Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Union

It amazes me to think of how Mike and I managed to get to this stage.
It definitely wasn't easy - at least not for me (I know that I've repeated myself time and time again but this is the truth). 

Before I attended the marriage preparation course, I did think of getting married in church (it would have been ideal for me but it wasn't necessary) or at least that's what I thought of then.

It was until I discovered how ignorant I was on how deep and meaningful this union really was. It was not just a union between my husband and I but it's the covenant that we have entered with God as husband and wife.

And so, I wanted to do things the "right way"
(I know that this is subjective to many).

I wanted the church to be involved and this is how our journey started -

At first, it was realising that going to church on Sunday wasn't enough.
There were so many processes and procedures to go through
and there were times, many times that I wanted to back out
because it really would have been so much more convenient
to not have to go through all of this.

But now in hindsight, I am so glad that we persevered
and I know that God's hand was definitely in it - 
especially during moments when I felt like giving up.

I would be reminded of why I am doing it -
and how there are so many others who have also
sacrificed their time to help us make it happen.

How could I have been so selfish to think of my own convenience
when it was actually very beneficial for us?

I've learnt so much about God's word on marriage
and also understanding why is it as such.

We've made so many new friends over the past year through church
and they have been a great blessing in our lives.

Seeing how they graciously offered their help
without us having to ask first
made me reflect on myself as an individual.
I could really see God's love through them.

They even planned a surprise stag + hen's night for us!

It was awkward initially, having to assimilate ourselves in a cell group
where we didn't know anyone at all -
I can't imagine how our lives would have crossed had we not joined a cell.

And the funny thing us, I have always wanted to join a cell and to be more involved prior to it being mandatory for us to join a cell as part of the marriage procedure.

Perhaps, if joining a cell wasn't mandatory, with my bad procrastination and with Mike's complacency, I'm not sure if we would ever join one. I can just imagine ourselves joining one and dropping out in a few weeks.

I can only thank God that he placed us in this cell full of wonderful people :)

Just a tip for those of you who can relate to this whole experience of wanting to get married in church but are frustrated with the processes, just pray about it and He will make the process much more bearable.



Bridesmaids




First kiss as husband and wife



Cell mates :)


Pastor Chandran and Sherman and family (our pre marital counsellors)


Bridesmaids and groomsmen


My pretty bridesmaids


E8



Pictures were taken by John Poh

Friday, October 17, 2014

6 years

A few weeks before we tied the knot, we celebrated our 6th year anniversary.

Wasn't expecting much because we were so swamped with the wedding preparations
and with a huge dent in our savings account,
all that I had in mind was a simple dinner.

However, Mike surprised me with a bouquet of flowers :)
And brought me to Mandarin Grill for dinner.

I was extremely thrilled because I have always wanted to dine there years ago
when there was all the surrounding hype and publicity on the ability to choose your preferred 'steak knife' to cut with . . . (yes, I'm a sucker like that). LOL.


Lilies and hydrangeas - my favourite flowers. I LOVE the smell of lilies.


I love the smell of freshly baked buns too :P


Salmon tartar


Lobster bisque


Potato gratin & spinach




Black Angus - Chateaubriand


Pistachio Souffle

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wood Fired Steak, Libourne

We were driving around Libourne searching for places to eat.

Got down from our cars in between searching for dinner,
walked around a little
whilst enjoying the view of the river.







Can't remember if we crossed the road from the river or drove around after walking around (my memory's a little fuzzy)…. but we stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant called 'Restaurant Hotel'. CLICK.

No offense to the restaurant's name but the first impression I had was that it must be some sort of tourist trap restaurant and I wouldn't have even thought of entering.

However, Louis asked a diner who just left the restaurant on how was the food and apparently, the diner mentioned that they serve the BEST wood fire steak in town.

I didn't understand what the diner was saying but his expression had said it all.



Oh what a beauty! Wood Fired Steak.

Cote de boeuf grillee sur ceps de vigne - taking picture of the menu comes in handy :P

I can Google translate the menu at home.




Medium rare and oh so good!
Loved the smokey and woody taste.




Can't remember the other orders - since I ermmm…was just snapping pictures of people's food.

Anyway, for all of you meat/steak lovers - this place is FOR YOU!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Le Medieval, Saint Emilion

Lunch @ Le Medieval was extremely memorable for me
because I discovered - Magret de Canard thanks to Louis' recommendation.

Travelling with a French dude in France sure makes life way a lot easier.

Louis and Yashoda helped us to translate menus
provide food recommendations
and in between, gave us French classes for dummies. Hehe.





I didn't even get to try Mike's main meal because he finished everything without offering. TSK TSK.

The Magret de Canard (duck breast) that I had was SO good. Served with foie gras sauce.
It doesn't even taste like duck at all (to me at least) - it tasted like a piece of steak.
A good piece of steak. Juicy and extremely tasty.

I tried googling to see where I could buy Magret de Canard from in KL and I can't find it anywhere :~(




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Saint-Emilion - ze wine region

Sometimes, I regret taking more pictures of food than people because pictures reinforces my memory and all I can remember is what I ate, while the surroundings (atmosphere, ambience and people) are pretty fuzzy in my memory.

Not that I can't remember who did I go with, but I like capturing the candid expressions of people and looking back at those pics while reminiscing those happy moments.

I think that at least 50% of my travelling pictures all revolve around food.

So this post, for a change, will have no pictures of food (canned foie gras and an ice cream stall does not count).


The drive from the chateau to Saint Emilion was really scenic.

Food always tastes better overseas. Sampled some foie gras and bought a few cans home but somehow, with the Malaysian weather and ambience at home, eating foie gras at home with crackers just doesn't taste as good.

I need to eat it in France! Hee hee.






A super fun bunch to travel with :)
Had heaps of fun and endless laughter moments with these peeps throughout our trip.

Saint-Emilion is popular for its wine and also for its charming medieval villages.
Wonder what it is like to live here.