Monday, November 24, 2008

It's a inspiring trip...

I am back... Everyone was asking me, so how's the trip? It's one of the most inspiring one I ever had. I love Orange County, such an organised city, with one of the most friendly people I met in States. Even the custom officers greet you with a smile, you felt so safe in that place.

And of course, this conference in Newport Beach was quite different from the one I went last year. More couture, more inspiring and meeting with Colin Cowie was a great lifetime experience. I never expected such a meticulous and genius party planner, could be so down to earth and so gracious in his thoughts. I think that makes him stand out from the other celebrity planners. Every setup this time was more interesting than the previous one esp the luncheon with Colin.
Hearing his thoughts on what he thinks, he feels and how he creates bring me to appreciate life as a whole.. every part of him speaks about the kind of life and philosophy he holds dearly. If you want to know more about him, buy his book : Colin Cowie Chic. It's not about weddings, but it is about the lifestyle he upholds. Some may think he is extremely too obsessed with how he plans his life, but I felt that is what makes him excellent. I remembered one key note he reminded me from Wizard of Oz. A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others. So true, isn't it.

On an interesting note, this Sun (after so many weeks away from church), I heard Pastor preaching the same thing : Excel in whatever you do, and if you want to excel, you have to discipline yourself to do what you don't like to do, to able to enjoy the very things you love to do. And one of such is being meticulous and being discipline to excel in every details. What an interesting match to what Colin has spoken.

I got to visit San Francisco as well.. visited the Fisherman's Wharf, the South Bay, which is the San Francisco Peninsula, beautiful homes, golf courses, and the nature, and one of the richest places in States. Have fun in these pictures.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Away in States...

In couple of hours, I will be on the plane heading to Newport Beach for an annual wedding planner conference. This time, our special speaker is Colin Cowie, the celebrity planner who plans all Oprah's parties.. can't wait to meet him.. and can't wait to give myself a break for the day to day hectic schedules..was told this time, besides myself, there will be couple of Singaporean planners coming along, will be great to meet everyone..

Though part of me can't wait to leave Singapore, the only part of me worries about my granny at home. Just visited her, and was more comforted. She had a fall on Sun and hit her head. She looks better now, as she descibed her fall, she could still be smiling and her expressions were so innocent. I could not help but smiled at her. My granny is always such an encouragement, I know why I got my endurance spirit from. Oh God, pls take care of her... and pals out there, pray along with me..

Monday, November 3, 2008

Another great wedding....

I just came back from a wedding, and as usual.. after a wedding, I always seem to have a surge of energy within me, it must be rubbed off from the excitement from the wedding. Tonight's wedding is another great wedding for me.

I have a British-Singaporean wedding. A British groom with great intelligence and precision and a Singaporean bride who is down to earth and very generous. My joy as a planner is often I get to see the extreme differences of my couple, and yet at the end of the day, I witnessed their love and how it has transformed both of their lives.. and today was another such example. The groom said his speech in Mandarin, sang a Mandarin song to the bride and her guests, and finally had non-stop "Yam Seng" with all his guests... everyone was simply having fun.

The event started with expectations of accuracy and precision. I often know before a ceremony, every one somehow looks tensed because I suppose everyone wants to ensure all goes as planned. The rain came twice during the setup. We decorated the perimeter of the Palm Gardens fountain at Raffles Hotel, everything was beautiful and the rained poured.. Actually we are quite used to that, somehow rain does appear in weddings esp the unpredictable weather in Singapore, but often it does stop at the right time. True enough, it stopped half a hour before the wedding ceremony began.

And then everything after that was a breeze.. because when you know even Heaven was good to this pair, all would be well for the day. I enjoyed every minute in this event. The Chinese crowd had so much fun in the Yam Seng sessions, the band was great, and most of all, everyone was so spontaneous.. I was surprised when the mother of the bride came to me during dessert course, and asked if they could sing some songs. Sure, why not..

Often in local weddings, you never get to see Chinese crowd step to the dance floor voluntary.. but this wedding, I saw that.. Aunt sang her numbers, and relatives supported her by joining her in the dance floor.. I saw the groom coming to me smiling "I didn't expected this, from Yam Seng to Karaoke.. it's amazing, but this is great.. everyone has fun, thank you so much for making this possible..."

Sometimes I do hear comments : weddings can be boring... I differ from that thought.. weddings are intimate, spontaneous and a joy to remember, it's all about how real you want it to be.. and today, I witnessed another real wedding...I just love my job. Thank you God for once again making me feel great about my role.