Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wrapping up 2017

2017 was a crazy year.
An eventful year.
An unforgettable year.

The majority of the year was spent planning for the wedding. It definitely wasn't a hard task but it was really time consuming.

The husby and I went to Hong Kong for a pre-wedding photoshoot, visited his family and made a small trip out of it with our friends. A week was not enough, especially the passion we have for Hong Kong. But, we did need to save up the days for other errands and in preparation for the wedding that happened in November.

At the end of May, the husby and I had another engagement photoshoot. This time we had it in New York City, the place where we grew up and fell to love (along with some hate relationship there). The photoshoot was with a Vietnamese singer (from Paris by Night), she use to perform but now that she's married to her husband which is the photographer (how perfect!) she does the styling for the shoot. It meant so much to me to have them as our photographers!

My high school friend, Susan got married in June. In which, we had her bachelorette trip in May. We traveled to Cancun, I took this opportunity to relax. I also tried to make sure I didn't get a sunburn or tan too much. It was a much needed getaway.
Being a bridesmaid for a Chinese wedding is always hectic. From getting ready in the morning, to the wedding photos, to being a "tea lady" and helping with the tea ceremony, to making sure the bride is a-ok, can really exhaust a person. But, it's all worth it for that special friend. Plus the adrenaline rushing through my body is quite something, especially when I lasted the whole day with heels! That was a record on its own.

As the summer was rolling by, the husby and I knew we didn't have that much time left to prepare for the wedding. I actually binged watched a Korean drama about a month before the wedding. This drama was what actually started getting the husby and me back into the realm of k-drama. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo was such a heartbreaking drama. My co-workers said I looked "emo." Well, anyone would after watching such a heart wrenching drama. So glad it didn't affect my emotions and attitude on the actual wedding day - haha. I honestly still can't get over the drama, praying for a season 2 like everyone else...

Finally, the biggest event of the year.
Our wedding.
The day was crazy. Long story short - my day started at 5am. Makeup and hair was done, then tea ceremony at my parents house, then his parents house. Afternoon pictures, then head to the venue. Cocktail hour with mad photos. Wedding reception begins, a little hiccup in the process (tables were all screwed up!), dances, food, booze, cake! Finally got to relax and unwind with some people. Step foot into apartment at around midnight.
Unforgettable and intense night but I would change nothing (not even the crazy tables - well maybe the crazy table screw-up...)

Felt surreal the day after. And, on top of the dreamy feeling, we had to pack for our honeymoon which was the next day.

Greece was probably one of the last options for a honeymoon but the deal was too good to pass. A lot of the planning was done last minute and we honestly just went with the flow. We visited Crete, Santorini and of course, Athens. Greece was beautiful and the food was phenomenal. Quite hard to believe that every step we took, we were walking on history.

The husby and I spent Thanksgiving morning with my family and evening with his family. My first American feast, it was actually quite delicious and we all devoured the turkey.

Christmas just passed recently. We don't usually celebrate it but that might just change next year.

New Years is around the corner. Although 2017 was a very special and spectacular year, I wonder what 2018 holds. Only one way to find out...

Excited for Miss Saigon with husby and my parents this weekend. I've seen it before but it was a good 10+ years. Many thanks to my husby for being so thoughtful and getting us all the tickets =D

Currently watching: Criminal Minds (K-drama); Doctor Stranger (K-drama)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gahhhh...It's 2017!

Ok, so I'm extremely late on the New Years stuff but dam, it's literally 2017 already.

One thing for sure, I'm in the middle of tax season and the wedding is inching closer. So much to do but now is not the time to do it. My fiance and I also booked a pre-wedding photoshoot in Hong Kong come April but that'll be in another post - I'd like to dedicate a whole post to it.

One thing that's different since the last year is that I changed jobs. I'm still with the same company but I decided to move to a different position which calls for less work but same pay - oh, and I get an office which is pretty sweet. It'll be different but I think I'll be a lot happier doing this than coming into work 6 times a week and working from like 9am to 11pm. To reflect back, I'm pretty proud of myself that I voiced what I want. Definitely wasn't easy but nothing comes on a gold plate.

Now that I don't work late nights and long weekends anymore, I'd like to blog more often. Maybe even pick up on vlog? Who knows.

My fiance and I are going out this Saturday to celebrate our 10th year of dating. To a place that is quite dear to us, Park Avenue. We haven't gone since they moved to a new location, but we do miss it. Looking forward to a well deserved peaceful evening with the husband-to-be.