Earlier this June, was our wedding anniversary. We tied the knot in Penang not too long ago. We have not even reached the Platinum yet. I hope to bring my wife to Praque and Vienna by then. I told her it would be onboard the cheapest available flight to UK and hop on ferry from Dover to France and continue by train to Praque and Vienna. All under RM6K budget.
My late parents organized the whole wedding dinners for all my siblings and I. I need not even lift a finger for the planning as 90% of the guests were their close friends and relatives. I probably had just 2 tables for old friends and the rest of 38 tables were theirs. It was the last wedding in the family and they had no expenses spared including taking up all the 3 connecting ballrooms to become one. They just wanted a huge dance floor right in the middle for the dancers, floor shows and band in attendance.
I will just share 5 photos in this post as it is not appropriate to show the faces of the guests who wanted low profiles. During my last trip to Hong Kong, I met my childhood friend there for lunch at the famous Royal HKG Jockey Club (Phau Ma Tei). He lives in a super luxurious condo right above the Jockey Club that commands the panoramic view of the whole turf club and Tai Hang (Most upscale at the hills). He attended our Penang wedding too and reminded me again several times never to post his photos in any social media. So I had to keep my promise.
The wedding venue was held at The Equatorial Hotel Penang. My brother bought a brand new BMW 520i just on time to chauffeur us to the hotel. I think he swiped the whole car with his credit card. He loves me too much!
My nephew and 2 nieces were all babysat by me at birth. So they were the chosen ones to become the page boy and flower girls. The boy Shane has since graduated from University of Surrey and won championship for Hip Hop Dance in UK and Amsterdam. He now works for IT firm in Singapore and gets invited to be judge for Hip Hop Dance Competitions in Europe and SE Asia. His sister Jan has graduated in Music from University of York. She will pursue her Masters when the borders are open again. Then, Paulynne has graduated from University of Reading with Masters in Chemistry. She has married an Irish and lives in Reading with hubby and a baby boy. Time flies and this uncle TM is very proud of them.
We made a grand entrance statement when we walked down like a Beauty & The Beast couple to enter the Grand Ballroom of The Equatorial Hotel. I was very touched to see all the faces of the invited guests present who came from all over the world. My tears ran down like tap water. My parents invited many guests from Penang's many prominent families, including the family members of Singapore's former President Tony Tan, the family members of HKG's Sun Hung Kai & Kerry Group, Tan Sri Tan Hoay Eam (FIL of Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon), VIPs from Thailand and blah blah blah. Let me blow this trumpet just for once, so that I could remember all my guests when I reach 80 years old.
We had the longest tea ceremony before the dinner & dance commenced. Remember that I mentioned my late Grandfather had 3 wives, 21 children, 58 grandchildren and countless cucu cicit in tow. Probably less than 50% had turned up but that was long & time consuming enough. So the Penang wedding was just for the groom's side and later we had the bride's dinner in Kuala Lumpur.
My parents were the happiest to see me being married off finally. Good riddance! Haha. I am very thankful that they have brought me up well and taught me to be humble at all times. My father reminded me that I have to support my wife throughout our marriage whether she is right or wrong because she will be living with me until the end. So far we have never quarreled even once until now.
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