For years I have been like a mother hen telling them to get married. I wonder if their mothers were even as insistent as I was. Who am I talking about? They are actually former students of mine from way back when I taught in Perak. They have been together for donkey years, since 1996 or 1997. It is now 2009, so you can imagine how long they have been an item. To top it off, the guy has been working in the Middle East, still is, actually. So it has been a long distance relationship for them. Not an easy relationship to maintain.
Well, finally, last year they registered their marriage and last weekend they had their wedding ceremony and banquet. It was a pleasant trip that I made to attend their wedding. The bride was radiant in her strapless evening gown, and the groom looked extremely happy in his sporty-looking blazer.
For me, the event was not only about them, as I got to meet up with so many of my former students who were the bride's and groom's friends. It was amazing how some of them have grown and matured into husbands, wives and parents. It was strange seeing them carrying their little infants and toddlers. They have become parents! At that moment, I felt old, but not for long.
Well, it was a good reminder about the culture of small towns. The food was in abundance. Portions were large. Most people were punctual to the wedding dinner. By 9:15, dinner was over, unlike in most bigger towns and cities. There was never a moment of silence as people were singing karaoke throughout the dinner. A bit too loud, if you ask me.
Well, all in all, it was a good weekend. I enjoyed the food and the dinner. And most of all, I enjoyed the company, the love of my life with whom I am celebrating 13 years of marriage. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY dearest!