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to infinity and beyond

Our Thoughts on the Value of Wedding Tradition

Let me share this piece of a letter I wrote to Mg during the early years of our courtship. I did not want him feel burden for any prospect to hold a costly wedding for me. At that time, we were not even engaged yet but we were a committed couple with a plan to tie the knot one day and we often had talks on the wedding plan. In the letter, I clearly said that, when the time we decide to marry, my only request to him was to ask the permission from my parents first. Of course, I want my husband-to-be shows and holds a proper respect to my parents as well. And, I continued in my letter that  new clothes or holding a wedding ceremony are not requisites to make me his wife by saying a simple one with only close family members.

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Sweet for Heart

Gulab jumun, one famous Indian sweet, is  the one motivates me to do yoga these days. I give myself one of it as a reward for every 20 minutes of yoga I do. 😀 Back in Yangon, on our anniversary days, Mg took me out for dinner at my favorite small restaurant – Ya-Khaing-Hta-Min Saing (one of the Burmese ethnic foods.) After dinner, on the way back to the bus stop, he usually had me – indian sweets at the shop near Sule Pagoda, which I love a lot. However, at that time, even indian sweets were a bit expensive for this ever-budget couple. May be, he has been sorry he could not let me have as much as I wanted. Now, on our previous anniversary, he got me two 1kg boxes of gulab jamun – with a little note – “you can have as much as you love and I’ll have more for you.” Every evening, he would ask me, “have you had your gulab jum today?” Now, I can’t blame him for this gulab jumun belly i ended up getting rather than a babe belly. Those are really delicious.

Thingyan and Love Memories

It is Thingyan time back in our country, which is the annual water festival for the new year celebrations. Traditionally, throwing water each other, and making Thingyan foods and sharing them with friends and neighbors, are part of the celebrations. Thingyan is my favorite traditional festivals of a year.

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We are JUST MARRIED in Cairo, Egypt

JUST MARRIED. THE DAY finally comes. It took us almost eight years. As I posted it on my facebook, we were having a moment of happiness beyond words. Our married was performed by the Ambassador at the Burmese Embassy in Cairo, Egypt on the early morning of the St. Valentine’s Day followed up by the wedding lunch with all the embassy members and families, and members of Burmese community in Cairo. After that, we headed to the Nile river and spent our evening by taking a Felucca ride (Egyptian traditional sail boat ride) along the Nile river. We enjoyed the view of Cairo skyline and  sunset from the sail boat.

As we took neither help nor service for a private coach, we were running on the streets in our wedding suits and dress, and with flowers to get things and taxis, people on the streets and on the buses shouted it out to us and cheered us. Old Egyptian men on the streets stopped us. They held our hands and offered their blessings. Cars passing by pressed horns and waved at us. It was such a very beautiful and awesome day. We are still in shock – everything is so amazing and perfect – far exceeded what we could dream of.

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Today is THE DAY! We just had our last breakfast as the singles just one hour before leaving for the Embassy to get our marriage performed.

At any moment, we will be bride and groom. Here – our pics before we put on our wedding dress and suit. 🙂

Finally, here, us – the bride and groom getting picture taken at the hotel – ready to head out to the embassy.

Wedding in Egypt

Why in Egypt?  That is the first question our friends ask when they first heard we are getting married in Cairo.

My fiance and I have been brainstorming wedding ideas since last summer how we could make our special day beautiful, simple, and intimate. As we both could not go back to our country anytime soon, we decided to get wed at some place and put the family celebration on hold till we both can go back home. It is the only way I could join Mg, my fiance, to Dubai where laws require only married couples can coexist. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Planning VIIII

My last day in the United States. I was about to begin a journey to a new chapter of my life. Cora, who is my amazing host family during my stay in Washington D.C, took me this picture – in front of the house before she drove me off at the bus stop. My next stop is New York city. From there, I would catch the flight at JFK airport leaving for Munich and to my final destination, Cairo. I were excited to be united with my fiance and start a together life after years of separation, and, at the same time, feel a bit emotional  to leave this beautiful country and to say goodbyes to all the amazing friends I made during my five years stay.

In two days, the moment we have been counting down for the last seven and half years for will be there. For now, I would like to thank everyone of my friends for their great help and their amazing support throughout my life. Without them, I won’t ever be here. I know for sure I will see you all again, and at that time, I will bring one more friend to you who is my husband. How does that sound? 🙂

Wedding Planning VIII

Counting Down! Three more days to our BIG day! Heart beats are going faster and louder. I got the Egyptian visa yesterday. My fiance is going to get his visa on the afternoon of February 12. Flight tickets are ready. Again, I got the tickets on a bargained price – cheaper than those of budget flights. Yes, God EXISTS! 🙂

Wedding Planning VII

We are going to hold our nuptials a week from today. Finally, our matching rings are delivered. I wanted a very tiny and cute gold ring, but my fiance wants simple plain rings which could last forever. Here – we got them – not so small, and not so big. The rings’  engraved words read:

On my ring 

❤ WT (initials of my fiance’s name) to infinity and beyond

On my fiance’s ring

❤ WP (initials of my name) to infinity and beyond. 

Yes, our love to infinity and beyond.

Wedding Planning VI

Even for a small wedding – only two people, we still need to do some planning and shopping. Luckily, we took the advantage of the Christmas and New Year sales season. See – I got everything I need. How neat all the items we need are on sale or on clearance (50 to 70 %  discount) and we like them too! It is like God sent these for us to make our wedding beautifully happened with our tight budget. 🙂

1. Pls meet this tiny cute vintage bronze box I got from an Tibetan souvenir store in Washington D.C. We can use it as a rings holder. How do you think? 🙂

2. Suited and Booted and Dresses, and some accessories 🙂

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