Friday, September 24, 2010

The Stranger in Bangkok is honoured to have 250 'official' wedding photographers

I have always said that Thailand has been good to me. A year has flown by and I am still relishing every moment of this exotic journey in the Land of Smiles. However, after 2 weeks of joy and jubilation having finally written the full stop to my marathon-like wedding festivities, life has gone into an absolute anti-climax following my return to Bangkok. It has been a bad week at the office, the worst week I have had here in terms of emotional and mental turmoil. Worst thing is, I have a bad feeling that this week will become a 7-day work week, talk about never-ending mental torture......

But it's Friday after all, and I am determined to put the frustrations behind me for an hour while I compile this blog post which continues to recount the steps of my marriage. Planning a wedding banquet in Singapore from Bangkok was like building castles in the air. No matter how novel my ideas were, I knew that with me having only 6 full days in Singapore before my actual wedding day to prepare for it, I had to compromise, compromise, compromise.

I just did not want my wedding dinner to become a monotonous film of march-ins and yam sengs, therefore, I invited all my guests to become my wedding photographers!! It was kind of a 'gamble', but judging from the fun they had and the pictures that came with it, I would not have chosen any other way to involve my guests on my big day. Here's some evidence why this move of mine gave me a load of priceless memories I otherwise would not have witnessed:

Kids trying to emulate monkeys, looks like they had a good time.

Princess Candra beaming at the spread of interesting-looking dishes prepared by Peony Jade.

Yiling looks as stunning as I last saw her 4 years ago, but Charisse is a big girl now,she likes the wedding favour!

How else would I catch my coordinator and official photographer taking a break? (??!!)

How else would I catch such a nice smile from the beautiful Eleen with Bihua standing demurely behind her?

How else would I catch Junxiong trying his best to pull off a funny face (epic FAIL attempt).

It gave me proof that my guests enjoyed the free flow of beer.

It gave me some great candid moments to savour.

It gave me a perfect shot with my best brothers.

My song team is REALLY took the song segment SERIOUSLY, thanks guys, u're the best.

Disposable cameras do have limitations, but it resulted in a nice silhouette of the singers.
 I would like to thank the WowWowWed team for gracing my wedding and making this possible for us, and also all my great guests who made the evening so meaningful. I hope we did enough to make it an enjoyable night for you too. You are most welcome to own these wonderful memories as well, viewing/downloading all 262 pictures from It's a pity only 20 out of 26 cameras could be recovered though, so anyone reading this who is still holding on to a camera, please let me know so that I can retrieve the missing pictures from you.

Lastly and extremely devastatingly, someone managed to take me in the most AGUA (阿瓜)pose I have ever seen myself in. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THIS ON MY WEDDING.

Laugh lor... Laugh lor.... $%^&*(*&^%

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Picking up the pieces after 911.....

The first real official Yii family outing -- Bak Kut Teh.

It's been a long week, juggling sleepless nights, meetings, gatherings, family outings and a wedding....

911 is finally over, but I need to brace myself to face another potentially gruelling week to complete my wedding festivities in my native Kuching.

I am in no position to share about the actual 911 yet, as it's such an amazing day, it deserves more than just a slip-short mention. However, what makes it even more memorable is how so many of my friends from different parts of my life got together to make it possible for me even though I am stuck in Bangkok remote-controlling this event most of the time. Which other couple can boast such a wonderfully-crafted wedding when they only came back ard a week before their big day (without the help of a professional wedding planner)?

I shall now recount this fantastic experience by sharing my memories of the week leading to 911, which in a way, was crafted as well by the wedding-organising team as well....

Li Li made it a special birthday for me, inviting a special little guest into the party, though her tiny brain was obviously focused on the yellow creamy mess displayed in front of her.

In return, I worked hard on my hatchday to make her room more interesting. She's nearly 80cm tall now!

Following that, my dear brothers celebrated my bday with me yet again, on this Bachelor's night-turned-Bday KTV session. I had a lot of fun, you guys are the best. 2 Mango bday cakes a day, can u beat that?

The next day, I wore my favourite dragon to cut my hair as short as it has ever been in preparation for the big day.

Last, but definitely not least, after enduring a rock version of 我问天and some ridiculously-bad-tasting organic Jaz beer, my ears were literally blasted into pieces by Gilbert and his band during my real bachelor's night.

As I look back at every step taken for my wedding, the only things I see are a beautiful lady submitting her life into this marriage and the work done by my family and friends to make sure I receive her in the most perfect way possible.

Thanks guys...... your efforts have not gone to waste, and my thank yous will not end...
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