Archive | December, 2010

New Year, New Dreams

30 Dec


This is the time of the year when people compile the best of everything in 2010… the best ad campaigns of 2010… the best invention of 2010… the best photos of 2010…

So I suppose I should jump on the 2010 bandwagon, and compile my own list for the year.

2010 milestone 1: I finally left my first agency

In the advertising industry, it is quite a feat to stay in the same agency for more than 1 year. But yours truly stayed for almost 3 years before jumping ship. I felt like I was breaking up with my first love, but like all other relationships, I managed to find happiness in another agency.

2010 milestone 2: I finally bought a car

My days of relying on friends, family and utterly unreliable public transport came to an end. In September 2010, I paid my first installment for my first car. I wasn’t entirely happy because I still think owning a car is a stupid luxury. But since I live in Malaysia,  it has become a stupid necessity. Every month, my heart aches thinking about the fact that 1/5 of my salary goes to just transportation alone. Oh well, that’s just life I guess. My dream of going to Spain will take longer to come true.

2010 milestone 3: I finally set foot in Australia

Ever since some of my best secondary school friends ditched Malaysia to make Australia their home, I’ve been wanting to visit the Land Down Under. But I’ve never had enough money to fly there and the ridiculously strong AUD didn’t help either. So when AirAsia opened up a route to Melbourne, I saw a glimmer of hope.

At the same time, Ian and I stumbled upon the superbly talented Jenny Sun, and would do anything to have her shoot our engagement photos. So we checked her schedule and found out the dates when she would be in Australia, and planned our holiday according to those dates.

So in September 2010, we flew to Australia and made 2 dreams come true :

  • Visiting my friends (and his)
  • Having Jenny shoot our portraits

Other than those 3 big personal milestones, 2010 was also the year that we started planning our wedding seriously. We booked the date, booked the venue, attended a marriage course, bought stuff for our house, planned for our future and all that stuff…. stuff that I didn’t think we’d be doing in 2009.

So 2010 was a big year for me. And I believe 2011 will be just as amazing, if not better… because this time next year, I’ll be married to my best friend for life.















The Photographer Shootout

23 Dec

As some of you might know, we’re getting married on 5 Nov 2011. Although that’s still quite a distance away, we’ve been working hard to check stuff off our to-do list as soon as possible.

So far, we’ve done the following:

  1. Completed the 8-week Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC).
  2. Booked the church and the dinner venue in KL.
  3. Booked the dinner venue in Ipoh.
  4. Shot our engagement photos in Melbourne. (Thanks Jenny Sun for the fab photos!)
  5. Made my nyonya kebaya, shoes, and his suit & shirt.
  6. Bought my wedding gown.
  7. Chose our colour scheme.

So far, it has been pretty easy to make all those decisions. The biggest challenge for us to date is finding the right photographer to shoot our wedding day. We’ve pretty much Googled more than 50 photographers before selecting Jenny Sun for our engagement portraits, so it goes without saying that we Googled even more to find our wedding day photographer. Somehow, it’s just so hard to find someone with the style we like. Of course, this could be because most photographers have no style. They just have the right gear. I know that sounds a little harsh, but what I need is someone who takes better pictures than me, someone who  knows how to compose a shot, make the best use of available lighting, and at least edit the photos for colour, saturation, contrast and brightness. I mean, if you’re going to charge more than RM5k, you should be able to shoot better than an art student right?

Thankfully we’ve manage to shortlist 2 local photographers and will be weighing our options before making our booking.

On another note… while searching for the right photographer, I’ve noticed that photographers with design background are better than those without. They have better composition, better understanding of lighting and editing, and just better pictures overall. And funnily enough, photographers with ‘Jen’ in their names seem to be absolutely brilliant.

Check out these Jen-photographers and tell me if it’s coincidental or plain freaky:

Jen HuangJennifer TaiJenn BartellJenny Sun * Jennifer Eileen *

Do you know any other Jen/Jen-like photographers?