Busan : My Wedding in Korea

Date fixed. October.

Hotel booked.

What caught my attention was the guest reception area lol. I like this kind of interiors. I heard from oppa’s friends and family that the hotel food was quite famous. I went there for Korean semi-fine dining food before and it was really good.

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And this is the hall. I wasn’t there to do recce the place so i grabbed these pictures from Naver.com

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Wedding photoshoot also booked. I helped my brother to book at the same studio too. He was surprised by the package price. You can save up to 60% if you arranged on your own. The photostudio package includes 3 wedding gowns , 3 suits , albums , make-up artist , framed photographs , soft copies of photos etc.

I decided to go for this studio because of their dresses, photography and studio style. But we are also considering another studio.

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I am also thinking of having a photoshoot in SG. Not a full scale one but probably 2-3 hours.

I have shortlisted these local photographers. I knew some of them and i like to work with sincere and down to earth photographers.

Framewerks Photography  http://www.framewerks.sg/ . I met the owners before and they are very down-to-earth and happy couple. I like working with sincere people. I like their works because it feels very personable.

Clarence Aw http://www.clarenceaw.com/documentation – A friend of mine who lensed some of Agneselle’s photos and his works are very unique. Looks like postcards and has the tumblr feel which i really like. His clients even pay him to travel overseas to shoot their wedding dinner/ceremony.

Bobby Kiran http://bobbykiranyeo.com/#  – I have not met the photographer but have talked to him abit. His work is unique and it looks elegant.

I sort of decided who to go for the SG photoshoot and im just waiting for my hanbok and perhaps my cheongsam to be done.

Im not sure how many international marriage readers i have here but i think most will agree with me.

Marriage preparation is more tiring and stressful. Eg in my case , the main wedding is in Korea and both of us are working here in SG. So there are alot that cannot be done and can only be done if we flew back. We can’t take too many leave and when we are there , we have to make sure we get everything done before we fly back. Cost is also a problem  – Air tickets.
Fortunately , Korea isn’t far and Vietnam air has pretty decent and affordable plane tickets to Busan.

There is still so much for me to prepare on my side. I have to understand and learn the Korean wedding culture. They are very different from our local wedding culture. Even the rituals are different. Fortunately i have a supportive fiance who helps me to do most of the planning and his mother to book the venue for us. So this coming trip in April to Korea is pretty important and packed. Photo shoot and also preparing all the necessary in April and the next flight to Korea in Oct is the real deal Damn fast lah.

I haven’t even got time to think about our ROM in SG.

Time flies and it is almost the end of Feb already. The last year i will spend CNY as a single and next year have to give ang bao liao. But next year , we will probably spend it in Korea. My life is so much happier now and so much more relaxed.

I find myself enjoying my overseas trip more. I spend more time relaxing and enjoying the sightseeing and food instead of taking alot of time to take an OOTD picture. That is why my instagram isn’t that active. I enjoyed my work because i met more people and i learnt more new things. Also i learnt to leave things for people to hand and settle on their own ( Agneselle.com ). I used to be a “worry-er” . That was what some of my ex bosses and friends called me because i worry too much. Even when i was overseas , i will call back to SG and check and nag hahaha.

And i also enjoy my work. I met more people from different walks of life.

Who says that you will lose more friends if you go into this line ? I made more friends. instead.

From strangers we met on the street to becoming my client and now a friend.

This is my first CNY kai-gong ang bao from my first cold client who is a CEO of a company. A CNY angbao for good luck when i went to his office.

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Tomorrow is the last day of lunar new year . Hope all of you have a good and healthy year ahead !
Btw i replied to almost 50% of the emails regarding the online shop where i bought my winter wears. I still have alot to go but i think i may do a blog post on shopping on Korean sites soon.

Take care and enjoy your weekend !

Happy CNY and wish all of you a healthy and prosperous year ahead !

Time flies and now it is mid Feb. The wedding is just 8 months away. So much to be done and so much undone. The actual preparation will commence in April .

Some places we are looking at recently. Oppa’s mother is already recce-ing some places. The family group chat now is now about the wedding , price list and i think it was kinda finalized.
An Italian place in Gwangalli with a cosy italian style ambience and good italian food.

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Reception area.

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Or at a hotel in Haeundae.

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Mr Shin is going back to Korea in March to do the reservations and in April i will be heading there for photoshoots and to tailor my Hanbok.

Here’s some reviews of the new make up products i bought from Taiwan. Most are Taiwanese or Japanese brand. I used Japanese make up products before i switched to Korean brands about 5 years ago. Shiseido , Kose and Hada Labo are some of the brands i used to use many many years ago. Reason for the switch to Korean brands was because i find Japanese products quite drying probably due to alcohol content. Also it is hard to find full range in SG. You can find the cleansers and toners of certain brands/range and then it stops there. No essences , emulsions , serums or moisturizers. Japanese make up and beauty products are also more expensive esp drugstore brands. Korean products are cheaper , natural and more moisturizing for my skin. There are good and nice Japanese beauty products around but just that they don’t suit my skin type.

I enjoy shopping at Watsons when i was in Taipei. Alot of make up and skin care to try.

Here’s a Taiwanese brand – HEME .
This eye shadow palette is really cheap. NT199 before 15% discount which is about SGD 7.50 .

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Packaging says will use until there is a curve on the palette..don’t know true or not lol. But good marketing.
I only used once and i kinda like it because it is light and natural.

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After taking it out from the box.

The cover reminds of Kate Spade’s bags with black and white dots.

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Here is another Taiwanese brand – Solone

If i remember correctly , this blusher was only NT99 which is approx SGD 5 so i bought 2 colours – 1 light pink and 1 rose pink. You can find this brand in Sasa Wisma Atria.

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To be honest when i saw the box packaging , i expected a nicer casing but abit disappointed when i opened it and it was a plastic tupperware like casing. At first i thought i bought a refill pack. Then i went down to check and it was not. But for $5 …can’t ask for too much also. But i was surprised by the pigments because it was quite strong and durable. The colour stays on well on my bb / cc cream. This is worth the buy despite the cheapo casing.

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Here’s a lipbalm/tint from Heme. I remembering going down to shop at 2am in Watsons lol.

Price was NT199 which is approx SGD 7.50 with 15% discount. It comes in 4 colours – Nude , Peach , Red and Fuschia. I bought the red one. I won’t say that it is really a tint because the colour is not very obvious. I used it as a lip balm because it is moisturizing. Though i bought red and expected the colour to be abit obvious on my lips but it was not as compared to trying it on the back of my palm. So i use this and on top of it i added another coat of my lipstick.

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But it does have good moisturizing effect.

This lip tint looks like a jelly with a red star shaped tint in the middle that gives you the mild colour and the clear part is like a balm.

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I will say these are quite affordable and worth the buy. You can give it a try. I see that certain Taiwanese brands are available at Sasa but of cos buying it in Taipei is cheaper. You can find them in Watsons in Taiwan.

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Hehe…side track abit..i like the ear muffs i wore to Taiwan. Finally i can wear it after i bought it 2 years ago from Korea. I like the burgundy + black mix tone.

One of the reason why i MIA-ed for 2 weeks.

I was down with a really bad eye infection.

Pus was oozing out from my eyes and it somehow dried up and “encrusted” around my eyes. I thought i was tearing because of the inner lid infection but i was shock that i was unable to open my eyes and totally disgusted by this sight when i looked into the mirror. This picture already not bad liao. It was worst. So for a couple of days , my eyes was totally shut. I thought i was going blind okay !

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Got a cheap cheap specs to wear and cover the swollen eyes. This was a few days after taking antibiotics.

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Took 10 days to heal completely before i was down with a bad cold again. And if you are wondering who is handling Agneselle now ? Well , i have people taking care and running it for me now. You can enjoy 20% off NEW ARRIVALS now ! (enter code CNY20 to enjoy 20% off NEW ARRIVALS and SALE50 to enjoy 50% off SALE) . New items just added under SALES page few days ago too !

Body immune system was kinda low for 2 weeks.  I just want a healthy 2016 !

I just saw alot of emails in peonykissblog@gmail.com inbox and i will reply them before end of the week. Saw alot of queries on the jackets i bought and also places to go in Korea. I will answer them properly so it may take a while to reply.

The wedding day is kinda fixed on 8th October in Busan. 08.10.16.

So this coming spring , im going there for my wedding shoot and make my hanbok. I am also arranging for my brother to take his wedding pictures there. Im now becoming a Korea photoshoot wedding planner soon lol. Planning and arranging for photoshoots and proposals for alot of my friends or family member now. It is cheaper than going through bridal studios in SG. You save at least 50% lol but firstly you need to know the language and it is easier to communicate this way. Studios that target foreigners only tend to be a little more expensive. It is better if you have a local to arrange for you instead.

We were thinking of hanbok wedding dress which is more unique. East west fushion with embroidery details. Shall go see see look look this coming trip.

My new family in Korea. Jinjae oppa printed the pictures and put it at home.

My fiance , his brother and his mother.

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I have more good news and K-beauty to share next post !

CNY is coming and i had my new hair colour done with Joanne. She is really attentive and attend to me from the start till the end even washing my hair. I wanted something abit reddish + violet + dark brown that doesn’t fade to orangey or yellowish tone due to the nature of my work ( i have to look presentable ) . Also something a little bit violet. So she mixed these 2 colours for me and i really love it !!! All my colleagues and friends said the colour is very nice and even asked what colour is it.  The salon is located at Chevron house so it is convenient for those who work at Raffles place. And also if you have any company events or important client meetings you can find her to set your hair. She starts early morning because some bankers find her to wash , below and set their hair before work ( really salute to them..can wake up so early to have their done ). You can contact Joanne at 9839 1084 and mention my name to enjoy discounts.

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Actually i bought quite abit of winter/spring coats , knits and beanies from the korean site for my taiwan trip. Im going to Cingjing and didn’t expect it to be -3 degrees celsius. Luckily , i bought fleece and fur lined leggings. Why i like to buy from Korean site is because 1) Affordable 2) Keep my warm 3) Light weight 4) Chic designs that never run out of style. The trick to buying from Korean site is never look at how good is it on the model. What looks good on model doesn’t mean it will look good on you. Their models look like dolls ( whether is it natural or plastic surgery i dont know ). Same goes to online shopping in SG. Usually i will take hours to shop because i really think and imagine how it will look like on me and how can i pair it with what i have.I also buy neutral or pastel colours because it is easier to match.

Remember the Espoir primer i blogged about 2 months ago ? I really love it. Very moisturizing and good for my Taiwan trip because it is winter there now. If you are looking for a primer that moisturizes your skin and gives you that glow , this is the right one ! I prefer this to the Hera one because this one contains essences and more moisturizing for me .

https://peonykiss.com/tag/espoir/

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Before i end this post , i wanna talk about animal cruelty and abuse.

It is very saddening to know how some people can be SO EVIL HEARTED !

https://www.facebook.com/Hopedogrescuesg/posts/1205772872784217

I hope karma get to this person who did this horrible and inhumane thing to this dog.

Who can be so evil to trick it to the forest area and tie it to the tree. The dog was fighting for its life by barking and whining to get help and attention. I emailed to enquire on how can i chip in to its medical fees and before i could even contribute , the dog has passed away.

I really don’t understand how can someone be so evil to do that to the dog. May this little baby rest in peace.

Really angry to read this.

If the person who did that is reading this post..KARMA will come to you !