Thursday, September 27, 2007

Developing new blood

I just finished writing my lessons on grooming fundamentals and working attributes for the industry. Tomorrow is our staff meeting, and I decided to take time to instill the importance of having good attributes and attitudes as professionals. Often when we are busy with weddings, we overlook how we present ourselves, communciate with one another and how we work as a team. It was good we are all set ready for the coming weddings in Sep and Oct.. and having a training session like this refreshes all of us, even myself when preparing it.

A good planner, must know how to carry herself, how she relates to her clients and the suppliers, and how to be quick to learn, and slow to speak, and constantly looking out to grow in her knowledge and field of expertise. I don't think that there is a time we can tell ourselves we have learnt all that is needed.. this industry is ever changing, ever fascinating.. and I sometimes find myself not sleeping, just thinking of all the areas I can explore and discover...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Stay Healthy, Stay Cheerful... and Dream Always

I just came back after a dinner with a dear friend, and got to find out she suffered a slipped disc around her neck, and was on medical leave. Who would have guessed it happened to a pretty lady of age 34, she's more disciplined and athletic than anyone I know.
But I was glad she was optimistic, because deep in us, we know our lives are in the hands of God.

I prayed for her, and on my way back, I told myself, Hann, nothing was more impt than your health and happiness.. We can work our hearts and bodies out for our career, for passion or to survive, but what remains is still back to our happiness, and health enables us to enjoy treasure it...

My brides often want to lose weight to stay pretty for the weddings, I can understand why... but I often will say to them "Pls stay healthy.. you look great just as you are..." and I am telling myself too.. Hann, eat healthy, stay healthy and learn to let go... let go of your daily burdens, duties, ambitions, obligations, and even your dreams.. and let Him prove to you that He's your provider, the one who makes all things beautiful in His time.. so don't over stretch yrself... or allow others to stretch you too... anyway, so much abt health talk..

I just replied to an email for a luncheon invitations for all wedding planners in Singapore... I kinda look forward to see the players here.. you can see them as yr competitors, but I really hope to discover more friends than the former... afterall the market is big enough for all.. and may all realise that.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Shopping Style changes

Just came back from a bridal fitting from Tan Yoong... and really like the black cheongsum TY designed for my bride PJ. Tempted to tailor one for myself. Among all my brides I know, PJ is one bride that is the most dressy and fashionable bride I ever know. Whenever we have a meeting, she often surprised me with her attire, and I have to say so far I love all her pieces, even TY is amazed.

I still remembered we went shopping for a bridal shop in Essex walk, and who would have guessed how long we stayed there. In the end we spent almost 2 hours looking at shoes, she bought 4 pairs, and I was lured into buying one unexpected pair for myself costing me $600. This is what I called woman's impulse and influence.

I just bought a new wardrobe, threw away many clothings, and create more space for new designs that I am going for. Can't believe I used to be so slim and petite... and so much clothings I used to buy. In fact, I think I was more daring in my dressing when I was in my youth than now .. what an irony. I realised after 4 yrs in this industry, you taste in life changes, you look for a blend of sophistication within the simplicity.. .. Used to love all forms of designs, but now, you want something sleek and yet depict elegance. Being consistently with my youths in church and my brides, I seem to be surrounded with varied fashion trends change. I am glad in some ways, today's young adults are so much well dressed, yet sometimes I do wonder they too mature much faster than our times... nevertheless, it's a different generations.

Whichever it is, I am glad Singaporeans are getting more dressy than in the past. My friends in London and Hong Kong often says Singaporeans are so casual and sloppy in the dress sense.... now I can see it is changing.. people should dress for the occasion.. esp during weddings..
how you dress reflect how you regard the event or that moment.. and that itself tells a lot abt oneself..

Saturday, September 1, 2007

It's ok not to be the superwoman...

I couldn't sleep the past few nights... and I wonder why...then I realised my old habits of pondering over the business matters in late nights has come back.

Have been meeting various industry players and suppliers to finalise most of my weddings in 2007... and each time, there are much sharing and exchange of knowledge in those meetings. I love these meetings, I get inspired to do much more, but at the same time, my mind couldn't stop working..

Often I wish I have mastered all the depths of all aspects in weddings esp the technicalities, from gown & suit making, accessories selections, to cake making, stage setup to even simple elements such as invitation design and production.. but I need to realise my mind has limited brain cells.. and it's ok not to be the superwoman who knows it all... I am afterall a human :)