Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wedding Preparation - Guest List & Other Stuff

Life's been rather busy recently. Apart from busy compiling the receptions' guest list, we also made a decision, that is to rent an apartment nearby the place where we are staying now, as the condo we bought is still under construction and not ready for us to move in.

Here is our checklist in August:
  • Book accommodation for our relatives and friends - Done
  • Compile our Wedding Guest List - Partially Done
  • Learn Photoshop to touch-up some of our wedding photos before they can be printed into album - Not Done
  • Build/ Come out with our wedding site - Done
  • Shop for necessary stuffs for our new home; i.e. furniture, electrical-ware, kitchen-ware etc - Partially Done
  • Clean the new home and ready to move in - Partially Done
  • Pack our stuff to shift to the new home - Not Done
  • What's next? Our minds are empty now
Shifting is messy. Shopping for the new home already gives us a headache. What to buy? What not to buy? Our shopping list is restricted by the budget we have.

From furniture like Sofa TV cabinet, beds, tables, dining set, kitchen cabinet, wardrobe, to electricalware like Washing machine, Fridge, Rice Cooker, Air-Cond, Microwave Oven, Hair dryer, Iron, Ironing Board and other small small thingy like pails, broom, dustbin, mirror etc etc... The "What to buy? What not to buy?" questions are still bothering us.

Besides headache, it also gives is a heartache. What a great damage it causes to our wallet. Oh my! Gotta work extra hard to earn the money back!

Despite the busy schedule, we managed to come out with our wedding website. Thanks to for providing such a wonderful tool, it is very user-friendly and most importantly, it's 100% free XD

Herewith is the URL to our wedding page:

Feel free to drop by and leave us some words ;) And, for our friends, esp. the INVITED ONES who have yet to confirm your attendence to our wedding reception, kindly do so via the RSVP page on our wedding portal. Thanks mates.

What's next? Yeah can finally recall now, after urging you for the confirmation of RSVP ;P What's next is our checklist in September
  • Red Wine Tasting, Selection & Purchase - Not Done
  • Food Tasting - Not Done
  • Table (Head) Count Confirmation with both Tai Thong Ipoh and Concorde KL - Not Done
  • Printing of Wedding Invitation Cards - Not Done
  • Wedding Gown Selection (On actual day & Wedding Receptions) - Not Done

Oh my! Wedding is tiring! Chinese Wedding is even more tiring!!

P/S: My long-lost Engagement Ring is finally found, after it went missing in action for ages!! Yesh!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Perth - Wine Tasting at Swan Valley

Perth is also known as the Swan City. It is a beautiful city with quite a number of lakes. Perhaps it is also known as the Lake City, too.

According to cousin Jen, black swans can be found in almost all lakes or river in Perth. Generally Perth only has one main river, which is also named after swan. Yeah that's right, the Swan River, duh.

I suppose almost all Australians are animal lovers. Can you imagine black swans walking and swimming around in, say Tasik Titiwangsa in KL? What a beautiful scene. Nonetheless, I can assure you it can never happen here in KL, or Malaysia, because if we do have swans swimming around in Titiwangsa, surely they will become 'Angsa Panggang' or Roasted Swans, no kidding ok -__-!!

Nah, forget about the crap, that's just for a laugh. The beautiful photos above were taken at Swan River of Perth - while we were on our way to the Swan Valley for wine tasting.


According to Sunny - To taste if the quality, 1st you smell it, then you have a small sip of it... then you smell again... then you have another small sip...

Due to the limited time we have, we only managed to visit 6-8 wineries out of (more than) 60. However it was sufficient enough to get us drunk. Both YS and Sunny had had more than 10 glasses of wine all together!! How satisfying!

Our recommendations:
1) Pinelli Wines -
2) Sandalford Wines -

Needless to say, we also bought some bottles of wine. We experienced a very beautiful sunset there! Loves it!

Information Sharing Corner:
1) Swan Valley official website -
2) Swan Valley wineries map in PDF format is available here -
3) To get there (Swan Valley) from Perth CDB by car:

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4) You can hire a car in Perth at or at as low as AUD29 per day.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Perth - Kalamunda Monthly Village Market

Kalamunda Monthly Village Art & Craft Market that is held on the first Saturday of each month.

As told by the name 'Village Art & Craft', they sell mostly art craft in the market. Seriously, we find Aussies are kinda artistic, or rather they are good in art. The garden deco are all handmade you see. Salute!!

Jen said we were lucky, as we were in Perth on the 1st week of May, so we managed to visit Kalamunda Village Market ;)

Kalamunda Market is similar to our 'Pasar Tani' or 'Pasar Pagi' in Malaysia. But why their 'Pasar Pagi' is so much nicer than ours one? -_-" Their market is very nice to walk one you know! Perhaps weather is one of the factors I believe.

After walking for close to 1 hour, we stopped at a cafe for Sunny's favourite GIANT sausage bun. It was so huge -_-" We we watching him while he was enjoy his giant sausage, he could not finish though.

Besides sausage buns, we also have some pancakes and organic coffee. They were all nice, especially the coffee, seriously, it tasted really great! It was costly, though O_O"

A funny video we took at Kalamunda. This man was creative! The chicky stuff is sold at 2 bucks each. Sunny bought one, and he gave it to our niece, Sammy.

Kalamunda Village Market is located at Kalamunda, and it is rather far from the city. If you are interested in visiting the market, below is for your information:

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Cost: Free
Start Date: 06/12/2008
Start Time: 8.30am-3pm
End Date: On-going
Recurring Days: First Saturday of every month
Address: Kalamunda Town Square, Barber Street Kalamunda WA Australia

Monday, August 03, 2009

Perth - Fremantle

Fremantle is the port city of Perth Western Australia. Fremantle, unlike many Australian cities preserved its heritage buildings.

We visited Fremantle on a Sunday when we were in Perth. Fremantle is a popular spot, particularly at weekends when you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes and eateries.

Jen and Shin suggested to have a seafood dinner at Fremantle. Before we headed to the all-time favourite restaurant of theirs, we had a walk at the seaside.

The scenery was fantastic, and we had a great time there.

We also spent some time shopping at the Fremantle Market (Freo Market). Generally, in terms of things they sell at the Freo market, we find it is rather similar to The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, just that it is slightly smaller than Victoria Market.

They sell foods, fruits, vegetables, kitchen utensils, handmade art crafts, souvenirs etc.

Time passed really fast and it was already dinner time. Jen brought us to Cicerello's Landing, a well-known seafood restaurant at Fremantle. According to Jen, they open daily till midnight, and hence has become one of the places that they love to hang out at night. (FYI, shops usually close at 5.30pm in Perth.

We ordered quite a lot of foods, and needless to say, we left Fremantle with very-fulled stomach!

Freo is about 18-20KM from Perth city, and is accesible by cat bus from the city. Alternatively, you may drive to Freo, too. If you have time, you can also try fishing at Freo, it is one of the favourite activities of MM's aunt ;)

Below are some information for sharing:
1) Map - From Perth CDB to Frementle - by car

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2) Frementle Freo Market Official Website -

3) How to go to Freo Market by train:
3.1) From Perth Train Station, take Fremantle Line To Fremantle Station.
3.2) When you arrive @ Frementle Station, do the following:
3.2.1) Head southwest on Phillimore Street
3.2.2) Turn left to stay on Phillimore Steet
3.2.3) Turn right at Market Steet


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