We just passed by Harvey Norman and found out the Electrolux Juice Extractorthat we bought for RM 345 from Jintex Electronics, is going out at retail price RM 399. Wow, that’s a saving of RM 54 or 13.5%!
So, we have decided to go ahead ordering pies from Mr Pieman for our morning session wedding ceremony, given that free delivery is provided. We made the order on Nov 19 at its branch in Kelana Jaya. We actually made a call to them before arriving. We placed our orders of 35 mini puffs and 30 curry puffs, which come to a total cost of RM 115. We paid a deposit of RM 50, and the man reminded us that we need to send someone down to the guard house to collect the pies on the day.
I actually sent a private message to the owner of Mr Pieman’s facebook few days before the actual day but without response. Then, hubby made a call the day before the actual day and it was confirmed. In the evening, the person from Mr Pieman called me again to confirm the venue and reminded me to have someone standby to collect the pies.
On the actual day, the pies arrived on time. I sent my dad to collect it and paid the outstanding amount. It was freshly baked and if I was not mistaken, our guests enjoyed it.
What I think they should improve is – since it is delivery to door step, I don’t think it will take them extra effort to get to the condominium unit to deliver the pies, rather than having us to send someone down to the guard house to collect it – especially since we are so busy. In addition to that, they should be more responsive to their customers over the facebook (since they have been posting adverts after I sent them a private message). Else, they should open up their facebook for public comments.
We were scouting for restaurant for our wedding since December 2010. However, at that point of time, our date was mostly fully taken. At the end, we have to settle with Restaurant Pik Wah. The restaurant is well known for its good food, but its environment seems less impressive. But, since our focus is to have good food for our guests and wanting to stick to our chosen date, we paid a deposit of RM 1,000 on January 8, 2011 with the restaurant. Mother-in-law altered the menu and the price was adjusted to RM 768 per table (which was increased after the Chinese New Year to RM 998). And, mother-in-law made an initial booking of 38 tables.
Come the month of October, the restaurant manager, Mr Chew called us to test out the menu, which was free since we have more than 30 tables. The servings were quite big at the point of testing and we were quite satisfied with the quality of food. Some comments and alterations were given to Mr Chew (but the “best” thing is he did not write it down). We also choose the wedding card design at the point of time and ordered the extra cards needed. We arranged the liquor and beers ourselves since parents-in-law knew people who do this business.
Liaising of the card wordings were done by another person called Will Tan. But, I would say it was a total disappointment dealing with him, with the initial card wordings even had the wrong bride’s name. We needed to print out and circle the errors, rescanned it and emailed back to him. It was to and forth for three or four times before we were totally satisfied and agreed to go for printing. It took three working days for the cards to be printed out.
We also needed to go to the restaurant another time to test out the CDs and also discuss about the table arrangements, which at the end, came to about 45 tables. Table clothes colours were chosen as well.
The day finally arrived. We have also arranged with them that I would be coming early for the make up session in their designated room for changing and make up. We were also given priority parking. Upon arrival, I was initially shocked to see how they have transform the restaurant 360 degrees to something different. It then really had the atmosphere of a wedding dinner. One mistake they made was putting the “Bride and bridegroom”; instead of “Bridegroom and bride”. We also brought gifts for our guests, which the waiter and waitress helped us to place on each seat.
Due to the many tables, the entrance seems a less spacious, with the bride and bridegroom having less space to stand and seems to be blocking the walk way. At the end, the grand entrance was nicely arranged, despite the entrance and the main table being not too far apart. Also, their food presentation was also quite excellent. Mr Chew (free of charge) was also the emcee of the day, and he was a good speaker who managed to entertain most of the guests. The manager also ensured that I get back to my seat on time after I changed my gown. When it comes to cocktail on the stage, everything was arranged properly. Slides show arranged during the dinner was also presented as requested (but this was assisted by our friend). Most of our guests (except for two) were satisfied with the food. One setback could be the less professional waiter and waitress, but I guess most of them are part-timers for big events (to save cost for the restaurant).
My health has taken a toll. Taking more vitamins is no longer an option but a necessity. I have been pondering into getting a juice extractor for the longest time, and has decided to do so – as it has become necessary for me to take more fruit/ fruit juices.
We were looking for juice extractors from many malls since last weekend. But, finally put an eye on this model Electrolux Juice Extractor Model EJE3000 and saw the price from Jintex Electronics online website – RM 350. I have decided to get it from Jintex and so made a call yesterday to check the stock availability. Yesterday, the call was picked up by the lady boss, who said that they need to order the stock, which will take about two to three days. So, I was pondering and also waiting to ask hubby about the decision. I also went through some bigger electronic shops online (like Best and SengQ) and gave them calls to find that there wasn’t any stock. By night, with the affirmation given by hubby, I have decided to purchase from Jintex.
Today, about 1.35 pm, I made a call to Jintex and spoke to the man boss, Kevin, who was the one who sent the washing machine to our place the previous time. I told him that I would like to place a booking for the juicer. I gave him some personal details and he said that he will call me once the stock arrives. In an hour time, I received a sms from Kevin that the stock has arrived (or was it an old stock?) and he is charging me RM 345 instead of RM 350. So, I went to the shop, which located at Seapark. Kevin showed me the machine, tested it out and repacked it. It looks totally brand new. Braving myself, I asked if there is free gift for the item. He initially said no, but later told me that I can take the free cookie jars. He offered to carry the box to my car, but I said that I could manage it myself.
Overall, I am satisfied with the service. In both experiences with them, I feel more comfortable dealing with Kevin rather than the lady boss. The only setback of the shop is the location, whereby it is really difficult to get parking.
I started enquiring about Ivy Too’s bridal make up service back in November 2010. Quotation was given and some brief explanation over the email was given. The initial pricing for wedding day and dinner on the same day was RM 650. So, I have decided to give a trial make up at her place on Dec 27, 2010 (previously, in Puchong), whereby the trial make up session is RM 80 (refundable upon confirmation) and hair do trial will be RM 80 (which is not refundable). At that point of time, my skin was bad and she took extra care to cover up the pimples. The end result was satisfactory. Ivy even gave me some advice on how take care of my skin and so forth. She was really professional and was never pushy about products. After few days, I decided to book her, so I paid her the remaining of RM 300, which is RM 220 as a deposit. I booked her for the wedding day and dinner (without staying back), which was RM 630 at that point.
Throughout the period till our actual wedding day, which was Dec 3, 2011, Ivy and I have been keeping in touch. We spoke about how the fringe should be cut, how I should protect my skin with sunscreen, the kind of gown colours I should choose for my fair skin, how important it is to make up in the restaurant rather at home for the night session and so forth. All email responses was prompt.
When the day was approaching, I also emailed her the gowns that I have chosen and accessories that was given to me. Ivy also provides renting of accessories if she deem necessary for the bride (but a deposit will be required).
The day finally arrived and Ivy arrived earlier than expected. All make up was well done and because my skin has improved a lot compared to a year ago, she needed about two hours to do both the make up and hair do. Also, I changed my mind and wanted her to stay back during the dinner, which she did. At the end, the total bill was RM 800, whereby I needed to pay her RM 500, minusing the earlier deposit. Besides that, I needed to arrange the dinner for her during her stay back.
Comment: Make up and hair do well done. However, since I lived in a condo and parking was an issue, I was initially a little frustrated (make me have to worry another thing when I was already stressed up) that she wanted me to arrange parking for her given that it was in the wee hour. I try to empathise and at the end, I did. Then, when she arrived, I realized that she was pregnant, but she came with her husband. Other than that, unlike other make up artist I known (from other people’s wedding), Ivy does not really help me with the nu bra (which I had a problem with) and also the gowns. The excuse could probably be she is pregnant? This part disappointed me partly. Otherwise, I would still consider her as a good make up artist and certainly like her punctuality.