Thursday, February 21, 2013
Although it was a belated Valentine's meal, it was not a bad idea to have it at the top of the iconic supertree at Gardens by the Bay, last week. However we had to spend a little bit more effort and time in locating it since we were first-timers there, still it was worth to try.
The bistro is narrow but a good idea for drinking and chilling out. I was expecting more than good food knowing that it was IndoChine as I had a splendid experience during my last visit to another outlet. The beef was quite impressive but not the over-cooked chicken. So I requested for a replacement.
We took a short walk at the roof top after meal and soaked in the view on the tallest Supertree. There was nothing else to do but capture the moments :)
Name: IndoChine @ Gardens by the Bay
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Recommended for chill out and drinking
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Here's the fuss about lovey dovey V-Day: A very long time ago, Christians lived under the tyranny of the Roman Empire, where they would be persecuted for their faith. Saint Valentinus went against the law to perform weddings for soldiers who were disallowed the legal right to be married - but St Valentine helped them anyway.Subsequently, he was thrown into jail, where he healed his jailer's daughter by performing a miracle. Prior to his execution, he wrote, "from your Valentine", as a final sendoff.
Even if it's only a legend, the story of a man who believed in love and helped it flourish even in the toughest of times should rightfully inspire you to do the same for your loved one. Take some time to reflect on V-Day itself. Do you only send the gifts, the flowers, and take that extra step to display your affection just once in a year?
It's alright to say yes, because sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of building a life with our partner and forget that s/he is together on the same path as us. Whether it's Valentine's Day, a wedding anniversary, or a dating anniversary, these days help remind us to pause and take a deep breath to enjoy the people we love.
So the next time you think that Valentine's Day is just an over-commercialized marketing scheme of businesses, just look on the bright side and think of it as another day to show someone - romantic or not - how much you love them. Those extra dollars and cents are well-worth the price because you know they deserve it.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Vow-writing can be one of the most stressful bits of wedding planning. You’ll often hear that both bride and groom sometimes leave the task undone right up until the night before the big day! It’s no surprise – writing your own vows, your sincerest promises to your spouse that you’re going to announce to every person in your world, are rightfully daunting and should be taken in absolute seriousness.
What can you put in a vow? Virtually anything. You can tell your partner why you love them, why you’re going to love them for the rest of your life forever and also state your intentions and what your relationship means to you.
Just be honest, open, and speak from the heart. Look over your vows and revise them. Ask, “If I had one chance to convince them to marry me, what would I say?” Draw inspiration from your memories, your wedding invites, magazines, pick ideas from the internet, even. It doesn’t hurt to look!
If all else fails and you’re still completely blank by the end of your deadline, there’s always the standard template to fall back on, which your priest or ordained minister can provide. Phew!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Thursday, December 13, 2012
You hear the melodious ringing of spoon against glass capturing everyone’s attention at someone’s wedding. Someone close to the guest, usually standing by the time heads are turned, has his drink lifted in the air as everyone looks to him or her expectantly – he’s going to give his toast.
Why do we toast? Well, the wedding toast is an expression of honour or goodwill to the happy couple. It’s announcing that we’re celebrating the love and marriage of two very special people. Whether it’s a single, prepared speech spoken by a sibling or a best friend’s impromptu well-wishes, a great toast can help lift the mood and be the perfect segue to the next part of your wedding programme.
How to best avoid an embarrassing situation? Always pick someone you trust, whom you’ll know will behave responsibly and keep it PG. Your party girl pal may be a lot of fun on the dance floor, but may not necessarily be the best person to approach for an engaging and heartfelt toast (at least, not in the way that you imagined). With that said, you may also want to consider breaking out the champagne only just after the toast is done, to minimize wedding mischief instigated by drunkenness!
Don’t be afraid to ask if you want to read through the person’s speech if they’ve prepared it beforehand either – just be sure not to go crazy with the editing. It’s their personal toast to your marriage after all. If there’s nothing offensive, humiliating or strange in it, then let it be heard by all the family and friends in your life!