Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chanel Church Ceremony & Wedding Banquet Dinner @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Hello readers! I guess 2017 can be considered as one of the important milestone for many of my friends including me that got married! So when Chanel was telling us during our last meet up that she will be getting married in 2017 too, i was really happy for her! She has finally found the right man of her life. I was invited to both days of her wedding celebration. It was also the first time i attended a wedding church ceremony too. Chanel entering the church lead by her father.

I guess every bride look the best on their big day, Chanel look so beautiful!
After exchanging their vows, the church ceremony has ended and they were preparing for phototaking session outside the church.

Phototaking with the pretty bride and handsome groom!
They were busy as everyone were taking turns to take photos with them, so we had a few selfie to ourselves too! Hahahaha

After the ceremony, we went for the lunch reception.

The photos were well-taken and i thought it was a smart choice for them to decide on just one venue to take photos, because the more venue you take your photoshoot, you will end up choosing more photos resulting paying for more photos like i do. But it's too late for me now. Haha

After the lunch reception, we went to the photobooth, and started playing with all the props! 

As Kangrui was leaving around 2.30pm, so she tried to find a grab hitch driver. She managed to get one so we were going to the Serangoon mrt station and i think this was my worse encounter we had with a grab hitch driver. 

Apparently, we walked out and waited at the roadside for the grabhitch driver when the app shows that he has arrived. But we couldn't spot his car, that's when i think Kr check her grab app again and realised she has key in the last digit of the postal code wrongly, so she quickly called the driver to inform him the right address. I guess during the phone conversation, she can sense that the driver tone's was impatient. But she didn't tell me, i don't see this as a big issue because i thought at least she has realised her mistake and we can apologise to the driver when he found us after that. 

During this time, we was on the look out for this grab hitch driver, when he has finally arrived at the correct address, and identify us from far, he was already showing attitude from his childish action as he simply accelerate bypassing us and stopping ahead so that we had to walk ahead to open his car door. 

When we open the car door, KR started apologising to him continously and we can see that he was super frustrated and mad as he was raising his voice that he was just in front! Blaming us for not providing the correct address. I don't deny it is KR mistake first, but this girl has apologise to you the moment she open the car door, and not just once but several times. Instead of being a gentleman, he continue with his preach and simply zoomed off on purpose after we board his car. As a girl, i feel sorry that KR has to apologise so many time that i apologise too even though it's not really my fault that we provide the wrong address but this got the driver even more stucked up. Which makes me really pissed because he sound like he is doing us a favor by picking us up, it's not free, we pay for your service and i believe basic courtesy should be given. I wonder how many times he has been treating his passenger in this manner when he can't find them. During the journey there were some peace when he decided to shut up before he was saying that he was going to drop off just opposite the nex serangoon mrt. Our destination was at the MRT, not opposite. I was pretty fedup with his attitude because this is the first time i have to tolerate such fucked up attitude on grab hitch. 

So i simply ignored him, KR knows that i am mad before trying to give a soft 'ok' to the driver.
Most of the grab hitch driver that i encountered were pretty nice! Definitely so much better, i  took before hitch and had drivers that drove a Merc, BMW, Audi and none display such attitude, yet this mazda driver were so rude! In fact, i have one encounter before, there were one grab hitch driver that couldn't find me for almost 1 hour and i was patiently guiding him when he almost give up, and he kept apologising for not being able to find me when he managed to. Apparently his GPS keep telling him the other inaccurate route. It took one whole hour! For goddess sake, and for this driver? It was only a few hundred metre away from the wrong postal code to the right one and he has to behave in such a way? 

If you get frustrated so easily when you can't find your passenger, please don't become a grab hitch driver and cause so much unhappiness for your passenger when they take your car. If i was the one who booked the hitch, i think i will definitely write in to Grab to feedback and complain. Even though i had asked Kr to give him a 1 star rating after we alight. Just our luck to encounter a short tempered driver.

The next day was Chanel wedding banquet dinner held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, not going to let anyone spoil my mood in case i get another crazy grab hitch driver, so i decided to drive to the venue myself! We arranged to meet at 7.15pm and PC was the first one to reached.
With the pretty Chanel and Laurent! 

 A group photo before the dinner officially started.

It was the first time i attended a wedding banquet dinner at mandarin oriental hotel. The food is pretty good. 

I managed to take photo of each of the dishes except one. The appetiser dish

It was a pretty good catching up session with the rest even though we understand the newlywed is trying to mingle with all their guests. I didn't had a chance to mingle with them on my wedding day so it was good that Chanel have the time to exchange some words with us after the table photo-taking were completed. 
Really enjoying the food because it's so good!
I love the dessert, chocolate crunch! I finished everything even though i am on a diet. Hahaha
Before i end this post, congratulations once again to the newlywed and wishing them eternal happiness and joy and a blessed marriage! Planning a wedding is definitely not easy because there are so many things to take care of, but i thought they did a pretty good job! 

Shall end this post for now.
Till then!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Lunch 2017

Hello readers! Here to update on my company recent staff lunch as i was in the staff welfare committee and we decided to take on rotation basis to decide who take charge of each event so during the meeting, we agreed each individual portfolio so i was the main person in charge together with my colleague to organise this early christmas lunch!

We choose an early date because most of the staff will be clearing their leave during this month and not many will be around by then.
I love to organise such events especially if there are a higher budget, especially when it's nearing festive season, some catering do have beautiful setup so, i have tried to order from this caterer, How's catering during one of my event back in Aug and they were pretty good with their setup, so this time round we decided to enquire on their christmas menu.

My colleague went on to enquire for this caterer that i passed her the contact, while i went to arrange for the photobooth session during the lunch since no one had it before and i thought it would be pretty fun and interactive for staff to take photos beside the usual hanging around the catering area.

I like to engage my favourite photobooth vendor, Imagica Production, because i like the photo finishing and the quality is there. Price-wise, i know there are other cheap photobooth services but their cheap price comes also with cheap quality photo print. So, i still prefer to engage him and it's very straight forward because we have worked together several events. No fuss and things get done pretty fast.

He will help me to design the printing layout and we can choose the print type/backdrop etc and he will also set up this machine that you can view your face during the photo-taking, retake is also possible if you don't like any particular shot before he print out the photos. Unlimited shots too.

Eventually all the photos will also be uploaded to a link and there are gif mode that participants can download it online too. (Scroll down for some of the photos we took at the photobooth during the staff lunch)

So anyway, we arranged to have a pre-set up on the venue because they have quite alot of props to use for their setup. Even though i was kinda worried whether the cute snowman will get stolen because the area is open to public to walk around. So i was joking with the caterer in charge that we are not going to be responsible if the snowman or any other props goes missing. Hahaha. We did offered they want us to keep in the office and probably bring it out for display the next day, but they think it's ok.

The snowman is pretty cute! Hahaha, someone took a photo of me and send it to me as i couldn't stay to make sure they finished all the setup.
The next day, when they came and load the foods. Excited!
 Beside the snowman, there were christmas tree, reindeer and santa claus decor!

We were also having the long service award presentation ceremony before the staff lunch, it was also the first time i had to do the opening address, previously we have suggested to do the prize presentation around the lunch venue because i thought it will be pretty fast if i am the one who emcee. I am fast and furious, direct and straightforward. But our chairperson of the committee decided to have it in the lecture theatre so while it may took everyone about 15min to settle down, i took 10min to finish the presentation before dismissal so everyone can have their lunch.

I don't see a point to drag it any longer because let's face it, most people came for the food, definitely not to see the award presentation ceremony unless, they are one of the award recipents. Hahaha. Anyway it was just a presentation of certificate, for monetary consideration, they have received it long ago too.

Lunch was good and everyone was singing praises for it. We had the nespresso machine with the service staff managing it beside the chilled beverages. I think i am getting better and better in organising events. I just need to have the budget! Hahahaha.

After the lunch, we wait for our turns to take photos at the photobooth! Hahaha.
Taken with the remaining members in the committee, even though i was the one liaising with the vendors etc, but they have play their part well by helping out on the actual event when i give out the instructions, for eg, Selina helping to pass the certificate to our chair to present the cert to recipents, Merilyn helping me to identify who are the award recipents because i only remember their name but not their face, Grace,Jeremiah plus kesavan taking care of the food section to make sure staff don't start without ensuring the award ceremony has ended. Thank you to all!

I could see that the other colleagues were really having fun at the photobooth. Hahaha. In case you are wondering how come this photobooth has all this snowman props. It's not provided by the photobooth vendor. Hahaha, it was too mainstream to use the props provided plus the snowman looks really good to use as props.

So i suggested that maybe we can take down the snowman props, initially no one dare to do so, but since i make the first move, the others followed suit, so we remove them from the buffet setup table and bring it over to the photobooth section. Hahaha, though we were careful not to damage it during the photo-taking. Tadah! Took with xiaoyun while holding the snowman!

 Our staff welfare committee members!

I shall end this post for now.
Till then!