(Sorry, this post has been sitting as a draft for the longest tine cos I couldn’t find time to complete and publish it)

HELLO EVERYBODY!!! My Facebook relationship status has officially been changed! Facebook Relationship Status Engaged

I know, I know, this was more than a month ago. Unfortunately, being engaged doesn’t relieve me of my busy schedule. In fact, I’m even busier now with our wedding planning and house hunting – not to mention our coming Korea trip and the fact that my company is understaffed for our new website, which is currently just me overseeing. Anyway, I’ve already set the countdown timer to the end of my 2-year bond. I just celebrated the end of 1 year, so it’s a REALLY long way more to go.

Okay, so back to the topic: the engagement. Well, let’s just say I knew it was coming, but I just wasn’t too sure when. D has been joking about it for the longest time, always asking me to marry him at the most random times. In the couple of weeks leading up to The Day, he asked quite a number of times if I would say yes if he did. So, it was like he was already paving the way to the ‘big surprise.’

Anyhoo, here’s how it rolled out:

18 April 2014, Friday

It was Good Friday; it was a public holiday. I guess the day went pretty well ‘cos we weren’t stressing over work and the people above us (my manager) or under us (his employees). We were having dinner at Irodori, the always-packed Japanese buffet place we just love. During dinner, I was constantly amused at the rather odd questions he kept shooting at me. You see, I was supposed to attend 2 baby showers – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Totally unlike him, he kept asking about details like what time they were starting and ending, what we’ll be doing there, how long it’ll take, etc. Usually, it’s just a “ok, since you end at this time, I’ll meet you at this time.” It got me wondering if he was up to something, but I guess it wasn’t ‘obvious’ enough for me to question further.

So, he sent me home that night. I recall so clearly the last thing he said to me before he left. He said, “if I ask you to marry me tomorrow, will you?” It would’ve sounded pretty obvious to any other girl, but I laughed it off, thinking it was just one of his countless attempts at being funny.

But I’m so glad now that I didn’t take it seriously or the entire surprise would’ve been ruined.

That night, he was back at his place and I was back at mine.

His goodnight text came in at 5 plus am.

19 April 2014, Saturday 

His good morning text came in at 10 am; I was still in bed and my first thought was “did he even sleep?!” He told me to meet him at VivoCity at 4pm, which was another shocker for me. He has never once, in our 5 years together, made any decision just like that. Never.

I just went with the flow. I kind of knew something was going on, but I didn’t want to set my hopes up.

I arrived at VivoCity and well, he was there with nothing but his DSLR. Weird ‘cos I thought Facebook said he was listening to Spotify just 10 mins before we met. But hey, Facebook screws up sometimes too.

The Proposal: My Outfit of the Day

He never offers to take pictures of me, but this time, he did! *Jaw drops*

The Proposal: My Outfit of the Day

So, apparently, he already bought tickets to enter Sentosa. He was definitely up to something – but I just didn’t know if this was IT or just a surprise dinner.The Proposal: Pre-proposal

The Proposal: il Lido Singapore

He said it was going to be a simple dinner. And il Lido does not count as a ‘simple’ dinner. Of course, at this point, I was still suspicious about the entire thing. I kept giggling and turning around, thinking someone’s gonna surprise me from behind.

The Proposal: iL Lido

il Lido Italian Dining Lounge and Bar Singapore

Movenpick Hotel Singapore

il Lido SIngapore Appetiser

This came complimentary. We don’t know what it was, but it tasted soooo good. There was a very strong hint of mushroom, which made us believe it was some kind of mushroom soup at first. But the texture was more foamy, rather than creamy. From my personal cooking experience, I’m guessing it was mostly made of beaten egg whites to give it that foamy texture. Taste wise, clueless – but I LURVED it.

il Lido Singapore Bread Basket

The Proposal: il Lido Appetiser OctopusOur appetiser – Octopus, White Corn, Nduja (S$29)

The Proposal: il Lido Beef TenderloinBone Marrow Crusted Angus Beef Tenderloin (S$48)

The Proposal: il Lido Cod FishBlack Cod, Asparagus and Sea Urchin Sabayon (S$45)

For their full menu, click here.

Even though I was pretty much at the edge of my seat during the entire meal (like I literally kept turning behind me to make sure no one was behind), I really loved the whole experience. The food, ambience & company – everything was si magnifique!

At the end of our mains, the waiter asked if we would like any desserts. I did want some, but the look on D’s face told me he was hoping I’d say no, and so I did.

The view from where we were seated at il Lido was so amazing, I wanted to just sit and enjoy the evening breeze, but like a man on a mission, he called for the cheque and off we were.

I kept asking why he looked so stress, picking at the fact that I knew he had something up his sleeves. He kept denying it, but his little nervous giggles were complete giveaways. Even an idiot could tell he had something planned. By this time, I was 99% sure he was going to pop the question – I just wasn’t sure how he was going to do it.

So, after a short bus ride within Sentosa, we ended up here.

Movenpick Hotel Singapore Sentosa

We ordered some ice cream and he excused himself for the gents.

I kept myself busy with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 10 minutes went by and the ice cream had not arrived and he was still nowhere in sight.

For some reason, I expected his family and mine to just appear from somewhere. I was so prepared for that to happen. Haha, how stupid.

I continued scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. And Spotify gave it away AGAIN. Spotify posted saying he was listening to Bossanova there and then. I immediately texted D and told him to switch off his music and come out from wherever he was. Haha.

5 mins later, he returned to the table looking visibly disturbed. I laughed and asked him what was going on. He ignored me and walked up to a waiter at the other end of the restaurant with what looked like a complaint. He walked back to our table and I told him the ice cream hasn’t arrived. He told me to forget about the ice cream, grabbed my hand and we walked out of the restaurant.

Looked like a scene right out of a Korean drama. Lol.

He got me to close my eyes, which I did. He then brought me up the hotel and guided me to a room.

When he told me to open my eyes…

Movenpick Hotel Singapore



Movenpick Hotel Singapore


Movenpick Hotel Singapore

At this point, I was already starting to cry. I mean, I kind of knew this was going to be it, but I just wasn’t sure know how the night was going to roll out for me.

I guess the tears were simply brought on by the overwhelming buildup of emotions. It meant so much to me that he had spent the day prepping for that night. The effort, the setting and every little detail of it – wow.

I turned to him, lost for words, and there he was kneeling in front of me with the ring in his hands. Can’t remember word for word of what he said, but it was something like, “… 5 years spent together has brought us up to this day… will you spend the rest of your life with me?”

And this was my answer…

Movenpick Hotel Singapore

Yes, I am officially engaged to the love of my life! ^^

And now letting the wedding planning begin… If you guys have any suggestions for good wedding venues or connections that can get us better rates, please be nice and share them with me. Lol.

Okay, sorry for the photo spamming.

(And in case you’re wondering what happened to my ice cream, well, it turned up eventually as room service.)

Foodie: Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet

And the Buffet Queen is back! P.S This is a #throwback My boy treated my family to dinner at Ssikkek last weekend. Unbelievable but true, this was my mum’s and dad’s first time eating at a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant - or any kind of BBQ restaurant for that matter. We’re a simple family; we only eat at foodcourts, hawker centres, coffee shops, or at casual eateries at best. If it’s a special occasion like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, that’s when we would usually go to more lavish restaurants. Other than that. we’re pretty simple – not necessarily thrifty, but simple. So, we made a reservation for that evening… Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet Price List This place is always so packed. If you’re thinking of going in a big group, I would recommend that you make a reservation first. Otherwise, you might just have to wait till you get a table. 1908258_10152146471536464_1679472651266811348_n If I’m not wrong, Ssikkek was started by Korean-Koreans. I mean, step into this place and it’s already like a little Korea. They have Korean movie posters on every wall, they even have TV screens playing Korean music videos and live concerts. Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Here’s their buffet spread.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe salad bar

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetCooked food section

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe meats

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe seafood spread

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Heating up the grill… *Drools*

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe meats are really fresh.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet I’m a sucker for their fatty meats. It’s the only time I really indulge in heart-clogging anything. If you’re extremely careful about your weight, like I am on most days, you might want to reconsider this place. But of course, they have other stuff that won’t kill you or raise your cholesterol. Just make smart choices, that’s all.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetEeks, we’ve both put on weight from the buffets. Sigh… My eyes were tearing from the smoke in the restaurant. Haha. Looked like I just had a tear fest.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

My mum and dad. Do I look like either of them? I think I may be adopted. Haha. Kidding.

I don’t know for sure if they did, but I should think my parents enjoyed the buffet. If you do enough research and have gone a around Singapore to explore the buffet scene, you’ll realise that buffets are getting more and more expensive as Singaporeans are increasingly patronising buffet places over the usual restaurants. Ssikkek is among the more affordable Korean BBQ buffets in Singapore, which is why Darren and I frequent this place whenever we have a carnivorous appetite – well, it’s usually just him. Just a point to note, don’t expect a 5-star service standard here. The are obviously understaffed for the number of people this place accommodates. They do charge the usual 10% service charge, which I personally find ridiculous. You self-serve from start to finish, except when they bring you to your seat and at the end when they take your money. How’s that for service? Anyway, the food is really good – this I can assure you. If you’re living in Singapore and have never visited Ssikkek or never even heard of this place, it’s time you crawl out of your shell! I think they have 2 or 3 outlets, but the one at United Square is the one we usually head to. Remember, 1) make a reservation, 2) make sure your meats are sufficiently cooked before consumption, and 3) you’ll smell like walking piece of smoked meat when you step out of this place, so bring a change of clothes or go straight home (if you don’t want weird stares, that is). It’s a long weekend! Go find time to drop by Ssikkek sometime soon. You’ll love it :) Happy weekend!