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Finally Official!

Technology wasn’t on our side and our wedding photos were delayed. But better late than never especially when the pictures turn out AMAZING! Well to us at least. Major kudos to our photographers Hidayah & Jabir here but please allow us to share our favourites! Decor & DIY knick-knacks

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$8 DIY bouquet guys! (Far East Flora & some twine!)

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Henna by AdornedSG

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Hair & make-up by the maestro Ilah from Ishq (Pearl accessory from Zara)

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The most heavenly vanilla cake with lemon curd I’ve ever tasted baked by my dearest friend. DIY cake bunting by yours truly 🙂

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Trays sponsored by Eye Spy Love

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Yup, I lost it moments before my entrance

I got it from my Mama 😉

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My brother giving me away :’)

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Finally!

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Our families & entourage = MAJOR LOVE

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Our live duo who received many compliments!

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And I mean, how cute is she? (DIY bouquet again)

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And of course, the people behind the lenses – Hidayah & Jabir

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Leaving you with our most favourite, this will definitely be printed for our new home!

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Close to 4 months being married but everything is still fairly exciting for the both of us. We’ve been getting a lot of questions with regards to our DIY and entourage outfits. Do email us or I might just make another post on it.

XX,
T8YP

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#the8yearkitchen : Microwave Mug Cake

One thing that is therapeutic for us is cooking. Well, for me cooking/baking, for Faizal – eating it after 😉

Yesterday I had a very intense craving for chocolate cake, not just any chocolate cake, a home-baked one. Our kitchen at home is not always prepped for full on baking, but I’ve always wanted to try the chocolate cake in a mug! Sounds super quick, fuss-free and fool proof. The best thing was, it is.

I used this recipe online, since it claims to be The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake (Do click for full list of ingredients and how-tos!)

First – measure out your ingredients (I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil, it was ok to me!)

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Next – mix everything in a bowl, but I was lazy, so I mixed everything in my measuring cup and it worked out well 🙂

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This is not what you want. You want it to be smooth and runny. Tip, mix the dry ingredients well first before adding the liquids.

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Almost the consistency! Keep mixing!

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Put it in the oven. I used a paper towel in case of any spillage. I put it on high and cooked for 2.20 minutes. Every microwave works differently, so just check once it a while. To see if done – poke a skewer or satay stick through, if it comes out clean, it’s done!

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All done!

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The recipe says to used like nutella spread or some sort of spread. It does add to the moistness of the cake. I didn’t cos I didn’t have any. So after the first taste it really is moist but borderline bread-y texture. So I melted some butterscotch chips with a bit of butter and drizzle at the top. DELICIOUS!!

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Perfect for a quick weekend treat!

XX,
T8YP

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#the8yearpassport: Tokyo Haul!

Since January, we have been in the works for a face lift for this blog. Moving forward from the wedding, this blog will continue as a lifestyle identity where we share our life’s favourites especially our cooking adventures and our travels!

So many exciting things are happening for us this year (including getting our keys for our BTO!) and we want to document every bit of it! What better way to re-launch than with our Tokyo Haul!

As with every holiday, the shopping is inevitable for us.

It will take forever and a day to have everything down in words, so here’s a video with our Tokyo haul!

For reference, we shopped at the ever so famous Shibuya district, Harajuku, Disneyland and Diver City. Also, since coming back from Japan, many have asked us with regards to our itinerary and places of visit. We’ll be happy to share our lists – just e-mail us 🙂

XX,
T8YP

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The 8 Year Passport

Back from Japan and missing every bit of it!

Last 2 weeks, Faizal and I had a mini honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan. This kickstarted #the8yearpassport vertical of our lives where we document our travels together.

For Japan, we were actually tagging on part of Faizal’s ‘work’ trip with a local band (who he is managing), who was invited to be part of The Brotherhood Tour, alas #thehoneyhoodtour for us 🙂

The initial plan was to transit in Japan for 4 days for the tour before heading off to LA. But after much planning and deliberation, we decided to just stay in Japan and explore Tokyo as much as we can and also to minimize the flying altogether. So we decided to stay for 10 days in Tokyo.

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Landed in Japan with these boys!

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First skyliner train ride!

The train system in Tokyo is crazy and its an adventure every time. But you’ll get used to it and there’s nothing more exciting than getting lost in another country!

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Weather was 4-11 degrees! It was our first time in a cold country and I didn’t take it very well for the first few days. Hello bleeding nose!

Another thing I was excited about was the vending machines and 24h convenience stores (7-11, Family Mart). They have a variety of things in there be it clothes, cosmetics, REAL food, sushi, coffee THE WORKS!

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Hot corn soup in a can guys, I mean…

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Hot cocoa in a carton…please stop.

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Family Mart mochis!

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Karages, Kakiages, Fish, Chicken, it was legitly good!

For the first 2 days, we were with the band mostly watching shows, them playing their show, so we didn’t manage to do much but sight-see around the areas we were at.

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Professional merch girl haha!

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Sushi with our Jap friends 

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Hello American Apparel!

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Hachiko! You guys need to watch the movie and you’ll understand my love for this dog. You will cry buckets.

So after the boys moved on to Osaka and Nagoya, that’s when the ‘real’ honeymoon starts. We started off with the one and only Shibuya. Things in Japan is highly reasonable price wise. The brands that we know like nike, vans, other clothing brands are significantly cheaper than in Singapore. When we were going to Japan, people kept telling us that it’s expensive there and we should bring more in case. We can safely tell you that we spent so much only on our shopping. Food and transport, totally reasonable!

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Lush soaps were 600yen each (around $6) versus the $16 I usually pay in Singapore!

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Starbucks was around 400yen ($4?!?!) 

We went to Odaiba, Yoyogi and Harajuku the next few days, where we spent most of our money haha!

Odaiba is where the huge gundam buddy is at, Hello Kitty store and other knick knacks like toy collectibles. Basically a mall with really cool shops.

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Hey there big buddy!

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Another thing you’ll be addicted to in Japan is this grab machines. After so many tries (10), he managed to win this for me! Look at his face, happiness. 

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I am quite the obsessed!

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Can we talk about the cute pancakes that were so delicious!

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Toys for this boy!

Yoyogi Park is where the Meiji-shrine is. You can google about it but it is basically a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. It is now a tourist spot for sight-seeing and for prayers.

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Do as a tourist does, we bought a wooden plaque and wrote our hopes and dreams for the year!

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Behind me; sake stored in straw barrels.

While at the Yoyogi area, Faizal was saying that he read somewhere that there is a famous bridge where rockabillies gather to dance, mingle and look good basically. And we found the bridge! All of them looked like they came out of Grease.

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Doggehs!

Next up was Harajuku! Shopping haven! They even had Monki (UK). We ate the infamous calbee out of the fryer, some crepes and of course Udon. We even took a neoprint!

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Check out our eyes and nose jobs guys haha!

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YASSSSS!

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Poetico fries calbee and maple & cream cheese chips, amazing!

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Hipster cafe for this couple. Faizal really wanted to go to Cafe Kitsuné and the coffee was really good. They even gave out chocolates to us since it was Valentine’s Day 🙂

We also went to Disneyland! Both of us are not super huge fans of Disney but trust me when I say, dreams really do come true over there. You will relieve your childhood like no other and all pangs of nostalgia will hit at every spot. I am not gonna lie, I kinda teared during the fireworks finale. It was so surreal.

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Popcorn in an obnoxiously cute bow bucket!

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Frozen-themed churros (vanilla sugar)

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Hey cutie!

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The castle at night.

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The magical moment every one has to experience, I’m over-dramatic but you really should!

Another place to also relieve your childhood memories; Pokemon Center! We went to the one at Ikebukuro.

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We also managed to find the famous Shiba-chan! The shop was closed when we came but we saw him. The story behind this is that this dog will open the window to the cigarette shop when he sees a customer. There is a video on Youtube about him!

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Akihabara, Manga City. 

There are alot of places to visit in Japan, one of it being Tokyo Tower, like a Japanese version of the Eiffel tower.

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View from the tower

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Butterflies in my stomach whilst looking down!

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Japan, we’re in love!

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While we were in Tokyo, we actually rented an apartment on Airbnb. Japan’s hotels are really expensive and we knew we will be spending most of our time outside. It was like a studio apartment for $70 a day and we saved a lot of money by doing so. This is our host Kumo!

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There are alot more pictures but you can go over to instagram for that, #thehoneyhoodtour. It was never in my list of countries to visit, but I’ve fallen in love with Tokyo and we’ll definitely be back!

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XX,
T8YP

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Vendors Review: Eye Spy Love!

2 months in and we are still talking about our vendors!

Pictures are still being edited as we speak since the venue had such yellow lighting, our photographers are really working on it slowly for better results.

But moving on, we have to thank Ana from Eye Spy Love for the gorgeous gift trays that we had for our wedding.

You can read about our initial experience with her here first 🙂

Firstly, she only took about 1 week to complete all our trays after we dropped off our items. That’s super efficient in our books! Her staying in the North-East area is an added bonus for us!

We initially wanted 10 trays but with her expertise, since some of the trays looked bare due to the smaller items like the rings and watches, she combined them and we had 8 instead. Which looked way better when presented and in photos.

The materials she used for her trays are really off good quality and is very sturdy. The finishing edges were nicely glued and she even added cute little chalkboards for our initials. The only change we did was the initials on the chalkboard since I wanted to have our names instead.

One thing about her trays are the main feature are not glued down to the base. It might be a problem to some, but for us it was easier for transportation purposes. The trays are all kept in one crate and the main features in another. So we didn’t have to have everybody carry and safe guard 1 tray each in hopes to prevent it from toppling in the cars. Instead, we kept everything in our crates, stowed it in the back of the van with our DIY decor and we just had to assemble them again before the nikah. Very practical for us!

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We chose the Summer and Timber collection for our trays, you can view more photos on her Facebook here.

She has many other collections to choose from if this rustic look doesn’t match your wedding theme.

We highly recommend Eye Spy Love for her prompt service and respond time. Plus aren’t they just gorgeous!

Facebook: Eye Spy Love

XX,
T8YP

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It’s Been 1 Month!

Today marks the first month of our marriage and we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate today with our wedding highlights video!

While we are still awaiting photos (since we have 2000 to choose from!) and our review for one of our sponsors Eye Spy Love, please indulge in this humble video of our wedding day 🙂

XX,
T8YP

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Vendors Review: Jasper Tan of Vadbibes

For our wedding, we had the honour of having Jasper Tan of Vadbibes as our videographer.

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Jasper is well-known here in Singapore as a music video director and videographer for our local bands. We’ve seen him direct a couple of music videos and the end result is always on point. We wanted our video to have a different approach, so we decided to have Jasper who has never done malay weddings before to shoot for us. We are awaiting our highlights and event day video, but for now we have a short trailer that he did for us to screen on our wedding day before our second march in.

This is all about us in 3mins 23s. Enjoy! 

If you’re interested, do see more of his works here and you can either e-mail us or contact him directly for his rates. Tell him we sent you!

XX,
T8YP

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Vendors Review: Bryan & Victoria

For our wedding, we had a live acoustic performance from 2 of our good friends. Bryan & Victoria plays in a band called The Summer State and they play bars and also special requests like weddings. Every time someone asks me if I know any acoustic performers, they are the 2 that I would recommend.

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For our wedding, we had a playlist on Spotify that we wanted them to play some songs from. So we had a mix of some of our selection, 90s boyband, old school love songs and some top 40 hits that Bryan & Victoria usually play. So they played the likes of The Neighbourhood, Taylor Swift, N’sync, Journey… to cater to all our guests.

We received tons of compliments from our guests when they came to the dais to have the photo-taking that the duo is so good and the songs were so relatable/brings back memories. Do e-mail us if you want to hire them for your special day, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

We have a short clip of them playing at our wedding, enjoy!

XX,
T8YP

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Vendors Review: Bridal Party, DIY & Henna

Obviously, I didn’t hire my bridal party as a vendor, however they all did an amazing job they deserve an honourable mention! Plus, they double up as a DIY crew, so we totally won. The bridesmaids = my gfs did table centrepieces including the wrapping of twine on the bottles, the floral arrangement and the tags that were tied to the bottles. The guestbook table props were all done up by them, even the flowers on our wedding cake. Even my bridal bouquet! One of them even marked out the floor with tape of where the bridal party is suppose to stand during our second march in for the throwing of the flower petals. They co-ordinated the whole wedding with the help of the groomsmen while still looking pretty! So many of our guests complimented on their skirt/kain which I got at Arab Street for $7/m. They are up for hire if anybody is interested ;p

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The groomsmen did more of the technical co-ordination for the wedding day. Managing the sound system, taking care of the equipment for the performers, timing issues and basically whatever Faizal needs, they took care of it. The groomsmen were also wearing matching pocket squares similar to the bridesmaid’s skirts but in blue. They are also up for hire, handsome right?

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With regards to my henna, my best friend actually gifted it to me. We got AdornedSG also known Ameerah. I stumbled upon her through someone’s blog and through instagram and told my best friend about it. She came to my house and did for me and my family. She was so good and she could do practically anything. I didn’t want to choose the traditional henna designs so I picked something off pintrest that she did a good job replicating. I picked something more of a bohemian vibe. Do visit her instagram or contact her at hennabyameerahs@gmail.com for bookings!

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XX,
T8YP