Happy people, happy faces…

Well, like I said in my previous post, you will get to see more of the wedding that I flew over to Kuching attend last weekend.

The banquet was held at the Rainforest Ballroom at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in the state capital…

The backdrop

…where I stayed during those three nights that I was there. This was the main table…

The main table

…and Heather’s mum, Helen, made this magnificently beautiful wedding cake herself…

The wedding cake

I missed the cake-cutting but I did manage to snap one of the “kiss”…

The kiss

Actually, the groom was asked to put a piece of the cake in his mouth and then feed his bride without using his hands.

Then, of course, there was the toast…

The toast

…and the dinner.

The food was all right – what one would expect when hosting a celebration at some grand hotel. It started with the Four Seasons…

Four Seasons

…and the herbal black chicken soup – in place of the not-to-be-named soup…

Herbal black chicken soup

After that, we had chicken AGAIN…

Chicken in BBQ sauce

This was their crispy chicken in barbecue sauce.

The steamed fish was o.k…

Steamed fish

…and so were the sautéed butter prawns…

Butter prawns

I went out for some fresh air when they served the mixed mushrooms and broccoli dish after which came the fried rice…

Fried rice

No, it wasn’t kampung-style despite the generous sprinkling of fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) on top…and finally, it was time for dessert.

Dinner started late – the first dish was served at 8.00 p.m. and each dish came 30 minutes after the previous one. I think they had a whole lot of part-timers helping out and obviously, they would need a lot more training for based on what went on that night, there was a lot to be desired. I asked for a glass of iced water and was given Sprite instead, cold but without any ice in it…and everytime, I wanted a refill, I had to go through quite a hassle to get somebody to do that for me…PLUS I wished they could at least smile when somebody said “thank you” to them even if they had no intention of replying, “Welcome.” They seemed very busy all the time though, hard at work – not that they were idling around…and they would serve a dish e.g. the herbal black chicken soup and leave without cutting into smaller portions, much less distribute into servings for everyone at the table.

But other than that, it was a wonderful evening and I particularly enjoyed meeting old friends and seeing all the familiar faces…

Old friends

– people that I had not seen since the 70’s and also some of my ex-classmates. In the above photograph, standing on far left is Simon’s sister (whom I had not seen since we left school in 1969) and to my right is his sister-in-law (who used to “act” in my radio plays on RM Playhouse in the mid-70’s) and on the extreme right is my good friend – in my teenage years, we used to request for songs on the radio and dedicate them to one another and I used to go to parties and dances with her and her sisters way back in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

The function ended at around 11.00 p.m. and since I was staying at the hotel, there was no hurry to rush home or anywhere else so I just took my sweet time. All in all, it certainly was an evening well spent…with all the happy people and all the happy faces all around.