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Location, Location, Location

Like how location is a prime factor for most businesses, the venue is a key consideration for most weddings. The decision-making process becomes a little more complicated than picking a nice ceremony and reception venue when you:

  • Have ties with multiple cities/countries – my partner and I live in Perth, most of his family and friends are in Perth, most of my family and friends are in NZ, I grew up in and love NZ, and we both agree that NZ is the more beautiful place (not many places in the world can rival the beauty of Middle Earth!). Ah, and our birth countries are in Europe and Asia, although we never really considered them as practical options; and
  • Want to run your wedding on a conservative budget – so how about a cheap wedding followed by a honeymoon in Bali? Hmmmm.

Ultimately, we decided on Perth because we live here, which makes it a lot easier to organise local suppliers as we are doing our wedding planning DIY – a by-product of the conservative budget. If having a wedding planner is an option though, I have heard of how easy they make everything happen and being overseas wouldn’t be an issue. Maybe in my next life I’ll get to have a wedding with Mordor as the backdrop. 😌

So, having chosen the city, next up was the actual venue. My personal preference was to have our ceremony and reception at the same place. Whilst most guests wouldn’t care about needing to travel between the two, I thought I’d rather save the travel time for more photography time.

Now for my first wedding-related plugs on this blog. I did my fair share of research and comparing pricing packages of suitable venues around Perth and the venues we seriously considered were: Araluen Golf Resort, Fraser’s Kings Park and Caversham House. All three places are gorgeous.

A cardio-hater’s quest to leanness

Like most girls out there, I would like to feel as beautiful as I can be on my wedding day. I understand that everyone has a different ideal shape, and for me, that means looking leaner than I am now i.e. strong and lean enough to see pretty abs and toned muscles everywhereeee. ? This has not been easy given my preferred form of exercise is low-rep heavy lifting and avoiding all forms of cardio. While I was squatting and benching heavier each week and swelling with pride as I did so, eventually I had to admit that it really wasn’t taking me closer to my ultimate goal and time was ticking down.

I knew cardio was key for fat loss, and I’d tried them all – running, cross-training, rowing, biking… with and without a good movie on – but for someone as impatient as myself, moving my limbs repeatedly in the same motion for even ten minutes was doing my head in; I tried Kayla Itsines‘ popular BBG workouts for weeks too and nope, not for me. Pushing myself to do these sorts of workouts while hating every minute of them was contradicting my belief that the best workout is the one that you like.

Long story cut short, I’ve experimented, trialled and erred, and in the past few months have created some fun strength routines that I enjoy (yay!) into my usual training. So far, I have lost 4-5 kg (quite a lot at my size) while retaining most of my strength. Part of it is due to an improved diet, which I may write about sometime, but I would also attribute much of the progress to doing new workouts that challenge myself and push up the heart rate.

For those interested, this was the first kettlebell HIIT workout I did a few weeks ago, though it could also be done with dumbbells. By the end of it I was well and truly brutalised and endured that sweet muscle soreness in the days after.

Full body kettlebell workout

Suitable for gym or home. The workout duration and weight of the kettlebells/dumbbells are flexible and simply dependent on the level of challenge desired.

“So, how did he propose?” He didn’t!

“How did he propose?!?!” This has to rank as one of the most-asked questions I’ve had in the past year and a half.

The answer seems to always prompt a bit of a shock followed by a “Huh?” or “What?” So I thought I might as well blog about how there was no proposal.

We’d been together for about three years and were more than comfortable discussing marriage and our future together. Gradually, he started asking things such as: “How would you like me to propose to you?” “Do you want a romantic proposal?” “Do you want a surprise proposal?” “Should I ask your parents first?” “When would you like it?” “Where would you like it?” “In private or public?”…

Eventually, I threw my hands up (not really) and suggested that we should just go shopping for an engagement ring together. So that is exactly what we did. Luckily, the ring shopping seemed a much easier process than the non-proposal and it was easy to find one that I fell in love with at Tiffany. I experienced far better service at Tiffany Perth than Tiffany Sydney though, and even looking and trying on the same ring style at both stores I enjoyed it a lot more at the Perth store because the lady who served me was so much more personable – it’s all about the selling skills!

So I guess the next question is: Was I disappointed in the lack of a proposal?

Introduction

Wow, it must have been nearly a decade ago I lasted blogged on wildx.org – it was always on the cards and, well, better late than never! For many of those who don’t know me: Hi, I’m Cheryl and as a teenager I blogged religiously and designed pretty websites for several years. And… look what adulthood has done! At age 27 now, I am a lawyer who still enjoys nerding out on coding and gaming now and then, but I also like to carve out a good chunk of time for fitness (damn the declining metabolism), reading and enough fun activities to say I live a happy and interesting life. 😀

For the immediate future of this blog, as I am heading towards one of the biggest milestones of my life thus far, the intention is to document my journey to the altar this year, including my experiences with various suppliers (which will hopefully benefit some Perth and Australian bride-to-be’s), the workouts and diets that *fingers crossed* will allow me to look and feel like a goddess on the day, and of course the random tidbits in life and musings of an opinionated geek.

And because I have just spent most of this beautiful Sunday setting up the blog and customising the template, I’ll leave this as a short and sweet intro. Toodles~