Japan Honeymoon ~ Accommodation

Part 2 of this is obviously my selection of accommodation.  For this honeymoon, I have decided to go for AIRBNB….coz obviously lagi murah la dari hotel.

Hotels in Japan are not as cheap and space is not as big as well. Nightly rates in Tokyo hotels will always be about SGD 280 and above. But if you are interested in some hotels recommendation, based yet again from my work trips please check them out:
1) New Otani (my fav nak mampos!)
2) Hotel Chinzanso (psst!!! famous halal teppanyaki here)
3) Hotel Okura
4) Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Tapi since I wanna feeling feeling masak konon for my husband, yes I opted for AirBnB and I found a supeeer nice and affordable apartment. Kalau nak carik tempat of convenience, you can try areas like Shinjuku (or other areas like Shibuya, Ueno, Shingawa) in Tokyo, this town is super central and naik train pun senang, its lines linked to a lot of other towns and super easy to get around.

The aparment I rented is owned by this Taiwanese gay guy. Ok la gay but super clean, but he has everything for your needs, Shampoo, shower gel, conditioner provided. Towels were provided. Kitchen utensils, international tv channel provided. Good instructions on how to use his stuff. There is a cleaning lady to come in before your check in to clean up, lepas tu pandai pandai korang la kemas and tak selerak kan rumah dia.

Cute kan rumah dia, I was sooo comfortable that it really felt like home and our personal space. So apartments in Japan itself is naturally smaller. But it was a bargain during this peak season for 6 days 5 nights stay, I only paid for  SGD1063!! Super cheap and super worth it. Currently, he is nominated as Super Host, and I would highly recommend his apartment but it seeems it has been fully BOOOKED!! Kecoh kan…dia tak keje hidup makan sewa pun kaya seh….
There are also a couple of recommended Shinjuku hosts so do take a look and baca reviews. Reviews are important and if it seemed fishy no need book la..and if they request more money to be transferred, please quickly alert AirBnB. It is a NO NO!!!

Usually look out for hosts yang baik hati kasi pocket WIFI as well. This is da bomb, because we depend highly on this for GPS, takot sesat or something. Nak upload gambar pun kan SENANG!! lols…

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Pocket Wifi is also good to find the halal eateries in Japan. If your host is not able to provide pocket wifi. You can rent it and have it delivered to your accommodation. You can check out this for Pocket wifi rentals in Tokyo. Wifi Rental

So you can compare prices if you wanna have AirBnb, if for hotels, my best price comparison is Trivago.com . 

And guess what?! I’m travelling to Tokyo again this Friday for meeting. I might as well ask for citizenship soon hahahaha mcm balik kampung like that!

 

Japan HoneyMoon ~ Flights/Transfers

Ok la I have a few excited wives and btbs whom wanted to know how I planned for Japan trip…so I shall keep mysef busy writing this post dari tido dalam train otw to work!

Firstly let’s talk about flights and accommodation since these are the two items that are taking the bulk of the holiday costings.

So I started sourcing the flights and accommodation quite late in June or July 2015 six months before honeymoon. For destinations such as Japan it is waaay better to get flights way way ahead of time 10 months or so pun bole..coz international flights are usually booked for year end due to businesses and tours.

I recce on these 3 airlines for pricing:
1) Japan Airlines
2) All Nippon
3) Singapore Airlines

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Personally I still prefer Singapore Airlines in terms of comfort la, pricing wise JAL has the cheapest fares. I would also recommend to just book an International airline as baggage, food and comfort is confirmed. At this point, since the flight was in December, even the budget airlines were as expensive as the International carriers. In total i spent about SGD2.2k for 2 pax with JAL.

For Budget airlines

You may research on Scoot or Air Asia, they have deals as well which is super awesome. SCOOT deals is usually Tuesday morning, so watch out for that k!

Another airline which I rase munasabah is also Malaysia Airlines la. Affordable jugak and putting the scares of the recent accidents with MH, prices to Japan is worthwhile. Cuma kita nak kene redha je la ajal maut di tangan Tuhan ye kawan kawan….

Airport landing 

This is the difference of airports. Tokyo has two international airports and not all airlines travel to both airports. First is Narita where all airlines that heads to Tokyo lands. BUT!!! Narita is much much further to travel to Central Tokyo. It takes 90 mins(1.5 hours) via their bullet train/taxi/limousine bus.
Second is  Haneda Airport, my favourite airport. Why?! Cos firstly, it is not as busy as Narita, it is about 45 minutes to Central Tokyo via whatever transport!. Customs and immigration is easier and faster to clear here.

Car Transfers

Since I am quite pampered, I usually take the cab to hotels that I am staying, and since this AIRBNB that I choose was unfamiliar cab was a much safer choice! There is a trick to having cheaper cab fares, I paid for about SGD 90 but I guess it is worthwhile I can sleep, drink and eat in the cab, with complimentary WIFI, and also Meet & Greet Session is available. The trick is……..to PREBOOK your transfer. Yes, in Japan if you prebook, there will be so called fixed rates which is much cheaper than hailing a cab. You may use this awesome COMPANY that I always used in my work travels to Japan. MK TAXI
Sebaik jugak la booked a cab, I came down with high fever and when I landed I was hit with Vertigo! yang buat aku cam in a moving Ship over strong waves, rabak seh!! So thank goodness I need not have to drag all my luggages through Public transport.

Trains
You can catch the trains to Shinagawa Station which is Central Tokyo as well. Here is the link to understanding train transfers from Haneda Airport Keikyu Line

Limousine Bus

Limousine bus is the same you may find out the details via Haneda Airport website as well. Usually this is much cheaper option la. Limousine bus usually drop at Major hotels or areas so you can check with them.

Always make sure you have your address ready as this is required by Immigration also taking the public/car transfers allow you to communicate for directions better. Get the Japanese version as well for easier communication.

Ok la, this is just the 1st step to many more of my Honeymoon planning…..nanti saya continue k..now weekends nak balik and rest k!

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Eh Da Kahwin Ke!! Part 3

Da 2016 masih belom abis story telling lor! Just because duties of a wife now is more hectic, with double jobs of laundry and folding clothes, cleaning and washing not to mention my occasional cooking and must follow where husband goes..plus shuffling to visit my parents in the west…AND aku kene travel to west side for work everyday…kadang kadang not helping la this area…

Pheeeewww!! damn tired or what…

Soooo we are a month already!!! Cepat for whaaaaat…but nevertheless I am missing badly all the happy moments of our wedding! Tak enough lor…Many commented that it was a wedding full of singing, dancing and loads of MUSIC..can’t help it that MR.A is a full dedicated guy in Dikir Barat and Kompang. So our mutual friends are mostly from these two groups.

Day 2 was Songket of purple and turqoise for me!
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I love love this outfit that I customised because of the colours that pop out! Its a 1 piece songket and i love how comfortable it feels..

Day 2 was Bollywood theme thus the boys started to give the ambience when we BerArak masuk….all the boys wore KURTA…layankan “mummi” kakak favourite and Baba’s demands..hahaha I would proudly say that they look extremely handsome k! Hero hero hindustan semua….

We had Hakka dance as well coz Mr.A loveeees Rugby….i must say it was really a well done performance! Never fail to make me smile more and more…

So much love again and again for my 2nd family Akrab Kompang Services and also Dendang Mutiara…the whole day at Mr.A side was just full of performances.

Sambil makan kita berdikir barat jugak..joined forces of the WAGS and the guys..ader temptations sungguh nak join bertepuk 10!! But well a bride has to be a bride nak kene duduk “GIRL” tangkap “AYU”! LOLS…but tangan tak stop la gerak gerak…drumming away to the beat….
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Seee how kesukaaaan my fellow friends are!! Da mcm tengok concert hooray hooray lor these people…

Mr.A had kacang putih and churros!! Supeeer sedaap I probably needta get more info on the vendors. Bahaha! No clue who they were eventhough it was soooo sedap menjilat jari!

We went up halfway through dikir barat to change to 2nd outfit!
Came down to this!
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Bollywood la dey!! Challo beteh! ….of coz bollywood ader dance kan!! Apparently I had another special performance from my AWESOME DUPER friends…while we were changing they were doing these
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Kat sebelah block practising!! And getting all the moves right…kecooooh!!
Flashmob la dey! These machas and minachis decided to layankan their Baba (Mr.A’s nickname) & Mummi (my nickname) yang suka berjoget!

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Overall it was the best wedding ever!! We had so much fun and food and dancing! Plus singing…

Mission for two days were accomplished in bonding all family members..mengeratkan silaturahim!
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Eh Da Kahwin Ke!! Part 2

Ok I da ader mood to blog..still on leave/hospitalisation leave. I was supposed to be on my operation but it got cancelled since I am still recovering from fever,flu and bad cough.

Let’s talk about my WEDDING! I just got back the mood coz hubby was watching youtube on all our wedding videos done by our wonderful family of Akrab Kompang and Dendang Mutiara Dikir Barat.

19 Dec 2015~ The awaited day of #barnana marking a history of #barnanajourney. That morning at 1030am was our nikah… I woke at 6am to prepare myself bathed and stuff. MUA came nearing to 8am. At this point Mr.A had gone off and went to have breakfast at Telok Ayer witg his org kuat! (That was what i heard!) Sucha a bochap couple eh…org lain da panic kita dua chill je…I was busy getting ready at the same time berzikir…it calms down the nerves alot!
By 915am I was ready to go and my family were gone! Lencah pe! They were out by 9am..mind you nikah 1030am at Masjid An-nur…cam nak gerak gy JB..I went out of the room with no family members around…hmmmmmmm thanks!

So yea I was travelling with my gf in her car to masjid…eating biscuits and talking…busy story telling..Al maklum my brunei cousin was there and its been ages we met! So lepaskan rindu la skali…busy eh!

At masjid! After berpantang for 3 weeks or so..i SAW Mr.A back and it got me excited…tgk belakang abang berbaju kurung bersamping songket..tak handsome ke?! Of coz la handsome kan! I sat down. This was at 10am. How punctual was everybody…Kadi came early as well! WOW!!! we were at main prayer hall Masjid An-nur..

Within 5 minutes, formalities were confirmed. And the ceremony began! Sekali lafaz yang super loud and clear. Mr.A became my official HUSBAND…WOOOHOOOOO

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Kadi: Ustaz Suhaimi

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Love how our songkets colour pop out! Its customised made..i got my baju tailored in JB. It was a happy occassion. ALHAMDULLILAH!

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We suck at taking official lovey photos…muka annoying la please!!!

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Sorry on shaky photos as we were laughing too much…these are not my bridesmaids! But these ladies are my support system! PEARL FC LADIES…WAGS(wives and gfs) of Dendang Mutiara which tudungs are sponsored by me..Alhamdullilah…they look like ready to nasyid! again..and I have my other two good friends beside me.

After Nikah Mr.A siap at his bestman place while I proceed with my siap at CC backstage room. Thank goodness for awesome aircon I was cool and calm. This is where sanggul lintang is placed. I demanded a less extravagant outlook! But nevertheless as painful! And berat.

Pantang petua by my MUA i was to think positively and keep having nice tots to my head. NEVER ever say its painful. Again alhamdullilah i forgot I was donning it. It felt comfortable heavy but not extreme.

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I even had time to nap while waiting for Mr.A to come. With my sanggul lintang i slept for 10 mins hahahahha!

At the sound of kompang, i was behind the kipas MUA not knowing what was happening but you can catch the video here:
#Barnana BerArak 19 Dec 2015

The boys silat and cried. I was holding back tears. These boys were literally under my care . I literally hold back when my fav boy silat and cried so much. Ibarat “mommy” proud moments!

After performance we were flooded with dear friends taking photos with us. Colleagues and friends came which just make me sincerely appreciative and happy. Photo taking was overshot we ended 1st half near to 4pm! When I was supposed to be out for 2nd outfit but I did not want to compromise and cut short meeting up with my friends. So it was alot of play by ear moments.

Vendors were on full force. Guests came blessed with a glorious spread of choices of buffet from SMR…10 choices for air.. desserts were to die for! Makanan jangan cakap main staples were so sedap! Thumbs up! I am a fussy eater..and this was up to my standard. I had guests saying they felt like they were at hotel buffet eh.. yela makcik and pakcik nie semua rezeki masya allah..thank you so much! It is so nice to hear it.

Epure flavoured ice cream was on the ball as well! Gooooood service awesome toppings…very very nice vendors. They also served guests at the tables with order taking as well. AWESOME!!

DAINTY CANDY my wedding cake was sooo pretty and super yummy!!

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How pretty is that! And its sucha a steal at only $300. Loveeee it so much and the cake is just soft and melts in the mouth..

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Second outfit was my IRONMAN and Ms Gatsby Inspired image…i love vintage while Mr.A loveeeees IRONMAN. Thus again our inspirations of our BAJUs..

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We had a shorter time for 2nd outfit as we were off for our outdoor photoshoot!

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The day ended with us rushing off from wedding at 530pm to Woodlands Waterfront to catch the sunset moments.
I had 90% bridesmaid involvement….and this was our stress relieved moments for once!!

The flow of wedding was smooth sailing. EVERYONE WAS HAPPY! Some cockups but I was always involved via Whatsapp and despite everything..My BMs ran the show smoothly…thank you ladies and my babyboy!

Let’s end day 1 of fun! Day 2 is on another post! I want to repeat again la pleaseee…

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Eh da kahwin ke! Part 1

Its been a week plus already from #barnanaloveaffair wedding fever…I DARE to say everyone who has came..joined in the celebration enjoyed every second of the wedding…i felt like nak bersanding lagi….

As I am currently in Tokyo..honeymooning and my husband (ehemehem…feeeeeeling best eveeer) busy watching ‘Suites’ reruns..i shall summarise the best 2 days of my life..

17 Dec~ My busy henna night…my wonderful simple henna was done by Rini! She is the most sweetest person… #inaibyrini super humble and super cheap… her rates are at $80 without any length limit or patterns..awesome right! It was a busy night with all my close cousins/aunties/bms/friends! I had Ana,Shana,Nurul and Rina who came and eventually helped me with my bunga pahar yg super susah to cucuk and make it fluffy!! Super love these babes of mine!!!

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I washed off the henna at 130am as I am a super rimas bride who cannot sit still….and of my tips was to warm up both my hands thus i had tampal koyok near my veinlines,soles of my feet…and dab minyak kapak..it was extremely red by the next day!

18Dec~ I was busy running errands still and I have not slept a wink at all..by noon my baju sandings were all ready and packed..at my place…after maghrib went to to check my venue! Yes i was the mastermind/coordinator of my own wedding…and i was walking on clouds upon entering the CC hall…my Gatsby theme came alive…

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All were fresh flowers I love how spacious it looks and so much of walking space…This is special thank you to Uncle Lan from COMEL MOLEK!! He managed to capture my vision and make it super awesome…masya allah! My gfs were saying I was the most chilled bride no tensed up moments…did all my preps myself…no bridezilla bitch up tantrums…*pats on my back!! Highlight of my night was this…put a smile on my face for this!

Lets blog my actual two days in the next blogging..as I super kenyang since husband keeps feeding me so much! And in Japan which is 1 hour later I am super tired la eh!

~4 Days Away!

Yelps!! 4 days away and this is getting extremely real huh!

Tasks Completed:
-Confirmed with CC my venue
-checked on all my vendors
-checked on my baju and final last fitting
-did my deposits
-dulangs and stuff by mom in law i did not ask for any previews because i trust her
-had my berkats of 50 pieces over since last 2 weeks ago by SMR for visiting guests who cant make it
-send my song list and itinerary to my DJ
-got my BMs in a chatgrp
-send through the itinerary to Mr.A for his meeting with groomsmen
– booked my 2 days 40 seater bus

Pending tasks:
-signanges
-called masjid for nikah venue confirmation
-print out my honeymoon stuff
-balance of payments

Today I decided to take MC just to rest I have been running around and getting all tired because I am the planner and incharge of my own wedding…parents were more in charge for makan and that’s it..

I have been wanting to do flower bath of my own! Instead of spending it on a spa…so i did DIY flower bath! Yeaaaaay! Mandi bungaaa first time….

Got the flowers from pasar for a total of $2.80….muraaah la sangaaat!!!

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1 baldi bungaaaa! I prepared this outside the toilet with Selawat Nabi while ramas-ing the bunga and the air pouring in…very nice..ader orchids..sunflower…chrysthemums..sunflowers and roses…
Since it was after the rain the.more nikmat the air felt..cold and refreshing!!

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I also had my scrub…to go along with the mandi bunga…
While i did my flower bath…i ramas the flowers and with the scrub..all over the body face and all! Dalam hati sambil niat and selawat all the way….

It was soooo refreshing and a good bath masya allah…flowers does make you happy and it felt very good….

You can mix with abit of susu also if you want! So smoothen your skin…goood right ..DIY SPA daaay..

Aftermath of it! A glowing self…

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Dont mind my baju butterfly im a keen wearer of it…I had rosy cheeks after the bath hehehe….

And please BTBs do take care of your health…i was terribly sick a few days ago..and the pressure is piling up..but dont forget solat and all…insya allah you will be stronger…all this are jus bisikan syaitan…

Try laaa mandi bunga sendiri!