Month: September 2016

Health is wealth

I wanted to blog about my photoshoot, but something happened before that which prompted this post.

In the week before my scheduled photoshoot, I had my regular health screening, which included a physical examination. The doctor felt my breasts and he was concerned it was rather lumpy. He recommended an ultrasound which I did on that same day, as it seemed rather irresponsible not to. Even as I type this, something appeared on BERITA – 43% of Malay women detect breast cancer at later stages.

My health results would only be out the following week, which totally spoilt my mood for the photoshoot because I am the anxious sort. The doctor’s call came the day before I was headed to JB. There were 2 areas of concern: I have slightly elevated bad cholesterol.. and the results of my scan showed a solid growth on my right breast. Alhamdulilah it was concluded to be benign based on the features and the recommendation was to do a follow-up scan 6 months later.

Anyway the point is I rarely see BTBs blog about going for pre-marital wedding screening, despite such packages being widely available. Raffles Medical has a package . If we can spend hundreds on things like a 10 min kompang performance, we can spend $147.65 on our health. Its quite important to know one’s health status before starting a family. Furthermore as women, there’s lots more body parts we have to be mindful of..breasts, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes, uterus etc etc. We feel fine..but do we really know for sure?

My tunang is very averse to such screenings, because he is afraid of needles and the kind who would rather not know if there’s an issue. But seriously if you catch things early, treatment is likely more successful. I’m going to keep working on dragging him to get screened especially because he is super boncet. The chronic disease rate in the Malay community is so high – partly because of our diet.

So while we can doa constantly for Allah to bless us and our loved ones with good health, we must also berusaha. Go for regular check-ups, eat less sugar/carbs, take more supplements + sleep and get active with a regular combination of cardio + strength training exercises (lift weights – they don’t make you bulky!). Go on running/hiking/swimming dates with your significant other.

So yes – go for health screenings! But if you are kanchiong spider like me…just don’t do it right before something major or you’ll be worrying the whole time. ;p

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Kad jemputan

In JB for the next few days with my family as my photo shoot is coming up and we decided to have a JBcaytion. Dropped by Angsana mall to look see look see and it turned out there was a wedding fair here. Seriously their bridal and decor are sooo gorgeous.

Got drawn in to Kad Kahwin Cun’s booth since it was so near the entrance. They had an ongoing promo and I decided to go for their hotstamping promo for a 4 x 8 card with inlay. The inlay will have a simple doa in front, my side’s details on the left, his side’s detail on the right and a map at the back. My sis has offered to do an illustrated map for the design. What I like about the card we picked is that it has a nice textured grainy feel to it instead of the usual smooth type.

This amounted to 0.25 cents for my required quantity. They also offered free guestbook (not nice) or 20 photobooth props (we not having one) or 1 bunting (tacky) or 300 thank you stickers. We thought this was the most practical and topped up 50 ringgit for our quantity.

#windowofopportunity

This was perfect for my budgeting as my strategy had always been minimal spending on things that will end up in the bin – cards, stickers, signages etc

Design liaising will be via email once more deets are confirmed, and collection is at their place in Larkin. Glad to have another thing off my hands.

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Pre-pre wedding shoot

My wedding planning has been non-existent despite it being 7 months away. As my mother was nagging so much, I decided to do my pre-wedding photoshoot this month. I’ve actually did my gown selection in March and never bothered with scheduling the actual shoot until now. Even the boss of the studio kept messaging me to fix a date.

There’s quite a few things to get ready, which I was too lazy to gather and didn’t want to fork out money on.Finally, I applied for leave a few days ago and prepared the items needed.

  • Sillicon bra  – bought this for RM 53 from my last Penang trip. Think I better buy a strapless bra as back-up in case the silicon one malfunctions. Imagine if it falls down in front of the photographer while I’m taking the photos wahahaha!
  • White ninja since I’ll be wearing hijab for the shoot
  • White inner top as the gowns are sleeveless
  • Shoes

On the topic of shoes, I found these at Midas shoes at City Plaza. Bargained them down from $69 to $55. The auntie recommended these as you can see the front detail in the photos. I think we don’t need to spend that much on shoes as the gown will overshadow them anyway. I am not sure if I will use this for the actual event as its not time to choose my outfits from Nora Z yet. But if I do, I will go back to this shop for sure because their collection is pretty and affordable!

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The next step is to book a facial from my fave Spa@Norfasarie (near my place, good service and no hard selling). Then ensure the tunang cuts and color his strands of white hair, buy new shirts and polish his shoes.

Honestly, I am praying for the best for this, as I am very sure it will be super hot at the beach. Hoping not to sweat buckets! How to smile sweetly at each other and look glam when all your ketiak sudah basah? :X