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Mar
31

Pre Wedding Photography Macau – Part 3

This post, as promised, is the outcome of the professional photos taken at Macau in 2014. This is also linked to my Pre Wedding Photography Macau Experience which I have elaborated on my photography experience with one of Singapore’s leading bridal stores – Thomson Wedding Collections (TWC). Photography by: Dawn Koh from TWC.   Makeup for bride and groom by: Joyce from TWC  My curly wavy hairdo without the pinups for the morning shoot. 1. Ruins of St Paul  This church, dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle was built in the 17th century but was destroyed by a huge fire in 1835 and what remains till today is the facade of the church. It is one of Macau’s best known landmarks and has been officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2. Travessa da Paixao We walked down the steps below Ruins of St. Paul to the back alleys of Ruins of St Paul about 50 meters and found this interesting narrow street. The both sides feature European style building, brightly painted in traditional Portuguese colours. Upon exiting ‘Travessa da Paixao’, we chanced upon the Macau Post Box.   3. St. Dominic’s Church The St. Dominic’s Church is a late 16th century Baroque-style church and serves within the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. This is also one of the 29 sites that form the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 4. Senado Square (Largo do Senado) Senado Square has been Macau’s urban centre for centuries & still a popular venue for celebrations. It is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic colored stones created by the Portuguese. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005 and forms part of the Historic Centre of Macau.  This photo was taken at the traffic lighting crossing at the entrance of Senado Square. Continued below… Related Wedding Posts:                                               1) The Pre-Wedding Preparation                                                                           2) The Macau Hotels we stayed in – Hotel Okura Macau and Royal      Hotel Macau Thomson Wedding Collections (TWC) Experience:         Part 1) The Trial – Spotting the Perfect...
Dec
1

Pre Wedding Photography Macau Experience (Part 2)

Following my blogpost on Pre-Wedding Photography Thomson Wedding Collections (Part 1), I will now blog about the whole travel photography experience with Thomson Wedding Collections (TWC) in this post. So just 2 days before we flew to Macau, we visited Fiona at the TWC Tanjong Pagar branch to collect: 4 Gowns, 3 Suits, 1 Can-can, Crystal Flower Bouquet, Hair Accessories, Necklaces and Earrings, Veil. All these are provided by TWV and are required to be brought by us to Macau. Although TWC had our measurements from earlier fittings, Fiona got us to change into all the clothes again and her staff helped with the last minute alterations. They were quick in making the amendments, say 10-15 minutes. The staff then rolled up and folded the gowns into our baggage and we were all set to go! Note:      1. Please bring a BIG size luggage! We brought a medium sized luggage and had to repack because all the wedding stuff just can’t get into the medium sized luggage… Zzz! 2. The gowns/suits etc. will roughly weigh slightly <20kg. Therefore, select your baggage weight wisely when buying your air tickets I previously got TWC to prepare a Crystal Flower Bouquet for me (See Blog: The Pre-Wedding Preparation) but it didn’t turn out to be what I expected. Anyway, I didn’t want to be a bride-zilla so I made do with what was done.  This was put into my hand carry baggage as I was required to return it in good shape to TWC after the wedding shot. — M . A . C . A . U .      P. H . O . T . O . G . R . A .P . H. Y —  We checked in at Hotel Okura Macau (Blogpost: The Perfect Getaway in Macau at Hotel Okura Macau) for 2 days and I got myself tanned. =__=    A little wrong planning on my end but whatever… For the actual photography, we checked into Royal Hotel Macau as we didn’t want to spend too much on the room since we would be most of the time outdoors. This hotel is situated on a steep slope and is near to attractions like Casino Lisboa, which is one of the oldest casinos in Asia, and is also a good base to explore heritage such as Ruins of St Paul’s – a Christian church dating from 1607. The night before the actual wedding shoot, Dawn and Joyce came by our...
Oct
14

Thailand Travel Blog – Bangkok Sanrio Hello Kitty House

I was super delighted upon hearing that Thailand has its first Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok in Siam Square One shopping mall! This Hello Kitty’s main focus is on sweet treats. Only premium ingredients are used such as butter and flour from France, chocolate from Belgium and strawberries from Japan and Korea, are used in the cakes and pastries, with more than 30 kinds of desserts available every day. 🙂 Hello Kitty House Store Front Thankfully my travel pals were accommodating enough to accompany me there. Initially I thought that this Hello Kitty House is a cafe only, but it is has also the other departments such as the spa and gift shop all combined under one roof. We were there in the afternoon and queued (whilst seated on the bench located outside the cafe) for about 15 mins before we were served. The whole concept is just so PINK. Pink Kitty, Pink leather chairs, Pink banquettes, Pink Sugar servings, Pink bottles etc. It’s as if we’re wearing pink tinted glasses when we are in the cafe.  🙂   Kawaii! Just in case you’re tired of waiting to be served, you could get yourself a drink at their counter too. I didn’t manage to take the photos of the kitty plastic cups which are available on sale too. Upon entering the cafe, we were greeted by the selection of pretty Hello Kitty cakes, pancakes, cupcakes etc on the left. I wished there were more cakes made in the kitty face shape just like the ones sold in Singapore’s Breadtalk. Haha. Other than cakes, there’s also light meals such as Sushi, and drinks such as Coffee, Tea and Smoothies. This place is a self-service cafe. So its good to have a friend seated at the assigned table by the waitress then proceed to make your orders at the counter. The price ranges from 30baht to 280baht which is still rather affordable. On the right, there is this super big framed hello kitty face outline which demarcates the other section of the cafe and a life size statue of kitty having a teabreak.   Check out the seats. I super love the chairs! We were seated on the ground floor but there’s actually another level for more seats upstairs too. The whole cafe can cater up to 150 pax apparently. Therefore I think it’s actually possible for fans to do a 16th / 21st/ 30th or even 50th and 60th birthday celebration at this place,...
Jun
8

China Travel Blog – The Perfect Getaway in Macau at Hotel Okura Macau

This has got to be the BEST VACATION STAY EVER!!! As I have mentioned in my earlier post, we stayed at the Hotel Okura Macau for 2 nights and it’s an unforgettable and amazing experience at the Superior Suite. We were treated like VIPs literally. From the time we Checked-In to the Birthday Surprise preparation by the staff, Room Services (Turn down services), Complimentary F&B vouchers to finally Checking Out… EVERYTHING was just SO DAMN AWESOME!!!   This was what greeted us when we entered the hotel. If you were to wait a while longer, there would be a show on this fountain that discloses a huge diamond under the whole fountain. Magnificent display of water features (it’s better than the water fountain show in Sentosa I feel). Shengfang accompanied us for our hotel check-in. She was staying over at some other hotel as Okura was fully booked! That’s how popular it is. Anyways, the hotel staff brought us from the lobby to the 6th Floor for our check-in at Hotel Okura Executive Lounge. It was a VIP treatment as we were served drinks at the sofa while the check-in was done. After the swift paper work was done, we went straight to check out our Superior Suite room!   This is the living room area.   From our room, we had a good view of the man-made Beach!   They had this Okura Japanese Tea Set for us which included some sort of japanese cake?  🙂 I love Japanese tea sets!   Our bedroom ! We had 2 toilets in the suite and all of toilet bowls are fully automatic / touch-less sort? It’s very fun to play with it. The toilet bowl cover automatically opens up when you approach it and automatically closes when you have finished your business. I would very much want one of these in my own home. Can someone be kind enough to sponsor me please? haha.    A close up view of the buttons and functions for the toilet bowl… I usually check the bath room conditions for hotels and as promised in my booking, we were greeted by the Steam Bath/ Rain Shower (on the left), the Jacuzzi Bathtub (in the middle) and the Sauna (on the right)! FANTASTIC. Even when you’re lazing in the jacuzzi, you could turn on the TV and view all the programs (similar to what I have on my Starhub TV! ) 2 Separate Basins so there’s enough...
Jun
2

Great Singapore Sale 2014 – Credit Card Travel Discounts

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) 2014 has arrived!  From 30 May to 27 July 2014, experience eight weeks of fabulous shopping and enjoy great deals on just about everything, everywhere – from fashion to watches, jewelry, electronics, toys and more, all over Singapore!Besides shopping, this is also the perfect time to indulge in other delectable offers and promotions, from dining to beauty and wellness and even staycations, for a total lifestyle experience. Travel Discounts If you’re planning to travel overseas, get even more discounts at this Great Singapore Sale! There’s now a few credit card companies that have thrown out the carrots for holidays travelers to destinations All Over the World!  1. TIGER AIRWAYS – OCBC Credit/Debit Cardmembers 1-for-1 airfares for OCBC Credit/Debit Cardmembers Enjoy 1-for-1 airfares when buying a one way/return ticket on selected routes originating from Singapore Promotion period: 2-8 June 2014 Travel period: 1 July – 9 November 2014 (subject to availability. Route specific travel period below) Highlights (All-in, Return):  Krabi – $189.00,  Langkawi – $200.00,  Phuket – $212.00, Cebu – $217.25, Hong Kong – $313.64 2. AirAsia 2.5 MILLION FREE SEATS + Airport Fuel & Surcharges – starts from $41 to $56 (One Way) applies. Booking Period: 2 June 2014 – 8 June 2014  Travel Period: 5 January 2015 – 31 July 2015 3. Cathay Pacific Getaway Surprise! – Special fares with Maybank credit cards to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, North America and Europe from $268 Highlights (All-in, Return) – Hong Kong – from $278 Recommendation: Book via expedia.com.sg to get lower fares from $266 for the same dates! 4. SILKAIR – Master Card Credit Cards Promotion 30 kg Baggage Allowance. Highlights – Starting from $199 to places like Bandung, Medan, to $309 to Boracay   5. Singapore Airlines – Masters / American Express Credit Cards If you wish to travel in style, you could consider the Singapore Airlines. I would prefer to take SIA when travelling to places further away like Europe / USA etc. Booking Period: 20 May 2014 to 06 Jul 2014 Travel Period: 01 Jul 2014 to 31 Aug 2014 Highlights (Minimum 2 to go, Return) : Bangkok – from $218                                                                                                          : Hong Kong – from $348...
Apr
21

Pre Wedding Photography Macau Hotel Stay

YES! just a few more days to MACAU / HONG KONG!  We have booked for 2 nights stay at Hotel Okura Macau – Junior Suite but we’re upgraded for free to Superior Suite! Yay!    Below are some sample pictures of the Junior Suite. There aren’t much pictures available for Superior Suite…      The Superior Suite comes with …. Complimentary access to Grand Resort Deck & largest skytop wave pool Separate living area 17-inch LCD TV inside bathroom In-room stream, sauna and jacuzzi bath tub I would have wanted more nights but it’s way over my budget. Zzz. Time to pack my bags!  I have blogged on my trip with Edwin & Sheng Fang over in Macau here. Cheers! xoxo,...

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