Thursday, May 31, 2012

Preparation for this weekend Diamond Jubilee Celebration...

Today, I decided to revisit London places of interest like a tourist, alighted myself at Westminster Bridge Road, strolled along the River Thames, saw the Big Ben, the London eye, the various bridges... and walked past the different eateries.. and took a long walk to Buckingham Palace...  one thing was sure, everyone was excited in preparation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration which will begin from this weekend onwards for 4 days..

I pondered a while, if we would to celebrate our ex-minister mentor, Lee Kuan Yew's reign as our founder and leader for the last 50 plus years, will there be the same corporate and individual excitement in our land. I really hope it will..  He has built the Singapore today, and as I travel about in the world, I have to say Singaporeans ought to be really proud what He has done for us - a country that is so young and yet is so known in the world for who we are and what we can do.. 

Take a look at some of the interesting shots of the way the English has prepared for the upcoming celebration of their Queen.. they truly love and respect their queen, and I can't believe when I saw the people buying the cardboard statue of the queen to be placed in their parties, when the salesgirl was trying to see how to wrap the cardboard statue, the customer exclaimed : "Pls don't bend our queen, I want her to be in shape..." that's so funny..

Harrods presents a series of customised crowns for their Queen

Jelly bean crown - anyone wants to wear or try it?!

Decorations of Royal coloured flags

Lots of goodies for the Diamond Jubilee Party for you to choose.
I wish I can buy them all...

Her majesty favourite corgis...

Do you want to bring the Queen home??

The concert stage is in the process of setting up, 
to be ready for next Mon's performance..

Can't wait to see the event this weekend....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My beloved travelmate and first Bath experience...

Currently am in London, just returned from Bath, and I fall in love with Bath. It will not be the first and last time for me in Bath. I could imagine myself retiring in this place - so quaint, so much charm with history, and most of all, the people here make you really feel at home.This trip to Europe has been a long awaited one. It has been almost 12 years since I last returned to Europe.. and the feelings back here is special. Last night, I decided to blog about my journey these 2 weeks. I was really praying that these 2 weeks rest will be filled with inspirations, special encounters and blessed surprises.. and I will discover and learn new things, understand my course ahead.

Bath at a glance - The River

Oh I just love all their shops front, I wish Singapore shops are as such.
My favourite Thai restaurant - Ma Tai

Everyone should try Sally Lunn's buns

And I was blessed to have good resident mate, Char is one of the church worship youths I love and be comfortable with. I kept saying she's my youth, in fact she has already become a young adult. Finally she has graduated in her pursuit of fashion education, and I believe she will be a great fashion merchandiser and designer to come.  Residing at her place makes me discover the joy of being young adults, how they see things, how they understand the world around them.

I love high street fashion and local boutiques, and new things, so it was very natural for me to love shops along Knightbridge. And interestingly, Char brought me to discover the other side of London, which I would never have imagined - the Brick Lane market - a place where owners sells antiques and vintage items. Honestly, I never buy used items, simply I am always concern abt the owners who possessed these items before. and as I browsed through those items, I started to discover that there's so much history and heritage each item brings, and it changes my perspective. I was asked to step into the oldest bookstore in Bath with Char, and I was ashamed to be reminded how many old books I have thrown away in last 2 years in the midst of shifting.. and there are so much treasures in each of them...

Observing Char browsing thru the shelves of old books, and was thrilled when she found a needlework   book, I was happy to see my youths treasuring the old.. and embracing the past to discover the new she's pursuing..

When I woke up this morning, I saw one of Char's flat mates- Li Shan, preparing this for us.. and I was really touched. Thank you Lord for showing me the new perspective of the next generation. I am blessed.

Monday, May 14, 2012

What will your wedding be liked?

This month is so special, I have 3 weddings to attend, and all are industry friends. One at Bandung for a dear ex-staff of ours, another a hotelier director, and next will be a wedding buddy and partner whom we have grown together since the day we have both started our businesses. I look forward attending each one of them, as the emotions are very special.

Last night at the wedding, someone asked me : "So Hannah, what will your wedding be liked? Any dream wedding in mind? I think your wedding will be...." It is always very interesting to be asked of such questions. Everyone seems to think my wedding will be the wedding of the year... and only those who know me will truly know what's really in my heart.

Honestly, before I started the wedding business, I wished my wedding would be liken the old TV series - The Love Boat, where all our friends and ourselves could sail away for a few days to celebrate. In those days, I hated to wait for weddings to start, always wondered why guests were so late for weddings, so I told my family at my young age : when it is my wedding, we will sail away on time and no one should be late. That was why the Love Boat came to mind. Ya, I was that naive...

Today after been in this business in our 9th year of operations, my thinking becomes simple. What really matters is not the wedding details (as much as I am a planner who pays much attention to details), what matters is when I walk down the aisle, I am certain I am marrying the right man, one whom I think we could be soul mates and companions for the rest of our lives. I was always joking to my friends and those whom have asked me the questions about my wedding : yes, I must have 21 pairs of flowers girls and page boys walking down with me, it will be the longest bridal processional ever, because I want myself and my partner to be sure it is really the right decision, for it has been a long awaited journey for both of us....