Happy with you…

Actually, I never had the opportunity to teach him but he was in the school that I was last attached to before I retired. I knew him then as he was very active, prefect and all, but it was via the social media that we got better acquainted. He was already in the university when he requested that I added him as my friend on Facebook and of course, I did not hesitate to do so and we have been in touch since then – right through his graduation and when he announced that he was going to get married, I was delighted that he had included me in his guest list…and subsequently, sent me the formal “red card” invitation.

It was a nice day, Sunday, the 8th of September…

Sunshine

…and that certainly was a blessing and a bright start for the happy couple, Jimmy and Juliet…

J & J

…as it had been raining here quite a bit lately and there I was at the ballroom at this hotel for the wedding reception that night.

There was, of course, the cutting of the wedding cake and the toast…

Toast

…and the feasting and rejoicing.

I did not bother taking any photographs of the food as I’ve been attending dinner functions at that venue quite frequently and when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all but as always, the food was pretty good and other than that, we had some  delightful entertainment as well in the form of some nice singing by some of the guests like this girl who sang Bacarach & David’s “Close to you“…

Solo

If I’m not mistaken, she was in my school before – the girls would come over after Form 5 as they do not have any Form 6 classes in our sister-school…and if I am not wrong, she sang this same song at one of those events we had way back then.

My cousin, who had a commitment some place else that night, dropped by to sing a duet with her specially for the groom and his bride…

Duet

He was his tae-kwon-do instructor during his time in school…and the two presented a really beautiful rendition of “Beauty & the Beast“.

The bride’s eldest brother was invited to sing but they did not have any English songs on their playlist (you would have to bring your own vcd/dvd) so he and a friend went Gangnam instead…

Gangnam

…which was a whole lot of fun especially when all the kids around jumped onto the stage to join in.

The bride’s 2nd brother was my student – one that I actually taught in class, that is…and it was really sweet of him to make the effort to come over to my table just to say hello though I could not remember his name. Blush! Blush! I have this problem with Chinese names…and other than that, they are all mature now, boys turned into men, so even though the face may be familiar still, they do look different from those days in school uniform sleeping…oops…I mean, sitting at their desks in the classroom. There were two others at my same table and I saw another two who greeted me, one that I did not teach either…and I’m sure there were others around in the crowd as well.

I did not teach Alvin either but we knew each other quite well through the activities in school and I think he was the chief in the school magazine’s Editorial Board that I was in charge of. That night, it was so nice of him to come back all the way from KL to stage a magic show presentation at his best friend’s wedding. The highlight was this special bit that he called “The Shower of Love”…

Alvin

…which most certainly got everyone spellbound.

For one thing, that evening, I noticed that I was the only teacher around and I must say that was indeed so very flattering considering that technically, I was not really his teacher. Thank you so much, Jimmy, for the honour and for inviting me to share the joy and be happy with you all on this very special day of yours…and heartiest congratulations again to you and Juliet – may God bless you two abundantly always in the years ahead.

P.S.:
In case anyone is wondering, yes, I did sing a song for the groom and his bride that night…

Singing

…but no, I don’t think I did it too well as I’m badly out of practice plus it wasn’t one of the regular songs in my repertoire. Hmmmm….maybe you can try and guess the title of the song and the singer and whoever gets it right, I’ll send him or her a prize – it’s an appropriate song for the occasion and and to help you out, here’s another clue: At least, our shapes (the singer & I) are similar, if nothing else. LOL!!!