Day 18: Our Big Day

4th January 2012 is our big day! We decided to tie a knot  after 7 years, moving on our relationship to the next phase.

We have been quite secretive about this. In fact, only our family and a few of our closeset friends are being told about this plan.

We prebooked our wedding date on our previous Vegas trip. Then, we liaise a time slot for the ceremony via email. We choose Vegas time 1pm but it is 5am back in Singapore. We are very happy and grateful that our family and friends are able to watch us through webcam.

We woke up as early as 7am in the morning, preparing ourselves. I took 3 hours plus to get my hair and makeup done while Lester just lazily watch tv and relax.

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IMG_7632Rest and Relax

Breakfast is sushi bought last night. We have more butterflies in stomach than anything else. Eating is no longer our priority.

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You have to provide the chapel the hotel and room number you are staying, in order to arrange for limousine pickup. And tata~ We are ready to go!

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Our limousine driver dresses up in suit, arrives promptly at hotel lobby. The air inside the limousine is filled with excitement and butterflies. It’s a little lonely, wish we have family or friends with us. Can’t remember what exactly happens. I only know the 15 to 20 minutes car ride seems exceptionally short and smooth.

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Our ceremony package includes candid shots and 1-to-1 photo session with the photographer. The moment we steps out of the limo, the photographer starts to snap the whole walk-in, some administrative stuff we did at the counter and the actual ceremony to document the process.

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[909327]-1009Lester Exiting Limousine

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We have a brief moment in a room talking to the Justice of Peace (JP). He trys to understand our background and duration we have been together. Guess this helps him to piece his speech later.

Before we realise, the music has started and we are already walking into the chapel. If you missed the whole ceremony, you still can watch it here.

We took a series of posed photos with our photographer Joe. He guided us through the poses professionally and asks if we wanted anything else before he calls for a wrap. I remembered our JP also shares some insights about the phototaking: to request poses you want and make sure you leave the chapel without regrets. 🙂 Indeed, very useful advice.

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[909327]-1126 Our Requested Shot

The whole process from arrival in the chapel to photo taking takes about 1 hour.

We are beat tired after returning from the chapel. Slept through the whole afternoon.

We caught Blue Man Group in the night. Since there is no photography allowed, (and I’m surprised everyone obeys diligently), these are what I can provide.

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Now, I’m officially Mrs Chan, a married woman who will consider using Ms as her designation from now on. :O Love you~

Day 17: Las Vegas

Returning to Vegas to prepare for our wedding next day.

This time we choose a domestic flight JetBlue Airways. The flight takes about 1 hour to reach.

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Boarding Information
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Our Air Tickets
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Walk A Short Distance To Plane

You are allowed  1 check-in luggage for free and carry-on 1 bag. Tickets include a snacks and drinks. Each passenger has their own in-flight entertainment and the seats have more leg space.

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Inside The Plane
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Snacks
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In-Flight Entertainment
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More Leg Space

We checked-in to a luxurious hotel, Caesars Palace which is yet affordable through some online promotion. The room and furnishing is definitely better than Monte Carlo. Walking to any other hotels and shopping areas are nearer too!

We are given a room in their new tower. Security is pretty tight. At some point in the lobby, you’ll need to show your room card to the security before proceeding in.

Our room has a luxurious sofa area overseeing the swimming pool. A bathroom that is big enough to accomodate 2 sinks, 1 bathtub, separating the toilet and the shower area. Most importantly, there is a small TV inside. I can watch tv while putting on my make up tomorrow. Yeah!

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Bedroom
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Sofa Area
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2 Sinks
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Toilet & Bath Area
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Bathtub
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TV

Day 16: Universal Studios

Universal Studios is the first theme park we have visited after so many days. We bought the tickets online. It entitles us to 1 day Universal Studios free on 2012 within 30 day from the first entry.

We printed our online purchase receipts, use the print out to gain entry directly. Remember to ask for a theme park map to begin with.

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Entry to Universal Studio

We started with the longest queue: Studio Tour. Everyone is loaded into a tram, 4 in a row. The tram driver is an extremely well trained Universal Studios’ guide, he or she will explain the history, entertain us and bring us around the different studios. You can see your tram driver from the screen projection in each carriage.

TIPS: I find it better to sit on the left hand side of the tram, as most of the stuff happen on the left.

All visitors are to remain seated throughout the 45 minutes tour. You would not be allow to step out of the transport unless you sign up for the VIP Experience.

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Studio Tour
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Tram Visitors Are Taking
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Interactive Screen In The Tram

Visitors get to see some street sets in Universal Studios. Scenes like City Hall, Cowboy’s town and Desperate Housewives’ houses. I am so tempted to jump out of the tram to camwhore. So pretty!

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Street Scene
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Street Scene
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Houses from Desperate Housewives

We also experience “natural” disasters created within the studios: flood, earthquake and plane crash. Whoa~~~

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From Dry
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To Wet
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Collapsed Underground Station
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Plane Crash

The second part of our Universal Studio trip is all the rides play. There will be an indicator outside each themed ride notifying us the waiting time. On average, we waited for 15 to 25 minutes in each station. Not so bad.

All these rides are exciting but not terrifying. But they are not on the extreme roller coaster type of thrill. So not to worry.

I love Mummy The Ride and Jurassic Park the most. Mummy ride is in a complete pitch black while Jurassic Park plunges down into the water towards the end.

WARNING: Jurassic Park ride has a tenancy to get wet.

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Krustyland
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Simpsons Ride
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Jurassic Park
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Mummy The Ride
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Shrek 4D

There are also shows performed at a specific showtime. Do check out their slots.

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Terminator 2 3D
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Special Effects Stage
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Stage
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Motion Tracking Suit

We only get to meet Scooby Doo on its parade walk. The rest, neh~~~

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Scooby Doo

Day 14: Big Bear Lake

We drive up to Big Bear Lake hoping to experience snow. It is a 2 hours journey up the winding mountains with exceptionally clean air and blue sky. You might want to wind down your windows while driving up.

We stop over at the Big Bear Lake to see the frozen lake, take some pictures. Can’t really play with snow as they are already melting.

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Big Bear Lake
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The Frozen Lake
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Frozen But Not Advisable To Walk On It
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Tata~

We drive back to a ski resort nearby. Step into the little woods where children are playing with snow. Attempt to write New Year greeting, have our snow balls fight and sculpt our ugly snowman.

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Ski Resort, Admission Fee Required.
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Writing With Sticks
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Happy New Year To All
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Lester Throwing Snow Ball
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Fluffy Cold Ice
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Sculpting Our Snowman
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Our Snowman

Day 13: Hollywood

Skipped day 12 as we only spend our day in the car, driving back to Los Angeles.

Next day, we visited Hollywood. It is a tourist attraction with nothing much to see. The 2 ends of Hollywood are pretty rundown, you wouldn’t want to be there. Only the theater area is packed with tourists taking photos and buskers disguising as famous movie characters. If you want to take a picture with them, remember to tip.

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Welcome to Hollywood
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Faraway Hollywood Sign
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The Walk of Fame
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Grauman’s Chinese Theater

We take about 1 hour to finish Hollywood. Went to catch a movie in the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. You can basically sit anywhere you like since the theater is big.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
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Grauman’s Chinese Theater Interior

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Grauman’s Chinese Theater with 2 Level of Seats