Orchard Hotel

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

BR decor pix received~

Thanks~
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mcfluffy

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Hi mehmeh, we having about 40 to 45 tables... my co did suggest giving us a flat rate depending on the number of bottles we're getting.. but so far, no news from her yet... so we also boh chup.. haha
 

mehmeh_lim

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hi YinYin,

Had a fren who did the same as u suggested, did her PS in M'sia and engaged her own MUA. But gowns means u need to lug them back yah? Think the price of BS packages in JB is quite worth it, coz u can get almost 2x the no. of photos of what u can get in SGP..

Hi Muffin,

I think Siew Li can work sthg out.. U're still pretty much ahead of time
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U prob want to bring it up prob when u go for food tasting?
 

chere

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Yin Yin, my AD will be in June next year. Dun think i can get any additional perks at all (apart from the UOB promo items)

mehmeh, i did try to ask for additional night for the bridal suite over the phone, she told me a special rate of $380+++ for another night!

Think only manage to get the car passes to 25% (she said this is the max?)

I will be going to the hotel this friday to pay the deposit and sign the contract.... maybe cos only have 25 tables thus not able to ask for more. *sianz*
 

yinyin77

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Hi mehmeh,

Yaloh, one of my friend even went to China to take the PS(BS in China), she only paid SGD500 for her whole album (but the pix so so only), the other friend also did it in China but willing to pay like SGD1000 the pix then is more nicer, my hubby ask me to go China and take, i faintzzzzz
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Ya, the gown must send back ya, but ok lah, JB not very far......
 

yinyin77

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Hi chere,

Since ur AD next yr June, why dont you view for some other hotels? Or you already done so and still prefer OH?
 

chere

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Hi Yin Yin, i have a few other packages from different hotels and so far find Orchard the most reasonable, esp with the UOB perks. And with ard 25 tables, some hotels will only offer you their function rooms and not their main ballrooms so Orchard is good as we use part of the main ballroom with chandeliers (though not nicest i've seen) and high ceiling.

mar07bride, my CO is Yoke Mei. Met her once and find her nice and professional. But she seems pretty firm when i try asking for additional stuff. I tried to ask for more beer (in return i reduce the no. of bots of red wine) she said can control the amt by not serving beer during cocktail reception. Late check out for bridal suite will subject to availability.

Anyway, if unable to get additional stuff also not too bad, cos the package includes beer and wine. Shall try my luck on friday again. If not, at least i settle one big item for my wedding.
 

ah_wai

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Hi Ladies,

I gonna sign up with OH soon.. my coordinator is also Yoke Mei. Yes Chere, I agreed with you that Yoke Mei is pretty firm and sometimes I find her inflexible.

I have also confirmed that the Hotel ballroom area (Level 3) will be undergoing a minor renovation (changing of carpets and wallpapers of the ballrooms and ballroom area.
 

ffbear

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Hi, chere,
my AD is end Nov 06. I hv signed up during the UOB promo last yr. I oso dun hv tat many tables. but stil, of the UOB, there r some perks tat I did manage to get, like 2nd nite stay, up the complimentary passes. play abit hard to get bah.. indicate clearly tat u r considering, & 1 of the factors is tat there r some perks tat u reali wan to hv & OH is not giving.. in the worst senario, if u reali wans OH, tok to the billy, assistant banquet director, somethg like tat.. see if tat helps.. my 2cents worth.. no guarantee yah...
 

mcfluffy

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Hi mehmeh, u mean after so long ,still can negotiate? afterall, we've already placed the deposit! we're at the mercy of their hands now! hehe..
 

mehmeh_lim

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hihi Chere,

I think just as u mentioned, prob ur bargaing power is kind of less? But nonetheless try again, maybe ask for them to compromise on one or the other? In tt case, i rather get a 2nd nite's stay, but hopefully FOC rather than reduced price

But if u find the 2nd night unnecessary, then nvm.. Go with other perks
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hi YinYin,

$1k on pix still isn't too bad u know? Coz if u do ur gowns, suits, flowers & MU ala-carte for the AD & PS done overseas by China BS, u prob spend $2k + $1k (if u dun splurge on say a Tan Yoong, Frederick Lee or Ted Wu?)

hi Muffin,

No harm trying! heheh

hi Wendy,

Wow, OH is going to also redo their wall papers huh? Currently some ppl find it dated, while others are okie with it coz it still goes rather well with the chandeliers. New wall papers shd perk up tt place a lil more!

Hi Lynette,

U've got mail!
 

mar07bride

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Hi mehmeh/Janice,

Rec'd pics with thanks. They were very well taken.

Hi yin yin,

Have your CO get back to you on the $18 discount per table?
 

yinyin77

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Hi mar07bride,

Yup, My CO already get back to me but too bad i cant get any of it.
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Now try to get a flat rate of few carton of wine. C how, hopefully can get~
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yinyin77

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Hi mehmeh,

I cant get you, what do you mean of 'say a Tan Yoong, Frederik Lee or Ted Wu', i dont get lah~ who s that? vy popular MUA? or photographer? hehe~!
 

yinyin77

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Hi mehmeh,

Would like to check with you how is the guestbook look like? is it just a normal A4 size book or is something like a card can be folded into A4 size?

Thanks~
 

yinyin77

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Hi chere,

Which other hotel you have seen and feel that the BRs are nicer? mind to share?

I also went to more than ten hotel then finally decided to chose OH~
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Thanks~
 

mehmeh_lim

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hi Mar07bride,

Most welcome! Glad u enjoyed them
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hi YinYin,

Oh Tan Yoong, Frederick Lee & Ted Wu are the big name wedding gown designers in SGP. Each gown wld cost at least $2k and tt's only a simple gown.. heheh

I din get their guest book leh.. I also forgot i am supposed to get fr OH *ooops*
 

chere

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hi wendy,
so did u manage to get any additional perks from Yoke Mei? Care to share?

ffbear, thanks for info. Will prob resort to talking to her boss if such situation arise.

mehmeh, yah think minimal bargaining power. Will try again this friday. My CO only verbally agreed to up the car passes to 25%.

yin yin, have not been to many. Seen ballrooms from Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Hotel Intercontinental, Meritius Mandarin before (on other occasions like seminars etc). Like GCW grand ballroom but unfortunately can't meet their min tables required. They have smaller function rms but banquet with lesser tables which i dun like. Hotel Intercon also cannot meet min tables requirement, their chandeliers quite nice. Attended a wedding Mandarin, pretty disappointed w their service for a 5 star hotel. Then ruled out other hotels due to budget, so left with Orchard lor. Haha, actually we are quite lazy to view the rest of the venues.

Realised they are providing a DUMMY wedding cake, unlike some hotels (they have at least the top layer genuine) Anyone has managed to get a real top layer cake? If not guess i will do without the dummy.
 

yinyin77

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Hi mehmeh,

Oh~ ic.
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'paiseh' i am very 'suagu' ~~
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Hi chere,

Agreed that OH is one of the very few hotel will provide nice BR for wedding banquet with only 25 table~ but feel that their price is actually quite steep, even more expensive than Orchard Mandarin, some more the menu looked not so grand, i showed it to my family and IL side they all said so
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some more some more they are only 4 star hotel
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but just fall in love with the BR, so 'bobian'
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bride_sept05

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Hi Yin Yin,

if you want to tailor made your gown, I can recommend my designer to you, the shop is call Ted Collection, is not Ted Wu. Their workmanship very good and nice, and their gowns are all with beads, not those simple simple gowns that you see in other BS.
In fact there's a thread under Bridal services and you may look under Ted Collection, there's lots of comment and compliments about Ted Collection. And the designers very very professional and friendly, I can say that their work is better then those famous designers. Even people from big organisations and people flew in from Hong Kong to look for them, they are specialist in Cheong Sum.
 

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

Thank you very much~ I would like to MTM too but dont know how much does it cost? Since you MTM yours, may i know how much you paid for it? i haven see your AD photo lah~ hehe! mind to share? Did you keep the gown after your wedding? Heard must pay more then can keep ya?
 

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

You mentioned that Christopher is your AD banquet/event manager and he did provide an excellent service to you, mind to share something about him with us, i would like to request him~~
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mehmeh_lim

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hi YinYin,

No worries, no need to paiseh! We all learn abit more thru the wedding preps
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Ted Collection is quite worth a visit! For the price u pay, u get to keep ur gowns
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Tt's really cool! and if u dun want to keep, u can always sell. Moreover u get to MTM too.. The thing with going to a BS, if u MTM it's usually for rental & to keep u top-up ard $200+.

hi Chere,

Try u best & let us in on the outcome k?

The dummy cake's fine with me, coz it looked quite gd *heheh* but u do get to have a real layer, though not placed there. It's in the suite when u check-in, to welcome u
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ffbear

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Hi, Yin Yin,
u r with the UOB promo, is it? cos I signed up with tat promo last yr. the menu then was oso so-so.. but.. we changed it.. keke.. speak to ur parents & IL wat they wan on the menu and see if OH can accomodate.. mayb not all, but the most impt few dishes.. dun mention my name though.. hahahahahha...try ur luck.. good luck!
 

yinyin77

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Hi mehmeh,

Thanks~ maybe can go down to Ted Collection to check it out ya~
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Hi ffbear,

Yes, i am with UOB promotion (haven sign yet, going to~
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). You signed up last yr ah, mind to share how much you paid for a table? ya, i would like to change some dishes but dont know must top up or not? there is no abalone, hubby scared relatives will think we chose a cheaper menu, not so nice, but it is already the weekend exp. menu~
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Did you topup when you changed yours?
 

bride_sept05

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Hi Yin Yin,

I paid my wedding gown, evening and cheong sum at $2.7k, but if you confirm with them one year before your wedding, you will save $500 which is $2.2k, and you get to keep all the three gowns after your wedding. And you can have your dream gowns and different from our brides and BS. They used swarovski crystal for the beadings.

I will show you my photoshoot photos, my AD not enough space to post in the website liao.... At first I thinking to rent from the BS but then the price is about the same, not very worth, at least this one I can keep (although cannot use for the future, but the evening gowns can keep for other occassions). Ted Collection's price not very expensive and their designer all very friendly and professional. The designer actually attended my wedding and help out with my accessories and hair-do, make sure I look ok for the night. They also provided lots of ideal for our wedding, very informative.

And as for Christopher, he is really very good, I can see from this forum, there's lot of compliment for him. During my wedding, he is everywhere whenever my hubby need him to arrange for anything. After my first dish, he actually followed me back to the room with two bowls of shark fin while I'm changing to my EG. Then he will guide us thru during the march in. He followed us during the table to table photoshooting.
Then for the last dish which is the dessert, he brought two bowls of the dessert for us, then he said have we had our first dish and must have the last dish "got head and tail". No harm having him during your wedding. Even our parent and sibling said he is very helpful evening during the dinner, he kept asking around our people whether need help or not.
 

bride_sept05

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Hi YinYin,

if you are interested, you may like to go down personally with your hubby to have a look at the work. Anyway my gowns sent for drycleaning after my wedding but I haven collect back yet, so the real things still there.... you can ask the designer to let you see my dresses. You can tell them you are introduced by Janice,the wine lady...
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chere

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Janice, have heard many good comments on Ted Collection. My concern is on the total expenses expected to DIY then on the time and effort in coordinating ourselves. Care to share how much u spent on Gowns (WG/EG/Teadress) + Men's suit + MUA + Outdoor PG + Hand bouquets/corsages + car deco etc ? Thanks. (It's ok if you dun feel comfortable with revealing the amount)
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Have signed contract with Orchard Hotel last friday. Viewed wedding setup for the Grand Ballroom... very grand and nice, the chandeliers with the intelligent lighting? (forgot what's that called) is amazing. Too bad there will only be 2 chandeliers for Ballroom 3. Being in the high celing and pillarless ballroom reassured that i've made the right choice.

Yup mehmeh, the dummy wedding cake does look nice on the stage. Hehe.. think i wont' mind either. I did not ask for additional night at the Bridal Suite cos FH also agreed that we dun need another night. But the bridal suite seemed relatively small as compared to the Executive Suite. Maybe can upgrade to the latter if we have extra money to spend (slim chance i guess). Yoke Mei aint that inflexible after all. We mananged to get more beer in exchanged for reduced number of bots of red wine.

Happy with the contract. Hope you gals managed to get what you want to . Cheers !
 

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

My AD will be end of the yr, so i got to pay the $500 extra~
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. Oh, so the photoshooting gown from Ted Collection, vy nice~
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btw where is Ted Collection? i mean their address? Thanks, so you r winelady ya~
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bride_sept05

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Hi Yin Yin,

Ted Collection is just next to Chinatown Point shopping center, is just near to the Hotel 81, in front of the bus stop. The shop is very red, very attractive. You can check with them how much they will charge you if your wedding is end of the year.If you want and since I'm not working, I can accompany you to their place, now me friend friend with them liao, they got lots of things and ideals to talk to you.

Hi Chere,

I spent $2.7k for the WG,EG and CS, but if you book them one year advanced they will charge you cheaper.
As for my photoshooting,AD photographer and videographer, my hubby's suits (1 Tux and 1 normal suit),MUA and Gua Da Li biscuits,I engaged from a BS in JB www.dreams.com.my.
Dreams specialist in photoshooting and I like their work a lot.
As for the car decor, hand bouquets/corsages, we DIY together with my hubby's sister.
Maybe you can drop me your email address and I will send you more details and photos for you to have a look.
 

mehmeh_lim

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hi Yinyin,

Hope u like Ted Collection too! I have seen a no. of their works, very gd workmanship & never heard any complains against them.. Think u can trust tt they are able to deliver
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hi Janice...

heheh, never had the opp to view ur PS or AD pix.. Care to share? [email protected]

hi Chere,

*phew* at least u're okie with the dummy cake, u can actually ask Yoke Mei if there's going to be any updated design for the cake. Coz maybe sometime later they might want to make a new cake, so u can have another choice
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Great tt u got beer in place of the wine they offered, so u're expecting ur guests to consume more beer or u know ur guests are going to be more particular abt the wine?

Hmm, i can't quite recall if my suite was the executive or bridal. But it was def big enough & i think it was called the Claymore suite..
 

mehmeh_lim

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hi Janice,

Received with great thanks!
My! Amongst the albums I've seen taken in JB, urs certainly stands out in quality & style! *applause* I particularly liked the shots where u took against the carousel & the also the one with u sitting on the counter in the kitchen! The former very fairy-tale, and the latter absolutely refreshing & mood shot

I dunno how the PG did it, but it made it seem like it was so easy for u & ur HB to get into the mood & smile effortlessly
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*winks*

How much was spent on Dreams?
 

chere

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hi Janice, appreciate if u can share with me the details and your pics at [email protected]
Pls also share with me the no. of trips u make to JB during the whole process. Thanks.

hi mehmeh, cos 1 barrel of beer was not sufficient for my FH's relatives during his cousin's wedding banquet. Not too sure if beer was served during the cocktail reception, anyway jus wanna give them (future in laws) peace of mind since they mentioned 1 barrel is too little. Not sure about the naming of the suites but believed yours was a Exe Suite cos the Bridal Suite is a little small for a 'suite'. Well, in my opinion.
 

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

Wow~ you good life to be a 'taitai' ya, no need to work so good, see now already 5:30am i am still in the office
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. Oh~ i know the place, it s just nearby my work place, i will be more than happy if you can go down with me but if end up i dont want to spend that much (mean i dont take their package) will make you paiseh with them o not?hehe~ i scared leh~
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. You are so kind to offer- accompany me to go there, thanks~
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Btw i work night shift will normally wakeup late like 6pm, any idea that what time they close daily?
 

bride_sept05

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Hi Yin Yin,

I dun mind to go down with you, I brought few of the SB brides there, few of them didnt sign up with them due to budget. They close 8pm daily but if there's customer, they won't chase you away. Everytime I went there, usually will end up 2hours then can leave, cause the designers very entertaining. You let me know the date and time for me to arrange with them.

Hi Mehmeh,

thanks for the compliments, I told the photographer we want to have all natural shoots, so she kept asking my hubby and me to talk to each other. And also I brought 2 friends with me, so my friends will try to entertain us by the photographer's side. I spent around RM9k in Dreams, but of course not only photos la, with other things.

Hi Chere,

Already sent the email to you.
 

chere

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hi Janice,
have received your mails. Thanks for sharing. Your pics are nice, and i like pic 0129. You look very sexy and gorgeous.
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I'd like to visit Ted Collection as well. Let me know when u gals arranged the appointment. Will definitely join if i can make it. Thanks
 

bride_sept05

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Since Chere and Yin Yin interested to go, we can arrange to go together..... yeah at least can meet the OH brides.....

My time is very flexible except for weekend will be in JB.

YinYin: when is your most conv time?
 

mehmeh_lim

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hi Janice,

RM$9k is still quite abit.. But i think locally it wld be $1-2k more?? Anyway it's money well spent!
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Ooh so fun, u gers going to Ted Collection.. heheh, if there's any opp to try any gowns there, can pix be taken?
 

bride_sept05

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Hi mehmeh,

Why not come down together with us to have a look at TC, they do not have gowns to let you test on cause all MTM and belong to other brides le! My gowns still there, I can let you all try...
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As for Dreams, think the price is ok, cause it also my actual day photograhy and videography from JB to Singapore OH whole day, then also include my hubby's one suit and one tux(MTM and can bring back) and also have the guo da li biscuits as well. But of course different brides have different requirement, I like this and they dun hard sell and also they return all photos (include those not chosen for the album), so I created another album myself. I check in Sin and other BS in JB, dun really fit my taste.
 

yinyin77

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Hi Janice,

I can meet up any weekday afternoon leh, just wakeup a bit early loh, but dont know chere can o not, chere what time you knock off? and mehmeh, got time to meet?
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Why not this coming Mon (15/5), maybe 4pm or 5pm? if you gal knock off late then i go with Janice first, you all join later, how?
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so excited!!!

Janice, let me know ya~ and pls bring your AD photo along as well, your AD photo also done by Joyce(Dreams) is it? so nice they even give back all the negative~
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bride_sept05

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Hi Yinyin,

monday is fine for me at that time. Why not we meet at chinatown point mrt exit there's a coffee bean, I'll wait for you. I will bring along my actual day photos as well as my photoshooting photos, as for the album too heavy liao le.....

Meimei and Chere, what time you gals knock off? Do you know where Ted Collection? You gals can email/msn me and I will leave my contact number for you. [email protected]
 

ah_wai

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Hi Chere, Sorry for the late response.. was away the past weeks..

I'm going to sign the contract with OH today and pay my deposit as well..
 

chere

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Hi Janice & Yin Yin,
I can only make it ard 615pm on next monday.

Hi Wendy,
No prob, hope you get a good deal.
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bride_sept05

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hi chere,

think not that late, I can meet yinyin at about 5pm. Dun think I'll be leaving so fast as the designers sure a lot of things to talk to you gals.
 

mehmeh_lim

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hihi janice,

thanks for the kind offer, but rather bz with work.. heheh, moreover i'm over with the wedding, so wld play the role of the encourager
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U, YinYin & chere have lotsa fun!
 


yinyin77

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Hi Janice and chere,

Ok, so we meet up at 5pm chinatown point coffee bean then chere join us after 615pm
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. see you all~
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But chere do you know where is Ted Collection? you need us to wait for you at chinatown point?

Janice i PM you my contact no.
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Thanks mehmeh, we will~ update you ya~
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