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!

 

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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 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!

19 Days away~Fittings!

So previously I did mentioned that we have customised all baju of us! Nothing is rented or was it off the rack collections…

Thus I have customised 2 pairs of songkets for our sanding! 1 suit for Mr.A and bollywood wear…

But we have only tried out the skeletons of our baju…without the inserts of laces and maniks..last fitting will be the final product which I totally cannot wait!

Fit was good I am comfortable with both my songkets! And it fits like a glove to its hands! Mr.A was the more particular other half..if there was a fussy GROOM title or GROOMZILLA…it is him! I am more of a chilled bride in terms of baju! Cam pape la…..i was more concerned with my makeup than baju!

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Mr.A is annoying like hell muka cam aku nak cepuk! Can never take a proper photo….and thus i have no idea how our wedding photos will turn out..he totally is such an arse in pretending to take romantic shots…i give up at times! Hahahaha…

I shall not reveal the colours or final products till 19 Dec itself!!! Or probably later…hehehehe

31 Days Away~Ala Emaaak Kahwin kan AKUU

We are at 1 month notice sooon! Initially Mr.A and I wanted to pantang and not meet for a month however due to circumstances, I have a BFF wedding on 28/29 November that pantang has to wait!

Yes this is my Ahmad Aizat, guy BFF, da la BFF nak kahwin sama year and 2-3 weeks apart lak tu… but this mamat here is my most kentals Bff whom I have gone thru hardships together…..I’m happy he has met his queen to spend his rest of his life with 🙂

The fact as well when we met the first thing was, “HOW MANY BACH NITES YOU HAVE LAAAA?! 30 IS IT?” Ok chill la dude, that is why you are a guy and I am a girl…perangai siak this mamat..make so much noise for what…kentals kan…

We are such Bobo Pengantin to be…couldnt care less keep eating from heavy meals to desserts…amek kau!

For him lak, his sacrifice was he could not go honeymoon until after my wedding! Bahahaha….delayed honeymoon! sorry but well what are BFFs for right?! Countdown for us both!

Next on agenda was the dulang items, what am I giving to Mr.A;
1) Neutrogena products
2) Iron man cufflinks
3) Belt & wallet set, tie
4) Customised ring
5) Perfume
6) Shoes – haven’t buy!
7) Chocs
8) cupcakes
9) sejadah and alquran

Banyak jugak eh aku nak kasi, but well I am quite a practical girl, I do not spend anything above $100 because it is comfort and familiarity first before anything else like brands. All items are all his loved items and his choice especially comfort because this tunang here is quite particular la..tak suka tak akan pakai or touched!

So again, mama-in-law is doing all the dulangs, I am very thankful for that, Amin! She is doing my flower bouquet, dulangs for both sides and the sireh dara/junjung…My mama-in-law pampers me alot but alhamdullilah we have been on good terms. I will doa for this harmonious relationship till eternity…

31 days is not far it is supeeeer near! And from the #btbsupportgroup we have the following weddings coming up;

  1. Hasanah and Aimi on 29 Nov
  2. Eza on 5th or 6th Dec ( I cannot rmbr laaa, sorry babe!)
  3. Yours truly on 19th Dec
  4. Rina on 27th Dec which I am not able to make it tooo!

It is a supeeeeer busy few weeks for these BTBs!

But most importantly! we have a chalet coming up on 21 Nov this Saturday, to celebrate and have fun together. Thankful this group has supported each other in all sorts of ways. I may not be active as much as I am trying to catch my breath but I still read and join in the convos whenever I can!

Shall update soon laa when the weekend is over with all the fun and squeals of the girls! hehe

 

~ 3 MORE Days to Photoshoot

So it is literally 3 more days to our prewedding outdoor photoshoot…
I have been in discussion with my photographer, passed on ideas such as following;

https://www.echopaul.com/ #wedding Such a cute way to share the big news!

Engagement Shoot Inspiration: 15 Couple Poses You've Just Got To Try!

Wedding Photoshoot - Night time lights

Extremely excited! I can’t wait of coz I have to always keep in mind that there is batas to jaga no lovey dovey photos and stuff..belom HALAL babe! Like my uncle keep pesan “Jangan ikot the western so much”

Nevertheless Elfean, my photographer from Nifty Degree is sooo gila-gila…after showing all my ideas, he was requesting all these

1) Mini handgrill
2) lap-lip battery
Alot more actually I could not stop laughing coz the jokes were overwhelming as well.. I could not imagine why he would need that but those were his requests.

I thanked Pinterest for providing me with loads of ideas as well! I tak SABAR Jah! for this Friday..

Photographers excited..videographer excited…my friend who will driving us around also excited! That’s sooo awesome when you are working with friends for your wedding..it makes memories feel so much more memorable and SWEEEEET!!

AgroBazaar Settled!!!

So I was looking for the last option of having a supermarket outlook which is da lama on my mind nak ala-ala grocery shopping!
First was cold storage but I was thinking it will be kind of leceh to contact them, yes I am at times a bit malas as it is….

So I did mention I wanted to approach AgroBazaar as they do have a small supermarket area which is pretty at Arab St area… I can’t seem to have proper pics of AgroBazaar because firstly it is not that well known yet despite the pretty deco!

So I really fell in love with it when I set foot the other day with my babe fiza from Bizkode. Within 5 minutes talking to the sales manager, we have clinched a spot with no fuss and best la working with easygoing people. I would just need to email his partner who are more into the events side. Will do that tonight, business card tertinggal at rumah lak!

Exciteeeeed pleaseeee!!

Photoshoot Locations

I will be having a pre-photoshoot with Mr.A + cousins + 2nd sis, hopefully with Akrab Boys as well. I love to do things in groups coz it looks more fun than just me and him in photos nak lovey dovey. Blueks! Maybe a few photos but not all.

So I was asking my dear cousins where to do a photoshoot. 1 suggested in botanic gardens, fair enough it is one huge place I could definitely play around with.

After that, I cannot think of other wonderful places. So here are my thoughts of some other locations which signifies us.

1) Botanic gardens
– We do picnics at times and loves just lying around looking at the skies

My fave shot I've shot so far! #wedding #photography #malay #traditional #outdoor #singapore #botanic #garden #silhouette #love
2) Dempsey hills
–  I love hanging out at Dempsey as Ben & Jerry’s is awesome there..super chilled
3) Singapore Flyer
– Our official 1st date was on the Singapore flyer

I have tried contacting IKEA, another favourite spot for us but apparently we cannot do photoshoots on Public Holidays and Weekends! Boooooo! It would have been wonderful if we do it there.

So another idea is supermarkets…because I spend tonnes of hours in supermarkets. Mina suka grocery shopping and that is my therapy session. So I cannot think of wonderful supermarkets that is convenient, I might be approaching AgroBazaar in Arab st area for supermarket shots. We could do lane shots as well!

Lotsa prepping as I am doing it loads of the itinerary planning on my own….

Second Vendor Signed!

Ranting last week pasal decors right. I have finally make up my mind to go with Comel Molek!!!

Superbly HAPPY!! So another decision making done…pikir punya pikir, discussed with le fiance and my concerns. Discussed with my sister..discussed with my BFF and still convinced that they are the ONE! Finally I paid the deposit and I am very happy with selecting them. Insya allah we will work together nearing to my wedding date!

So this Sunday…I have appointment with Kak Fifi, my future mak andam insya allah. I have not make any down payment yet so we will sit down with her and hopefully I can get to try some clothes on. Mind you I am particular on looking good despite being PLUS-SIZE! Plus size brides are also allowed to look good ok…..and the funny part is le fiance yang suka sangat with the Mak Andam, Kak Fifi coz yes I must admit she is a very sweet MUA and again chemistry was there….

So THIRD vendor on the way….till I blog again! hehehehe I can’t wait for another adventurous weekend!