Tuesday, November 11, 2014

eSynchrony - Find your perfect match

Everyone knows that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you first realize that you are falling in love (or so you think) with that particular someone. Everything seems to be perfect for the next week months of even 1-2 years but after the initial sparkles and happy dust settles, you may actually find out that you and your beau are not as compatible as you think. & then your dating cycle starts once again in search of the perfect someone to call your own.

I thank God for bringing SX into my life.
I was only 18 when he "met" me.
Want to know how we met?

It was through the Internet.

If you want to be exact, he messaged me in Friendster
(if you don't know what it is, you are probably too young. HAHA).

He was there to guide me through my darkest moments and never afraid to hurt my ego. He makes me want to become a better person because I know he only wants the best for me. I've changed so much over the past 7 years we've been together.

My crazy temper.

My unreasonable thinking.

My childish demands.

It wasn't easy though and it didn't happen all at once. We compromised and learned how to love one another. How to show our concern in a way that works best for us. Even though our relationship is into the 8th year in November, we are still learning and improving our relationship everyday.
& just a couple of months ago, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

& I said yes.

I wasn't that lucky in the dating department before I met my Fiance, SX. I've had my heart broken time after time as well because I got into a relationship too quickly and I didn't even cared if the guy was suitable for me. I just went with my heart and how I felt at that moment. And needless to say, after just 2-3 months, I could tell that I've definitely made a mistake because we were soooo different in our thinking as well as what we wanted in life that it was impossible for us to carry on being in the relationship.

SX & I are so alike and I know it can be both a positive or negative thing but I think being fairly similar has worked well for us. We enjoy doing the same things and get each other's humour and we understand each other's mind even without saying a word.

Having met the right person is not easy.

I mean, there is 7.125 billion people out there, which one of them is made for you?

Many readers have asked me, how to find love, they're shy and have been single for the longest time and they yearn for a partner too. They always ask me for advices and I'll usually say "meet more people" & some of them will tell me they don't have much friends or most of their friends are attached and don't have time to hang out.

I was pretty apprehensive about sharing a dating website to my readers because I'm sure everyone have read articles about how dating website can be dangerous and the chances of meeting someone for your is low, bla bla bla, all those negative stuff.

But I decided to personally try out eSynchrony and I was really surprised at how detailed and careful they are in choosing the perfect match for you.

eSynchrony also has a mobile app available for you to download for both android  and iPhone .

So you can just check for any updates on the go!

eSynchrony makes sure their members are all serious daters who are professionals in their own field of work and all are verified by their consultants to make sure whatever information they have entered is legit.

eSynchrony is a trusted dating service so you don't have to worry much about fake identity or boastful claims and end up getting disappointed when you meet the person.

& here are 20 reasons why you should consider trying out eSynchrony if you are looking to meet the man or woman of your dreams.

There are also testimonials from singles who went on dates with the matches that eSynchrony paired them with.

& here's a couple who met through eSynchrony and are happily dating right now.

Alan & Erika were also matched by eSynchrony and they even have a family together.

So before you write off the idea of never meeting the one for you online...give eSynchrony a try.

I mean, what harm is there?!

1 - Signing up as a member of eSynchrony is free.

2 - Getting to know more people is nothing but beneficial for you if you are single and ready to find the one for you.

3 - & instead of going on blind dates set up by your friends, you can actually find out more about the person online before you decide or not if you want to meet them.

Like I've mentioned, I've decided to sign up for an account with eSynchrony to see how the whole system goes and let me walk you through the process!

I was first asked to fill up some personal details about my lifestyle and background.

Then about my appearance.

& the final step was to do a personality test for the system to match you & the other singles in their database!

It was a pretty detailed test where I had to answer questions about myself as well as how I would like my future partner to behave? Some questions had me pondering for a long time and some where so easy and direct.

I completed the personality test in about 20 minutes or so and that was it!

My account was ready for eSynchrony to match me up! Haha.

eSynchrony recommend matches to you via a special algorithm that they have and with the personality test you've taken earlier, they are able to match you with the most compatible singles!

And every day, they will be searching for new compatible matches for you.

You'll even receive a call from their consultant to find out more about your preference as they really want to match the most ideal members for you!

& after getting matched with the most compatible members on eSynchrony, you will get notifications daily on the matches! You'll be able to view their profiles to better understand them before you decide if you want to approve them for a meet up.

Once both parties has agreed for a meet up, you'll receive a SMS via eSynchrony to arrange a date for the meal and just turn up on the day itself and enjoy the first date!!

In my opinion, this online and offline matchmaking service is pretty cool because I've heard cases where ladies chats with a guy online for months and think that they really hit it off but when they eventually met up for the first time, everything just fell apart and was so disappointing to know that they've wasted months talking to each other hoping it could turn out to be something more.

& when the date is over, you can give your feedback (positive and negative) and they will actually refine your matching criteria based on that to arrange for an even more suitable match for future dates!

So this is how my account looks like.

& as you can see, there were already 19 proposed matches for me when I just joined.

One of the cons of traditional online dating is how blinded we get by the superficial judgements. We are misled by the photos and information provided by the other party and we have no idea how compatible we are with the other singles in the database and all these can be a huge obstacle in finding that soulmate of yours.

& you can view the member's account to get more information about them before you decide if you want to "approve" them.
& there are also pending matches for me to approve, meaning the members who are keen to meet up with me and are waiting for my approval before we set a date.

(& obviously, I'm just trying out the system & am very happily engaged so before anyone starts screaming at me for going on dating website.. chill ok? I'm just trying it out to see how it works before I recommend it you you guys)

All you hopeful singles out there, don't give up because you never know where fate can lead you to.

If you told me years ago that the man I will be marrying is someone I met on the internet, I would be skeptical too. But look at us now. I couldn't be happier! Though SX didn't use a dating website but it took all his courage to send me a message online.

So, take that leap of faith, sign up to eSynchrony and who knows your happy ever after is waiting for you right there. <3


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Picking our Wedding bands with Michael Trio

(Picture taken by Pixioo Photography
So, it has been about 3 months since I got engaged and I still find myself looking down at my ring finger almost daily to admire my proposal ring that SX got for me.
It is everything that I've wanted and well, it was a really "safe" design because it is a classic solitaire (round shaped) diamond on a very simple ring setting. Actually... I wouldn't mind if the ring setting got a little teenie weenie bit fancier but I guess it is better to not let SX have too much creativity else the ring will be too loud for daily wear.
I've received a couple of questions from readers and even a reader's boyfriend on where SX bought my proposal ring because his girlfriend likes it alot.
Well, fret not, all boyfriends!
Today, I will be sharing with you guys - Michael Trio - which is a Singapore based custom jewelery brand that has a physical & online store.
A trivia fact about the reason behind the name, Michael Trio. Their father, Michael, has over 40 years of experience in the diamond and jewellery industry and the 3 brothers (thus, the Trio) learned the ropes from their father and started helping out in his business. With the values and knowledge taught by their father, the 3 brothers wishes that Michael Trio will progress and aspire to be one of the most sought after online jewellery brands in the industry.

Michael Trio is the 1st online jewelery store in Singapore and I think it is about time some one decided to do this. I mean, we have online shopping for so many things, from clothes to furniture to groceries shopping, so why not jewellery?
Michael Trio

So I've decided to try out their website to see how it is like to actually create a proposal ring from scratch on the Michael Trio.
& it is really simple, just 3 steps!
1- Select diamond
2 - Choose ring setting
3 - Complete ring

So Step 1:  select the most important thing of them all..
So from the above image you can see that you'll have to select the following:
- Shape: Solitaire/Princess/Emerald/Heart etc...
- Color: D is the most "colorless" & K is the most "yellow"
- Price: self-explanatory right this one? Haha.
- Carat: you can set it to 0.7 carat or if you are ambitious, 2 carat?
- Cut: this is how your diamond reflects light to make it seem "shiny/sparkly"
- Clarity: is how flawless your diamond is, whether there's any blemishes visible or not.

I even selected 3 different diamonds and have them side by side for comparison.
I'm really impressed with the features of the website because it makes shopping for diamonds really simple.

& once you've decided on the diamond that you want, you have to click "Add Diamond To" before you move on to select your ring setting!
Another must highlight fact of Michael trio..
All their diamonds comes with GIA! Which is the "certificate" of the ring, so you'll really know what you are getting! These Diamond Grading Report are issued by Gemological Institute of America.

Step 2: Choosing the Setting.
Remember how I said that I wouldn't mind if my ring setting was a little bit fancier?
Over at this page, there are tons of different ring settings for me to choose from. I really couldn't make up my mind! In the end, I still picked one that is quite plain. HAHA. What is wrong with me. 

So after picking out the setting of my choice, I am at this page where I can add engraving text (I'm a sucker for engraving names & dates on my jewelleries).
Once done filling up all that, I can now proceed to Step 3: Check Out.
With this customizing option and being able to "Build" my own ring from scratch, I would say it is really amazing to know that you may be the only one wearing this ring design. & something of such high significance like a proposal ring or wedding band should be one of a kind.
I also decided to check out the wedding bands section to see if there is any that I like because SX and I have yet to gone shopping for our wedding bands..
He is pretty clueless on what he wants actually but he doesn't want something too simple. He wants it to be a little unique and with some diamonds. This guy quite vain one okay!
 So I decided to take a look at the ladies eternity ring because I think it would look quite pretty stacked with my proposal ring.
I decided to head down to Michael Trio's Showroom to physically try out the wedding bands because it is really accessible.. located at Tanjong Pagar! 

So if you are familiar with Tanjong Pagar, you know there's an entire stretch of road filled with wedding gown boutiques? That's where you can find Michael Trio.

The showroom is really cozy and just gives off a comfortable feeling unlike some jewellery shops that intimidates me from the moment I set foot in.

SX and I were introduced to Gin, who will be helping us select the wedding bands.

So many choices to pick from.

Where do we start?!
Check out both our "lost" looks. Haha.

But Gin was really patient and told us to just try on as many rings as we want till we find the one that we like.
Usually, I'll be pretty embarrassed to ask to try on a few designs because I'm afraid I will be troubling the sales person but Gin told us that we were purchasing something that we will be wearing for LIFE so he insisted for us to try all we want.

Trying an eternity ring on, checking out how it will look stacked next to my proposal ring.

As you can tell, I really tried on quite a few.
The ones on my index finger is what SX picked, that's why it looks manly because it is meant for him.

We were close to picking this pair for ourselves then we decided to customize our wedding bands instead of just buying it off the counters.
It will look somewhat similar to these rings, but with a little enhancements made.

Even though we were swamped with so much choices, it was a really fun process and both SX and I enjoyed it.

Gin helping SX find out his ring size.
These are the bigger diamonds which are meant for proposal rings.

See what I meant by I was enjoying the process of it all?
I think it is important for a couple to be both committed in the planning of a wedding because this is an affair for 2. I don't want the entire wedding to be just about me based on all my ideas and decisions. It has to one which SX and I are both happy with. :)
So this was the 3D design sent by Gin, this is my wedding band, still an eternity ring with diamonds all around but I've decided to have the edges of the ring thicker and the diamonds embedded deeper in it. This is to match SX's design.

& this is SX's wedding band.
Encrusted with 6 diamonds around the ring and the edges of the ring made much thicker and the depth of the ring makes it look more interesting. Like I've said before, my man likes his ring fancy.
Michael Trio also has lifetime warrenty as they believe in giving customers a piece of mind.
You can also upgrade your diamond in the future if you wish to have a bigger rock on your finger as Michael Trio has this Diamond upgrade programme. They will apply the full credit amount of your current diamond and you can purchase your new diamond by just paying the extra.
Michael Trio has a price match guarantee as well, meaning they are committed to providing the highest quality of diamonds at the most affordable prices to consumers.
They also have a 30 days return policy.

SX and I are so pleased with the 3D sketch of our wedding bands and we can't wait to see the actual rings.
We were actually sent like 8 different 3D sketches by Gin, I tell you, he is really super accomodating and patient! As he was afraid we may not know what we want, he decided to do more 3D sketches for us to pick from.

Happy shoppers, SX and I.
I'm so thankful and glad to have found Michael Trio to be the jewelery boutique for our wedding bands because I really trust their craft and they are just the easiest people to work with.
If you are also in search of wedding bands or proposal rings, do consider Michael Trio because I promise you will NOT be disappointed. I'm not saying this because it is an advertorial. I truly feel that their service is worth recommending.
I will be back with another blogpost after I've collected my wedding bands!
Michael Trio
91 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088512
Tel: 6299 0110
(appointments preferred)
Mondays - Saturdays, 1200 to 2030
Or you can visit them on their Facebook as well: