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What makes my day end with a blast? An effective makeup removal!

A good makeup remover can remove make up not only effectively and great for all skin type! Hassle free!

Today I’m sharing with you BIODERMA  Sensibio series of products!

Sensibio H2O

Bioderma’s makeup remover is by far my favourite product! So many competitor came up with similar, as good too, but none can compare to THIS!

A cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin! It combines performance and very high tolerance!! It cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes (Yes, no separate eye maeup remover required!), soothes and clears up irritated skin! Best of all, it’s non-rinse and give a feeling of instant freshness!!

And if you didn’t know, Sensibio H2O makeup remover is fragrance-free formula, alcohol-free, paraben-free & hypoallergenic!!

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Just a little bit goes a long way!

For such big face I have, all I need is 3 cotton pad! One for each side and last one for the whole face to ensure it’s all cleaned! On a side note, this is just my daily light makeup for work. For dramatic makeup, you might just need a lil more..

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In fact, I think I did a post on this makeup remover quite some time back.. you can read it from HERE..

Next up, something new!

Sensibio Dermatological Water!

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Using highly purified water that is enhanced by a perfect balance of mineral salts and oligo-elements, the Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water soothes skin while maintaining healthy skin cells. A remarkable ally for sensitive skin, it combats various skin reactive signs. Soothing agents such as mannitol, rhamnose and zinc also provide quick and lasting relief to sensitive skin.

Sensibio Dermatological water was developed through BIODERMA dermatology research. Thanks to a perfect balance of mineral salts and oligo-elements, Sensibio Dermatological water perfectly respects the skin’s biological and physiological characteristics and is therefore an ideal ally for sensitive skin to combat various reactive signs (dermatological procedure, hair removal, after shave rash, sunburn, etc.) and sensations of discomfort.

Its unique composition and the D.A.F. (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) patented natural complex help increase the skin’s tolerance threshold in the event of external stress.

Soothing agents (mannitol, zinc) quickly and lastingly relieve the skin. The skin is soothed, comfortable and radiant.

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Use it as often as desired to freshen up skin or to remove the balance of mask left behind on face. Thanks to its isotonic formula, the skin can be air-dried with no dabbing! (Of course to show u the particles are really FINE, I SPRAYED a lot on my face so that it can be captured through my phone.. For normal cases, you won’t even feel the water..)

Last but not least, another new addition to Bioderma Sensibio series!

Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant!!

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The Sensibio Gel Moussant gently cleanses while hydrating and soothing sensitive skin. Enriched with skin conditioning ingredients such as coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate, it also has lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.

To give you some numbers, it helps moisturises skin (+77% hydration*) and is 100% excellent skin and eye tolerance!! Suitable for day and night use on both face and eyes!

*In vivo hydration test on the coco glucoside/ glyceryl oleate active ingredients – 2 weeks application – 10 women – France.

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If you’re like me, ponder a while, wondering how to use this, here goes! Apply on wet skin, work into a foam, rinse well and gently! that’s it. Good for both morning and/or evening use.

NOW, CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE ALREADY? They’re now available at Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Robinsons, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Skin Centre!

BIODERMA SENSIBIO H20: $15.90 for 100ml | $28.90 for 250ml | $41.90 for 500ml

BIODERMA SENSIBIO DERMATOLOGICAL WATER: $19.90 for 150ml

BIODERMA SENSIBIO GEL MOUSSANT: $33.90 for 200ml

You think that’s the end of my post, hang on till you get your 3-DAYS FREE TRIAL!! Just click HERE to get them~!! #dontsaybojio

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#DALoveKnot – Chapter 9 (The Bridal/Wedding Car)

The clock is ticking.. We’ve done PWS! We’ve locked our guest list! We’ve done GDL! Now how can we not done with Bridal car!!

In Budget Bride FB Page, I did a quick search and found that quite a few brides recommended Abel & WeddingCarz. By instinct, I went ahead to check out WeddingCarz first because it seems like they will have a better variety of cars!

To my surprise, the person who replied me is.. Abel! CHEY!!!!

My hubby-to-be & I were pretty much firm that we don’t want a white bridal car because it’s too common and doesn’t compliment the white gown (at all). Hence we told abel to quote us dark colored cars.

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Very soon after the FB PM, i got his email with car image.

We made our decision within those selection and did a soft booking!

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His response was fast and even help to arrange car viewing session for us! What touched us most is that he even offered to pick us up as the car owner’s location might change.. Very considerate boss!

During that 1st meet up, all went pretty well! Driver assured us that prior the wedding day, the bridal car will be sent for washing & (omg, can’t remember the term he use) polishing?? Anyway, in short, he promised that the car will be shinning and clean when he pick us up on our big day!

I didn’t take a lot of picture but the inside of the car is decent. Leather seating (grey color if i’m not wrong).. They even shared their experience with us on what to expect on that day and what to avoid..

TIPS we learnt:

  • On the wedding day, Bridal Car should not do U-turn nor reverse – not a good sign.
  • If you’re a teochew bride, rightfully you your leave the house before sun rise. However, if you’re like me, doing it later, you might want to plan to go straight to groom’s house – NO mid-day shoot before that. Teochew bride cannot “see light” prior arriving groom’s place. Mid day shoot can be done after you leave groom’s place. 🙂 Take it as a  chance to showcase your Kua/Teadress, else i believe you’ll have little photos of those dress.

Well, since all went well, we confirmed the booking and secured out bridal car! Now hope all will be smooth on that day! 🙂

BeautyKeeper

A heaven for taiwan products lover! They bring innovative, novel & award winning Taiwanese beauty products closer to you!

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Thanks to Samplestore, I get to try a few items from BeautyKeeper!!

The first thing that caught my attention is SLIMWAY (Organic) Essential Oil!

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Ever thought how to get rid of those wrinkled, saggy skin after weight lost?

This lil oil here is suppose to help you keep your skin firm, eliminate orange peel skin & regain skin elasticity as you slim down!! SLIM DOWN BEAUTIFULLY!

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It’s not only an essential oil, it helps you curb your appetite too!

I’m not too sure able the curb appetite part, but i enjoy the fragrance of the oil, it helps me sleep better at night!

HOW TO USE: Apply approximately 10 drops once in the morning, noon & night – massage! For extra strength, in the first 30 mins of use, apply 1 drop on the stomach & take deep breath for 1 min before you go to bed!

After you’ve taken care of your body, let’s care for our beautiful face!

Here we have MDMMD Wakeup Skin and Freeze Age Essence! By that name, I believe it’s not hard to tell it’s an anti aging product!

The products reminds me another brand where to essence is thick and can gives your those doink-doink feeling! I gave this to my mom to try, hence will let you know the review once i hear from her!!

Next up, the not very attractive packaging mask but I thought it was pretty good!

SEVYNAL – Brightening Firmimg Repair Mask is made with VICERAL which can be composed when buried in soil.

If you ask women,”What’s your dream?.” I believe 80% would say they want to stay forever young! If that’s you’re goal, then this is the right product that you’re looking for!

 

The mask is very fitting and it leaves a very smooth after effect when you’re done!

Last but not least! All Belle Falsie!

Looks decent.. but looking at the manufacturing date (4.5 years ago), I’m not sure if i will wear it out though.

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Overall, I think I still think BeautyKeeper is a decent platform where you can get Taiwan Beauty Products!! Head over to give it a try..

**The above blog review is proudly sponsored by:

Sample Store | BeautyKeeper

#DALoveKnot Chapter 8: The Bridal Studio – Pre-Wedding Shoot

The long awaited PWS day! Probably one of the post that I do not need to edit my complexion!

My appointment was at 10am for makeup! We arrived early and Joann was already there! without further delay, we started doing our makeup after I got changed into my button shirt!

Ampoule – $25

Lashes – $15

Friendship – Priceless!

Prior to our PWS, I actually gave Joann a lil thank you gift and she felt the appreciation and in return upgraded my makeup to airbrush makeup! Woohoo!! Who says studio are all about making money.

Airbrush makeup are light weight and moisturizing! By the look of below image, i guess it’s not hard to tell which is before which is after ya?

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Word of advice: Top up to bring your MUA out! the weather is not going to do justice to your glamorous face!!

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I have 4 looks to compliment the gown and to be honest, letting down my hair is still my favourite.

Looking back all this photo, I have to say, hairdo might not be joann’s strength. Nonethless, it’s not that bad too la. Just don’t expect super wow look.

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Very soon we started our indoor shoot and spent about 4 hrs doing that..

Smile~ Look down~ Hold your dress~ Shoulders down~ Chest up~ Chin down~

If you ask me, I did not feel that the PG was able to lighten up the mood and made us feel natural. In fact, by the end of the day, I still didn’t feel very into the shoot.

In case you didn’t read my previous post (HERE), pls note that I was still pretty upset by the fact that the studio changed our PG without informing us and showed us NOTHING on our new PG’s work..

All they had had been showing us during our appointments were their existing PG’s work and it’s not like the original PG they assigned to us left/resign.. But they just changed it. Totally affected my mood for the shoot..

DISCLAIMER: I’m not pissed or dissatisfied with my PG but just the shit they do is like misrepresentation! Promise not delivered!

For now I can only pray hard that the photos by the PG will turn out unexpectedly HIGH. Because everything that’s just of OK/So-So standard will be consider and marked as BAD.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE! I’m so glad I had my maid of honor (MOH) with us throughout the shoot. She drove, she gave me water, bring me fan, help me everywhere we went..

She help us took candid shots .. which turns out pretty NICE!! Since I don’t have the real photos by the PG yet, let me show u some sneak preview by *proud* my MOH!!

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First outdoor location: Seletar North Link

The whole road was pretty nice and in fact I would highly recommend couple to take their outdoor shoot here! There’s pretty “lake”, foresty, burnt “jungle”, lalang field.. Seriously, I love this place!

Now for the piece of bad news, rumour has it that this place will be gone in another few years.. Maybe 2-3 years, maybe 4-5 years, I don’t know. So heard over there while it’s still around.

PS: Lots of lalang there for those brides who’s really into taking lalang field! A big field of lalang and not like just a small area.. Look really beautiful in my mind!

We almost missed shooting at the lalng field because the PG didn’t direct us there and asked us to leave for next location when he think he’s done.. I had to request again (already asked for lalang field prior our shoot) then we managed to take a few shots there..  sigh~

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Second outdoor location: Fort Canning Park

The Groom choose this place as it doesn’t seems like a very popular destination for shoot. We were pretty late already by the time we reach here. Hence i did feel that the PG did not really explore the place but instead only ask us “where else you wana shoot? where else?”

Seriously?? if you ask me, I would think that PG should do the homework and recommend the place to shoot (like what he did for Seletar North Link)..

Now a tip for The Bride – BRING lotsa mosquito repellent!! Damn! less than 5 min there I was already feeding 5-6 mosquitoes! 2 on each side of the arm, above my brow and my ring finger! T_T

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And above 2 photos are indoor shoot within the studio. They have quite a few indoor scene.. Those backdrop poster kind, real cafe kitchen, bedroom, garden, staircase. The whole 5 stories high shophouse, everywhere, can be a scene..

We had our casual shoot done outdoor but because my MOH needs to look after the car, hence, we did not have any candid casual wear shoot.

The whole shoot ends at about 830pm and by the time we send the MUA and PG back to shop, it’s about 9pm already.. Mad tiring but mad happy too (minus those hiccups that I’ve been bugging about)

MORE TIPS:

Bring a friend/sister along! She will be a great helper – like my MOH!

Bring along drinking straw – Bride will need a straw to drink so as not to ruin the beautiful makeup.

Bring a portable fan – The weather will kill the mood!

Bring a powerbank – In case phone battery went dead for taking too much candid shoot! (BTW, I understand some PG don’t like people to take candid shoot, so pls do it discreetly in case you were asked to keep you phone!)

Bring ice cold water – Freeze some ice in the bottle prior the shoot and then fill in ice water and keep them in a cooler bag! My ice water became useful when we were at Fort canning Park (which was already almost like 6-7pm?) Yes, cooler bag very important!

LOTS OF TISSUE (DRY/WET) – You will be perspiring like a dog! So good to have more..! I’m so glad I had both my MUA and MOH around.. They took care of me so well.. Touch up make up! Dap on my (endless) perspiration!! Fan me! Hold on to me!

Plaster/Tiger Balm Oil/Light food or snack – These are good to have! we did not use the plaster nor tiger balm (heng ah!) but the ham & cheese sandwich were pretty handy when we were doing our indoor shoot halfway! The Bride became very hungry!

All in all, I think it’s the companion that day that made the exhausting day less frustrating. 🙂 Just before I end this post, sharing one more thing with you – TIME LINE.

Everyone might not have the same timeline but it can serve as a guide for those couple who signed up BS package at least 1 year prior wedding!

TIMELINE:

Contract signed + Deposit payment

1st appointment (May 2016): Gown selection

2nd appointment (Jul 2016): Gown selection + 2nd payment (not needed if you found what you like during the first session)

3rd appointment (Oct 2016): Makeup trial + Fitting for PWS (usually 2-3 days bef pre-wedding shoot)

3rd appointment (Oct 2016): Pre-wedding shoot

4th appointment (Nov 2016): Bridesmaid dress selection

5th appointment (Nov 2016): Photos selection

6th appointment: (Dec 2016): See Layout

7th appointment (Jan 2016): Collect Album (before CNY) – clear balance payment

8th appointment (Feb 2016): Final fitting/Gown collection – pay cash deposit for the gown

9th appointment (Feb 2016): Return gown and take back deposit

 

#DALoveKnot Chapter 7: The Solemnizer a.k.a. JP

The actual period for you to get a JP is 3 months prior your wedding (ROM) date.

However, it seems that popular JP are always fully booked prior that dateline. Hence I decided to start early!! I already did a shortlist of my preferred JP at least 9 months prior my wedding!

  • Dr. Phua Tan Tee (licence expiring 30 Jun 2016) Very fatherly and well recommended JP! Tends to give long speech but according to review, his speech are well loved by elderly..
  • Mr. Tan Yan Boon Alex (licence expiring 31 Dec 2016) A jovial gentleman
  • Mr. Chiang Heng Liang (licence expiring 31 Dec 2016) In case you want to know, he’s the JP for Christopher Lee & Fann Wong..
  • Mr. Lee Ka But (licence expiring 31 Dec 2020) From what I read online, seems like he will usually donate the angbao money from couple to charity (under couple’s name)
  • Dr Ho Lai Yun (licence expiring 31 Dec 2018)

On the 6th month, I had approached the first 2 JP and was indirectly rejected as their license are expiring. They couldn’t advice any further as license renewal wasn’t up to them to decide. It’s ROM decision whether to renew them or not. Hence outta courtesy, they actually advice me to look for someone else in case their license wasn’t renew.

Knowing that I’m a kiasu bride, I decided to go ahead to look for alternative! I asked a few married friends / visited forums to see if they have any recommendation! My main concern is that i do not want a JP who’s too serious (which will makes me more stress) nor i want a JP who doesn’t seems to take things seriously (comes late / not pro-active / rushing things through)..

Finally, I shortlisted next 3 names and decided to email to Dr Ho first since my friend highly recommended him.. I did not approached Mr Chiang due to personal reason but according to my friend who engaged him, they really enjoyed their ROM with him. He basically stayed throughout the session even though he’s role was done. Very 尽责!

Waited for few weeks, no respond from Dr Ho.. (SAD again!!) Decided to resend the email to follow up and to my HORROR!  I SEND TO THE WRONG EMAIL! OH-EM-GEEEE (OMG)!! HAHAHAHA

I quickly copy and paste the context and send to the correct email and he responded within a day! *whistle* HAPPY GIRL NOW.. Not just because I found my mistake and corrected but because he replied.. with a POSITIVE ANSWER!!! Yey!!!

He had blocked his calendar for our wedding date and we even talked about meeting to get some documents sign and filing for marriage!! Pls note that this was about 6.5 months to our wedding!

For now.. I guess i have nothing else to update! So stay tune for next week’s post for more wedding preparation post!!

Some links that might be useful in finding your JP:

Registry of Marriage

Reviews

#DALoveKnot Chapter 6: The Wedding Band

Apparently, after the day you said “I Do”, more decision making follows.. After deciding on the venue, the bridal studio, AD PG/VG.. now comes the wedding band! Wedding ain’t a cheap game uh. -__-

So we started our research once again.. check out the design, set out budget, check out retail store..

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The Groom prefer something simple and The Bride loves bling bling! So that’s the kinda design we’ll zoom into. With a tight budget, I guess it’s pretty obvious that we’re not going to Tiffany & Co nor Cartier~

House of Hung.. We planned to dropped by House of Hung to check out their collection since they have pretty much positive review! Design ain’t that bad and one of my friend who just got married highly recommend them too!

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HOUSE OF HUNG

Address: 545 Orchard Rd, Far East Shopping Center, 238882

Tel: 6887 4248

So here we are at House of Hung. Wow, seems like a popular place for couple to get engagement ring and/or wedding bands! Not forgetting to mention, it’s a pretty big shop they have!

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We were greeted by a gentlemen and later refer to Nancy who can give better advise for wedding band!

We shared with her our budget, the kinda ring we like and don’t like.. After looking at a few couple ring, (hmm), we decided to go SOLO! We each chose the ring we like and put them together..

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And so here it is, #DALOVEKNOT Wedding Band (that’s within our budget)! In case u thought that’s it, check out the details of my ring..

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See those lil hearts under my ring?? It’s the small details that makes it unique  isn’t it.. 🙂

#DALoveKnot Chapter 5: The Bridal Studio – Fitting Session

For those who have not read about my previous post on The Bridal Studio, pls click HERE!

I’m really excited for this first appointment since it’s my first time having a fitting session – I’m like a princess!! LOL!!

Shortly after we signed the packaged, our coordinator (Yean) helped us arranged for our first gown selection session whereby I get to choose/try the gowns!

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From lace to organza to satin.. Although they don’t have A LOT of plus size gown but, well, not too bad.. at least I still managed to try 10 over gowns in total! Throughout the fitting session, Yean Yean (the co-ordinator) & the lady who helped me get changed were both very patient and jovial! They show no sign of impatient and they allow us to have our private time for discussion!

During the first fitting session, we did not chose any gown since there were nothing that really caught my eye. Yean Yean suggested that we come another day when other gowns returned to them.

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During our second fitting appointment, We tried a few more new gowns and woohoo.. we found something that we like and will not be utilizing the MTM service! Amber was around to help look at the gown and point out the area that we need to alter and make TIGHTER! Now that the bride has picked her gown, it’s the groom turn to pick his suit! Guess what, he’s done in 15 mins. (-___-)

With the gown and suit selection (above image are just sneak preview, bear with it!!) done, our next step is to pick a date for the fitting + shoot! Yean was pretty helpful to arrange a date whereby both our assigned makeup artist (Joann) & photographer (Baofu) are available! This way, we can fit the gown looking beautiful after doing the trial makeup! The meeting with our photographer prior the shoot can also allow us to know each other better and discuss about our expectation!

Our pre-shoot fitting session was arranged 3 days prior the shoot. I went down with my maid-of-honur and her mom (impromptu). We started of meeting our assigned MUA (Joann) and did our trial make up. The makeup we did was only 30% (I thought most places will trial at least 90% without lashes and ampoule only) but it’s okie, since there were good review about Joann and we manage to find some of her work on the bridal forum, I’m quite comfortable with having her..

After the makeup done, Yean brought up the 4 gowns which we had previous selected helped me put them on.. and guess what! I think i lost some inches? All the gowns became a lil loose – wonder did they alter it before I come by?? LOL!! Since they were loose, Yean quickly re-take the measurement and gave it to the alteration lady to change them on the spot. While waiting, Yean also brought up some new arrival (white + evening gown) for me to try! I will not share the image with you for now, hang in there – pre-wedding shoot is happening soon!!!

Oops did u catch the leak? YA, I CHANGED MY GOWNS! Not 1 but 3 outta 4!! LOL!! The new arrivals were much nicer and more complimenting! HAHAHAHA!!! We have such struggle deciding which gown to get for the 2nd march in!!! Yean probably see me in such tortured state, she offered me an idea. stick with the 2 evening gowns that I had selected and the 3rd one, keep it for actual day! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT!??

Well, now we have had 2 things covered! Time to meet the PG!

This is the heart sank part. He wasn’t the PG which Memoire initially assigned to us and they did not informed us about the change prior this meeting. I wasn’t mad with the PG but I was disappointed with the arrangement.. We spent time looking through the previous PG portfolio and they also showed us only Baofu/Sky’s work. Suddenly 3 days before shoot come Jacky? What makes it worst, he wasn’t aware about the levitation shoot that I was keen in replicating.. It seems like whatever that was communicated before signing the contract was dropped somewhere. Whatever Alan assured us about the shoot seems not valid anymore.

At this point, I can only hope that the shoot will turn out well… 😦

On a side note track: we’re still grateful that the team had really helped us a lot and we appreciate the NO HARD SELL attitude up till date. For these, I had prepared lil gift for them to show our appreciation.. Hopefully they’ll be more mindful about our shoot and other things!

Stay tune for next week’s post ladies!!

 

#DALoveKnot Chapter 4: The Banquet Venue – Paying the Bill

In my previous post, remember I mentioned about making use of credit card promotion fo earn rebates? So here’s how we do it!

From the day we signed our contract, we started saving even more and make trips to hotel to pay partial amount. Why do we trouble ourselves to do that? Because it’s also a way to save $$!

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We applied for UOB One credit card and started paying $2,000 each months until our wedding month! UOB One card gives you 5% rebate on EVERYTHING if you spend as long as you spend $2,000 per month every quarter (min 3 transaction)! What’s the best time to earn these rebate? Pay for your banquet of course!!

There are a few other credit cards that offer good rebates too! AMEX True Cashback 3% rebate for first $5,000 spend within 6 months – thereafter 1.5%! It’s not bad too but the reason we didn’t apply is because I don’t wana hold so many credit card and this rebate is probably a ONE time only thingy, no point. ANZ Optiumum also have good rebates!

So if both of you are earning decent wage, both of you can consider to apply two card (one each) and start making payment! With 2 paying parties, the bill will be reduced greatly! and you earn twice of what i mention since you applied 2 card..

A lil Mathematic

Mister – 1 UOB One Card (spend $2K per month for 3 months)

Missus – 1 UOB One Card (spend $2K per month for 3 months)

Total spent = $12,000 per quarter, meaning you’ll earn $400 rebate each quarter instead of $200! and in just a quarter you already paid easily 1/3 of your banquet bill! Let’s say if your banquet is $36000, that means you will earn $1200 rebate in 9 months!

Talking about savings! This $1200 you had “saved”, can allow you to have your makeup artist follow you to outdoor shoot or even stayed for your 2nd march in already! Enough to let you do taobao purchases (wedding decorations) too!

Nonetheless, you should not be lazy! Do some homework and always check out credit card site for the most updated promotion they have. What I enjoy now may not be the best deal already!