Sunday, July 19, 2009

Vintage Dresses on Etsy

Etsy has an extensive option of vintage wedding dresses. I was on pure boredom just now and stumbled upon a few dresses that caught my attention. They are extremely cheap. But just beware, read over the descriptions first before buying because some dresses are so vintage they tend to appear torn, discoloured, have few yellowish stains and dirty spots.

Here are some of my favourites:

Victorian Gunne Sax Dress. Details here.

House Of Bianchi lace wedding dress. Details here.

Vintage Juliet Dress. Details here.

Vintage GUNNE SAX Victorian Prairie Romantic Lace Pink Dress. Details here.

1960s Floral Pearl Maxi Dress. Details here.

Upon seeing these dresses, I no longer wanted to buy the ones I posted this morning. Again, I'll shall make further discussion with Johan regarding these dresses. Which one will be in and which one will be out. Toodles!

Vintage Dresses

It suddenly struck me, the long dress from Artizara is a bit expensive. It is RM625 plus shipping. Some of you might think it's cheap, considering it's a brand new dress. But, you know how much fuss I make for this whole wedding-on-budget thingy, right? The thing is, I want to have my own wedding dresses (not rented) which are affordable so that I can keep and cherish them and who knows, pass them on to my daughter/grandchild/great grandchild/the list goes on, for their wedding... if the vintage trend is still around perhaps. Theehee..

So back to the story. I like Artizara dress so much but it's too simple and the RM600+ is not worth it for a simple dress like that. I decided to go blog-hopping for inspirations and why not I try vintage-style dress for my akad nikah ceremony. I know it's very ODD, people usually wear baju kurung/kurung moden for this ceremony but vintage dresses are pretty too! Plus, they are a bit cheaper and still look brand new eventho they are ageing. Elly, tolong make up your mind!

Here's the two choices that I think are cool..

This dress is from Vintage Bridallure. Total plus shipping is only RM352. It's in ivory lace over ivory chiffon and fully lined, except around the collarbone and sleeves. It's exactly in my size and it's in ivory!

This dress retails at RM297 plus shipping. The materials are chiffon and tafetta with ivory/soft cream and white colors. I like the semi-sheer renaissance pouf-style sleeves (that's in white chiffon) and the pearl beading + lace. It's pretty!

Okay, I'm totally spoilt with choice. The dresses are pretty. Do you think I'll look like a pregnant woman in these? The truth is, I fell in love with the first dress because it's lacey and in ivory but it's not fully lined in selected areas. :( Maybe I should opt for the second one but the design looks like a maternity dress. Hahaha. Please help me!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Reception Dress

Bad news regarding the reception wedding dress. Johan totally rejected it. *cries* I've been lobbying him (haha!) but to no avail. Okay, I'm very stubborn like this if I want something I'll make sure I'm getting it by any means. Huh!

Tak sesuai ke wahai kawan-kawan untuk pakai dress seperti ini ketika majlis resepsi? Dimana pengantin lelaki pula memakai baju melayu complete suit OMG hensemnyer! *berangan*

Ini contoh saya ambil dari Google Search. Owner of the picture please take the credit yeah. See! Ok je tu groom pakai baju melayu and bride pakai lace dress jarang-jarang. Nak menangis ni!

Ni dah entry ke berapa tah bulan ni mengenai dress sahaja. Haih!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Vacation

We went for a 3d2n vacation at Tioman on Sunday. We boarded a midnight bus to Mersing and reached the bus station around 4.30 am on Monday. This is the second time we went to Tioman, last time was in 2007.

Happy kids during the take-off and once arrived.

We have to walk to the jetty because Transnasional no longer drop its passengers at the usual Mersing R&R station. Pffttttt! At 6 am, the restaurants opened and we were so hungry (sebenarnya saya yang tersangat lapar) so we ordered breakfast. We have to wait until 8.30 am for the resort's office to open. We stayed at Panuba Inn, the same accomodation we took during our last trip. I just love the place I don't know why, maybe because they have their own private beach and the place is pretty and neat. We took the Durian-type room at RM110 nett per night with breakfast and they arranged the boat transfer for us too. It was RM70 per pax for return ticket.

Our boat was scheduled at 12.30 pm, which means it was the second trip. First trip started at 10 am and Johan negotiated with the boat operator at the counter and luckily, we were allowed to board the 10 am trip. Tak kuasa mak nak tunggu berjam-jam nak naik bot! Since the sinking boat incident last year (if I'm not mistaken..), the Malaysian Sea Dept took proper pre-cautions regarding the safety of the passengers. We were given boarding passes before exiting the gate and once inside the boat, we were required to write our particulars, so as to collect details of the passengers boarding a particular boat. Once everything's done, the boat left the jetty around 10.40 am and reached Tioman at 12.15 pm. The journey from land to island takes about 2 hours.

Nothing much changed about Panuba Inn from 2007. Except that they've enhanced their chalets, meaning they built more rooms, the reception has gone through a major renovation and the beach hasn't been like before. It still has greenish-blue water but it wasn't as clear as before and the colors haven't been that striking but I like the place still.

On the second day after breakfast, we went for jungle trekking to the nearby village called Kampung Air Batang. Took some pictures as usual and we walked further till the end of the village and walk again to the next village called Tekek. Tekek has more locals residing in and I think, is not a very good place for beach escapade because it's too crowded. With locals' houses, an airport, too many shops, concrete buildings, government offices, they just destroyed the au-naturel beach concept. Hahaha. Tujuannya ke Tekek cuma satu. At first, Johan booked a room at Samudra Swiss Cottage in Tekek, but me being oh-so-demanding, prefers less crowded place and more private beach, thus Panuba became the choice. So then, while we were already walked further down to Tekek, why not if we went to Samudra Swiss Cottage too, just to drop by and feel the vibe.

Discovering Kampung Air Batang

By the beach near Kampung Air Batang jetty (pardon the syok sendiri pose)

To go to Samudra Swiss Cottage, you have to walk further down the road from the jetty. It's a bit far, suggesting you take a ride (cab, tumpang whatever) to reach the place. The place is nice indeed, I could say kinda private eventho they have next door neighbours (I forgot what the resort's called). The huts are nestled under pine trees, giving it a cool and shady environment. The room is very simple, don't dream of flat screen TV or the luxuries but the toilet is cool. I like the tiles. How do I know? Because I took a sneak peek from an open door of one of the huts. Hahahaha! Then I saw a monitor lizard! Dangggggg! Kaget sebentar di situ.

After discovering the cottage, we decided to head back to Panuba because Tekek is boring. But we were too tired to walk and once we reached the Tekek jetty, a local offered to drive us to the border of Kampung Air Batang near the marine park at Rm10. Ok la, dah tak larat sangat nak jalan dah. Walked again and had lunch at Mawar's Chalets in ABC. And jungle trekked again to reach Panuba. Once we were in the room, collapsed habis kepenatan.

View around Panuba Inn from our room balcony

The next day, our last day. We just laze around at the jetty and took more pictures. By this time I felt fat because during my stay, I kept on eating and munching. Must undergo a strict diet once I'm back in KL. Boleh ke?

Phewwwww.... that's an entry with whole load of pictures.

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