Joey & Francis 1001

Welcome to Joey & Francis's 1001, the central where you can find everything about our wedding that will take place on Oct 1, 2012. We will keep on updating this website with more information such as our pre-wedding photos and details of our wedding day! We will also be posting blogs about our own thoughts and the bits and pieces of the preparation process of our big day. You can start by reading our blogs below or access the older entries from the right side of the page and please do not forget to sign our guestbook where we have a question for all of our new and old friends! See you around!
 

問題怡童

最近公司有好多嘢要 launch, 搞到我少咗時間幫手諗 wedding 啲嘢。Joey 又成日話自己 visualization 好差,好多嘢都幻象唔到個效果會點,但係宜家呢個階段諗緊佈置就係要超多嘢要 visualize, 所以好多嘢佢都要問過我先有信心決定。喺我呢排忙緊嘅時候,好彩有 Juju 幫手。

 

Juju 係一個 product designer, 佢嘅得意之作係 logon 都有得賣嘅 Panpan Dada 同 miniature 中國櫈。 Joey 係 through 佢自己最好嗰班朋友 Wholala 度識 Juju,佢地近幾個月仲開始一齊打羽毛球。之前 Joey 個網店 chocolate-circle.com 有單大柯打去杜拜都係全靠 Juju 搬住屋都仗義相助幫 Joey 包裝。我認識嘅 Juju 喺 Joey 口中同我有一個共通之處,就係都係 visual 人,即係話大家嘅方向感同空間比例感都好好咁話。聽 Joey 講佢最近幾次見到 Juju 都幾十條問題倒落佢個頭度,由教堂到飯枱佈置佢都俾到好好嘅意見俾到阿問題怡童,最緊要係佢幫我地解決咗一個令到我地好頭痛嘅 entrance display 問題,真係好不大嘅 relief! 我喺呢度要同 Juju say thank you. 但係 Juju 請你千萬唔好誤以為多謝完件事就完咗,我相信嚟緊我地個問題怡童會不斷升 le, 真係要靠你幫我接咁啲喇!Thank you first!

 


Juju 的 作品 Panpan.

 

偉大的祖國

呢幾日從喺淘寶搜購佈置上嘅嘢跳躍咗去喺網上睇婚紗。基本上我已經定咗好多佈置同 rundown 上嘅嘢,最後先嚟 source 婚紗。呢段時間好多人問我揀咗婚紗未。實情係,我宜家個形狀未接近到時候結婚個形狀,好難去試衫。加上自從我肥咗之後,同埋體力又差咗,我真係完全無咗個 excitement 去行街買衫,去試、除、試、除、試、除。同埋我從來都覺得,衫係永遠都睇唔完,出面永遠都有更靚同更好嘅等緊我。所以喺 Francis 同我求婚後嗰一個禮拜,我呢個 google 摩打手已經喺網上面揾咗好多各方面嘅 reference pictures, 包括我揾到一條我同 Francis 都好鍾意嘅婚紗,而我揾到呢件好鍾意嘅就停咗,就無再去揾。咁我仲喺度 source 咩呢?就係揾人幫我訂做呢條我地鍾意嘅婚紗款出嚟喇。

 

我本來喺淘寶都揾咗啲可以做婚紗嘅舖頭,但係佢地吓吓開價五百幾蚊,平到有啲驚(竟然今次係嫌人平!);本來今日都會同 Francis 去金巴利道度睇吓,但係最後我地都係 heah 咗喺屋企。我又無衝動上深圳同廣州住,所以我暫時都係停留咗喺上網 research 吓揾邊度做婚紗好。

 

揾吓揾吓,俾我揾到啲真係唔揾開都唔知有嘅嘢:當我仲以為婚紗得金都、中環、金巴利道同頂晒籠黃埔有,然後就到要北上嘅深圳同廣州之外,原來內地有好多廠已經 skip 咗俾婚紗舖食一層佣,直接整咗全英文網站,俾外國人訂做婚紗。佢地skip 咗婚紗舖嘅 designer, 咁係咪揾個農夫幫你做設計呢?咁梗係唔係啦。我地作為中國人乜嘢關於中國嘅歷史同背景都可以唔知,但千萬唔可以唔記得我地偉大嘅祖國嘅厲害之處,直頭係驚天地泣鬼神嘅神乎奇技--翻版!(笑)呢啲外國人叫 US front China back 嘅婚紗店,放晒所有出名嘅 designer 所有嘅款式上去,收你原價五份一甚至乎六份一嘅價錢幫你度身訂做一條俾你。大部份重要有得俾你加 option, 譬如轉 用 silk, extra beading, 等等,同教晒你點度身同埋俾你提交自己尺寸嘅 form。有啲 shop 除咗 online 有個色版之外,仲會免費寄啲珠珠、珠片 同 color swatch 俾你揀!你額外有咩要求就可以 email 佢或者同佢地 online chat 個 rep 講,我亦已經測試過,啲 online rep 係操流利英語!佢地喺寄條裙俾你之前會影張相俾你睇,有嘢唔啱就可以改,等你 confirm ok 之後就會 DHL 條裙俾你!

 

咁類型嘅廠/店仲要唔止得一間,係有好多好多間!大部份都係喺蘇州,我地祖國最強嘅婚紗之城。我睇完晒之後直頭係呆咗,同埋驚歎內地朋友嘅進步同變通能力之強。咁好啦,落單嘅過程就天花龍鳳,咁最後個製成品係點先?經過我喺網上面做咗幾日嘅資料收集,發現有啲呢啲店,可能係後起嘅,質素就比較參差啲。但係歷史耐啲嘅就你交代啲咩,全部幫你做到足,手工重要非常好。有啲 forum 專門俾人分享用過呢啲大陸婚紗廠嘅準新娘嘅經驗。有啲成功個案嘅客人 post 晒相出嚟,見到真係好靚,手工超好,佢地自己亦非常滿意,感動到喊,俾$200 美金可以有條 designer wedding gown。但當然無咁好嘅廠就有好多失手 case. 而我發現到最容易失手嘅係客人自來款式,唔用佢地自己本身網上面嘅款式,或者太多額外要求,咁佢地就會有機會出錯。

 

如果我地香港人真係諗住用佢地,其實都幾著數,因為我地可以用中文同佢地溝通,唔駛用英文,省卻不必要嘅溝通上嘅出錯。不過你問我,我都係驚萬一收到真係錯晒真係唔知點算,結婚咁難得一世人一次有咩事起上嚟真係揾嚟搞。但係最開心嘅係當我再調查一下,原來口碑零舍好嗰間 http://www.dressilyme.com 原來係喺深圳,我就可以親自上去溝通同試身,有乜唔啱可以即刻叫佢地改!唔駛驚收到之後要 handle crisis! 我明天就會打電話俾佢地同佢地溝通好,再問佢地地址,我遲啲瘦多啲之後就會揾日同 Francis 剷上去!我會繼續喺呢度 update 個進展!Meanwhile, 有興趣嘅朋友可以參考呢個專門講 dressilyme.com 嘅 board:

 

Dressilyme.com on WeddingProject.com

 

Wedding time = Taobao time

Yes, as Francis describes it- sourcing, sourcing, sourcing. Everyday is about sourcing and sourcing. Luckily, I can find most of the things I am looking for on my hometown, Taobao. I have no idea how people could have survived sourcing for wedding before Taobao was even invented!

 

Talking about taobao, that reminds me of one person who deserves my thanks. My Wangwang account was hacked earlier this year that has caused me to not be able to communicate with Taobao sellers with it anymore! My dear new friend, Grace, is so kind to let me use her account for chatting with the sellers before I 拍 my items with my own account, which function is still (touchwood) unaffected.

 

Styrofoam circular boards. Styrofoam circular cylinders. Paper lanterns. Photo frames. Fabric donuts. Napkins. Runners. Polymer clay. Candies. Acrylic paint. Toilet paper. Serviettes. Ribbons. Fake flowers. I am completely pleasantly drowned in all these target to-buy items. If you need to talk to me, go onto Wangwang and search for this user called tinkalin. That would be your best bet till Oct 1, 2012.

 

 

Chocolate Parking Chairs

Today, I heard from Joey about how this multifunctional friend of ours tried to help us.

 

Birgitta Elinda Chan, a devoted lady who is a professional in 2 seemingly unrelated fields of culinary and education, met Joey when they both went to church choir over 20 years ago. After having lost touch all these years, one random day during our current social networking era, the friendship of these 2 sentimental souls rekindled on facebook. The 2 of them have endless to chat about children, food and psychology. Earlier this year, Joey and I were so blessed to have Elinda over to our small home to prepare us 5-starred hotel quality oysters, our favorite foie gras and other delicious fine dishes. I also learnt a lot of professional cooking tricks from this talented chef.

 

At this stage of our wedding preparation, we are basically sourcing, sourcing and sourcing. Mind you- neither Joey nor I are google newbies. We are both better than amateur googlers and, a lot should know that, Joey IS determined when she is in search of something. However, there are a few things that really put us to a challenge. First of all, she wants to find a really big chocolate fountain- one that is bigger, or I should say, taller than the 3-tier fountains that we usually see in restaurants or the like. We have tried everywhere but luck is yet to come. Then, we would like to purchase parking coupons for our guests who are going to drive to the Peak on our wedding day. Unfortunately, Hang Lung Properties, the owner of the only parking lot at the Peak, only sells parking coupons to their clients and not to end-users like us. Amazing enough, Elinda has the connections to place us closer to the possibility of getting a giant chocolate fountain and parking coupons. To make sure things 1 person can help with are unrelated to the extreme, she is also helping us enquire about renting chairs for our church ceremony.

 

3 challenging tasks and 1 resourceful and generous lady- the core ingredients of 2 grateful and thankful donuts.

 

 

有無人係海盜?

今次我地個 wedding, Peak Lookout 俾咗一個 free flow of beer and spirits 嘅 package 我地。佢地 contract 裡面寫住包 Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon 同 Scotch. 雖然我唔識飲酒,但係我都知 Whiskey 應該要有,所以就私自同餐廳嗰邊講叫佢地加埋落去。佢地就要求我地拎走返一啲本身有嘅 items. 我呢個完全對酒無認識嘅人士,唯有捉住我 daddy 同佢傾。 佢開頭話 rum 可以 remove, 後來就話其實 bourbon 係美國版嘅 whiskey 所以要加 whiskey 就唔駛要 bourbon. 咁我同佢 confirm 一次,係咪拎走 bourbon 要 whiskey, rum 就照 keep. 點知 daddy 同我講:

 

「唔駛 rum 啦!!係海盜先飲 rum 㗎咋!!!」

 

雖然我啲 friend 嚟自五湖四海,咁但係又真係無海盜! 咁好啦,我拎走 rum 啦! :D

 

Stage of Positioning the Stage

WOO! Successfully convinced Joey to give up the idea of using the reception table as the stage! Despite she has so many reasons why she wants the 6×8 feet reception table that is right at the entrance of the restaurant to be the stage, like it is perfect for the march-in route and setting, it is so high that it is impractical. But otherwise, Joey is right- it is hard to decide where in the restaurant is suitable for the stage to sit. Today, our kind friend, Kevin the Big Head, is driving us to the Peak to have a survey of the Peak Lookout again (the last time we went was before this website was launched). Hopefully, we can come up with the decision of where the stage should be and other details that have been bothering the bride-to-be during this period of time.

 

想快啲又想慢啲……

呢排去咗兩個屋企人阿 Day 同子通嘅 wedding, 兩個都好開心、好感動!同時間令我醒起,我宜家已經開始搞我地個婚禮,就算呢個搞嘅過程係幾 enjoyable 都好,到時搭正 10 月 1 號 準時開始,但係過咗 24 個小時以後,一切所有搞嘅嘢就就都完結同成為過去。我宜家諗起都覺得好 amazing 同唔捨得!所以我宜家個心情好矛盾,雖然我有啲 idea 想快啲見到出嚟個效果係點樣,但係又驚一切好快就會完咗!所以時間呀時間!唔該你快啲同慢啲丫!

 

80′s forever

Tonight, Joey and I are having a good time at home. It’s because we are going through some 80′s music to select some for our wedding party. No matter when and where, listening to the 80′s music always brings about a mixture of interesting feelings. No matter what we are originally occupied with, 80′s music always seems to be able to lift our mood up in the air. Although the melody and arrangement may seem old and cheesy compared to the ones nowadays, it is exactly because of how we know every word, every note and every action in the arrangement that makes the songs seem like part of us. Most importantly, it makes us want to go back to the time when life was fun and trouble and stress were far away. Hope the music will give ourselves and all of our guests a good time turning back the clock that evening!

 

 

咩靚嘅佢唔諗!叻!

我呢排為咗 maintain 呢個網頁,專登整理咗一下我部 Macbook Air 個中文輸入法等我打字可以打快啲。話說我係用拼音輸入法嘅,即係用普通話嘅拼音去打啲中文字出嚟,但係我亦安裝咗廣東話輸入法,因為有啲廣東字譬如「咗」、「㗎」、「嘢」拼音輸入法係輸入唔到嘅;另外有啲口語化啲嘅字我就真係唔知個普通話點讀。所以如果以前我要打一篇好似呢篇嘢咁嘅,我就要動用晒 English, Canto 同 Pinyin 輸入法,要㩒 Ctrl-space 轉嚟轉去,好不惱人!

 

最近的起心肝去整理個輸入法,首先係喺個拼音字庫裡面加返啲廣東字。只要我用廣東話打出嚟,然後 save 落個字庫度,再入埋個 input code, 譬如個「瞓」字我會入 fen, 咁以後我喺拼音輸入法打 “ufen” 就會打到個「瞓」字。另外,有幾個我自己常用嘅口語化字,我就上網 check 返個正確普通話讀法。以下係我嘅開心大發現,好想同大家分享一下:

 

咩/乜 = mie
靚 = jing
嘅 = kai
佢 = qu
唔 = wu
諗 = shen!!
叻 = le!

 

其實「佢」同「唔」之前都知知地點讀,不過成日搞亂。但係譬如「乜」「嘅」「靚」「諗」「叻」呢幾個字真係俾佢地嚇一跳!不過宜家知道晒同記得晒,打中文字就快好多,從此以後唔駛再喺拼音同廣東話輸入法之間轉嚟轉去喇!好嘢!

 

Kelly 式提腿運動

之前喺另外一個 post 都有提過,我個營養師 Kelly 除咗要我每日跟住佢建議嘅餐單之外,仲記得要做運動。佢知我懶做運動,於是就教咗我一個喺屋企都可以做嘅簡單提腿運動。個動作係好似原地跑咁樣,但係當一隻腳提起嘅時候,係要九十度,然後放落地下時要輕力。我記得我第一次喺 Kelly office 做嘅時候,只係做到十下,然後就已經再提唔起任何一條腿!後黎第一次自己做,都只係做到三十下。之後每日或晚都會嘗試做啲啲,我無去數自己做咗幾多吓,但係知道自己有越做越多嘅跡象。

 

今晚同個舊朋友大頭出去食飯,因為太開心食多咗少少,我又好內疚。食完飯返屋企,我發現我會早老番 15 至 20 分鐘倒返到屋企樓下,所以就把心一橫做住提腿運動等佢返嚟一齊上樓。我一路諗住我食咗嘅嘢,一路做,一做就做咗 500 下!我實在好開心可以由三個禮拜前嘅 10 下到今日 500 下呢個新紀錄!其實我做呢個運動除咗希望可以減返我食多咗嘅卡路里之外,亦希望可以 build 返我膝頭哥附近啲肌肉,等我行樓梯可以唔駛再咁痛。希望我黎緊可以一路越做越多,結束我呢幾年嘅痛苦!加油哦!

 
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