Saturday 29 October 2016

#evanazli - Henna

By now I think everyone knew that I'm pretty obsessed with my henna.

I was torn between Leahenna Artist and Nana Henna Design  at first ; both household names.

Nana Henna Design
Instagram followers - 45k
I knew of her during Hanis Zalikha's wedding. I really love how red her henna was.

Leahenna Artist
Instagram followers - 73k
I just really love her signature two-toned henna!

I just fell in love with Leahenna's design. Alhamdulillah, she's atill available on my chosen date. 
[I booked her 5 months in advance]

The only thing about her is that due to her schedule, she will decide when she'll come to the bride as there will be 5 brides-to-be's on the same day. She'll planned her journey and you'll only know your turn and time a month in advance.

My turn was the second of the day, at 12.30pm on the Friday before my akad nikah. 

When I got the photos from the official photographer, I really love the shots of my henna.

Memang tak menyesal pilih Leahenna Artist!

*I paid  RM130 including transportation cost
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Friday 28 October 2016

#evanazli : Dulang Hantaran

I know from the get go that I wanted fresh flowers for my dulang hantaran. So I went on Instagram and started looking (via hashtags).

Memudahkan kerja!

My top three choices for the vendors were Hantaran StoryIdieana Rozaidi and Deanna Creations.

Hantaran Story
Followers - 4.4k
She's based in Bandar Sri Damansara. 

Idieana Rozaidi
Followers - 7.5k
Yang ni cantik sangat, mostly pastel color scheme. Sejuk je hati tengok.

Deanna Creations
Followers - 3k
Based in Kelana Jaya.

While I was still making decision, Deanna Creations came up with a promotion  for the dulang hantaran. That immediately seal the deal. Hahaha
So Nazli and me (well, actually I made all the decision LOL) decided to exchange 3 dulang each during the akad nikah.

 [green white theme]  

[purple pink] 

Cake hantaran by Passion Bakers (sponsored by Ika)

All in all, I'm very satisfied with Deanna Creations.
Puas hati.

PS: during the promo each dulang costs RM60+
kek ukur betul-betul nanti sia-sia bunga tak muat nak letak dah. Hahahaha

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Thursday 27 October 2016

#evanazli : Wedding Venue

Kebanyakan bakal pengantin do their research by Google. I know I did and I depend heavily on Google, too. 

So to help bride-to-be's out there and also as a chronicle for myself, I'll share my wedding experience here. 

The first decision to be made was the date for Akad Nikah itself. Both of us settled for my birth date, 24th September which conveniently falls on a Saturday. 

The second decision was on the venue. I had always been a simple girl, and I never had a 'fairy-tale dream wedding' What I had in mind was a simple Akad Ceremony and makan-makan afterwards. No need a grand wedding, with hutang keliling pinggang. No one to show it off to. That's it. Alhamdulillah my mom agreed.

I had my eyes set on Masjid Wilayah, Jalan Duta for the Akad Nikah. 

It has it's own wedding hall (the one with red carpet above). The hall is free to use for each couple for an hour. You would only need to pay the jurunikah and saksi. 

The hall is air-conditioned, complete with PA system and a mini stage. It can also fit approximately 100 people at one time so there's ample space I would think.

For kenduri afterwards, there are 3 halls available for rent;

Dewan Muslimat (fit 200 people at one time) - RM55/hour
Dewan Muslimin (fit 550 people at one time) - RM135/hour
Dewan Serbaguna (fit 1500 people at one time) - RM350/hour

Dewan Muslimat
All in all, it's a PERFECT place for me. So I thought I can just go to the office and book the hall for 24 September.

It's easy, right? Nooooo.

Apparently, you can only book 3 months in advance. So on 1st June, me and Nazli went to Masjid Wilayah to book the hall. We arrived at 8.30am. By then, there's 27 couples before us still waiting. 27!!

*Tips : Datang awal pagi pukul 7 terpacak depan office masjid. Lagi cantik kalau terus Subuh kat sana. Muahahaha

A little while afterwards, all 3 halls were fully booked on our date. We can still book the Wedding Hall though but the option was to held the kenduri somewhere else. 

Heartbroken [me]

So next we went to Masjid Negara to scout for Akad Nikah venue.

The surrounding was very beautiful.. There's also sentimental value to it as the first time me and Nazli met was in front of Masjid Negara. However, I don't like it as much because of a few things.

First, they don't have a proper wedding hall. So the Akad Nikah will be held in the Main Hall, at one little corner. 

Secondly, as they are conducting Kursus Kahwin on the day of my wedding, they don't have extra hall for us to do the kenduri afterwards and we have to use the foyer open area instead which was very hot and humid. So that's a big no-no. 

Now it comes to Masjid Abdul Rahman Bin Auf, my safety net to be honest.
The mosque is a kilometer away from house, it has ample parking space and the hall is air-conditioned. 

We went to meet the Imam and to no surprise, our date was still available. The rent is RM700 per day BUT if you are not planning to set up any pelamin (dais) / sanding you'll get half the price.

Awesome kan!

The hall can accommodate 250-300 people at one time, complete with PA system, stage, 200 banquet chairs and it's air-conditioned. 

Perancangan Allah cantik sangat.

Setting Up
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Wednesday 26 October 2016

ACCA Journey

I always knew I'll end up studying for ACCA qualification. I don't know why, I just knew. Even though I have no intention whatsoever on becoming an accountant, doing financial reports and stuff.

So I enrolled into ACCA program at Unitar (Kelana Jaya) under YPPB's sponsorship mid last year.
(Story on the scholarship application and interview will be on a different post)

I was one of the pioneer ACCA students here in Unitar. I decided to take P3 as my first paper because the class was on weekends and I love Strategic Management (SM) while I was in uni. Mya told me P3 is a bit like SM. And it's true!

P3 - Business Analysis was fun; mainly because you learnt to read between the lines and beyond the case study. The lecturer was Mr Joey Wong and he was great in my opinion. A good start to my ACCA journey. Being the first ACCA batch here, there were only 4 students in my class as other students chose to do P1.

I didn't have much difficulty for this paper and passed the December exam.

Next paper I took was P2 - Corporate Reporting with Mr Spencer. Going into this class, I was very conscious of the fact that this paper is dubbed as the 'killer paper'. I have always hated Financial Accounting subjects in uni and truth be told, I was very anxious throughout the 6 months class. 

More than half of the class were even asked to defer their exam due to unsatisfactory performance (Yayasan Peneraju is very strict in terms of test results and attendance)

Though I passed the progress tests, I always had this lingering feeling of uncertainty. Will I pass or will I failed the paper? It was always at the back of my head. 

But Alhamdulillah. I passed (BARELY) the June exam. 

Currently, I'm studying for P1 (Governance, Risk and Ethics) with Mr Low Chin Ann. My only complaint this semester is that the classes are held during weekdays; after office hours. So tiring *sigh*

It's also my biggest class so far with 20 students. Though more and more students are dropping out. I passed all three progress tests and looking to aim for at least 70 marks this December exam.

Doakan kejayaan!

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Recipe - Shell Out

After a few weeks married; now only I got the time to properly cook and rasmikan dapur baru.

During our honeymoon in Langkawi, we went to Shell Out and Nazli loved it!

So I googled for recipe and found this one by Nani Rostam (Hanis Zalikha's mom);

The recipe is legit, y'all!

I just cemented my status as an awesome cook in Nazli's eyes. Hahahaha!

He's so easy to please, my husband.

May Allah bless this marriage with peace, joy and happiness.

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Catching Up on Past Travel

The perks of re-publicized one's blog is that you can share your experience and thoughts.

The downside is that I have a LOT to catch up on my travel posts.

In these two years I've been absent from this blog, I've had exciting adventures. And I really mean EXCITING.

I went for Bungee Jumping in Chiang Mai, Thailand. SHARED!
Ate live octopus in Busan, South Korea.
Visited Angkor Wat and Borubudur.
Went to Uluwatu, Bali.
Take 2 weeks off to go to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok and Krabi.
Cycled at Gili Trawangan, Lombok. SHARED
And a lot more.

95% of the time, travelling solo. I've learnt a lot during this period, I kid you not.

I'll slowly update my past travelling experience here.

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Monday 24 October 2016

A Few Years Later ...


I've left this blog for so long ... yada.. yada..

Quick update.
I've been working with Sime Darby for 2 years now.
I'm studying for ACCA. Completed 2 papers. Another 3 to go.
And the biggest new of all, I'm married.

It's been a month that I've been married.

Everything went smoothly I would say. Although there are some things that I would change if I were given the chance to do it all over again but who would want that?

I'm married now. And that's all that matters.

I'm married to the man of my dreams, Nazli.
I've mentioned him before in this blog.
Siapa sangka. Siapa sangka...
The very man whose name I mentioned in my prayers a few years back.

MasyaAllah memang ada jodoh.

And I got married on my birthday, 24th September.
My aunt from Bangkok flew in for the event.
It was all nice and happy.

One month in new life, I've gained 5 kilos.

We've traveled to Langkawi for a quick getaway and to JB for Marni's wedding.

Still very much in love with him even though truth be told he can be intentionally annoying at times :p

I pray we'll be forever in love.
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