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 sautΓ©ed 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.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

34 thoughts on “Happy people, happy faces…”

  1. i attended a wedding last saturday too! pool side one some more! one down side about outdoor wedding is, it’s HOT! we were all sweaty and sticky after an hour. standing fans were distributed at each corner but oscillated…

    it was a great night catching up friends of more than a decade nonetheless :))) i was glad that i made it!

    Eyewwwww!!!! Not in the horrendous heat & haze that we are experiencing at the moment. You mean they did not have fans ready right from the start? What horrible hotel in Penang was that? They should have those giant cool mist-blowing ones that they have at places like Bintang Walk in KL. Frankly, I think it is so silly how people here want to ape the west – garden weddings and all – not in our climate and in those hot uncomfortable suits. If they want to do it in style…go up the hills, at least…like to Cameron or Fraser’s or Bukit Tinggi perhaps…and pay for all the guests to go there too. Now, THAT is style…

  2. I have not attended any weddings for a very long time… not that I miss them. You look so handsome in your batik shirt and the homemade cake is so awesome. Wonder how long it took to make that giant of a cake?

    I heard the bride’s mum started making it before Hari Raya, fruit cake… Thank you, thank you… You are so very kind. Hehehehehe!!!!

  3. Nowadays most weddings are done in a glamorous style..unlike my days.. so simple and sweet..hahahaha…
    By the way, where did u go in the midst of the dinner?? *huh, huh?* πŸ™‚

    Needed some fresh air mah…so many people in the ballroom. Muahahahahaha!!!!!

  4. My wife and I have been attending lots of wedding dinner this year. It could be our age falls into the getting married age group. That day when I went to the hospital, i saw at least 5 of my old friends, either waiting for gynae or pediatric. Last time we are still young and hang out together, now all of us are busy with our own family. I do appreciate such invitation where old friend can get together again, reminiscing the funny things we did once we are young.

    Time flies…and before you know it, it’s your son’s turn. I can imagine how expensive it would be by then – better start saving. Son’s side have to pay for everything wor… I have a daughter. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  5. i am very sure you will sure post some food photos with the wedding.. didn’t come out as i have expected yesterday but viola, came out as Part 2 of the wedding today..

    I would have left the food photos to the next post but I have too many things waiting in line to post – would not be so nice if delayed for too long – stale already by then. Like some people posting on trips they made a year ago… Eyewwww!!!!!

    1. Arthur, you are talking about me? Ahem ahem ahem. What to do..too busy to update my blog and i just want to jot it down. πŸ˜›

      No lah, not you. I guess you’ve stopped already…ex-blogger now. Hehehehehe!!!

  6. i always like the first dish.. the platter, hahaha!! because i can taste different things at the same time.. but then i don’t like the black chicken, looks so ugly~~ πŸ˜€

    You don’t? Extra nutritious, makes you strong like a lion…and extra expensive too!

  7. I attended a wedding last weekend too…
    The cake is really huge…Ermmm…is it edible? hehe…
    Bcos over here..many use a dummy cake πŸ˜‰

    I know. Well, at least, the bottom tier is real – the groom cut a piece of that to “feed” the bride…

  8. Wow Heather’s mum is really talented, that’s a really nice cake! Must have taken a lot of effort.

    She used to have a cake shop in one of the shopping malls in town before they migrated overseas but now they’ve moved back – no place like home! She still runs her cake business from home, brisk business especially around festivals.

  9. Never attended wedding dinners now. ..so I can only relate to the part where you went out to smoke…lol. I love the church photos where the iron grill appeared to look as if the groom had just walked into a cell.

    That’s a choice in life that one makes…and follows – can’t go on living like when one’s free and single anymore. Will have to change…sacrifice, give a little and take a little.

  10. …photos on your fb

    Oh? These days, even churches are not safe – will need more than iron grills. Guards, perhaps. People will go in and steal anything. Here in Sibu, that day, somebody grabbed the collection box in the middle of the sunset mass and ran off…

  11. Among all the food you posted, I like the wedding cake the most!

    Did you get a piece of it for dessert? Most of the time, the wedding cake I came across previously were decorative item – can see, cannot eat. I wonder why they put it up in the first place, duh!

    Tradition. They usually have a little slice wrapped nicely and put in a nice little box – given away as door gifts…but I’ve seen people, dismantling, cutting and serving on the spot too…and always it would be such a mess, not nicely or properly cut – what an insult to the beautiful cake!

  12. Arthur….:) I think I like the church 8 course dinner lo after seeing yours :p anyway, the wedding dinner look simple for but I think the cake would be attraction, right? Dont tell me only one cake is edible ! πŸ™‚ The bride looks pretty eh and the groom handsome πŸ™‚

    I told you so. Same here – if you opt for classy hotel environment…or you have to because there are friends who do not eat certain things, you can expect the food to be not as great as some elsewhere…for less the amount of money paid even, a lot less!

  13. Partimers are like that la. They duno much on how to serve. Lucky they know what u are talking about.

    I kena once . Asked the part timer something , he was like “HUH”???

    All this tak sakit hati sangat la. The one sakit hati was at a “famous” hotel in KT. The waiters just stand there and chit chat though saw me waving asking for some more tea!

    I remember long ago at another five-star hotel in Kuching, my cousin asked for a screwdriver…and the waiter brought her…a toothpick!!! LOL!!!

  14. Black herbal chicken soup is something new to me. Not seen it at the local weddings here.

    It’s catching on here – getting to see it more and more at Chinese banquets – very nice, very sweet, some places have dried scallops in the soup…even nicer…just ignore the colour. At least, SOME people here are responding to the call to “SAVE THE SHARKS!!!”

  15. I love the first dish, and i love the soup, yum yum!! The fried rice look good too, very generous with the ikan bilis.

    WOW!! The mum made the wedding cake??? tsk tsk tsk tsk !!! Salute her!

    Love the bride wedding dress, very nice.

    Yes, the embroidered one she wore for the toast…very nice! She looks exactly like her mum when the mum was young.

  16. It was a very grand wedding dinner. Love the bride’s figure, so slim.

    …and the parents, so slim and trim to this day…not like me. Sobssss!!!! 😦

  17. It was so good of you to fly all the way to Kuching, attending your best friend’s daughter’s wedding.

    I love weddings…and I love the fact that they remembered to invite me – many people will conveniently forget about nobodies like me…accidentally on purpose… 😦

  18. Haven’t attended a wedding in quite some time. Maybe because me and my friends are not in that age group – our kids are too young to be getting married while we are too old to be getting married ourselves!!

    The in-between years… I had my share of that! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Btw, new here, I see. Welcome…and thanks for dropping by. Interesting stuff in your blog!

  19. The wedding cake was really grand and beautiful. Mine was a 5 tier cake tin recycled over a hundred times!! Kakakakakakaka

    I have been attending so many weddings until pokai. Next one is this Saturday. I don’t mind giving red packets but they should stay married till death do they part. Not really, so many divorces in West Malaysia.

    Modern mah, everything like in the west these days…not traditional, old fashioned like us here. Hehehehehe!!! Yup…I know some hotels, they use the same one over and over again. Not this time though…the bride’s mum made it herself – she has a cake business.

  20. That looks like a very grand wedding dinner! Oh, my pet grouse on wedding dinners is that they never start on time! I attended a few the last couple of years and they started at 9pm when the invite said 7pm. Other than that, it is quite fun and the food is ok too. Unless if you sit at the main table, there is very little to eat. The waiter or waitress will serve everyone a small portion. No seconds! I experienced that twice.

    Very common in KL, I know…and they blame the jam! I think that is a lame excuse! Knowing that the jam is so bad, they should leave the house early…say 5 pm if the dinner is at 7, unless if it’s on a working day and they do not have the luxury of time. I did that when I went to attend a wedding reception in KL…but thankfully, it started at 8, late but not so late.

  21. Grand wedding with very impressive wedding cake. Love the outfit of the bride and you are looking good with all the ladies besides you.

    Hehehehehe!!!! So sweet like sugar attracting all the ants? Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Ya…it was a really nice wedding celebration – has a great time.

  22. nice wedding and reception πŸ™‚ is the caterer the hotel itself? πŸ™‚ they should provide training to servers so a wedding as grand as that will be more beautiful. the bride’s mother is so skilled with making that elegant cake πŸ™‚

    Indeed, they should…but most hotels here rope in part-timers and I think they do not pay them very well – not the ones in my town, that I know…not sure about this one.

  23. Wow, very grand set-up at the ballroom and a grand wedding cake indeed! You said the bride’s mum baked that?! Whoa, very huge, even if it was only the bottom layer which is edible..

    And you looked handsome and like a Datuk in the batik πŸ™‚ Good choice of colour, too, coz dark colours automatically shed a few kilos off you! hehehe

    Yes, but I will feel so hot…and sweat like nobody’s business…and end up with heat stroke. Ok if I wear black on cold rainy nights or air-conditioned places.

  24. I agree with Jessie, you look great in that batik. I was so busy checking that Datuk from Sibu out in the photo that I forgot about the food and the wedding cake. muahahaha

    Adoi! Not a Datuk…and not a datuk either… So kesian. I don’t feel comfortable dressing up…but sometimes, have to lah… The invitation stated formal or batik and between the two, I’d go for the 2nd one anytime.

  25. The gigantic cake looks so grand. In the ancient Roman tradition, the groom would break a piece of bread over the bride’s head in hope to bring good fortune and fertility to the couple. Back in time a white cake symbolizes the purity of the bride, so does a white wedding dress. The wedding cake was originally intended to be distributed by the bride because eating the cake would ensure fertility.

    The hosts were toasting on the parquet flooring, is that the stage? They love their chicken ya. So how was the food overall? The dishes are somewhat different.

    Yup, that was the stage. The food wasn’t that great – that is how it is here when hosting an event at high class hotels – very classy, very grand…but food does not measure up. The cake was white – yellowish in the photo because of the lighting at the venue…and she wore white at the church ceremony. I’ve eaten lots and lots of wedding cakes over the years – should be so very fertile then? LOL!!!

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