6 Activities Newlyweds Do Together For The First Time


Newlyweds are in a cocoon of post-wedding bliss where everything feels fabulous. But besides passion and intimacy, you also need to develop friendship to sustain your marriage. That’s why they always say that after the wedding comes the real marriage!

As newlyweds, Mr Mode and I are experiencing plenty of first-times together. Living together with another person, who is both a lover and friend, has its ups and downs, and it is certainly a whole lot different than regular dating even though we’ve been together for… OMG 15 years before we got married.

Here I want to share with you 6 activities you can look forward to engaging in with your new spouse!

1. Planning The Angbao Budget

Finances have a way of wreaking havoc on even the closest bonds and good financial planning is essential for a happy family, but if you’re looking to find answers on money matters, please go elsewhere. Hahaha! There are plenty of articles online and offline that will do a better a job at explaining couple finances.

Instead, I will talk about something more interesting and that happens only once a year. 2015 is our first year giving out angbaos, having graduated from ‘Single’ to ‘Married’ status. The first form that required a tick on my marital status after I got married had me squealing in delight (in my head). Finally, ‘Married’ – tick!


According to some traditions, newlyweds are exempted from giving out Chinese New Year angbaos during their first year of marriage. But to most people, there is sadly no such exemption. Lol.


So this is one new thing that Mr & Mrs Mode did together for the first time! Read my Dayre for CNY 2015 highlights. Dayre is where I microblog, follow me if you haven’t already! I am super fun to read HAHAHA. (You can read it from browser, but it’s easier to download the app and read from your phone)

2. Exploring More Places Together

We haven’t found time to plan for our honeymoon, but we’ve gone on a short trip to Bangkok this year and Mr Mode has promised to bring us to two new places every month.


‘Two’ might seem like nothing to most people, but it is a mighty feat to a person who would rather spend all his free time at a fish pond or at home.

I usually plan where to go, but recently wanted to get the husband involved in the planning of our activities. So far we’ve been tourists in our own country and some places include Punggol Stables, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Gardens by the Bay.


Knowing that he makes the effort to do some planning makes me a very happy Mrs Mode. :)

3. Shopping For Groceries

I am living with my in-laws now and while I feel very loved and well taken care of, we do want to have a place to call our own. House renovations will start after Chinese New Year! Can’t wait to share them with you guys on my Dayre (@bunbunmakeuptips)!

Mr Mode and I have gone on a few grocery-shopping trips after we got married and it is such a wonderful feeling to ‘lose’ the other person in some aisle and then suddenly find him! Hehehe.


Hair-Free Is Care-Free With Ginza Calla



Hair, when grown at the right place, is beautiful, sexy, cute.

Judging by the amount of hair on my HEAD, you can probably tell that I have plenty of hair all over my body too. My hair is so thick it generates its own heat and I get mild heat strokes when I’m in the sun for too long. =.=”

Which is not too bad a thing if I were a manly man, but I’m a GIRLY GIRL and I don’t want to be a FUR BALL!!



Some fur balls are really cute though. 😀


Before IPL, I used to have to shave E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. Then I progressed to epilation, which was kinda better, but of course the hair kept growing back.

Ever since I became Ginza Calla’s brand ambassador and started on IPL Hair Removal treatments, my self shaving sessions have become far and few between. I’m looking at you, my hairy legs! Even with epilation I had to do it every few days, but with IPL I now need only shave once a week.


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Erm, no, this is not a post about the token of love Mr Mode put on my finger. HAHA! (I wrote about that in this post)

But do you know why the diamond looks so much more pronounced now? It’s all thanks to Ginza Calla IPL Hair Removal that there are no more distracting, unsightly hairs on my fingers! Woohoooo!!

Before I show you a ‘before’ picture of my fingers, here’s a happy picture of me!


Okie, now here’s the ugly picture of my previously hairy fingers.


Yes, go ahead and do a comparison by scrolling up and down. I swear no Photoshop techniques were administered to the first photo to make the difference more apparent. My fingers really did look smoother and more radiant after having the hairs on my fingers removed!

I’ve always looked at the hairs on my fingers with distaste, because even though they look hideous, I didn’t know nor dare to do anything about it. When I was 14 and held a razor in my hand for the first time with the intention to shave my underarm, I decided to ‘test’ it out on my finger.


There was so much blood everywhere it could have fed an army of vampire ants for years.

It was only at Ginza Calla Japanese IPL Hair Removal Specialist Store that I discovered there was a PAIN-FREE method to remove hair from ANY part of your body.


My Lifelong Dream of Being Hairless At All The Right Places Fulfilled At Ginza Calla Hair Removal Specialist


If anyone has horror stories to share about IPL, it will be me.

I feel so strongly for this topic because I’ve been through the WORST kind of IPL treatments and concluded that IPL treatments were mere marketing gimmicks to con naïve consumers of their hard-earned money. *angry fists raised*

But it took just ONE session at Ginza Calla to change my perception of IPL, for the better, forever. :)

What sets Ginza Calla apart from other IPL services is its belief in caring for the skin during IPL hair removal.

Ginza Calla, an established Japanese Hair Removal Specialist with over 21 years of experience in the industry, and has celebrated beautiful skin with more than 300,000 Asian women through its 35 stores than span across Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong, has REACHED OUR SHORES!!!


A Hairless Obsession

Due to an obsession over being completely hairless at areas most women want to be hairless – legs, underarm, bikini line, I allowed myself to be subjected to immeasurable pain and scrimped and saved to barely afford overpriced packages at salons, which I eventually discovered owned nothing more than just cheap talk and inferior technology.

You know the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator doctors use to deliver electrical pulses or shocks to the heart to prevent death from cardiac arrest? That was the kind of SHOCK I was made to go through at a previous parlor. I don’t know what kind of inferior IPL machines they used, but with each shot adminstered to my bikini line, the excruciating pain sent tears to my eyes.


Beauty doesn’t come cheap, but surely it shouldn’t hurt so much, right? :(

To be Ginza Calla’s brand ambassador is such a tremendous honor and a dream come true because I’ve been searching for a good salon to do IPL Brazilian but kept holding back because of all my terrible past experiences.

I went on my own during the first session and it was such a wonderful and pain-free experience I wanted to share it with you guys!




The environment was so comfortable and I felt so safe that I fell asleep…. while the therapist worked on my Brazilian. Talk about letting go! LOL!

Oh, since I’m showing you my back……



6_With Wand_120 FUN FACT: In Japan, brides-to-be would go for upper back IPL. Why? To show off their sexy backs in their wedding gown, that’s why! I do have quite a hairy back and my wedding gown has a low back, so I’m definitely getting my upper back IPL-ed too!



Because Ginza Calla’s IPL machine is developed in-house, the quality of the machine is of top quality. While other salons have machines that send out 3 pulses of light, Ginza Calla’s IPL machine sends out 5 pulses of light, which means you get MORE done, FASTER!


See the slight indentation the green arrows are pointing at? (No, it didn’t hurt. More like getting kissed. *muack*)

Throughout the process, Ginza Calla’s ‘magic water’ aka Bihada-junbi was delivered to the deeper layers of my skin via the Ginza Calla high-pressure jet spray to ensure that my skin was well-hydrated. Bihada-junbi contains collagen, Vitamin C and plant extracts – all good stuff for the skin!