Thursday, October 28, 2010

Six


This represents the 6 months in my company when I have to wake up early in the morning to work.



This represents the 6 months in my company when my phone beeps informing me that my salary has just been debited into my bank account.

Time flies by. It has been SIX months, and at last I am a permanent employee *yes they have a freaking  6 months probation period*

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 2 (continue)

Previously
Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 1 
Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 2 (The Proposal)

After speaking to a few friendly people in Signal Hill who congratulated us, we drove back to our Hotel. We freshen ourselves, and went down for breakfast.
I wanted to walk again in Sea Point because most of the shops were closed when we were there.
With lovely weather embracing us, we explore the little shops as well as walking along the beach.
Ian got me a bunch or light purple roses (It looks like pink here, unless you compare it to the real pink ones!)



After buying some clothes and eating the yummiest chocolate brownie ice-cream, I am satisfied and off we go driving around the coasts of Cape Town. We plan to drive through Simon's Town and come back from the Chapman's Peak route so that we can cover the whole of Cape Town.

Ian keep on asking me to take photos from the car, which I am lazy to because I can't take nice photos from a moving car with electric cables and road in the photo, I'd rather stop beside the road.

Eg. this shot:


We stopped by Boulder's Beach to greet the penguins.





We were starting to feel hungry by then, but we drove and drove and could not decide where to eat...


We then pop in a nearby eating place where Rugby (Western Province vs *forgot*) was playing.


By that time the sun is almost down, and we still want to go through Chapman's Peak. We did not finish watching the game and left when our food was done.

The drive through Chapman's Peak was beautiful. The sun is just setting, we were just in time.





Our timing was perfect, we drove back to our Hotel and walked to a nearby Primi Piatti for a drink.
What a lovely way to end the weekend - with my favourite Strawberry Daquiri.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 2 (The proposal)

Previously
Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 1 

9 Oct 2010
Next day early in the morning at 5:00am, I was feeling a bit lazy, especially when the hotel beds are so nice and comfortable. However, I know it is not everyday we can have a sunrise picnic in Cape Town. We got up and headed off to Signal Hill. 


Views on the way up to Signal Hill

Once we reached the peak, we looked for a nice spot to see the sunrise. We laid down our picnic blanket and Ian started taking loads of pictures of the scenery around us.






Just as the sun rises, Ian started telling me what I brought to his life, and how much I mean to him. He went down on one knee and said the famous sentence "Will you marry me?"
To be honest, I did not remember how/what I responded but apparently I said "Yes" . Bear in mind my voice was still gone so it must be a very husky Yes :).
It only starts sinking in a little while later and the first person I messaged to share the news is to my family at home.

First few pictures after the proposal
The scenery added the "ahhh" to the whole perfect morning.





First task after getting engaged - helping me to tie my shoe-lace :)



Ian got me a pretty wedding band to propose. He prefers me to choose a ring that I like but could not ask me before proposing as he wanted it to be a surprise. *excited to shop for a ring!*


The temporary engagement ring

The day didn't just end there. This was just the start of a wonderful weekend and our lives together.




Monday, October 18, 2010

Bantry Bay Weekend - Day 1

8 Oct 2010
I was off sick for the whole week already. Had a bad cold, coughing and lost my voice.
Ian had booked a weekend away at Bantry Bay Hotel. Although he has his IT Quarterly Event to attend, he agreed to leave a little early at 3pm+ so that we wouldn't waste the Friday we had booked.
We got to our destination at about 4-ish and happily discover our room.








The Manager of the Hotel handwrite a note for us, very sweet.


Wanting to make the most out of the Friday, we took a walk along the beachfront at Sea Point. I think Mummy and Min will recognise the trees next to the beach.



We also walk along the shops in Sea Point which I've always wanted to do but we always somehow end up there on Sundays where all shops are closed very early.
I didn't take any photos here, kinda forgot as I was busy looking around. We ate in a Chinese Restaurant called Mama's Kitchen.
After the long walk,we retired early, watching Commonthwealth Games on DSTV. 

Ian suggested that we should have an early sunrise picnic in the morning at Signal Hill.
Ahh.... hotel beds are wonderful.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm Engaged :)

Sorry for the lack of post. I was actually thinking of how should I blog about me being engaged.
Should I make it short and simple or should I blog about the whole story from the getaway weekend to the proposal?
I guess I was just avoiding to write a long post, but don't worry, I will eventually get to it. Maybe the next post.
For now, thanks to everyone that congratulated and shared the news.

Also to those that did not understand what was happening but wish me all the same.

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Ultimate Fragrance

It is so difficult to find the perfect perfume.

How to find a perfume that does not smell too strong until everyone has to be at least 5 metres away to breathe?
How to find a perfume that does not smell too light that it's a waste even to get it when there is no difference at all after 5 minutes of spraying?
Does it have to smell the way I like it or better if i buy one that people around me think it smells nice?
Does flowery, fresh, spicy suits me better?
And you cannot choose what suits your sister/brother/best friend because it might not suit you as each one's skin has a different reaction to each perfume.

But guess what? I think I found it.
I have 3 perfumes, and I think they are more than enough for a person. I do not use them everyday, only when I feel like it. I try to use them more though, as it seems that a perfume also has an expiry date. Not sure what will happen to a perfume after it expires ... out of smell? Smell off? Turn sour?

1. Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey

I bought this one at the airport, duty-free.
    What it claims:
    A fresh fragance composed with delicate, light flowers combined with rose and Lotus. When flower meets water. A fresh aquatic with woody trail.

    What I claim:
    The first look of it makes you think of a serene smell, light but gentle, almost like a Japanese-y feel that when you spray, Sakura blossoms will fall.
    For me, it is a bit strong for day wear, even though I bought the Eau de Toilette, I mostly use it for evening functions for more womanly smell.

    Please excuse me as the background of these photos are not the best and filled with boxes and Rainbow's toys on the floor.

    Below photo of the one I have at home, not sure why is the blacky ink on the bottle but it would not come out even after I tried to wipe it. It's not the best bottle in the world though, I actually do not like the quality of the bottle, but the shape is simple and nice.


    I included a promotional photo so you can see better.



    2. Estee Lauder Pure White Linen Pink Coral

    This perfume is given to me by Mummy.

    What it claims:
    The tender fragrance to live in all year long.
    It sweeps over the senses, gentle as the ocean at dawn in waves of sea-kissed Apple Blossoms, Waterfruits, Sweet Peas and Camellias blushed with Honeysuckle and Sandalwood.

    What I Claim : 
    Love the smell of the perfume. I wear it from time to time, I think it fits both in the day or night wear. Quality of bottle is definitely better than the Issey Miyake's. A definite must try to see if it fits you.



    3. DKNY Be Delicious - Green Apple

    I bought mine at the airport (cos it's tax-free lah) , a big jumbo set.

    What it claims:
    A modern feast for the senses. Served in a sleek metal and glass apple bottle, this juicy fragrance combines the scent of apple with a sophisticated blend of exotic flowers and sensual woods. Like the city that inspired it, Be Delicious celebrates individuality with refreshing spirit.

    What I claim:
    The original Be Delicious , the Green Apple. It has a clean, light and fresh, fruity smell. This perfume is the ideal everyday scent. This is the only fragrance I have that almost ALWAYS receive a compliment. People near me would ask me what perfume am i wearing, or just simply comment that I smell very nice. It is not powering, but people will smell if they stand very close to me or they give me a hug.
    I was always fine with not receiving compliments when wearing a perfume as long as they don't close their nose when they are near me. But I seriously get compliments everytime most of the time I meet somebody  new with this fragrance. I guess green apples go well with me.
    My definite favourite ( Who does not like compliments? It means you must be doing something right. )



    Biggest advice I can give (and I think I am on of them who does it) - I tend to judge the smell by looking at the bottle and this is a mistake that everyone has to try to avoid.

    So, have you found your ultimate fragrance yet?
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