Last Sunday was Girlie's wedding party which was held at the Beverly Hotel. It was just a small gathering of about 100 people. It was scheduled to start at 7pm sharp, but of course being true to the Malaysian style, we only started at around 8pm.
Actually, the akad nikah was held last Friday. I was unable to attend, but I've seen the pictures taken during the event. Apparently my younger brother, Dennis, was one of the witnesses (saksi). I saw Evelyn in the pictures too. I can imagine she must have been a bit out of place when all those prayers were performed, since she's the only one there who's not a Muslim. So out of our siblings, A to E were there except for C (myself).
I was given to understand that everything went well during the akad nikah. Except, of course, for the part where Bridget and mom cried uncontrollably when Girlie was eventually "given away" as the wife of someone else. Don't know why cry to that extent! Women!
Girlie (Amanda Christie) is the second daughter of Bridget. Her older sister, Chaboh (Amelda Diane) was unable to attend as she had to sit for her exams in KL. In fact, she's been there for some years now. Girlie is the first of my nieces and nephews to get married. So this was a big thing. Even mom flew all the way from Vancouver, Canada to attend. Before leaving for the party, I prepared an angpow. And of course being the mischievous uncle, I couldn't help including a bit of advice on the angpow itself. Perhaps those of you who can understand Malay, would like to click on the above picture to see the message from Uncle Kong.
From left to right: Valentina (mom-in-law), Bridget, mom, yours truly, Girlie & hubby, Mia and JJ, and Patricia (sister-in-law).
We arrived at about 7:05pm and found Girlie and her groom at the reception lobby. Mom was there too. This time we had an almost complete member, A (Audrey), B (Bridget), C (Cornelius), D (Dennis), E (Evelyn), G (Grace) and H (Harry) were there. Flora was unable to make it. She's in Brunei.
I must say that it's a bit rare, but they somehow managed to set up the pelamin in the banquet hall for the upacara merenjis. And then after that, we had a group photo taken. It's quite a wonder that the pelamin could withstand our weight.
Later on, we had the karaoke session where several people took turns to sing their favourite songs. And then Dennis went up to sing, of all the songs, Only You. It was quite OK, until that part where he went, "Oh-on-ly you..." I'm sure the hair at the back of my neck stood up. But luckily the banquet hall was quite dim that night. But when he had finished singing, mom ran out and gave Dennis a hug. The rest of us watched in horror.
And then, not to forget the poco-poco dance, which I really don't know how it became almost the Malaysian culture these days. Who the hell invented this dance anyway? By the way, that huge thing in the middle of the crowd in pink is Girlie (see Uncle Kong's message on the angpow again.)
I thought it would never come, but in the end, we had the joget. And another surprise of the night—mom did the joget with Audrey's hubby, Azmi. I never knew that mom could do the joget. And of course she couldn't! I don't know what was that she did. I think it was a mixture of ballroom dancing and tango. But she completed the entire 10 minutes' worth of joget, which was quite admirable, really.
They were still happily singing the karaoke when I left at around 10:30pm. I was so tired because I did not quite catch the sleep I wanted to since the 20km run first thing in the morning.
Well, there goes Girlie—off to a good start on a married life with her policeman husband. I just hope that she won't beat up her husband too frequently. Oh! by the way, they're settling down in Pahang after all, not Terengganu. Phew!