Friday, May 28, 2010

Wedding Day

...not mine, of course. Lately must be a wedding and mating season cos i have been getting the red card non-stop. To go into marriage is like going into another phase of life, for the better or for the worse. Friends and colleagues are jumping into this bandwagon more and more frequently. Does it affect me emotionally? No, i think im numbed to the these things. Does it affect me financially? YES, im poorer each time i attended a wedding dinner ...sob...sob...

The wedding invitation cards one after another

Just went to my friend's wedding dinner last weekend, another one coming up next weekend. Besides the fact that u have to dish out your cash "angpau", one thing very suffering about the chinese wedding dinner is these singing exhibitionists lor...

Really have to give an applause or even standing ovation to these uncles and aunties for bringing the guests "entertainment". They just sing and sing their favourite karaoke songs on the stage, doesnt matter if their voice croaks like a frog...The whole night creating noise pollution across the hall until we the guests cant even hear what the person sitting beside speaking about. In fact i remember that night one of the uncles have to be "politely excused" from the stage by their relative. So malu loh....Me and my friends really beh tahan until we unable to finish the meals and gone Station One Cafe instead for some real singing performance :P

Then dont know fortunate or unfortunate, the first time im attending a wedding already asked to be the "hengtai" (something like a bestman). In fact before this i had no idea what the hengtai is supposed to do. Then only i found out they are supposed to protect the groom from the evil "zi mui"'s (bride's friends)'s attacks when fetching the bride from her house. 

The evil bunch of zi mui waiting for our grand arrival. They are to sort of "prevent" the groom from entering the house and fetching the bride, unless the groom satisfy ALL of their conditions. Im wondering, where did all these customs come from anyway? Does it even exists say ... 100 years ago? Some really "wu liao" (nothing-better-to-do) people must have invented it along the way.

The "goodies" awaiting the hengtais...

We were asked to wear this flowery headband right after we descend from the car. Mind u, all of us were dressed so smartly that day. Asking us to wear this is so salah lo...However it didnt dampened our spirit even abit. In fact my friends and I started camwhoring with the headband,  completely ignoring the zi muis lo LOL...

Next up even worse...we were asked to put on these disposable undies lo...each is written one word on it  and we are supposed to line up to make a proper sentence. A bunch of handsome guys wearing paper undies lining up beside the road is not a good scene leh....again...so salah loh...

We were served these special breakfast...banana.... bitter guard... chilies...ginger...etc. We just give face and ate a bit lo...what to do since the girls "earnestly" prepare for us...I just take a bit of bitter guard with the banana...sweetness and bitterness together...neutralized lo...clever hor??

Then we have to blow some balloons and make something like a flower to the bride. But as u can see the end result is nothing short of spectacular lo...i dont even recognize what is it LOL. We also got to blow the balloons and get some piece of paper inside. So we the hengtais very compliant and blow the balloons until so big and purposely go near the zi muis to blow near them loh...hehe.

See the groom so cute hor...with his special white colour headband...he was sweating all the way...poor thing. The outside was so hot and he has to wear the suite somemore...

A roasted pig greeted us on the table near the door.... Why does chinese wedding needs a roasted pig leh? Anyone knows? So that the couple make many "piglets" later ka?

After a few more "mini games", its time for gate-crashing. See the bunch of yee-ma-gu-che, sam-gu-lok-po and the zi muis asking this and that...

See the zi mui counting the money...the groom have to prepare some stash of cash in order to be allowed to go into the house. Just like the credit card advertisement says "The entrance fee....RM1X100. Her expression...priceless.." LOL

Finally OPEN SESAME! Everyone also got tired abit...better settle it quick la...Its supposed to be just a game, not some torturing exercise mah...

Another view showing our beloved hengtai in their headband and paper undies. Look so ridiculous doesnt it? LOL...luckily no rabbit suit...

Well, it was fun nevertheless and i wish my couple friend forever loving and happy family. Luckily the ceremony didnt turn out too messy or excessive, or else it would marred the whole thing. I have heard some horror stories about the things being dished out for the hengtais...Have u encounter such horrible reception?

p.s. visitor to this blog been plunging to the sea bottom since i was forced to change to this new address. But i guess u would come back if u like my writings, right? :P

p.p.s Happy Wesak everyone and have a good rest!




6 comments:

the happy go lucky one said...

hhaahaaa... so cute lah u all, i remember me (and my frens) not so cooperative, we were telling those zi mui, they can delay however long they like, but beware the auspicious is going to pass soon :P who is at losing end?
and the parents came to help open door hahaaa...

blue said...

@happy: haha..yalo..the groom's aunty also said exactly the same thing...very legitimate excuse/reason :D

[SK] said...

hahaha, hengtai is like that one, can be as tiring as the groom himself.. because the jimui focus on torturing the hengtai only mah..

but i think i've already gone through it already, supposed all my close friends have married already.. hehe!!

blue said...

@SK: coming weekend another wedding d...but luckily this time no need to be hengtai, yet. So u have been the hengtai for all ur buddies, when is their turn to be ur hengtai then? :P

suituapui said...

I love karaoke...and I don't mind those singing at weddings provided they're good and can sing well - not those old people singing Chinese songs from the 40s and 50s. Tsk! Tsk!

I'm not familiar with this kind of traditional practice...we never had that here but I hear the trend is spreading and people are doing it as well. Which dialect is this? Must have picked up from those silly Chinese series...

If my daughter gets married, I will definitely not have any of this - whole lot of nonsense, if you ask me. Make it so hard to "collect" your daughter, you keep lah - no need to get married. I'll go find somebody else to marry...

blue said...

@stp: but these uncles and aunties really sucks lo.. i think they got too "high" from the liquor..

Hmm...actually im not sure where did these 'traditions' come from..its rather annoying actually. How the people in Sarawak celebrate, i wonder?

Haha...maybe u will have different thought when its your daughter's turn to get married leh...U definitely should help out the groom then..become the 'spy' in the house..hehe...