Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Color of 2011 : Honeysuckle

Oh, hey there.

I miss this blog. Very much, to be honest. Each time I am here I sort of had an inspiration to update and post again, but alas I did not manage to find time.

Anyway, i feel like sharing some good news with my loyal readers/followers, so here is an announcement:

I am now a mother to beautiful baby girl, Engku Salsabila :) I gave birth to her on the 7th October 2010, via c-section. She is now 2 months old, and growing so fast, I do not want to blink!

Ok enough with my story….

Now, 2011, is around the corner. And do you know that Pantone has announced that the official colour of 2011 is……

Inspirations, inspirations cometh!

Feel the excitement already? Here are some ideas to boost your inspiration :

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Simple Centerpieces Ideas

Centerpieces could help set a nice vibe to a wedding, because of its presence. It does not mean that you have to splurge on fancy ones, simple but sweet ones will do. For our traditional weddings, having a simple ones could be really be a saviour, as we get to decorate all the guest tables with less budget but with high impact. Just make sure you have the time to DIY, and do not forget, its never wrong to delegate wisely.

These are some of my favourites :)

From Ashley Brockinton Photography

From Project Wedding

From Martha Stewart Weddings

From Martha Stewart Weddings

An opalescent pallete, also from Martha Stewart Weddings

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hello again, and how about black on a bouquet?

Hey ladies (and gentlemen), I am back. I do not want to bore you with my excuses for absence again, so let this be the comeback for now.

I found this photo quite sometime ago, and because I am such a lover of creamy and pink hues, I adore this beautiful piece. Some of us do not like black for weddings, but to me, I think it looks gorgeous when paired with a sweet colour like this.

Too bad I forgot where I got this from, so to the owner or anyone, please let me know if you find out the source, so that I can give credits respectively.

Aaahh..i could stare at this bouquet for quite sometime :)

On another note, I have brought up my personal blog via Blogspot again (before it was Wordpress). So to those of you interested to know me more,drop by for a visit ;)

Until then ;)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

90 Days For Mum Campaign

Help spread the word, and maybe sign off too :) Malaysian Mommy deserves more than 2months Maternity Leave, for the sake of them and especially for the baby.

Click here to sign the petition and be a part of the campaign. Collection of signatures in support of this petition will end on 6th June 2010.
Excerpt from the letter to our Prime Minister:

The National Union of Bank Employees (Nube) has launched a campaign on March 8 to collect one million signatures in support of its proposal to provide longer maternity leave for women employees in the country.

Its general secretary, J. Solomon, said the campaign, in conjunction with the International Women’s day celebration, was aimed at getting the government to amend the Employment Act 1955 to increase the maternity leave from 60 days to 90 days in line with the practice in other Asean countries.

He said Nube would also invite trade unionists, representatives from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and womens’ organisations, medical professionals, academicians, relevant government agencies and the media for various programmes during the campaign period.

He said Nube believed that an increased entitlement would be the greatest gift to Malaysia’s 5.1 million women employees from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who had been sympathetic to the weaker and underprivileged groups in promoting his 1Malaysia concept.
Statutory maternity leave in Southeast Asia:

Singapore – 112 days (16 weeks)Thailand – 90 days (3 months)Cambodia – 90 daysIndonesia – 90 daysMalaysia – 60 days

Some Southeast Asian countries even provide breastfeeding and child care protection. For example a mother in Singapore gets up to 12 months leave to breastfeed and care for her newborn. In Cambodia, companies are obliged to grant a new mother a 30-minute break twice daily to breastfeed her child. Those with more than 100 women workers have to provide nursing rooms and day care centers, with the cost of childcare borne by the company. Indonesian employers meanwhile are required to provide a suitable place for breastfeeding mothers to nurse their children during work hours.

These are but some of the instances of protection for women workers afforded under the ILO convention.

Malaysia, unfortunately, is lagging far behind and there is a pressing need to amend the relevant provision in the Employment Act 1955.

The 60-day paid maternity leave is simply not enough for most Malaysian women.
Why? A women who goes through the delivery of a child suffers not just physically but emotionally and mental too.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Selamat Berhujung Minggu

Yeay,its another weekend :) Hope you all have a nice and a beautiful one. Here is another great advice to share.

Our Time!

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways ,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

By Georges Carlin

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Twilight Inspired Pre-Wed

Have you ever thought of incorporating movie themes into your pre-wed/post-wed shoots?

If yes,this is another brilliant theme for you to consider. Twilight Movie! (i am drooling when i thought of Robert Pattinson,haha).

If you are giving movie themes a thought, make sure you discuss it thoroughly with your photographer. I believe this involves a lot of editing, so you may want to consider an artsy photographer too.

Find out more about the above shoot, here.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Baby Breath Bouquet

Just how sweet is this?

Never thought that a simple bunch of baby breath can bring out so much life on a bride bouquet. For a hint of elegance, consider tying the bunch with an embellished ribbon (e.g sequined,brooched,etc)

Perfect for the minimalist bride, or maybe for nikah ceremony.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Post Wedding Bazaar Gathering

I think i am infected by the lazy bug and the busy bug, all at the same time. Anyway hope this entry is not stale yet, eventhough its not really hawt out of the oven. Heheh. Plus i think many other bloggers have posted the hip-happening Wedding Bazaar Gathering post already.

Anyway these are what hubby's lenses captured on the day. We arrived at 2.30pm (thanks to the bad traffic in KL) from Kuantan, right after my second prenatal checkup (gigih kan?) haha. Left at around 5.30pm, gosh, time flew so fast. Lepas tu boleh pergi shopping KLCC lagi :)

It was exciting, and the crowd was H to the UGE!

Ok girls, feast your eyes ;)

Anil's dress, right at the main entrance. I love it, looks nicer when you see it live. Material memang superb.

With Cik Ika of Perjalanan 30 Mei. Ain't she a beauty?

With Anil lah, siapa lagi :) Anil is a very bubbly person, just like how she blogs.

With Aim and Ida Yusof, brides to be.

With Azi a.k.a Nariko. Very sweet person ;)

Ok that's me. Gosh, i have put on a lot of weight ;S

Can't resist buying our first baby cloth, with Kedai Panas.Too cute!

Finally met Qis, who just got married. She is tall! And sweet too :) Ok that was me in storytelling mode :P

In a nutshell, congratulations to all committee members because the event was great! I did not find time to say hi to some of others (also because i can't recognize some), but anyway hope there is another chance next time, Insya Allah :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wedding Bazaar Gathering

Sedikit terlambat untuk post ini, tapi masih ada masa untuk pendaftaran! :) Everyone is invited!

Venue : Daisy Hall, The Zon All Suites Residence, Kuala Lumpur (behind KLCC Mosque)
Date : 27 March 2010
Time : 2-6pm
Fees : RM25 per person
Registration deadline: Friday, 19 March 2010 (hurry!)
How to register: Email to Puan Diahlicious (

Agenda & Activities:
-Hi-tea (light meals)-doorgift-games-(for guys,girls,unmarried couples&married couples)-wedding talk&discussions-parade of wedding dresses by some famous designers(ex brides')-wedding albums review-booth for wedding stuff and casual stuff(wedding cards,dresses&accessories,doorgifts,mini dais,lanterns,feminine care)-workshops and tips

This is a great opportunity to meet up! See you there! :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Baby Blanket Materials

As far as my counting goes, yesterday was the day this little miracle inside my tummy turned 2 months. Gosh, another 7 months to go, and that is not so long y’all!

I have not made any baby stuff shopping yet, but hubby and I have started surveying for the baby gears already.

I am planning to make a project for my first baby, and most likely I am going to start making a baby blanket. Because I do not know the gender yet, I have decided to use a universal colour (not pink, not blue). The thing is I am not sure where to buy the materials that makes a good blanket. I want a comfy fabric, I read fleece is a good choice, but again, I really need some recommendations of where to get such fabrics.

Do I have to go to the big textile houses to get it? Meaning, do I have to go to the center of KL where the good textile houses are? Now that could be a problem, coz I am really not a big fan of crowds at this point of time :-S

If only there is an online shop for this…hurmm..

Anyway, just sharing, here is a great website for those of you planning to do a baby project (tak kisahlah, for your baby or as a gift :)

Click here!

Something like this would be nice :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

B&B Heart This #3

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1 ) How about a treat for your loyal and hardworking ‘pengapit’, bridesmaids or even your assistance team? Not necessary be fancy gifts, a snack pack will do enough justice to help them go through the hectic day. From Martha Stewart Weddings.
2 ) A candy bar is the new trend, via Chic Maps by Nikki.
3) Drape-like cake design. I love the flowers :). Found here at BlogWishpot
4) A doily motive hantaran tray, from Eliza Elies Gifts.

Monday, March 1, 2010

My new adventure.

Wow,is it already the 1st of March? Where did the first two months go?

Time flies so fast, and i apologize for the lack of updates recently. To be honest i have stopped browsing the Internet for a while, mainly because these days i could not stand looking at the monitor screen too long (however my job requires me to do so, so i everyday i pray that i do not go crazy over that).

Remember the vacation i went last month? Oh well, with it came good news.

A bun is finally cooking in the oven :)

Do pray for me ok? Morning sickness (more to all day nauseating) has just settled in, but thank God i think i have found a way to manage it (which involves eating). Huhu. I am just hitting the 2nd month, so its kind of a rollercoaster ride right now. But an awesome one :)

Meanwhile, do not worry lovely brides, i will try my best to come up with more inspirations for you.

Till then, much love!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Photobooths for a change?

Hey lovely readers, I am back! The vacation was fun and interesting, but now it is time to go back to business.

How was yours? Hope you had a great holiday too!

Anyway, here are my heartiest congratulations to White Lace Tale, Amy Missunderstood and Alena for their wedding last weekends. I am yearning to look at the photos, the wedding must have been beautiful, considering the huge amount of planning and time spent for the wedding preparation.

I read in Amy’s blog that she was planning to have a photobooth at her wedding. I think that is a great idea! I hope she could share with us about the success. Her guests must have been delighted to pose in the booth.

Here are a few ideas for wedding photobooths. It does not necessarily need to be romantic and formal, some brides may also prefer going quirky and fun.

I am not sure where to get photobooth rental in the country, but instead of having that, you may set up one small corner at your reception for this purpose. Discuss with your photographer for the options, he/she may agree to go with this and arrange for a session. Or maybe, you can ask for help from a family member or friend (who is photo savvy) to do it!

Of course, like guestbooks, these photobooths need some promoting to the guests. So make sure that your guests are aware of this booth. This may be new to Malaysian weddings, but I believe in time, it will gain its popularity! It’s up to you to start the trend :)

Remember, being on a budget does not mean you cannot have this. You just have to be creative to improvise and make do ;)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Selamat Berhujung Minggu...

{Pulau Redang, April 2009}

There is another vacation coming next week, and i can't wait for it! B&B will be on a hiatus until i come back the week after.

Meanwhile, have a blastful weekend y'all!
“Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that
families work.” ~ Author Unknown

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Help, i need cooking ideas!

Of all the things i love to do since living together with hubby, one of the best is of course , cooking. Regardless of his notion that i am making him fat, we are both still happy with the food that i put on the table :)

{source: Google image search}

With that i found myself spending most of my waking minute cracking my head, thinking of what to cook for dinner, especially during weekdays. I always look forward to cook dinner, but after work sometimes i am just too tired to do complicated cookings.

Recently i am trying to cook something simple, light yet satisfying for dinner, but at the same time satisfies our Malaysian taste buds. Besides the usual ayam bakar, maggi goreng, roti cicah kari, sup ayam, sardine sandwiches,pasta..........anyone can share with me anything else?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Housekeeping, my favourite pastime (or not ;P)

I am taking a break from researching wedding stuff this week, so here is something about home making that is quite useful :)

I could become a freak when it comes to house cleaning/keeping, hubby says i have a MONKish side (as in the TV Series, MONK). Go figure :P


There’s no question that the sheer amount of stuff in our lives has increased in the past couple of generations. We’ve far more space than most of our grandparents had, and still it takes dedicated effort just to keep our objects from taking over.

The following tips are designed by the writer who absolutely adores her nest but would like to have it uncluttered in the fastest and “funnest” way.

Tip 1:
It is easier said than done, but you must schedule time to work the clutter. Put it on your ‘to do’ list or on a calendar. And reward yourself when the chore is done.

Tip 2:
Before going to bed, do a quick sweep-through, straightening up whatever that looks out of place.

Tip 3:
When you cook, clean as you go. Wipe stains and messes off countertops right away.

Tip 4:
Organise your storeroom. Organise everything by function, such as sports gear, gardening equipment, etc. Use hanging rocks and shelves to put things in order.

Tip 5:
Do you know that clothes pulled from the washing machine and hung immediately may not need ironing? Once dry, hang them up in your closet. Or even fold them for the drawers. Remember the moment you leave them lying around, clutter builds up and would take hours to be settled rather than the quick 5 minutes had you worked on it immediately.

Tip 6:
Colour-code your wardrobe. Crammed closets look chaotic. Hang clothes in order, from light to dark, for an upscale-store feel. Alternatively, you can also hang clothes based on their category e.g. work wear, casuals etc.

Tip 7:
Need a new refrigerator? Chances are you need to spring clean your refrigerator. Pick one shelf at a time. Clean out the items that are almost empty or are past their expiry date.

Tip 8:
Do not tidy the house all in ago. Commit to one drawer or cabinet a day. The same goes for cleaning. Clean one section of the house a day.

Tip 9:
Fridge magnets. Using these are the fastest way to give your kitchen a messy look. Unless you have a serious collection please put them all away.

Tip 10:
Start an at-home filing system. Prepare a file for all of your house papers and bills. Then separate these sections (with tabs) into areas such as ‘credit card,’ ‘electricity’ or ‘grocery bills’ for a directory of your stuff.

Tip 11:
Get the kids and hubby involved. That way they know that unless they keep it neat, they would have to go through the hassle of putting things together again.

Tip 12:
As a magazine and catalogue junkie I never have the heart to throw them out. SO I make sure that the latest copies are kept on the coffee table and other in a plastic box with rollers. Alternatively, invest in some chic looking chest that can double up as storage and also as extra chairs for the guests.

Tip 13:
Reduce the number of cleaning tools that you have. Invest in multipurpose cleaners that work the floor, bathrooms and the kitchen tops. Microfibre cloths are a must have in any home. They use static electricity to attract dirt, dust and hair while tackling dirt and grease as well. Plus, they can be tossed in the washer and reused.

Tip 14:
If you have the space, make sure you have two or three laundry baskets, one for whites, one for colours, and one for the baby clothes. That will save you sorting time.

Tip 15:
The only necessary appliances on kitchen counters are the ones that you use. Stash anything else in cabinets or cupboards.

Tip 16:
For the Imelda Marcos wannabe, sort out your shoes by using a camera and some glue (or sticky tape). Simply snap a picture of your shoes and stick the photo against the shoebox.

Tip 17:
A domestically challenged writer advocates her”10 Minute Tidy” whereby she sets the kitchen timer and has all her household members scramble to unclutter the house or room as much as they can for 10 minutes. When the buzzer rings, everyone is done with his or her chores (a pretty good workout to work out some good sweat).

Tip 18:
Work around the room in one direction. This way, there won’t be any time wasted in criss-crossing the room, or vacuuming that same spot twice.

Tip 19:
When in doubt, throw it out. If it’s broken, fix it or toss it. If it’s ripped, have it mended. Don’t put it anywhere just “for now” and keep it in a perpetual holding pattern.

Tip 20:
I love decorating my home and that means that I would have an abundant collection of decorative items. Categorising the items for seasonal display helps declutter and to create a Zen environment. Rotating items keeps the decor fresh and surroundings less cluttered.

Tip 21:
Pretty baskets are ideal for organizing papers, magazines and television guides. Even your makeup sets.

Tip 22:
Don’t keep buying things. Stop and think, do I really need this and have I got somewhere to keep this?

Tip 23:
Hang up coats and put shoes away immediately when you come in the door. Hang keys on a key rack near the entrance.

Tip 24:
Listening to cheery, upbeat music when you’re organizing can get you moving, and keep you alert.

Tip 25:
In the worse case scenario, employ professionals to help you out. They will be “heartless” enough to have everything flying out of the house in no time.

Don’t let clutter discourage you. You don’t have to do everything in one day. Start small and be happy with whatever you accomplish. That is what counts to making your nest a haven.

{sourced from : My company's intranet}

Friday, January 29, 2010

Selamat Berhujung Minggu

I am a bit under the weather these past few days. Working hard to recover from a flu bug i caught somewhere. Hopefully this weekend gives me the chance to get enough rest to recover, insya Allah.

Anyway, have a fun weekend! :)

p/s : To Ms Fuchsia, Selamat Pengantin Baru!!, and to many other brides who are tying the knot this weekend too!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Superlove Dresses

A simple, yet gorgeous dress. I think it conveys a girl-next-door and good girly vibe.Perhaps style it up with a sash that matches your theme colour.
Browse for more, here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oh, Pakcik Aiskrim!

Last weekend, hubby and I enjoyed a dose of homemade ice-cream, sold by the classic pakcik aiskrim on a humble motorcycle with an enticing bell.

It has been a while since we had them, the combined flavour of corn, yam, strawberry and chocolate is delicious and reminds me of my childhood. Too bad the pakcik does not sprinkle grind peanuts on it, if not it would have been super-delicious ;)

Which, made me think of, how about having a small counter of this traditional home made icecream at your wedding reception? We have heard of murtabak, cendol, kuey tiau, and teh tarik counters, but I have not heard of this yet.

Oh, kids would love this! I bet the adults would too ;) And I think those pakcik ice-cream would not mind for an arrangement.

If you have tried this, please share your experience. Would love to hear about it! :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ilham Tema #1 – Eco-Chic

Because I always go gaga over too many beautiful wedding things, I have decided to just adore it in inspiration boards.

And because most of my readers are Malaysian brides, I have created an inspiration board that incorporates our traditions, and at the same time, injects fresh, new and modern ideas.

I will try to create more inspiration boards over the time, so for the first one, here it is, a nature inspired wedding theme.

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Top most left to right: Sanding outfit via c33ram00n, Parasol dais deco from Suryo Decor Jakarta, Apples as cake stands by KiccaCakes UK
Second row left to right: Kraft paper bags with matching tags from Martha Stewart Weddings, Invitation cards from Our Wedding Plus, Pelamin from Nas Great Idea, Lily of the Valley bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Nikah shoes via Bridal Buds, Cascading Hand Bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
Third row left to right: Bertandang outfit via Rujak Manis, Sirih Junjung by Kerja Kahwin, Bunga Pahar via Babybutterflycat, Topiary centerpiece/placecards from BeauCoup favours

Friday, January 15, 2010

Selamat Berhujung Minggu...

..and i am leaving you with a few beautiful advice to share, which has already became one of my personal favourites.

{Reblogged via aku dan dia}
Ketika Cinta Bertasbih

Janganlah mencari isteri, tapi carilah ibu bagi anak-anak kita.Janganlah mencari suami, tapi carilah ayah bagi anak-anak kita.

Anda bukan sedang meminta kepada orang tua/wali si gadis,tetapi meminta kepada Allah melalui orang tua/wali si gadis.

Anda berdua bukan menikah di hadapan penghulu,tetapi menikah di hadapan Allah

Catat dan hitung semua tamu yang datang untuk mendoa'kan anda, kerana anda harus berfikir untuk mengundang mereka semua dan meminta maaf apabila anda berfikir untuk BERCERAI kerana menyia-nyiakan do'a mereka

Bersyukur dan bersabarlah. Anda adalah sepasang anak manusia dan bukan sepasang malaikat

Sedarilah bahawa jalan yang akan dilalui tidak melalui jalan bertabur bunga, tapi juga semak belukar yang penuh onak dan duri.

Jangan saling berlepas tangan, tapi sebaliknya justru semakin erat berpegang tangan

Cintailah isteri atau suami anda 100%

Jangan bagi cinta anda kepada (suami) isteri dan anak anda,tetapi cintailah isteri atau suami anda 100% dan cintai anak-anak anda masing-masing 100%.

Yakinlah bahawa pintu rezeki akan terbuka lebar berbanding lurus dengan tingkatnya ketaatan suami dan isteri.

Jangan lupa akan jasa pasangan hidup yang setia mendampingi kita semasa menderita

Boleh bermanja-manja kepada isteri tetapi jangan lupa untukbangkit secara bertanggung jawab apabila isteri memerlukan pertolongan anda.

Tetaplah berjalan dengan gemalai dan lemah lembut, tetapi selalu berhasil menyelesaikan semua pekerjaan.

Jangan pernah berpikir bahawa orang tua yang baik adalah orang tua yang tidak pernah marah kepada anak,kerana orang tua yang baik adalah orang tua yang jujur kepada anak

Yakinilah bahawa tidak ada seorang anak pun yang tidak mahu bekerjasama dengan orang tua, yang ada adalah anak yang merasa tidak didengar oleh orang tuanya

Gunakanlah formula 7 K : 1 Ketaqwaan2 Kasih sayang3 Kesetiaan4 Komunikasi dialog 5 Keterbukaan 6Kejujuran 7Kesabaran

Friday, January 8, 2010

B&B Heart This #2

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  1. A simple and sweet carnation centerpiece, here via Project Wedding.
  2. Cupcake toppers made from paper punch, from Martha Stewart Weddings.
  3. A modern twist of round paper lanterns, on a heritage of Malay wedding dais, by ADL Weddings.
  4. Avant Garde concept, chic and sublime, by Zaifie Zainal Creations Bridal Gallery.
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