Our anniversary: Cardboard apartment, Christmas pudding, Murano glass charm

godiva craft apartment

My dear gave me a really *wonderful* present during our anniversary. It so happens that our anniversary also falls on Christmas so I had two gifts! She made this apartment out of craft paper and cardboard on a Godiva chocolate box base I had given her.

vows exchange

The entire creation is very intricate – there’s a lot of detail to everything, including a vow exchange, appropriately put inside a recycled Pandora charm box. <3 mailbox

It’s very beautiful and creative, and the Godiva box used as a base is a bit of an inside thing. She had given me the *cover* the previous month and now it’s a set with the *base*. I had originally given it to her as a trilogy of premium chocolates. Haha!

cardboard apartment

The gift is actually a MasterChef Australia dinner @ the apartment. Geddit? She got 4 x RM 50 worth of vouchers from winning a contest – thus, the apartment inside a cardboard apartment. :D The questionable thing about the vouchers it that they state that each one can be used on a per table, per meal basis. I thought that was a bit dodgy – this was the first prize of the contest!

christmas present

She had already known about the set dinner, it’s something we both like since we watched Season 5 together. She was prepared to pay the rest of the balance and use just a RM 50 voucher due to the rules but it turns out that the supervisor accepted all the vouchers, so that’s good.

chocolate covered pretzels

I also got a box of chocolate pretzels as a Christmas gift! :D

secret candy surprise

This is something that stems out of when she always used to cook for me. I’ll eat from her Tupperware boxes, wash them, and fill them with “secret candy surprises” so when she opens them, she’ll see her favorite candy as a gesture of thanks.

murano charm

I got her something that had always been missing from her Pandora bracelet, which is a Murano glass bead charm! She had originally mentioned that it seems a bit uncomfortable and clunky but I had seen her looking at it in the brochures so I got her a nice pink and purple one!

christmas anniversary

I also got a cute, red box to keep the charm inside. I found it while browsing through the Christmas stuff aisles and thought it would be nice to hide the charm in since I always seem to give her the same thing each anniversary. Heh. I also bought a tiny card to write a message to her.

christmas mini pudding

Pandora also sent me a RM 50 voucher for being a Pandora Club Member. Unfortunately, I had listed that I wanted to cash it in at Paradigm Mall instead of TCM and it expired on the 31st December 2013 so I didn’t get to use it at all!

pandora murano charm

I also got her another charm as a Christmas present – thus, this is the anniversary where she got two charms instead of one! I got her a Christmas tree charm so she’ll remember that this is our anniversary which coincided with Christmas! smirk

boiling christmas pudding

It was quite late when we did our gift exchange and I had bought a small Christmas pudding just for this dual-celebration.

christmas pudding

The mini pudding is quite nifty, you just need to dump the entire packaging into boiling water for 20 minutes! The wrapper is heatproof and it warms up the Christmas pudding nicely. It tastes good – there’s lots of brandy inside (thus the Tidak Halal sticker) and just the right portion for two.

loving

We had it with a scoop of ice cream to end the night with. I’m lucky to have you dear! Thanks for the thoughtful and loving MasterChef dinner anniversary gift and the house which you built. *hugs*

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36 thoughts on “Our anniversary: Cardboard apartment, Christmas pudding, Murano glass charm”

  1. i love how creative (and thoughtful) the both of you are when giving gifts and doing nice things for one another. it really displays the depth of a relationship, i think. and the fact that the both of you are romantics.. how lovely and lucky!!

    i don’t have a super creative boy friend but he does try and that’s the trait that touches me (:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, YOU TWO!!! a christmas anniversary, too. how beautiful.

    • Thanks! I got a really surprising gift today too! :)

      She gave me an iPad mini after mine broke last year! She’s always so attuned to what my needs are, and what I like, even though I don’t hint. She even bought the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition for me! Her gifts are always awesome!

      Mine are slightly more practical, I guess I suck compared to her in this regards. I gave her an iPhone 4s just before the iPhone 5 came out coz she needed it. I always give her stuff like charms, although I like to surprise her with flowers (which she says is a waste of money but I think she secretly likes it anyway).

      Yup, trying is all that matters! It’s *always* about the thought, not the actual deed. I’m happy for you! Have a good festive season too! :D

  2. What we usually do with the pudding after heating it up is that you drench it with brandy and set it on fire and watch the alcohol burn off! You should try to do it next time. It’s really pretty!

    • I do that sometimes too! :)

      It’s fun to watch the brandy or cognac burn off, although secretly I always think it’s a bit of a waste of good cognac, especially if you use anything better than VSOP. Heh.

      The taste is most awesome though, I must agree with you.

    • Yeah, and the best thing is when it’s unexpected too! :)

      I just got my anniversary gift (the real anniversary, not the monthsaries). It’s nice to be able to do simple things for each other that makes the other happy.

  3. Waaaaah!!!! All the ants are crawling here again! This post is too sweet and lemak dei. I jealous la.
    Your sweet & creative honey made a very lovely gift for you which would make you melt into caramel.

    • Yeah, it’s very sweet of her! :)

      She’s good with making all these arts and crafts! I got a homemade ang pow from her last year too.

    • Yeah, I think it’s up to the discretion of the restaurant! :)

      I don’t know if they’ll allow it if the service faux pas didn’t happen. The vouchers do say once use per table per visit, which is strange considering it’s a first prize gift for the promotion (MasterChef dinner) in question!

      It was a good dinner, nonetheless! Thanks Mel!

  4. Congratulations to the both of you! Wonderful Christmas and anniversary celebration bro.
    Christmas is a working day in Japan so it was just like any other day. Meh.

    • Thanks bro! :)

      Yeah, I heard about that, Christmas being a working day, on account on there not being many Christians there. Oh well. All the best to you this festive season mate!

      Hope you’re having a wonderful 2014!

  5. The murano glass charm certainly adds more vibrant to my bracelet considered it is one of the most colorful charm i had, dear. So, I get to choose one soon, right..hahha. Hugs.

    • I’m glad you liked it dear! :)

      Yup, you’re choosing one soon on our anniversary! Thanks for all the thoughtful gifts you’ve given me dear, you don’t know how much they mean to me, I keep reading them and it’s worth a lot more since it’s made by you with love.

      *hugs*

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