We Tied The Knot

To everyone’s surprise, we finally tied the knot last Valentine’s day. It was just a simple ceremony at a local temple here in Jambi. It even only took one hour for the whole procession!

The ceremony here in Indonesia, we noticed, normally take time at the same day of the reception, but we think it’s completely okay to hold it at a different time just so that it is not very hectic on the morning of the party. So we chose Valentine’s Day because… why not?

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We Got a New Dog! Hello, Toto!

Earlier this January, Fred’s uncle suddenly gave him this cute puppy that he got from his friend. The little puppy is a boy and said to be a mixed breed from Dachshund and “Kampung” dog which is, a local dog here in Indonesia (and probably Malaysia too!). Kampung dog is often seen as a stray dog or the one who live in the farm. But Fred’s cousin got two Kampung dogs at home and this little one joined the family.

Fred’s aunt calls him “Pluto”, but we prefer “Toto”. So, Toto, it is. We even made an Instagram account for him lol. Go check @totopotato if you are interested. *hoping that someday he will be famous and some expensive dog food brand will endorse him* It’s for your own good, Toto. It’s for your own good…

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Planning For Our Own Wedding

We’ve always wanted a small intimate wedding, like a small garden party in our backyard. Or if that’s too much, we won’t mind having dinner at a restaurant with just our small families.

But it seems that our parents hold a different set of rules – a different set of standard of living in the society. They need to invite those who’ve invited them to their party. They need to invite their uncles, their aunts, their cousins, their cousins of cousins. Pretty much, everyone they know.

Our views don’t seem to match with our parents. So things just couldn’t go as planned. We chose to follow theirs, and think of it as our parents’ party, not ours. That is just how they celebrate us, and don’t worry, we’ll find another way to celebrate our own marriage, but it’s just not with those tiring procession. You know, even just the thought of it makes us extremely drained.

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A Highlight of 2016

Here we are, at the end of the year. Just like last year, we like to look back and see what we’ve done throughout the year. What gone wrong, what gone unexpectedly well. 2016 has been an awesome year for us. It’s a crazy one, to be honest.

We started the year with a trip with Fred’s family. We went to Hongkong, Macau, and Beijing. And then both of us went to Manila for an extended trip.

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What We Think About Marriage

We never realized about this until we started planning for our own wedding. (Yes, we are getting married soon!!!) We found that people in general, are confused between marriage and the wedding party. It almost feels like without the glamorous party, there is no one getting married.

For us, marriage is just a way that people commit to each other. It’s a thing between the two when they’re saying “Hey, let’s do everything together from now on”. We can build our own house, we can travel around, we can live together without being judged, or have the kids of our own. We can do whatever we want, together. It’s like starting a new life…

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