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Meeting my future mate: Part 1 June 19, 2006

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For all my dear friends and family, I want to introduce you to my future mate…Christopher. Han Wei is his chinese name meaning "proud to be chinese". He is the first born and only son…very prominent position in a chinese family. Lots of responsibility and affection toward this heir because he willl carry on the family name…and hopefully our children will bless the Wong legacy too!

Occupation: environmental graphic designer
Hobbies: food + photography as is apparent from our flckr site (check us out), soccer, rugby, basketball, sleeping (i've told him this is not a hobby but he insists that it is), music + drums
Qualities: there are so many so i'll just name a few: creative, honest, trustworthy, passionate, loyal, loving, devoted…
chris+mel
How did we meet?

I started helping chris with the college ministry in fall 2003…i was just finishing my graduate work and had more time for church activities and had finished a summer bible study with the college girls…this was a good transition into helping Chris with the college ministry. We started working together in planning for the fall bible study and then i made a trip to east asia… chris and i had slowly begun to know each other before i left for this trip…i admired him, but was very consumed with my future plans for china.

absence makes the heart grow founder i guess…when in asia i thought about him a lot…and everywhere i turned i saw guys that kind of looked like him…which made me think of him even more…he sent me a couple of emails that also encouraged me…mostly that he was thinking of me too, even if most of their contents were about ministry. i returned right before thanksgiving and our big church conference…we were again working closely on the college ministry and at the same time getting to know each other. i started admiring him more…his devotion and sacrificial giving of himself really impressed me…he also was great with his Godkids and i thought that was endearing… of course i struggled with these feelings because it wasn't in my direct future plans to fall in love…

i finally confided in my pastor's wife about these feelings and she gave me good advice to just wait upon God and give these feelings over to him. chris and i continued to work on college ministry and it was funny because the group had decided to cover the topic of dating on one of our final meetings before christmas…so chris and i had to meet up before to discuss the dating issue…

we met up at starbucks and this guy orders tea…not a coffee drinker like me…anyway that is okay. we ended up talking about our perspectives on dating and it was another confirmation for me in that both of us were on the same page as far as dating…we worked on the dating with a biblical perspective and then i invited him to join my friends and i for dinner…not a DATE…but this way my friends could check him out!

as christmas and the post holidays progressed i continued to stress over the what if he likes me and i like him and we start dating…then what?! with wise counsel from friends and family, I continued to trust in God's plans and timing for my future…i know that God was in control and He gave me a peace…then

chris called me up, which was not unusual because he would call me about ministry…this time was a bit different…the tone in his voice was weird…he seemed nervous or troubled…he ask me if i was free on saturday to talk…i said sure…he said we need to talk about you and I…then he basically cut the conversation short and said that he would meet me at my place on saturday…which was january 17th…

to be continued!

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Hello from LEGO! May 22, 2006

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Package from LEGO!

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So we had a nice weekend but short as usual and Monday rolls around faithfully without fail. Anyways, by day's end its been depressive, hectic and just simply a Monday.

And lately, I have been hooked on 24…thanks to Mel. Today's the 2 hour season finale and when I got home there's half of the episode left; Jack Bauer just hijacked the President's chopper. Pretty entertaining…except now we have to wait till 2007!

But the HIGHLIGHT of the day and evening was when I noticed on my coffee table a package with a very conspicously red square logo. LEGO sent me something!

I was so psyched! Of course, I wasn't about to let this moment pass without documenting here and of course here. =) Sweet…LEGO had sent me a cake topper kit complete with mini-figs of bride and groom! And a very nice and personal transmittal from the rep at their Direct Consumer Services department. Here's that letter from LEGO on flickr.

Letter from LEGO!

What started out as a neat idea for our wedding party favors, became a meaningful interaction with a company; further personalizing the experience with one of my favorite toy brands of all time. Mel and I really thought and understood that things wouldn't realistically pan out as we had wished but to receive the package thereafter was great; a great story to add to branding case study books out there.

LEGO Cake Topper!

Moral of the story? LEGO still make (some) grown men excited. If anything, they just converted this LEGO giving, avid fan into a life time advocate & ambassador! Mel thought it was really cool what they did, but I think she was just happy that I was so thrilled… =)

Okay, so what's Tuesday going to be like?

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Alas, I tried. May 11, 2006

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It was worth a try nonetheless, can't fault a guy for doing that. We'll still do something with my favorite toy anyways. It looks like they get hit up quite a bit. Not suprising since LEGO is so popular. So here's the response from LEGO (to the request I had made to them).

I must say, they are really responsive; it was nice that they took time to read my email and respond.

Though, that "no" sure came quick…ouch.

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Dear Mr Wong

Thank you for your recent email from 05/10/06 asking the LEGO Group® to consider your request for support.

Regrettably, we are unable to fulfill your request. Last year, LEGO Systems, Inc. received over 4,000 requests for LEGO toys, monetary contributions and sponsorships. While we would like to support every request, due to limited resources this is not possible. For this reason, our management made the decision to concentrate donation, contribution and sponsorship efforts to hospitals, shelters and non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged children in the Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts areas due to our proximity to those cities.

We do not support requests from individuals, religious organizations, schools and day care centers, national or international organizations, organizations located outside of the Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts areas or endowments funds.

On behalf of the LEGO Group, please accept our best wishes.

Karen
LEGO Direct Consumer Services

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So…any other LEGO party favor ideas?

LEGO Party sets
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Let there be tux May 10, 2006

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tommy tux

Another thing to strike-off the to do list; Groom and groom’s men tux.

Measured and everything…now just sit back, relax and wait for the tux to arrive in time for the wedding.

“Did she really say that was my waist size?!?!?!”

There was a bunch of high school guys that walked in shortly after we did. Seriously, I only thought that girls got excited about getting their outfit together for the prom. These dudes were the equivalent-ly giddy and obnoxiously noisy. I couldn’t even hear myself think it was so loud and distracting.

Oh yea, speaking of loud and distracting. There were 2 young lasses riding on the train tonight on my way home that was eager to let everyone know they weren’t exactly from the area. Its as if the usual young-ens-air-heads that insists on sharing their conversation with everyone on the train wasn’t enough. These 2 lovelies felt compelled to contribute with their utter-gutteral-babble. I was like…
“Uh…eich bin shhhaaaaddduuuuuppp!!!!!”

Shouldn’t matter what language you speak, silence is golden!

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Dear LEGO May 10, 2006

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legos+keychain

Originally uploaded by legos+dream.

So I thought it would be worth the try to see if LEGO would actually be interested in helping us out with some of the party favors. Where did I get such a crazed idea? Don’t know…probably too much playing with those plastic blocks! Seriously though, they do bring back inumerable fond memories and moments…

So what the heck…below is my email to LEGO customer service, let’s see if they write back.

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Hi,

I have searched high and low at LEGO.com for a place to send my quite unusual request; it seems this is the best place to do that.

I have been a LEGO enthusiast all 36 years of my life. I use the word loosely since I don’t & wouldn’t dare consider myself a “die-hard fanatic” like some individual/groups out there that have rightfully earned that title. Nonetheless, LEGO has been such an integral part of my childhood years. My introduction to the world of LEGO was a firestation set (probably circa 1975) given to me by my parents. Over the years, there were many additions to that first set. As my sisters and I grew older, toys came and went but the “tupperware tub” of little plastic bricks became our main and consistent staple of creative play. Mixing and matching pieces from a variety of different sets, creating our own Legoland long after the original instructions have been discarded.

The stage set by LEGO years ago, most likely contributed to my getting a degree in Industrial Design. Now I am working as a wayfinding specialist at an architecture firm; designing environmental graphic and signage systems. As an adult, I don’t quite play with LEGO as much anymore, though it certainly holds a very near and dear place in my heart. Whenever I think back to my childhood years, I am flooded with many memories and moments shared with my parents, siblings over our LEGO playtime.Today, I give LEGO toys as gifts to my godchildren and friends’ kids for birthday, Christmas and other gift giving occassions. And I know one day, I will buy my kid that first LEGO set and start that wonderful tradition for him/her.

On the 12th August 2006, my fiance and I will be tying the knot. As with most, we thought hard about what would make meaningful favors. We both agreed unanimously that giving our guests something from LEGO would be a way to share what we are about. So I began to wonder if LEGO would be interested in participating; so I started writing this email. My thought is, if possible, that each guest would be given a small “kit” (like 3607 or something small and low priced). A quick tally of our invited guests show that about 80% are married with children (infants thru’ teens).

So while I would be honored if LEGO would participate, we plan on doing something similar even if LEGO didn’t. We would probably buy buckets of 2×4 bricks and get them engraved as a keepsake.

Well, I guess it really doesn’t hurt to try and hopefully, I will get a response regardless.

Take care and leg godt!

-Chris

ps: i blog at the following http://www.legosdream.wordpress.com; i also wrote a song that references LEGO and it can be found at the blog site

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While surfing around I came across this image, I am not sure if they actually have these minifigures or minifigs. It would be cool if we found them and used it as our cake toppers!

lego wedding

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Wedding 101: Part Deux May 1, 2006

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1. Church; check
2. Reception; check
3. Photographer; check
4. Bridal dress; check
5. Bridesmaid dresses; check
6. Cheap-PaperSource-warehouse-sale-envelopes +other-materials-for-invitation-etc; CHECK!!!!

The pic above looked really tame comapred to when we first got there; the line was up the whazooo. People with boxes filled with stacks of envelopes, decorative paper, cardstock and a variety of sundry-paper-items in PaperSource's invetory.

Apparently, they do this twice a year to get rid of "excess" or "out of season" invertory. It was a zoo, mostly women with a mission in mind to save on their wedding costs by way of discounted materials for their invitation. I must say it was a real good bargain and if your color scheme worked with what they had on sale, that's a divine bonus! There were numerous that staked out areas in the wharehouse with their literal mounts of good finds. If one is not careful, unsuspecting "scavengers" might pick at other's hard earned "spoils"; though I am sure the mess would've been a good excuse to do just that. I wouldn't be suprised if there were cat-fights over who saw that lilac scalloped note cards first. Of course, not all there were crazy bridezillas and their cohorts; some were just good ol' crafty people taking advantage of the good deals.

Anyways, there were definitely more women than men there. That's okay, because as a metro-sexual-designer-designing-his-own-wedding-invitations, I know that "What we really need are #10 envelopes in Chartruse".

Box of Envelopes

So anyway, 400 or so envelopes, 200 cards and $41 dollars later, we were very happy with the good find. The next time it happens in September we'll make sure we come with more cash.

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wedding 101-part 1 April 18, 2006

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got engaged roughly two months ago and i am just now finishing putting together my "wedding planning" pocket folder…a must have for every bride-to-be…the major contracts are signed…including reception, church, photographer…bridesmaid dresses are on order…

only 4 months more to go…had this sinking feeling today that I am going to be in this preparation stage for the next 120 days…eating and sleeping wedding stuff. a few of my girlfriends are in the same stage (may + ginger) which is comforting to have others to commensurate with…and exchange ideas/suggestions. i keep telling myself to enjoy the moment and not stress out! learned a new term this weekend…bridezilla…hope i don't become one…knowing my personality during stressful event prep, i know prayer will be the key!

so my friends…now u know how to pray for both myself and chris (he'll need wisdom in how to handle me =)

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