Out of over 7,000 photos taken with my barely 2 months old camera, if I could pick one picture as my Nikon moment, this is it. Friends of mine perhaps rarely see this look of mine that is ecstatically happy. And indeed I was and more, overwhelmed with emotion. I passed my camera to my dad during the Tea Ceremony – a Chinese tradition to formally accept the wedding couple into the family – and after Cynthia and I have drank the long awaited, most expensive cups of tea offered by Lora and Benny, I was pointing at our wedding gift that I just put onto Lora’s wrist and asked the crowd if the diamond filled bracelet was beautiful. Together with my mom and dad’s wedding gifts and more – each of them gave my sister a one carat diamond ring – an interesting comment was that our bride wore more diamond than gold on her wedding day. If there is one thing Lora and I are in common, that would be our quest for quality and perfection. You can imagine the unspoken minimum requirement of the color of the diamonds. Note: From right to left: Benny, Lora, my mom, me, and the bridesmaid.
Uh-huh. But Lora looked lovely on her wedding with the blink-blink. That’s all that matters.
I am happy that my beloved little sister has found a good man, although by saying that I have found her a good man – as I know Benny before Lora does and partially because of me, they met – is not entirely untrue. Either way, as a big brother, I am happy that my sister’s future is well taken care of, 24×7. That is just lovely and I couldn’t be happier.
A Fruitful Year – A Reflection
It started with a small revelation of mine that I have shared with a few friends of mine. I look back 10 years ago when I was younger and full of energy, how I wish I could have done much more. Hence, I have decided that I don’t want to look back to where I am today, 10 years from now, and say the same thing. I am a true believer of New Year Resolutions though I brand it more positively and call it a New Theme for the New Year. The theme for year 2008 is “Do It” and not only have I not shy away from new opportunities, I have also proactively sourced for new things to do.
My band has finally performed live at The Hereen. Having my music played in public is a dream came true, enough of talking about it for years. My passion for writing has been elevated to a higher ground, with the advent of the Internet era that transforms my old hobby into something called blogging. This year, I have reviewed a few books for McGraw-Hill, attended a few events from my favorite brands such as Nokia, HBO, and Intel, and I have participated the first ever blogger challenge by BRANDS (and Singapore team has won!). Even without all these memorable blogger events and blessed opportunities, I would have continued to write the way I have always been. Simply because writing has been my passion since young.
I have picked up a few new passions as well. I reckon hobbies take 12 years to mature so I better start now. I have picked up Spanish and with luck, I shall pass the exam and move onto level 3 next year. And I have become serious on photography after pointing and shooting for decades.
I don’t usually talk about work here because it is simply, work. Blogging is my hobby and these two seldom mix. Personally satisfied with my career in the year of 2008, I look forward to season 2 of the game of survivor. I have counted: more than 10,000 email messages I have received and sent in 2008. My role as an electronic postman has surpassed my role as a coffee boy. That much I can share. And God knows how many emails will be in my mailbox when I am back from my 3 weeks compliance leave.
My Sister’s Wedding
So I was the direct wedding family member, Benny’s backup Best Man, and the backup wedding photographer. One moment I was playing the role of a big brother at the Tea Ceremony, another moment I was chasing behind the bride on every step she took taking photographs; one moment I was the ring bearer and accompanied Benny to crash the gate, another moment I walked into the Church right behind Benny and as the service drew to an end, I quickly grabbed my camera from my Uncle and resumed my photographer’s hat.
The official wedding photographer took over 600 pictures that evening, I took close to 500, and we both took different things. He used a Nikon D3 and since we both are Nikonians, we have immediately become good friends swapping cameras. He shared some of the valuable tips and I put them to use immediately. These tips, they work wonder. And surprise, surprise, the videographer is from the old film days and my dad as an awarding winning photographer 4 decades ago, both of them conversed in names that I could only imagine as legends. Maybe my dad was a legend too, I wouldn’t have known. He seldom talks about the past.
I have not seen my dad in suit and tie and black shoes in my entire life before my sister’s wedding; I have seldom seen my parents so proud and happy as they mingled from tables to tables during the wedding dinner. Now I truly believe that wedding dinner is indeed for the parents. It has been a long time since I am moved to tears, as I did so at the Church. My eyes went watery when I saw my sister in white wedding gown with my dad by her side. Both sides of the parents broke into tears inside the Church including the wedding couple. I could only deduce that when love is so strong, it moves those who connect.
What a joyful wedding, what a lovely way to end year 2008 with a bang.
A Happy New Year to my readers and thank you for your support over the years. I will strive to write better in the year 2009 to come. May your dreams come true too.