And back to work
My life as a Malaysian doctor in the United States.
Man, what a night! What a beautiful wedding. An exhausting weekend, but well worth the time and drive.
My good friends Nick and Helen got married. And mua was the best man. Ahem.
Anyway, the wedding banquet was held on the ship The Odyssey. That was special, what with the Chicago skyline in the background, and the usual summer-weekends fireworks display, which made for a spectacular ending to an unforgettable evening.
This would be my 2nd time being best man. This time, I had to wear a tux. Also, it was different in that it was an American crowd, and people actually listened to the speeches of the fathers of the bride and groom, best man and maid of honour. People weren't rushing to eat or drink. So, we all did what was natural to us; we all shared our special memories and tributes to these two special people. Me, I had to tell them about the time Nick zinged his eyebrows while lighting the barbeque, because that crazy pyromaniac emptied a whole bottle of starter fluid into the charcoal. I felt comfortable talking, and if I may say so, think I gave a pretty good speech (ahem). I actually felt appreciated.
Naturally, after the speech, and not having to stay sober anymore, I got plastered, at the dinner and later at a friend's room where she brought some vodka to share. It was a great night. But no, for those who are wondering about that rumour that the best man gets lucky; no, nothing else happened .
For more pictures of the night, click here.The newlyweds' first dance:
This was my special gift to them; a wedding music video (not to be mistaken for the professionally taken video of the night). Click here for the higher res video (30 Mbs, you'll need broadband).
Phew. All done.
Lived through Day #1. 6 hours down, another 6 tomorrow to go.
One more day...
Addendum: Just had to include this conversation I had with my family. They had called to wish me Happy Birthday, and I cheekily grumbled about not getting any cards/presents from them this year.
Dad: Oklar, go ahead and buy yourself a nice birthday gift, and send us the bill later. Anything you want.
Me: Err, okay. There IS this nice road bike I've been eyeing. 600 bucks.
Dad: .............. long silence............... Err, is that is Ringgit or Dollars?
So much for sincerity! I was just kidding, dad! Thanks for the birthday greetings, all!
I mean, it's so bad I can hardly inhale without going into coughing fits. The skies are just so hazy.
(I probably deserve to be beaten up, don't I?)
But seriously. I wonder what crazy-ass ideas some low-IQ but high-volume politician's gonna suggest next. I remember the last time someone suggested implementing the water curtain idea. Spraying a curtain of water down from tall buildings. In hopes of clearing the smog in KL. Yea, right. Talk about trying to take down a whale with a sewing needle. And this, in the midst of a water crisis in Malaysia.
Don't these guys know to actually read up and do some research before they come up with these ideas? And does anyone (probably way before your time) remember when they hired some foreign rain-making company to help make it rain in Malacca? I think that was in the 80's. Except it wasn't cloud seeding, but using weird looking conical/cuboid/spherical object on the ground, pointing up to the sky. Something to do with the ions/chi/The Force. Worked so well that these foreigners were laughing their way to the bank. Naturally, it didn't rain. (Results may differ, stated the fine print)
Sounds like things are pretty bad right now. So, what can we do about it? Besides the obvious, like banning open burning (which our lazy authorities never enforce until it's too late anyway), if they're serious enough about it, perhaps a short-term solution would be to declare an emergency holiday and to limit vehicles only to public transportation and emergency services. Sounds harsh, but I bet having few cars on the roads for even a day would make some difference. Also, I'm not even sure if we have hybrid vehicles in Malaysia (any readers can enlighten me?). Perhaps it's high time the government promote these vehicles by providing a subsidy or tax return for owners of hybrids.
Oh wait. I forgot, "We have to protect the local carmaking industry..."
Malaysia memang boleh.
Then again, the wedding banquet will be on a boat. Romantic cruise around the lake, so perhaps black would be too hot. Maybe something white?
Strangely enough, the rental website didn't say anything about whether the date comes along with the tux.
Or maybe something a bit more traditional, to reflect my heritage?
Or perhaps something more 'modern'? Don't quite like leather pants though; I hear they rub pretty bad. Or maybe that's a good thing.
This would be my 2nd time being best man. The first time was at one of my best friends' wedding in 2001. What took the cake then was when he, at the end of the banquet, inebriated and unable to drive, came up to me to ask me to go out to buy him a box of condoms.
"This is your wedding night! What on Earth did you expect to do tonight???" I exclaimed. To me, it was akin to Neil Armstrong about to get disembark from the Eagle but realizing that he left his helmet behind.
Nonetheless, being the dutiful Best Man, I excused myself from the gang who was meeting up at the local mamak, to make a trip to 7-11 in downtown Seremban. To pick up a box of condoms. Still dressed in my suit. Still had the corsage on my lapel. Still reeked of a mixture of booze, sweat and Escape by Calvin Klein.
They must have thought I was one high-class but butt-ugly gigolo. But still, the adik at the store didn't call the cops on me. Or try to pinch my ass.
I'm actually quite looking forward to this. Except, I have no idea how American weddings go. I know somewhere, somehow there should be a bachelor party (have been to only one thus far. Ahem. At least that's what I'm willing to 'fezz to) . And I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to shout 'Yammmm Sennnnnngg' at the end of my Best Man's speech.