Monday, March 29, 2010

Housemaid for a week (Charis cleans)

I'm counting down to two events - the wedding and also my impending move to the Land of Smiles. The feeling is bittersweet and I am not sure if my mind has fully taken in the full weight of moving to a foreign country.

Until I played housemaid for a week. 

I wonder if they have this my size.

As Samuel alluded to earlier, I spent a whole day scrubbing, mopping and throwing away stuffs. When I lamented to a friend by email whilst enjoying a hot cuppa after a hard day's work, she said,"Charis, you sound like a housewife already!". Puh-lease, that's the last thing I'm gonna be. Now, just you sit down and eat that slowly before you start dropping crumbs everywhere!

Sam & I exchanged quips over my cleaning the house which went something like this: No dear, I didn't re-arrange your house, I put back things where they're supposed to be and no I don't think your ability to adapt to changes is why you let me clean the place :)

Our friends (and newly-weds!) Nigerlian & Gimphanie came to visit us and it's the first time Sam and I played host in our soon-to-be home. One thing we both know is that we love having friends over and I'm going to miss having friends around to hang around and chat with. So, friends, please do come visit!
Pre-wedding pics
The pre-wedding photos we took earlier with a local photo studio was just fabulous, as you can see in Sam's latest post. I had unlimited change in makeup, so at the end of the day I had 5 layers of makeup on my face which started to crack like a river dried up in the desert. One whole day of acrobats, both on face and back, taking bimbo shots (as my brother called it). Haha! I loved it, though! 

The countdown begins!
My heart skipped a beat when I looked at the month slowly turning to April. And the sudden sliver of realization zapping through my synapses waking me up in the middle of sleep that this time next month - I will be on my honeymoon. The pic of the housemaid costume on the mannequin looms menacingly at the back of my head but that's not going to stop me from being excited and just patiently waiting, waiting - to be a Wife.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A week in Bangkok and some of the pre-wedding shots (Sam speaks)

The countdown has begun, it's about a month's time to the wedding and things are getting pretty exciting. Charis was down in Bangkok for about a week to buy "some" stuffs for the wedding as well as do our pre-wedding shoots. Didn't had a lot of budget for it so we got someone cheap which turned out quite good. Had fun doing it as well. 

Anyway, Charis just left about an hour ago and I'm back home now realizing the place is a lot cleaner with Charis around throughout the week. She wanted to take a "before/after" picture of the place but somehow I manage to put it away. It would have looked something like this - someone else's room picture:

Throughout the week that Charis was here, I was still working so the only time we manage to do things together was at night. During the day, Charis was out living the Thai "Tai tai" dream :)
Was great that we had time to even met up with Niger, Lilian, Gim and Steph who were in Bangkok for the week as well. 

We ate a lot.fullstop (my double chin is back - lots of weight loss to do in the coming 3 weeks)

Still the highlight of the week was still taking the pre-weddings shots so here it goes:

We are in Thailand so gave the Thai traditional costumes a go.

(Here's a little publicity for Audrey where we wore her "Art shirt")

This dude and his apprentice followed from morning till night, taking as many pictures as we want, changing to as many clothes as we want, in as many locations as we want, and change as many hairstyles and make ups as we want. Not a bad deal considering Charis and I are not that photogenic kind of people. Even looking back, we don't really have many pictures of us thoughout the years (except those taking by the ever faithful Kang Wei and Janet Ptd Ltd)

So the countdown begins again, one month. Quick, RSVP via the facebook events that we sent out/email us for the wedding ceremony at Luther Centre where the real magic comes alive!

See ya then

Monday, March 15, 2010

Here's what you guys have wrote in so far

Remember when we send out our invites, we wanted to do this thing of publishing all the well wishes, stories, etc on to some slides during the wedding. Here're are some of those that we've received so far:

"I will always remember Charis as the 
caring 'Mama' that never failed to love and accept me... 
and Samuel as the 'Papa' that never failed to 
make me laugh at every conversation that we had. 
Congrats to the both of you. 
May you both grow old gracefully together :p" - Jacintha Loke

"i ♥ Sam + Charis!" - Mel

"Many happy endeavours, blessings and 
little bundles of joy in your life together!" – Celine Chew

I hope Chunky Monkey has managed to lose 
some of that chunkiness before the wedding photos :) 
but Thai food is so good to resist!!" – Joanne Lim

"Two beautiful individuals with a Melaka-Cyberjaya relationship finally tying the knot!! woohoo! We're both very very happy for you, Sam & Charis! Love you guys heeps!!! :)" – Kang Wei Janet

"I have to. ;)" – Deric

"I want to see little Sams (maybe not so little) and little Charis'es. God bless the new journey you both gonna embark!" – Seong

"Finally! :)" - Weeliem

"Samuel and Charis, may your love bloom brighter and your companionship grow sweeter with each passing year. Congratulations on you wedding!" - Don

"err... hold those hands tight... :)" Edmund

"ahhh... finally, the kilometers apart becomes millimeters apart! :) 
you both have been great inspirations and role models :) 
thank you!" - Beatrice Leong

"You are the first couple that i met when i entered UNI. Well you are not an "official item" yet at the moment, but anyone could tell the sparks that flies between you. :p I believe it's not an easy task to wait till you finish all your responsibility as a student and then only work on your relationship together, and I'd really admire the way you did it as a couple and I believe you both will do great as husband and wife. It's really so beautiful that you are finally getting married. And with all my heart I wished you both a " happy ever after" !!!!" Grace Goh

and many more...

It's still a month away to the wedding so there's still time, do it here