Two Zero One Nine…

How was 2019 for you? I hope that it was somewhat a good one. 🙂 Mine started off with closing a 3.5yrs chapter. Trust me; it took alot of contemplating, sleepless nights and buckets of tears to finally bid goodbye to the familiarity that was once so dear and comforting but, it was for the right reasons esp. when we didn’t see the same future anymore.

I learned to smile again thanks to my now, Hubby that stepped up his game. He showed me that I shouldn’t feel alone and that someone who truly cares, would be able to sense when you’re going through a tough time and would willingly listen to your inner thoughts and issues and try their best to help because they just want to see you happy and nothing less. They’ll make sacrifices because you’re worth it. I finally found someone who treated me the way that I’ve always treated my other halves. True love is not lost but it exists when you love unconditionally. ❤

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This year, we got engaged and months later, we got married. It may seem fast but it felt right to us and that’s what matters the most. ❤ We experienced so many new things together, planning a ROM and being in a LDR Marriage. It definitely is a huge challenge  being 9000++ miles apart to be honest and 12/13hrs time difference. That being said, we communicate alot on a daily basis. Skype Calls, Whatsapp Calls + Messages, Instagram, FB and also iMessaging.

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We’re definitely looking forward to picking each other up from the airport again. The excitement level is always at it’s upmost peak when it’s just days, hours and then minutes to seeing each other.

Last year in February 2018, I chopped my long hair short to donate it to Locks of Hope, in the hope of helping someone and also I felt like it was time to change up my hair as I’ve had medium to long hair for easily 20 years at that point. Having short hair gave me alot of mixed feelings tbh. I liked how much less shampoo I had to use, I noticed that I hardly found my hair on the floor and it also took pretty fast to dry just with a towel but on the other side of things, I had to get a cut, a shave, a trim almost every 2-3 weeks once to either maintain the style or change it up and Boy!! did I go through a phase of wild, crazy shave haircuts as well. Why not right? Since it’s already that short to begin with and hair grows afterall. I received many compliments from friends and hairstylists saying that the new look matches my personality and that I pulled it off well. I honestly, enjoyed having short hair except that besides using hair products like Wax, Pomade and all that to style it, there wasn’t much versatility so the other thing that I did alot to make it more feminine when I wore dresses was to put on a nice hairband. I also dyed it in Blonde, Grey/Silver, Pink and Purple earlier this year but when I got engaged, I realized that I didn’t want to take our Pre-Wedding photos having rainbow hair and opted for a more natural hair colour so I visited my favourite Colourist Expert/DJ, Eddy Mino from AVEDA to get my hair coloured for our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot and for the ROM. Btw, I love AVEDA products as it’s really very natural and has less chemicals compared to the many other brands out there. 🙂 From getting my hair and makeup done for the Pre-Wedding Photoshoot and also ROM, I realized that I need to grow back my hair in order to be able to have the versatility to style for our Wedding and ontop of hating the number of hairpins and hairspray that was needed to hold my hair in place. It was painful to remove btw.

Work on the other hand started off really bad this year as a huge international consultancy firm played dirty and shortchanged my work with them and not pay me on top of things. If I had to be honest about it, it made me really mad as they were not handling things professionally and have left a bitter taste in my mouth based on this experience. I would only expect this kind of unprofessional-ism from a small company but not at their level. Because of that, I’ve blacklisted them and will never ever have anything good to say about the organization and I’m leaving it up to Karma. I slowed down work to focus on planning the ROM earlier this year as well and spent some quality time with my then Fiance’ and also my parents whenever possible.

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Mom’s health has been a roller-coaster ride over the past 4 years and this year, she had to go for more Chemo + Radiotherapy and in August she had an accident in the bathroom and it fractured/dislocated her elbow and needed emergency surgery to correct it. Months have past and they’ve finally removed the metal rods in her elbow but she’s still recovering from it. It has been tough seeing her struggle and go through the different treatments over the years but we’re not giving up as the most important thing is, she’s still able to enjoy life and our company.

What will 2020 have in store for us, for me? I know that I’m definitely looking forward to my travels as I’ve successfully gotten my American Travel Visa. It was definitely an intimidating and stressful experience but it’s the first step to a whole new chapter and experience. Fingers and toes are also crossed that our Alien Relative Petition (I-130) application goes through smoothly so that we can take the next steps. Also, I’m planning to up my workout regime and stay active. Definitely going to catch up with friends for lots of yummy food too. 🙂

I would like to end this blog post by wishing everyone, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!” 😀

XoXo, VAS

Our ROM…

Getting married is definitely something beautiful and it’s definitely the next level up in being a committed couple. JR and I didn’t have a long engagement like other couples typically would which ranges from a year or more before their big wedding day. It’s because for us, the process wasn’t straight forward and easy due to our different nationalities mainly. The process for our Civil Marriage was definitely different and was abit of a challenge because my Fiance’ is an American citizen and I’m a Malaysian.

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That being said, he have to be in Malaysia for atleast 7 days before we can apply for our Civil Marriage Registration. Upon submitting the application form, we would have to wait for 21 days before we are given a date for us to register our marriage in Malaysia. Sounds simple right? Actually, there’s more to it. Firstly, because Malaysia’s National language is Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Melayu (BM), the application form and most government documents are in BM. Therefore, we needed a certified translator to translate the application form for us so that JR could understand it.

Also, he needed to get a Single Status Affidavit/Single Status Letter to prove that he’s an eligible bachelor that can be married. He brought one from the US but upon checking the document at the National Registrar of Marriage’s Office here in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the Admin lady disapproved it and showed us an example of the version that they require. To get that particular version of Single Status Affidavit, we had to make an appointment with the American Embassy here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to get it. The particular Single Status Affidavit prepared and provided by the American Embassy then has to be Notarized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in Malaysia before we can fully fill up the Civil Marriage Application Form to then be submitted to the National Registrar of Marriage’s Office here in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and wait for the 21 days. The 21 days is for family or friends or anyone to object to the union of the 2 individuals. We wanted to get married in June but sadly the dates were fully booked up so we settled for 2nd of July 2019 instead. Btw, we submitted our documents and Civil Marriage Application Form on the 6th of May 2019. Our photos were then displayed on the Marriage Bulletin Board for 21 days.

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Alex Tan of Alextan Artworks spend 1/2 a day shooting our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot on the 11th of May 2019. A day before the shoot, we visited the studio and discussed about our outfits and theme of the shoot. The team was definitely patient and very helpful from the start. We enjoy our time with them and we love the selection of wedding gowns and also suits. I actually know Alex for years prior to him being an award winning photographer and he’s still the same delightful friend I know back in the day. On the day of the shoot, Elynn did my hair and makeup the way I wanted it. She managed to make my short hair look long in an updo. 🙂

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I highly recommend Alex Tan and his team for your photoshoot and videography needs. He can be contacted at: Alex Tan Artworks Do checkout his portfolio. You will be impressed. 🙂

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Also, for Bridal Makeup I would recommend Elynn Bridal Makeup as she did my hair and makeup during the photoshoot.

On our ROM, I got Kenny Yee from Makeup Miracle to do my makeup and he was definitely very professional, friendly and full of tips and he did a spectacular job on my hair and makeup and made me feel very beautiful on my special day. The main challenge the makeup artiste had with me was definitely my short pixie haircut during that time but they both delivered what I wanted which truly made me very happy.

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Check out Kenny Yee’s magic at Kenny Yee Bridal Makeup He’s amazing!! ❤

We got my Bridal Bouquet from LavieFlo. They are everlasting flowers that can be personalized and they smell soooooooooooooooooo good. 🙂

I think this post is definitely long so here’s the pics and video to enjoy instead. 😀

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I would like to thank everyone who made our special day awesome. ❤

XoXo, VAS

 

Our Wedding, The Wedding Bands…

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Love is unique, love has the capacity to change a person in more ways than one, love is powerful, love is special and love can do so much more. We all show love in different ways according to our own love language but, marriage is one way to show committal love. Marriage is a sacred bonding journey that 2 individuals decide to embark on together through the tough times and share the good ones along the way. To symbolize our love for each other in marriage, JR and I decided to get our Wedding Bands from Cartier as we love that the Love Rings are thick and solid but, it’s also classy and simple. Initially, I was supposed to go for the thinner paved diamond ring and he was supposed to go with the simple band with no diamonds but, since we’ll be wearing the rings for many years to come, we changed our minds and went for the thicker paved diamonds and also for his band to have 3 diamonds and we love our wedding bands so much. He was so excited that he wanted to wear his band before our ROM but, I did not allow him to until our ROM on the 2nd of July 2019. ;P

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Tadaa!! Our Wedding Bands ❤

For more details and jewelry from Cartier, details can be found on their webpage, Cartier, USA or visit their 2 outlets here in Malaysia which are at: Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Lot.2.12.00 & 3.14.00, Level 2 & 3. Lot 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang. 55100, Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia.

and Suria KLCC, G31 GF, Jalan Ampang, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

XoXo, VAS

Villa Samadhi…

Looking for a sanctuary, a getaway or maybe a romantic stay but, still want to be in the city to enjoy the nightlife or maybe shopping at Suria KLCC or just want to explore KL’s Golden Triangle? Villa Samadhi is the place for you to stay. From the outside, you wouldn’t be able to tell that there’s a lil piece of Nirvana behind the hidden guarded gates to the premise. When we arrived, we were greeted by a guard at the gate and by showing our reservation to him, he opened the gates and led us to a parking space within the lot. Once we had a glimpse of the kept secret behind the gates, we instantly felt serenity and excitement started to creep in. 🙂

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The Room – Luxe Sarang

Here’s a walk through video of the Luxe Sarang. 🙂

We booked the Luxe Sarang for 2 nights and upon unlocking the wooden doors to our Garden Courtyard, we were greeted by a large daybed and also our very own Private Plunge Pool. Then there’s another door that leads into the Villa/room. Behind that door, there’s a big hallway with an antique table with complimentary local delicacy of cookies and “kuih” (cake). Finally, you enter the bedroom area + living area which is well funished with a large and comfortable king size bed and also another daybed that functions as a sofa which gives you a good view to the balcony/patio area which gives you direct access to the pool. Btw, the Luxe Sarang is the only Villa with the defining feature of its direct access to the pool, offering an exclusive luxurious retreat to soak in the afternoon sun or enjoy a romantic moon-lit dinner for two.

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Back in the room, there will be another double door that leads you into another room with a walk-in wardrobe + work station/desk for those that have to keep up with some work. Within that room, you’ll see another double door that leads you into the huge bathroom with double sinks, one for her and another for him where there’s a huge area that’s fitted with double rainshower + shower separated by a set of huge sliding glass doors that gives you direct access to the Private Plunge Pool and Garden Courtyard area.

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For their turn down service, every night they place a decanter of port wine in the room together with chocolates and cookies. 🙂
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The view at night from the villa’s patio area that leads directly to the pool.
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Thank you Hubs for the lovely personalized Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold Necklace. ❤ I love you.

The Dining Room

Is an all day, dining room as it’s name states and is set beneath a soaring ceiling, and overlooking Villa Samadhi, the circular Dining Room sits on the edge of the “Lagoon” which is exclusively for residents only which serves local and western cuisine made from local and seasonal produce and is walking distance from your own respective villas.

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The Dining Room

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Before checking out, we decided to indulge in a massage session to end the visit on a relaxing note.

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The Luxe Sarang Villa’s price for a night is approximately RM1,114.00 but, for more information and current prices please checkout their official website: Villa Samadhi

Villa Samadhi is located at: 8, Jalan Madge, Taman U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. West Malaysia.

Hubby and I are definitely going to go back to Villa Samadhi for the romantic stay to get away from the bustling city life.

XoXo, VAS