Monday, December 30, 2013

Attending a wedding dinner at Capella Hotel Sentosa, Sentosa Island, Singapore

Weddings dinners are wonderful celebrations. Secretly, I love attending wedding dinners- while this joyous occasion for a newly-made couple sealed their relationship in the eyes of the world, as a guest I'm honoured to be invited to be part of this positivity, an atmosphere of hope, witnessing the fairytale night where the couple look so loving, just makes my heart smile. Well, this is besides the chance to buy a new expensive gown for myself to suit the attire rules and digging into the lavishly sumptuous spread in the Grand Ballroom of a 6 star hotel in Singapore. 

I have many relatives, due to the baby boom period in Singapore in the early 1960s where every parent have 4-10 children and I suppose the need to worry about expenses wasn't so imperative as it is now. And I get to attend my favourite (wedding) dinners every now and then. The next one is already written in my schedule for the middle of next year!

Today, the wedding dinner is of the Neighbour of my grandparents, whom invited my grandparents, aunts and my whole family to a table at one of the two 6- star hotels in Singapore- Capella hotel at Sentosa Island. To be honest, I did not know who the bride and groom was earlier, but I have family obligations to turn up regardless, which I happily do. 

The attire was more than formal or smart casual- it was Black Tie. For the information, black tie is a minimum of bow ties or ties with blazer for men, and long gowns and clutch bags for ladies. My jewel encrusted gown was pre ordered from overseas, a customized gown to my measurements and had the length altered for $50 in Singapore, which I thought was really expensive, but I had to get it altered no matter. Usually I alter my clothes if I have to for only $7. Was it too expensive, you think? Also, I did a comb-back of my hair into a high ponytail with curled ends, simple makeup and some accessories I bought at duty free with formal peep-toe silver heels from Bangkok. Here's a photo of my outfit of the day OOTD! Going for a neat, simple look. 

When we arrived, I directed the family, having been to birthday parties, another Black Tie ball event at Sentosa many times. My third time to Capella Hotel, but it never fails to impress, Capella Hotel is nothing short of beautiful. It's the place to hold your upscale events to host your guests. There were 2 menus placed on the round table of 10, and it was a 6 course menu with appetizer and desserts. 

They had a live music playing romantic songs. It kept the ambience alive but sometimes it was alittle too loud so we enjoyed our meals without speaking across the tables to each other.

The huge Grand Ballroom as they call it, truly lives up to its name.

Appetizers: pork belly, duck confit with foie gras ( shhh I finished my dad's share of this cholesterol loaded liver), wasabi prawn!

2nd dish: double boiled ginseng chicken soup with abalone. Eating abalone twice every month, I just had one during my trip to China just before Xmas, a treat by the relatives there. And it's free 0.0!

Diner style

4th dish: A plate of Vegetables with expensive Chinese mushroom- lingzhi and 2 other types of mushrooms. Healthy vitamin loaded dish- yummy!

Last dish: noodles and scallops and asparagus 

Desserts was buffet outside so we get to pick our favorites onto our small plates from the vast selections they have.

My dessert choices, I stopped at picking 5 only because my plate was already full. The desserts taste perfect- like those you can get from High Society caf├ęs. Well, what can we expect from Chefs of Capella hotel. 

Speeches were given by the best man, the bridesmaid, the parents of the bride and groom and the newly weds. All were respectable professionals of some sort- doctors, lawyers, lecturers and spoke very well. Related their personal stories with a tinge of humour and it certainly made my day. 

Every event is a learning experience for me, for I see the type of people I want to emulate and their strengths and courage in life. Also, the speeches so sincere, so loving, it touched my heart and i left the dinner just feeling happy that someone in this world had found their love and celebrated it with people that mean something to them. Wedding dinners and their meaning somehow always leave me feeling re-energized and leave me gleeming of hope. 

Do you love weddings too?

Singapore Girl

New Year's Resolution for Year 2014

A new year, a new chance in life, and we all hope for a better year than the one we had in 2013!

2013 has been such a turmulous year for me, I resolve to be a much better girl in the coming year in 3 days. As Straits Times have done on Saturday Times, the final days of 2013 is never a better time for reflections of the past year and forming our goals and resolutions that will path of next journey forward. Santa says I've been a naughty girl and no presents for me this year- I fell very sick from my holiday to China and recovering from food poisoning combined with a very bad flu and fever through Xmas. The only present I received was from daddy's associate, a phone casing which doubles up as a charger because he saw me once. I wrapped presents for all my relatives but I couldn't make it for all the parties at extended families and it's so sad! Xmas was home popping drowsy pills on the bed. Nonetheless, I'm better (thank god) and we pray to a better year!

My resolutions for the better Year 2014:

1) fulfill all personal responsibilities
2) fulfill all family responsibilities (which I have a lot, you have no idea)
3) follow a religion for moral reasons
4) develop moral principles and stick to it especially in tough situations. Eg. Not to lose my cool ever again, no matter how angry I may feel, at work or in life!
5) find myself and love myself better
6) no more boyfriend for many years. No more going out.

7) no more sitting in any sports cars!! Also because my parents hate it. 
8) no giving out my personal contact number to anyone who asks
9) no makeup, look ordinary
10) be happy with being by myself, peace and quiet. 

11) having only close girl friends whom I can trust and generally being even nicer than I have ever been to everyone.
12) to stick to my resolutions

I'm just an ordinary girl, but I want to be someone special.

Happy New Year readers. I'll try to update more often since I'm up and well again. Feels good to be healthy. Let's treasure every single day as we go about our routines!

Your Singapore Girl

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Top 10 signs that he/ she likes you

It's coming to end of the year and love is in the air! Everyone is hoping to find someone they can walk side by side with during special occasions especially when those days, everyone seems to be with their loved one/gf/bf/spouses.

That guy/ girl is already your friend. You may or may not like him romantically, (great if you do, then we see love blooming), but there seem to be signs that he/ she may want you to be their next love. Confused singles or not, this post if for you to confirm if your eye-candy is interested in you too! 

Great if you are also available, looking for a romatic partner, and best if you have romantic feelings for him too. On the other side, for those attached love bird, no worries, identifying these signs to could be good for yourself to prevent any further misunderstandings and pave the route for a good friendship instead. For those confused ones who is looking to see if he/she likes you back, if the top 10 signs are not displayed upon you before from your eye candy, I'm sorry, maybe you should move on to prevent any unnecessary heartaches which is clearly one-sided, and perhaps salvage what might still turn out to be a good friend.

Top 10 signs he is in love with you 

I will use "he" for convenience, and because I'm a lady. But you already know, it goes both ways.
1) He tries to talk to you everyday

2) He looks forward and asks to meet you almost every other day or whenever he is not working, having exams, on the weekends or weekday nights (note: important to differentiate excuses and real reasons darlings!)

3) He calls you so often, Afew times a week, or even Afew times a day from anywhere in this world not just Singapore, just to want to hear your voice.

4) He complements you and amplifies your strengths ever so often because you're so perfect to him at this point in time. " You're so pretty" "You're so nice" "You're so strong". Even though you never saw yourself that way... note: can be quite hard to tell if they mean it or not. Actions that he/ she does to you to see if he is a nice or not a nice person )

5) He buys you gifts, buys you dinner, sees you home when he can(walk, cab, public transport, or drive doesn't matter).

6) He hints it outrightly because he thinks you may not realize it. "I think you're such a great girl" "I like you". Ending it with a ha ha ha. Ok that was not so awkward......

7) He suggests places and fun things you both can do together all the time! He's always thinking of some fun bonding activities you can do during the next potential time out. Also at the same time, give himself a proper reason to ask you out. "Let's go to Bangkok" "banyan tree villas are so nice can go" "let's go eat xplacex next time!"

8) You're always sneezing as they say, as someone is thinking of you! 

9) He is always there for you, and promises to be. No matter you are up or down, left or right, and wishing the best for you, sincerely. Just a call away, just a quick text message response away, just a drive away, just a bus away.

10) Gut feeling. Ladies have it stronger, sorry boys! If you're reading this post because of the title, you're probably right about whether he likes you or isn't interested/ just not that into you!

Happy reading, and always loving the people around you, be it family, friends, or even strangers. 

#2 Love Guru Singapore Girl
PS As I've said, I'll be blogging more about love issues sometimes when I get the right muse, but you can leave your comment below if you ever want to ask me something perplexing you. Don't be shy.