Monday, June 21, 2021

Our Fairytale Wedding Day

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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Computational Thinking @ Taman Desa



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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes.

      Have you ever taken that ferry ride from Dover to France? I love the scenic views of Dover as seen on postcards. I decided this as I have taken enough bullet trains, so the London to Paris train does not excite me.

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    3. Your direction was better and could see the whole cliffs of Dover approaching. Was Calais interesting enough to explore?

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    4. Yes, definitely Calais has many interesting places to visit especially if you like museums because they have the museum of lace and fashion, museum of fine arts and if you are a war history buffs, there is a 2nd world war museum in Calais.

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    5. Oh, about the direction, I am sure the view is the same because you can turn and look back on the white cliffs of Dover as the ferry is heading towards Calais.

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    6. Thanks. I will definitely visit the Art Museum in Calais. I will ask my wife to sit and read inside Starbucks as usual. She lives in the present and doesn't share my extreme interests in antiques & museums.

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  2. Wow..photos that brings back memories... I thought in those days photos are used to be in B/W? LOL

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    1. I wanna break your teeth after this MCO lockdown. 5555

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  3. wow....very extravagant wedding in Penang Equatorial...Sadly the hotel is now closed down, else can do an anniversary celebration when the pandemic is over. There's so many guest of honours....syioknyer. You & your wife are so compatible with each other that u both never quarrel...Or should i say u both have high EQ?

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    1. I heard from the management staff that this beautiful hotel would reopen again at the right time. At least the whole structure and memories will remain.

      I am not even sure how EQ works. I guess I hardly have any temper which I inherited from my old man. I am too lazy to pick up fights with humanoids.

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  4. Very extravagant wedding with all those VIP guests and I must tell you that you look better now if compared with your younger days, hehe :P

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    1. Thank you for saying I look better today. I was so damn fugly when young. My wife made me happier and more handsome today. Same like your hubby!

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  5. Really sweet pictures of your wedding, TM, and I would love to wish you again... Blessed Anniversary to you and your wife and may both of you have many more Happy Healthy Years ahead!!

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    1. Thank you very much Claire. You are the best Mummy in this world to your children.

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  6. Happy wedding anniversary to you and your wifey TM. I must say both of you must be made for each other that you never quarrel even once. Your wifey looks like a fairy in her wedding gown and you look like that hero on a white horse to come fetch her. Many more blissful years to come for both of you.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes. I should have used a bridesmaid to help but found none. My wife was the youngest.

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  7. Not a single quarrel! Both like Buddhas.

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    1. You can ask Lifebook. He bullies me all the time.

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  8. Your wedding must have been very fun & exciting...what with live band and dance floor for your dad, mom & guests to show off their dance moves. Aiyah, the tea ceremony long and time consuming never mind-lah coz can get lots of angpow and gold jewellery...kekeke. You see, you do rub shoulders with the rich & famous...your guest list is like the Who's Who in society. Please blow your trumpet as loud as you want...lol! :D Happy Wedding Anniversary to a lovely couple...with many more such celebrations in the years to come! ;)

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    1. The red packets collected covered the whole dinner and my 9 days honeymoon in Beijing. It was an unexpected relief as my mum was making plans that rolled my eyes up. I was in cold sweats to see bills chalking up. It is always nice to have friends with good vibes.

      Can you please share your wedding photos too? I am sure you had your own hilarious "Fetch Bride" sessions which we did not have.

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    2. So I guess the kneeling down for an indefinite period of time was, after all, worth it....kekeke! ;)

      Share my wedding photos? Oh no, cannot-lah (for reasons you and I know)...paiseh, paiseh! >_<

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    3. I always enjoyed attending the morning sessions of bride fetching more than eating the night dinners. The games the bridesmaids played were always hilarious, crazy and sometimes cruel. Once I attended one dinner and was shocked to see the groom going on stage to replay the morning's video to show all the guests how cruel the bridesmaids were in torturing the groom's heng tais. Everyone gasped, dropped jaws and shook their heads in utter disbeliefs. The groom was outraged and scolded the bride after the morning's tea ceremony for having a bunch of monkeys as bridesmaids. He decided that he had to revenge and punish the helpless ladies in return. He hauled up one bridesmaids to stage and gave her a milder punishment by soaking her legs in the bucket of ice water. I felt the whole matter was tasteless by the hot tempered groom. That happened over 10 years ago.

      I met the groom's mother on my return from UK to pass her some gifts and she told me that her son had divorced. The wife dumped him and has remarried.

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    4. Wow, this is indeed a very tasteless action by both groom and bridesmaids. Good for you that you decided not to have this game of fetching bride for your wedding.

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  9. Happy lavish wedding if you ask me. Wow! Complete with a new car that can make this even sweeter and memorable. :)

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    1. Thank you bro. I was pleased that I need not have to borrow from friends.

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  10. happy anniversary to you and your stunning wifey, twilight!! /confetti

    also, just wanted to say thank you for all your humorous comments and well wishes. you've been a constant voice of encouragement and hope and i really am so grateful. wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, peace, good health, fortune, camaraderie and laughter always. more power to you both!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes.

      Life is just a journey and nothing is forever.

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    2. have you already written a post about how your wife and you met? if yes, could you please link me to it? hehe.

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  11. Wow! It sounds like a princely wedding eve, and you both look so elegant in black and white attire. Grand-looking family and your wedding moment seem to be cherished lifelong. I wish you a happy anniversary, and I hope you continue to share this bond with your wife. Take care

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes. I am a very old prince now.

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  12. What a beautiful walk down memory lane! Happy Anniversary to you and your wife and I wish both of you many happy and healthy years to come. Both of you have found soul mates in each other and that is one of the greatest blessings in life. I have seen marriages that simply just exist where both parties are unhappy. I have also seen husbands/wives who can bark at each other in public! It is remarkable that both of you have never quarreled since day one. Wonderful!

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes. It takes the effort of both parties to make anything work.

      Sadly, many of my married friends have divorced or separated too. That includes my own siblings. We have to be humble and discard the ego.

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