses his old home.

Recently when someone went over to his previous house, Hunter also stayed there for 2 whole days. He came back to our house for food and disappeared again. First time this happened, I was worried sick. I had no idea where he was and his food bowl was untouched. Until I saw him jump from the roof of his previous house in the late evening and concluded that he must have spent time there. This time when Hunter did a Houdini again, I wasn't too concerned. Though I wonder how long it will be before he sees us as home. Many people keep telling me cats have no sense of loyalty. True and untrue.

Untrue because animals in general do not feel emotions like humans do. It is us who personify their animan characteristics as affection and loyalty. For instance, dogs are pack animals and their inborn instinct is to follow the leader (owner). Even if you treat a dog badly, it remains attached because instincts says it is safer in a pack than out of it.

Cats are independant animals and do not become 'attached' to any one person. Having a large pool of food source ensures survival. However cats are creatures of habits. When its routine is disrupted by a missing person, cats experience that absence as loss and 'grief' for it. Thus the longer a cat has been with you, the more set in its ways, the more upset and distressed it will be. These expressions are defined as loyalty.

So learning lesson is that I love kitty more than it loves me.

Hunter's favourite sleeping spot. Surrounded by 2 walls and 2 lookout points, it's like a fortress.

Best of all, his spot is underneath the Hummingbird feeder.

Sometimes when I pet kitty, it will put its head on my hand and go to sleep. Sending my heart aflutter with little awwwws.

What is Hunter doing in the bathtub?

Fresh drinking water!

Hunter used to drink from the toilet bowl which freaked and grossed me out. Nowadays I put the toilet seat down so it won't jump on top of it. I then turn on the bathtub tap for him. Damn scared one day it will die of shampoo/bath gel poisoning. These days, I make sure the tub is completely rinsed of soap before I get out.

"What are you looking at?" Kitty doesn't like to drink when I am around. Only when I go away does it start lapping the water.

It's been a chilly week so I tried to cover Hunter up with his favourite bedsheet. But he hates that.

Look like the way humans sleep?
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