The invitation…

You may recall that way back in August, I received an invitation from two very old friends of mine, Simon and Helen…

Helen & Simon

…and I do mean old in every sense of the word. LOL!!! Simon and I go way back to the 50’s ever since we entered Primary 1 and Helen and I were great friends during our swinging party days in the 70’s. That was precisely why I was away in Kuching for the weekend – to attend this very special event and to share the joy in this very happy occasion.

Their daughter, Heather, got married here on Saturday, 29th September, 2012…

St Joseph's Cathedral Kuching

…to Donny…

The service booklet

The young couple arrived at the cathedral in style in this bridal sedan…

The bridal sedan

…driven by the groom-to-be himself. I was told that things have changed and are no longer like what we used to do in the long gone past.

Some have remained the same though. The proud father still had the honour of walking his daughter down the aisle to the altar and handing over his daughter’s hand in marriage…

Father & bride

…and after the vows were exchanged and the rings as well…

With this ring

…the blissful couple were proclaimed man and wife.

Congratulations once again, Heather and Donny and here’s wishing the two of you endless love and happiness in the years ahead…and congratulations also to Simon and Helen. Don’t worry, as the groom said at the wedding reception, “You two have not lost a daughter but instead, you have gained a son.”

More of the wedding in the next post, so stay tuned, everyone!

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29 thoughts on “The invitation…”

  1. Wow! It is good to have friends that goes way back since childhood. Good for you STP. πŸ™‚

    Now I wonder how many of my friends now will as my friend until my old age.

    That’s why it is very important to stay in touch and keep the friendship flame burning. Many slip away into their own private lives once they have settled down and have families of their own…and eventually, they lose touch with their friends. Real sad, isn’t it?

    1. Agree. Friendship requires effort for both sides. If one is not doing the effort to keep his friends then he will indeed lose them.

      Yes, you need two hands to clap, two hands to shake hands…

  2. Arthur, you are right. It is important to make an effort to stay in touch with friends. I have lost touch with my childhood and even university friends. We did try to keep in contact but over the years I guess our family, career and what not made us lose track.

    Well, there is Facebook. I managed to get in touch with many long-lost friends via the social network and renew ties…and of course, I have my many new-found friends through blogging as well. Like how we used to write in our autograph books when we were young:
    Make new friends, keep the old
    One is silver, the other is gold.

    P.S. There is an @ in your url…so that affects the link to your blog. I’ve edited it for you.

  3. Congrats to the newlyweds…..

    Wah, nice and unique church building….

    Thanks, Pete. Yes, we have a lot of big, modern churches here but call me old school. I prefer those old traditional ones with stained glass windows and all. They somehow have a more solemn…and romantic/sentimental feel – more ideal for weddings. πŸ˜‰

  4. What the groom said is what my grandma’s always preached last time. What a unique church for the wedding. Congrats to Heather and Donny!

    Thanks, Andrew. That’s what the old folks always say – daughters would always go home to their mothers…sons, hardly…but I guess a lot depends on the bonding and the family ties, the upbringing.

    1. Yes Arthur. That is the reason why my mum always wishes for a daughter, but too bad her wish was not granted. She had 3 sons. It really depends on the bonding among the family members. For me, I will try to even it out. As wifey is staying with my parents, I will try my best to make weekly visit back to my in-law’s house, so that they won’t feel lonely. It’s a tiring job travelling around, but this need to be done for the name of filial piety. Cheers!

      Yes, it is good to strengthen family ties – stay close and keep in touch always.

  5. what a lovely bride and groom.. lovely car too! lovely wedding! lovely friends…

    where’s your lovely face in the photos!?

    Aiyor… Don’t want to spoil the beautiful post lah! Nobody would want to see my ugly face anywhere in the post, I’m sure…. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  6. Talking about primary 1? Really a long time friend. In future I’m seeing myself attending friends children’s wedding…. ^^
    β€œYou two have not lost a daughter but instead, you have gained a son.” <–so sweet.
    CONGRATS to the newly wed couple.

    Thanks on their behalf. I love weddings and I certainly hope to attend more soon – children of friends and relatives…or even my young friends that I’ve got to know through blogging. Hint! Hint! To whom it may concern… πŸ˜‰

  7. congratulations to Donny and Heather.. their true love starts from now till the eternity.. πŸ™‚

    Thank you. It was indeed a great start to a wonderful life together… πŸ˜‰

    P.S. When is your turn? Going to invite me or not? LOL!!!

  8. wow…yours definitely “older” than mine. I have yet to attend my ex-classmates’ children’s wedding though many of our kids are in the 20s already…maybe in another couple of years time..but I also have good frens from the 60s… in fact, this weekend a few of us will get together, we know each other since Std 6 and becoming good friends till now…
    Congratulations to the Happy Couple!!

    Thanks. Ya…your children – one is already working… When? When? Must fan the fire very hard lor…LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. Congratulations to the happy couple.

    Used to be Best Man driving the car now the groom driving ya. Got buy number or not? saw the plate number very “ong” number

    What number? QBB5? One digit, how to buy? Or is it Q885? 0785 came out 1st prize TOTO that very night…

  10. St Joseph Church! Been there once for a friend’s wedding!! One of the oldest church in the city.

    This is the new one – the original old one was demolished long ago. I think the Carmelite one would be older and the one in Padungan – they only renovated and restored those…

  11. Congratulations to the newly weds. What a lovely couple. Well said by the groom.

    Thank you. Yes, very consoling words indeed… πŸ˜‰

  12. I see, so that’s why you disappeared for several days? To attend your old buddies’ child’s wedding πŸ˜€

    Congrats to the newly wed!

    Thanks. Yes, that was why I was a bit inactive online over the weekend.

  13. Aww such a sweet speech by the groom! And I love the cool bridal car! πŸ™‚ Congratulations to both of them and may they enjoy a blissful and sweet marriage! πŸ™‚

    Thank you. Ya…very nice of him to say that. I’m sure that did wonders to cheer the bride’s parents up… Yup, nice car, very expensive.

  14. When you said cathedral, I was thinking of those long spires but this one is quite unusual. Very local feel but nice.

    Congratulations and best wishes to the bride and groom!

    I would prefer those to these modern looking ones. Thanks, on their behalf.

  15. At this age, surely get a lot of bomb. Not easy to sustain that monthly expenses, especially when we already retire by this age.

    That’s why one would have to scrimp and save while young, cannot simply spend. Use one’s money on one’s needs, do without one’s wants, not the way how young people today seem to live their lives…and you will have enough to retire comfortably and happily. I get by pretty well with my pension and I have my savings as well, no problem at all.

  16. I think I’ve been there to that place in Kuching before, but I don’t remember that there was a Church there. Is it newly built?

    Please send my congrats and best wishes to the bridal couple. May Heather and Donny’s marriage last for eternity! =D

    Thanks for your good wishes.No, I don’t know exactly when it was built by when I lived there in the 70’s, that cathedral was already around.

  17. Very very nice! πŸ™‚

    I always like weddings. That church looks awfully familiar. I worked in Kuching for a couple of years but I can’t for the life of me recall what it’s called.

    Is it Trinity Methodist Church by any chance?

    Oh no! That’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, Catholic…opposite the school and next to St Teresa’s. Yes, it was a very nice wedding, so sweet. I love weddings too…and I’m still waiting… Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  18. I saw that church before as my host brought me to see his place of worship. It is the most unique design! Church weddings are always beautiful like fairy tales with the organ music and flowers everywhere! I love it.

    The bridal car is nice too! Ada kelas!

    You should see the lamborghini and the little BMW’s driven by the heng tai’s… I love church weddings too – otherwise will not feel like a real wedding…

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