Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Yawn. I went back in Singapore! For a while anyway.
It's pretty random. I was invited to Chee Kiong and Gwyn's wedding a few weeks back. It clashes with State of the Arts though, so too bad I can't attend SOTA. Regardless, I was invited, and I ended up being the doorman of the wedding. Haha.
Well, my trip down to Singapore this time was pretty messy as compared to last time. First, I had class on the day I went to Singapore. That's not good. My class ended at 3pm. After, I had a meal with Justin, Miki, Redzuan and a few others, since I wouldn't be seeing them for a week. Around 3:30 I left, and lo, there was a thunderstorm. Great. I got soaked and reached back home, where I packed my stuff. I needed to get to Bukit Jalil, and I took a cab, but it was super jammed, so the cab dropped me off at the LRT near my house, which basically wasted my time and money. Walking there would've been faster. I arrived at the bus terminal and got a bus to Johor Bahru, and according to the guy who sold me the ticket, I was very lucky as it was the last bus to JB that day, since the next day was a public holiday. Okay, fine, lucky me. I then got on the bus, and the North-South Highway was jammed like hell! I've never seen it so jammed before! After an hour or two traffic eased up and the bus finally went faster. Not fast enough though, 'cause I ended up reaching Larkin terminal at 12:30am. I took the last 170 to the checkpoint, but I missed the 170 to get to Singapore. So I had to pay extra for a coach to drive me across. Then, there were no buses left, so I had to take a cab to Juswin's house. Plus, I hadn't changed my money yet, it was still in ringgit, so I had to borrow money from Juswin and pay for the cab. Geez!
Anyway, the wedding was pretty sweet. The ushers and decorators of the wedding had to reach by 8am, to set up and help out. So it was pretty tiring 'cause Juswin and I slept at 5am due to chatting and playing Dead Rising 2. The wedding was held at the Arts House at Old Parliament, and I got to sit on Lee Kuan Yew's chair. AWESOME! LOL.
Lao Lee's chair. Imagine if you sat on Obama's chair?
The guys helped carry things while the girls helped out in decorations. Later the guys helped out the decorations by way of tying up helium-filled balloons. Haha! Imagine tying like 50 ballons! It hurts your fingers like hell after a while! So after that some of us were divided into different sections and stuff; Juswin and I ended up being the doormen. Keeping the doors open, and later, keeping them closed, and opening them when the time came to bring in the bride. There were quite a lot of people who kept moving in and out, so it was quite annoying. So once the procession began, Juswin and I were waiting for the songs and video montages to finish. Once they were done, we opened up the doors for a very beautifully dressed Gwyn to walk in! After this, we were allowed to go in and attend the matrimony. It was the usual, exchanging of vows, giving the wedding ring, and instead of two candles lighting up one, they did something different with something called unity sand. There was a cup of blue sand and another cup of pink sand. Then they'd pour it into some kind of glass vial or something. It would turn to be a pretty nice mixture, looking almost purplish in a few sections.
So after they kissed, there was a short sharing session by Ming Jin. He shared a joke with us: One day there was a young priest who would officiate a wedding for the first time. He was nervous, and the high priest told him "Don't worry. If you forget any lines, just quote scripture. You can't go wrong with scripture." The priest kept this in mind. During the wedding itself, when it was his turn to speak, he totally forgot his lines! So he remembered what he was told; quote scripture. Thinking about Jesus, he blurted out "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." LOL! Awesome joke! But Ming Jin shared that that's exactly what a lot of couples do. They get married without really thinking through on the consequences and future. So he reminded us that marriage is not to be taken lightly. And he also shared a quote that was really amazing, but simple at the same time. He said "Sometimes it is better to be kind, than to be right." That's something I personally need to listen to.
After that, Juswin and I did our door duties again, for the bride and groom to come out, and for the rest of the people to exit the court (yeah, it was in a courthouse. Lol). Then it was time to eat! I ate, and ate and ate... chicken, lol, 'cause most of the other food was done after helping with the duties and waiting for the line to shrink. I managed to catch up with a lot of people. I caught up with Gary (again, lol), Cedric Koh and finally met his girlfriend, and Jace, and even Sylvia. Yeah. I haven't seen Sylvia in years, like since I last went for her performance she invited me to. We chatted normally and happily, as if nothing sour had ever happened to us before. It was so ironic, funny, but yet pleasing to see that after 3 or 4 years, there was no hint of her being an ice queen anymore. And we chatted just like we did, before I liked her and our friendship got screwed. Good times. Plus, I also saw and briefly greeted a lot of people that I haven't seen in years, like since my first few years in church. Back then there were a lot of people that I just said hi to and talked to briefly, but never really remembered them. I mean I was new that time, and I was bombarded with hundreds of names and people in the span of weeks. I could never remember all of them, yet, I recalled their faces when I saw them that day, even though we never said anything to each other.
Anyhoo, dinner that night was also interesting. I didn't have a proper table, so I was put at another table beside my cellgroup's table, and far from Juswin and Eleanore's table. Basically, I was alone, haha. In a zone where they all knew one another. I only knew the GT zone people who transferred to MJ zone when GT disbanded. Fortunately for me, a girl called Felicia was sitting beside me, and she provided some conversation, and so did some people from the table, although Felicia kept the effort. Thanks! The food was pretty good. Drank like 20 cups of cokes. Lol, sorry to the waiters!
After the wedding ceremony, I still had other actitvities. Which I'll post up next.
I'm back in KL at the time of this typing. Lmao. School. Yawnz.