irish folksongs on warm saturday afternoons-

while baby sitting Q-ball last week, we spent a fair bit of time watching the wiggles, and one of the songs they performed was this one called “the Black velvet Band”. when i was singing it to Den (i couldnt get it out of my head), he said it sounded pretty familiar to him, claiming he heard it before. i teased him, saying he must have been watching the wiggles on the sly.

but, i googled it, and guess what, it really is a folk song! of course the wiggles only sang the chorus because the actual storyline isn’t too beneficial for one year old bubs, but the full song is quite nice, eh? there are youtube videos of people singing along with the chorus at irish pubs!

The Black Velvet Band
Well, in a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
Many an hours sweet happiness
Have I spent in that neat little town
A sad misfortune came over me
Which caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
Betrayed by the black velvet band

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band

I took a stroll down Broadway
Meaning not long for to stay
When who should I meet but this pretty fair maid
Comes a trapsing along the highway
She was both fair and handsome
Her neck it was just like a swans
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band

I took a stroll with this pretty fair maid
And a gentleman passing us by
Well I knew she meant the doing of him
By the look in her roguish black eye
A gold watch she took from his pocket
And placed it right in to my hand
And the very first thing that I said was
Bad ‘cess to the black velvet band

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band

Before the judge and the jury
Next morning I had to appear
The judge he says to me: “Young man,
Your case it is proven clear
I’ll give you seven years penal servitude
To be spent faraway from the land
Far away from your friends and companions
Betrayed by the black velvet band”

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band

So come all you jolly young fellows
A warning take by me
When you are out on the town, me lads
Beware of them pretty colleens
For they feed you with strong drink, “more yeah”
‘Til you are unable to stand
And the very next thing that you know is
You’ve landed in Van Diemens Land

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band


love the flowers, and the colour theme

we love pictures features this sweet wedding. i am loving the flowers, seriously. see how some of the bridesmaids are in purple (i dunno what shade this is, but i love it!! someone!! go find out what we call this colour!) and some bridesmaids are in cream with a purple accent somewhere. oh, i likey.

anyhoo, this is nicky & roger’s farm wedding. nicky’s family owns the farm, and it has been in the family over a hundred years. (see, den.. we need to buy a farm in NZ; i’d grow you tomatoes and beans, if you’d see to the sheep)

sneak peek into our kiwi roadtrip

In December, the boyf, the younger sister and i decided to go on a little roadtrip: completely last minute (as with all things with me), and for a little reward after Ann’s O levels and Den’s bar exams. :) boy, was it totally fun. we had no accomodations booked– we just drove, and stopped where-ever for the night, and looked for a motel/backpackers’/campervan park to lay our heads. thankfully we never had to spend a night in the car (for which my parents would probably skin me alive for subjecting their littlest child to the ludicracy of it all.)

anyway, Ann knew i was feeling a little blue about not having many couple photos, so she snuck some photos into my comp, (and then told me about it an hour later because she was upset i didn’t notice it… ). she’s still sieving through her 2 thousand photos, to vet through them (budding photographer– must take a million shots of the same thing).. but well, she got some out!

so here’s a little sneak peak!

picking up the perfect pebbles from a random pebble beach. we were still unadjusted to the weather.

stopping by the alpaca farm, because i love alpacas. they spit when threatened. see the colours they come in!

i do not know which beach this is, because we just stopped along our route for a little fresh air. we were getting car-fever from mariann’s crazy jamboree of ipod songs.

we saw tons of seabirds resting on this stretch of beach. its funny to see a whole patch of moving black & white mass, but when we ran over to take a closer look, they flew off. what a lovely photo moment. how nice to travel with your very own pocket-sized (almost) paparazzi.

 this is a little stream at the back of someone’s house. i dont think we tresspassed (oops) because it was kinda open from the road. we found it taking a wrong turn on route to the butterfly park. you had to climb down this bridge to get in there. took me a pretty long while to get into the stream (i was perfectly content sitting on the bridge watching Ann & Dennis scream about how painful it was walking on those stones barefoot) we took off our flipflops because of the fast moving water (i know, it looks so calm, but it wasn’t!) and our flipflops kept, erm, flipping to the side of our feet making it harder to walk!

somehow, i was assigned sunscreen duty on the trip (they both didnt want to get theit hands greasy). hur– coming from the girl who doesnt wear sunscreen unless she is in danger of sun burning.. anyway, we were on a boat in this picture (i know you can’t tell) on the way to a volcanic island. the pictures taken on the island would be so beautiful! i went to rangitoto island with the hufflepuff as well on our roadtrip three years before and i knew i had to go back.

okay, so we dont look too glamourous in this photo, but its a roadtrip people, and this was the last day of the trip. we were driving down the coromandel coast when lo and behold! we found an oyster bay! its true! den & ann both ate fresh oysters they hand plucked off the bay. i couldnt eat it, knowing it was still alive. o_O. dennis would have stayed there all day looking for oysters but we had a plane to catch and a car to return.

begging those fleeting moments stay

i wish we were the kinda couple where one of us carried a camera around with us everywhere we went. we would take photographs of things we ate, places we walked, people we spoke to. we have been to many beautiful places together, in chronological order: Batam, Genting, Phuket, Siam Reap, Taipei, US, US, Canada, New Zealand. so lucky, right? but alas, we have such few photographs of each place, because we’re usually too busy being excited to whip out the camera.

so i resolve to start hunting for the photos and upload them on fb before they disappear in a comp crash or a  harddrive failure. at least when we want to put together a picture montage of our piccas together it won’t be too difficult.

(picture found here)

looking for a place to call our second home

so, after hemming and hawwing about it for ages (and i mean even before Den left for NY, and given he’s spent a year there and has been back for a pretty long while..), we decided to finally open our mouths to ask for some help with finding a flat/apartment of our own. while we haven’t quite settled the “buy hdb or buy private” issue, we are certainly keeping our options open, and have taken our first baby step to ask my cousin, L, who very successfully does this for a living, for some advice.

our questions must have sounded pretty stupid to him, considering we know next to nothing about buying a place of our own, but hey, who better to make a fool of ourselves in front of, when the audience is family. we are grateful he agreed to give us some advice admist his very very busy schedule, and glad we have someone we can trust completely to give us sound advice.

so herein, we begin our house hunt.

again, no ring on the finger yet (hold your horses, nico!!)– we’re not engaged yet, but hey we better get cracking since the wait for a hdb should we choose one, could be a 3-5 yr wait! thankfully L took time to explain to us the cash portions, an estimate as to how much we need saved etc. elementary, i know, but at least its a baby step!

we probably should start reading up on the hdb website & requisites. if any other well-meaning friend out there wants to give advice, we’ll pay for coffee. :) and if anyone else finds themselves in the same position as we are in, gimme a call, we can all embark on this journey together. will probably have to meet L another time because we only talked about the preliminaries today at Q’s birthday party.

note to self: read a little bit of the hdb website a day this coming week.

handwritten love

Liam Stevens‘s art featured on Once wed. i love the authenticity of this invite. and when it comes to our turn, i’m pretty sure i’d be stressing out about choosing between handwritting type invites vs caligraphy type invites. ohh. my font-art love will drive me insane.

my favourite calligrapher  has to be Bryn Chernoff from paperfinger. i love her art and wish i could write like her. i love her old fashion love letter (send her your letter and she will rewrite it for you, sans blushes). anyway, a good sample of her work can be found here: papertastebuds