Tai Kam Koong

On the recent 10.10.10 day, I saw many wedding invitations flying across and I managed to attend just 2, at a wee hour registration and the other a night banquet. Without much choice, I was assigned to be the photographer for the 7.00am session when my photography is self-rated as hopeless. Hey, I studied a photography subject in States but had been hiring professionals to get my job done. That's how agencies work, yeah...

Last night, I watched my favourite gossip E! Channel over Astro and they ran again the fantabulous wedding of the Mittal's Steel heiress.

Her lavish wedding was believed to be the most expensive in the world costing a whopping US$60 MILLION! They hired Kylie Minogue and Shah Rukh Khan to perform too. I had seen their huge mansion perching at the posh end of London's Mayfair, so $60 million is nothing to them. Imagine, how this money might help feed and house the millions of slum dwellers in India or Africa. None of my business anyway.

I had attended many close cousins and friends' weddings where many had various sweet bitter endings. Sadly, a high number ended in divorce! Seems like a trend now to pack up and walk out at the first sign of betrayal. 99% of the divorce cases were due to 3rd parties. What a waste of my wedding gifts, time and petrol!!

Once I attended a close friend's wedding at the Penang Chinese Town Hall where her wealthy Gold Merchant dad invited over 1300 guests consisting of all the Jewelry Shop bosses in town to attend too. Halfway, at the 5th dish, a gang of Chinese triads rushed into the hall with parangs and attacked some guests, smashing liquor bottles and turning tables over! We all ran for our lives before wailing sirens of police cars arrived. By then, many guys had suffered deep slashes all over their necks, shoulders and arms! Till today, I never knew the real truths!

Wedding times have changed!



I took this mammoth portrait and pano-stitched 3 photos together! Not bad eh!
Over 200 hundred couples signed and vowed that morning. The 2nd session in the afternoon saw some 160 couples! It was such a tiring morning for me to jostle in the huge dizzy crowd!

This is the groom who believed that the Phoenix sent his wife from heavens! Guess how I did that shot? Pandai kan!!


The night before, I attended a cousin's wedding eve and they gave me an eye opener!
They hired the Lok-Lok's van which parked outside and all the guests enjoyed dipping the foodie sticks! It was a nice change to eat that way.


The owner of the Lok-Lok cart was so young and looked like a blogger who reads my blog too. You can reach him at 016-9766623 for any special orders!


The groom proudly showed off his wedding albums which were taken overseas!


Next morning, the groom arrived home in the family's Lexus with a stunning Hong Kong bride clad in her vibrant gold and silver studded Tsimshatsui Chinese costume!



Whoooa! Move Over, he screamed! I was shocked to see a kempt Tai Kam Koong in action! He was such a smooth talker, beating all the Tai Kam Chiehs I had seen. For your info, I was once a best-man for 13 times!! It was my duty to plan, manage and tick off any Tai Kam Chiehs who flawed! This guy I saw was superbly well polished with no flaws. Thumbs Up!

His knowledge on tea ceremony procedures was execellent, knowing how to get the couple to pray and greet the ancestors and deities which is an important factor to consider the wedding as solemnised in the eyes of the spriritual world.



That night, Kam koong turned MC and sang all Anita Mui's songs! He crooned, pranced and danced on stage like Rose Chan wrestling a python.

He drew the excited crowds to participate with his tasteful jokes and dragged my Singaporean diva aunty up onstage to dance! Everyone would not have had a good time without this Tai Kam Koong! Have you seen such a man on duty?



Comments

  1. 101010 sure got many couples got married.. and 20102010, which is today, is also a popular wedding day..

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  2. wah!!! US$60 million!! what a astronomic number.. i don't think i'll even have this saving till i die also lah..

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  3. Imagine, how this money might help feed and house the millions of slum dwellers in India. None of my business anyway.

    why?? Arumugam you no more love your motherland already ah?? how sad~~~

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  4. aiyoh, so sad to hear that 99% of the couples who have you attended their wedding got separated!! so Arumugam, i think you better don't go any wedding anymore lah, you'd just make them have bad ending leh..

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  5. wah, really crazy!! 1300 people, somemore taking group photo.. so how long did it take you to shoot that photo nicely??

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  6. next time Arumugam go back to motherland, help all 1.2billion "relatives" to take group photo also lah.. sure get the guiness record one!! muakakakaka~~

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  7. now the lok lok catering is becoming very popular.. because it's simple and convenient, and somemore you only pay how much you consumed and there will sure be no wasting of food like normal catering lor..

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  8. i thot Arumugam is actually the Tai Kam Koong, but so disappointing no woh..

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  9. or else sure can have a little bollywood act on stage with Kamala.. and that one sure beat the performance of that Tai Kam Koong lor.. :D

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  10. I saw one at my niece's wedding..not bad, HK style.

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  11. How many moves did you learn from the Tai Kam Koong? You're supposed to recreate it for my wedding right? :P

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  12. Wow what a striking blog color!!!Need to wear sunglasses hehe..

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  13. Tai Kam Koong not heard of but Tom Yam Koong sounds very familiar haha. Guess its the Chinese version of 'Best Man?'...

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  14. Wow can even remember you did 13th times as Best man..U$60m for a wedding? Mai aw..!!!!

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  15. I'd get myself a simple, private wedding next time. Preferably on an exotic island with white beaches. No more than 10 guests invited. Hohoho. Save all the fuss.

    And yup, US$60 million could well feed a few poor nations in Africa and Asia! I don't see the point in having a super lavish wedding - cos who knows when it will end up in divorce one day. :D

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  16. Unfortunately, if there is any wedding for me, it'll probably be more Catholic. Can Uuuuunnncccllleee Twilight manage that also?

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  17. Interesting wedding!! Is the tai kum kong more expensive than the female 1?

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  18. So best man for 13 times and what is the casualty rate how many got divorced or separate ways?

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  19. How do you do the pix of the bride sent from Heaven? Recall seen lots of them in Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang during my childhood days where the pro-photographer cari makan.

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  20. the wedding look happening. How you do that effect for the bride photo? Photoshop?

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  21. wow they had spent too much for a wedding >< but well is their right to enjoy the money they have...cant really comment more >< because i can donate some of my saving too if i didnt travel around the world since 3yrs ago

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  22. wedding is one the most especial days in everyones life
    everything has to be perfect

    well even dates matter hehehe

    but above all its wedding is nit about the glamor or dates its all about love

    have a great day

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  23. like the shot of bride sent from heavens. memang creative.

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  24. This is the marriage season..all the the prosperous dates! hahah... Me too, gave out three hongbaos in two months!

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  25. Wow---great pictures... I loved the one you photo-stitched.. That is not easy to do.. You did it GREAT.

    Love the one also where you made the 'bride' tiny!!!!! Great computer work.
    Betsy

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  26. did u feel tempted to remarry ? :)

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  27. SK Thambeeee - 101010 is over. So you gotta wait till 111111 to tie the knot! RM60 million is a lot of money and I will sure donate that sum if have surplus like them. Have you seen their Mayfair's mansion which is a tourist attraction too?... Eh people kahwin and divorce got nothing to do with Arumugam lah. You think I so bad luck meh?
    Last time, I used to do back up for Tai Kum Chieh cos they ran out of silly lyrics. When you marry, Arumugam will give you away to the bride... LOL kekekekeke!

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  28. Wenn - HKG style wedding is always exciting. Never attended one before I missed joining this cousin's wedding in HKG cos my leave is habis!

    William - Oh Oh Oh! You gonna tie know with KH soon? I better start rehearsing now!

    Bananaz@ - Ooops! I know my blog colour was gaudy. It was meant to start every reader's day BRIGHT! Of course I remembered I was best man for 13 times cos I have photos! They are sooooo ugly to look back now! LOL

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  29. kyh - You are so romantic like every couple, want an exotic getaway with small guest list. Trust me, when the day comes, the parents rule!

    Legolassss - So you wanna kahwin at a church? That's lovely and traditional. Sure Sure Sure! I will manage everything for you plus hold your bridal train from behind. LOL...!

    Jessyca - This guy charged very high but I think he did a good job cos he joked a lot and sang so much. So there goes for his entertainment fees.

    Bananaz@ - Hey I also remember those Kek Lok Si photos! I loved them and wondered how they did that without computer. Of course I used PHOTOSHOP la! Ha ha!

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  30. LEon - Hey brother, I used photoshop. It was so much work actually to create. It was not a simple 'click and press' bingo thing!

    fufu chiao - I believe that you will donate cos your face is so charitable and kind! Donate to me first! I think all your money spent on travels were very good and worthwhile. It opens up your exposure and knowledge!

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  31. Poorprince - Yeah a wedding is the union of 2 love birds but these days humans are seeking attention instead!

    Life Ramblings - It was not planned for the phoenix to be behind. Creative yeah! Thanks!

    ChrisAu - Our time to receive is over and now is pay back time!

    Betsy - Thanks for the your compliments. All your photos are lovelier as your country has natural and exotic landscapes! Overhere our hills are green, grey and boring!

    BengBeng - I have not yet attended any wedding in Malaysia as grand as mine. Serious! :)

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  32. Do they really need to have such a lavish wedding? Besides marriages have the risk to turn into divorces. haha!

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  33. 10.10.10 simply reminds me of the highway accident, Not a good day at all! but 20102010 ahhh...that's different! Haha!

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  34. Really? Most of your friends' marriages ended in divorce and it's becoz of 3rd parties? So that's the trend nowadays....

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  35. Wow! You were lucky you weren't slashed as well! Didn't know attending wedding dinner can be this risky!

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  36. Huh? Tai Kam Koong? Really never see before in my life woh! Got such thing meh???

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