Tuesday, November 14, 2017

honeymoon in NZ

it has been a month since we went for our honeymoon and i am procrastinating everyday to pen our adventure here ever since we came back. NZ has been nothing but amazing. it was our first road trip together and i am proud to say that we survived! w/o wanting to kill each other. i am missing NZ terribly and i feel like crying each time i viewed back the photos and videos we took.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Wedding

marriage life has been very blissful, alhamdulillah. still cannot believe we are married to each other sometimes. it's been three weeks since we had our wedding and i missed every single thing about it. especially my henna stain which has officially disappeared from my hand (except finger nails). that's how you know you are no longer a pengantin baru, right? since hfz is out working and i have all the time in the world for myself, i thought i would take myself back on 16 sep '17 memory lane:-

i obviously had trouble sleeping the night before but thank goodness i had see hui to accompany me throughout the night. we talked about (shit, i cannot remember what we talked about) but it was along the line of how we both cannot imagine we are legit adults and i am getting married. remembered i wanted to post a picture of hfz on instagram with a long ass caption but woman kept talking and distracting me so i settled for a short caption instead. i managed to fell asleep at 1-ish.

the morning of 16 sep 17 was chilly. it was raining cats and dogs. i woke up feeling ready to take on the world (lol!) my makeupartist arrived at 0630am and started doing magic to my face. i was feeling pretty normal while she did my makeup. no jitters, no nervousness until i put on my nikah dress. fast forward to 1000am, i already found myself sitting at the dias with my mom. i remembered my heart did a little somersault when i saw hfz. damn, dood looks damn good in white he was glowing! my dad solemnized us. pity i couldn't hear what he was saying (ugh!) few seconds later, i heard hfz's voice, mouthing the words he has been practicing every single day. and in that moment, i was so damn proud of him. (': 


after all the jazz, we went our separate ways for the nikah outfit. we went blue for our nikah outfit. i had a very hard time choosing them. after seeing myself on all three outfits during the wedding, i can safely say i did not regret any of the choices. 

thanks to the gatecrash activities, hfz and i had mini quarrel the week before our wedding ugh. my bridesmaids made the boys recite pick up lines. ahh, i cannot wait for the videos to be ready!

ahh yes, and i cried during the salam part with both our parents.

our western outfit! this was probably one of my fave moment. we picked "perfect by ed sheeran" as our march in song at hfz's side. and "the one by kodaline" at my side. and we both decided perfect was so much better as a march in song. it's one of our fave song now and we couldn't stop signing. cannot wait for ed's concert in nov woo!

we made our way to punggol for a short photoshoot with our bridesmaid and groomsmen after reception. and the next day, we had outdoor photoshoot at four different location. super tiring nak mampos, but worth it. cannot wait to receive video footages and photos from our official (and unofficial haha) videographer and photographers.

okay bye, i need to pack for our hornymoon (hehe) now!

Friday, September 1, 2017

wedding hashtags, speeches & dramatic dreams

in about two weeks time, i will be a married woman. starting to feel the excitement and nervousness all at once as i slowly update my checklist. quite excited to watch the months of planning come to live. i sure learnt a thing or two about planning a wedding, about myself and about hfz throughout the process!

i am 101% sure now that i am an ocd freak! i get worried about littlest thing like how the wedding envelope is a lil tad too big for the card. don't get me started on the design of the card. one time, i literally had to switch on my laptop because i spotted a "spacing error" on the card from my phone. crazy much?

we encountered many setbacks for the invitation cards like how i searched high and low for an envelope that fits perfectly, how we quarreled with printing uncle because of resolution problem and had to re-design hfz's card, but that sense of satisfaction the moment i received them cards were indescribable. if i ever get sick and tired of doing human resource-y stuff, i know what i can turn in future :)

wedding hastags.... i finally decided on one! after coming up with a few:-

♡ #mayacaughtafiz
♡ #fizmarrymaya 
♡ #mayatillinfiznity
♡ #mayafizbewithyou
♡ #fizbewithmaya

i wanted something punny so i thought #mayacaughtafiz (as in a fish) was perfect which hfz agrees as well. thank god for hfz, always helping me making decisions my fickle-minded ass couldn't!

thus far, i've encountered three (bad) dreams about my wedding reception. the first dream was that my videographer went missing and did not turn up during my wedding day. my second dream was very dramatic. my mua went overseas days before my wedding and she informed my mom. but, my mom only informed me on the day of the wedding when we were all waiting for the mua to arrive. my mom said she forgot to convey the message to me. how convenient! guess what i did to my mom? i b-o-x-e-d her.. her face and stomach! the third dream; i had it yesterday. the whole itinerary got delayed, everything wasn't going as planned and i remembered being SO annoyed with my bridesmaids. super dramaaaaatic, pls!

let me assure you that the drama doesn't stop there! so i've been drafting my wedding speeches in my head but every time i do that, i ended up tearing. ha ha ha so basically it is impossible to complete my speech and i am actually SO nervous about it because me and public speaking is a NO-NO!  i've been trying to delay the actual drafting till... the night before the wedding, maybe? :/ my colleague already suspected what is going to happen during the speech:- 

"i, maya, *tear*, *sniff sniff*, *tear* *sniff sniff*..."

SPOT ON! )': maybe i should just leave it to hfz to do the speech haha. 

i've been trying to document every little thing/occasion about the wedding on a twitter thread: here because it is just too troublesome to blog every little details out. hope twitter never shuts down!

till the wedding, please pray everything goes smoothly for me, amin!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

wedding dresses

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing went for my first bridal fitting and outfit selection yesterday. it really hit me that i was getting married when i saw reflection of myself in a wedding gown. hits me even more when i see hfz donned a white baju kurung. whispered to myself "omg is that my future husband?" when he walked out of the fitting room. it was heart warming when i saw hfz's reaction the moment i came out of the fitting room too. part of selecting my outfit has got to do with hfz's reaction. knew i have to select the dress when i heard him mouthed "wow". the typical groom-eyes-lit-up-the-moment-bride-appears-with-gown scene where you see on the telly does exist guys! except, we are missing some background music and slow-mo dramatic effect.

pretty pleased with my selection but deep inside i wished they have more choices for me to choose from. but let's not ponder about that. 

for now, i need to stick to my at-least-jog-once-a-week-routine and cut down on snack and tea breaks till the wedding. i have been pretty constant on my jogging routine (if i say so myself) but would need to work a lil on the snacking bit. it's hard when you constantly have colleagues who love feeding you. or when snacking is your hobby :/

wish me all the luck in the world i do not put on weight comes september! #timetoeatsalad

Sunday, May 21, 2017

let's adult!

geez. almost forgot the existence of this page but no, i am not ready to let this page go. well, not yet.

life updates:-
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we applied for a bto/sobf for about 4 times but all our queue no(s) were pretty meh. was ready to draft an mp letter before our next application when hdb texted us on 20 april to come down for an appointment to select a unit a week later. we were given few units to choose from and went on a recce. we were pretty pleased with one of the units and could totally picture us staying there. but bummer, you don't get whatever you want in life. some couple already booked the unit few days before our appointment. we had to settle for our second choice. 

we (mainly me) were pretty nervous on the day of the unit selection. was afraid our second choice would be gone too so i had to do what i had to do: bace all the doa(s) repeatedly. and alhamdulillah we got the unit we wanted :) was all smiles (deep inside + screaming "YAAAAS") when signing the forms. well i had to control myself since hfz was cool as a cucumber. #ineedtobecooltoo 

after doing the necessaries;-
hfz: do you want to watch movie first or see our future home?
me: home first (duh!)

hdb lady told us we could collect our keys as early as in june. i told hfz this was all i dream of. to get married and move in immediately into my own home. thank you Allah for hearing my prayers. i have been busy on pinterest lately, searching for home designs, deco (ugh so adult-y) and still trying to convince hfz on a walk-in-wardrobe. dear hdb, giddyup and give us our keys already!

myself and hfz attended a one day marriage course which was pretty enriching. the trainee was hilarious. we did the five love languages questionnaires again and we got the same results we did back in 2013. apart from that,  there were many takeaway pointers. 10/10 would recommend art of marriage. 

god, i am such an adult already it scares sometimes. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

10th year anniversary

oh wow. it has been 3 months since i last penned something down. either i got lazy or my life is getting really mundane. guess it's a mixture of both. 

anyhoo, today hfz and i turned 10. a decade! like how is it possible to be with someone for a decade and never get sick of them? you still longed to be beside them, still laugh at their jokes, still get butterflies and the whole damn zoo every now and then.

this year anniversary was unlike previous years. it was pretty chill and laid back. nothing special, really. well, we did catch john wick in shaw premiers, ordered their truffle fries, sat on fancy chairs with leg rest which had (meh-ish) blankets. but nothing beats the cathay platinum. they have the best blankets. cathay's my fave of all. albeit the laid back anniversary date, i was happy to finally be out with hfz again after a month of not going on dates because hfz got into a bike accident (ugh!) a month ago. thank goodness it was nothing serious. i am still trying to persuade him to give his bike up, but homeboy is as stubborn as a mule.  

i was browsing my iphone's notes app and came across this thought catalog worthy post which we were suppose to post on a facebook wedding page to win a free wedding photoshoot in korea. but decided it was too much so we posted this instead:

sadly, we did not win the contest.

and for the thought catalog worthy post, here was what we came out with. team effort. i like my tag team. 

He used to be the boy who sat in front of me in class, often teasing me because that's what 12 years old boys do.  I thought he was being lame and ignored him. We didn't know it then...

Four years later, fate and chance brought us back. The two ex- primary school classmates who hadn't had an inkling of emotion for each other back then now got caught up with each other's gaze. The only thing that worries us was wondering the next time we would meet. Since then, a small flame was lit... and the next thing we knew, we were each other's first love.

It would be the greatest love story ever if there were no hardships. A time or two our relationship was stretched too thin but the love grew stronger with every quarrel. Two hearts were no longer intertwined, but joined together as one. For almost 10 years. After spending 1/3 of our lives together, we will be husband and wife.

happy anniversary, babe. cannot wait to embark on a new milestone with you.