Saturday, 27 September 2014

Irvine's Diary - The Malaysian Chindian Wedding


Marriage, a socially recognised legal contract between spouses that establishes their rights and obligations between them, their children, their in-laws, their life. This time, i am back to Malaysia for a week plus to attend a very memorable and unique event, my sister's wedding! Unique.. the Chindian Wedding! The picture above explain it well, a marriage between a Chinese and a Indian. Chindian. My Sister's Husband is actually a Chindian already as his Mom was Chinese and and his Dad was Indian.

It was a event to look forward to as this will be the first ever wedding event for my family.

First day, the Groom will bring the Bride to the Church for their first Wedding Ceremony. Chinese + Indian = Church??? Don't make sense. Well. That's because the Groom family were Christian Believers instead of Hindu. Well there are many Indians in United Arab Emirates that was actually Muslims. Don't be surprise. The world is changing.

Waiting for to be Husband
Here He Comes!
Chinese tradition, usually on the wedding day, the Groom will come over to the Brides home to bring her back to his home. Which will be her new home after officially married. And that's one grand entrance. Limo! However, it will never be that easy..

 
Men vs Women! Usually the Grooms Buddies will require to go through a series of obstacles set up by the Brides BFF. Usually in a form of game competition, it can be anything! Well, of course nobody wants anyone to get hurt.
The Brides BFF

 The games starts.
Masterchef?
Money Solve Things. Red Packets!
Negotiation Time
Well, Money Solves Everything!
Well to be honest. The obstacle games seems too easy for me. Lucky for the Groom and his Buddies. Usually, you don't get away that easy without some hardship.

Entering The Brides Room
Now You Have Reached Your Destination
 Then the tea ceremony to pay respect to the Brides Family Members.

Serving Tea to the Elders
 Giving gold again.... Better save some cash for my Wedding!
Arriving at the Church
Now... after my future brother in law taking my beloved sister away to his own home, for another tea ceremony and prayers for his family side. Now we attend the Church Ceremony.

Welcoming Guest


 
Time for the Church Ceremony. Dad walking Sis in. Dad walks like stone, stage fright.

Prayers

Prayers again
More Prayers~

Finally, Officially Married!
Some Shots After the Church Ceremony
A New Beginning
There Goes Your Bachelor
Cant Forget the Flower Tossing!
Who's the Next Lucky Bride?

Picture of Friends and Colleagues
After the Church Ceremony we headed to the Grooms home for lunch. Due to the long distance and the traffic in the city, they have actually organised their official Wedding Dinner the next night. Usually the Wedding Dinner will be held on the same day evening.

And so... the wedding night..

SpicyIrvine and EsterLuv is Ready for the Grand Dinner
Held at Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The Ballroom was stunning, beautiful.


 Love the Wedding Cake Design. Love the Table Settings.

And the night begins
Cutting the Cake
Champagne Popping



Cheers to the crowd.
In all chinese wedding. It is not a wedding if you do not Yum Seng! A.k.a Cheers! Bottoms Up! Drink! Lol.

Cheers to the Newly Weds
 
It is a tradition for the Bride and Groom to go every table to Yum Seng! And that's tough work! Imagine you have more than forty tables to Yum Seng!

Surprise Live Performance by the Groom
I hope i can post more photos, however, guess it never ends. Hopefully i pick the very best few for sharing here for this wonderful event. There is so many beautiful pictures to post up. The venue was stunning. The crowd was happening. There was so much going on. Everyone was well dressed. The girls were... ahh.. nevermind. Well, guess it's time to end the wonderful Malaysian Chindian Wedding.












Time to Get Wet

Oh Yeah~

Friday, 22 August 2014

Dubai Exploration : Desert Safari, Dune Bashing!

One of my reccommended activities so far in the desert country is, definitely, a unique experience to us tropical beings, the Desert Safari! With various packages to suit your needs like, overnight desert safari where you can stay a night in the desert, evening desert safari with dune bashing and bbq dinner in the desert, even just a morning desert safari! Chinese saying, like having Dim Sum in the desert!

We took the evening desert safari, the package is about AED270 per person depending on which company you approach, promotions, and online voucher purchases. The prices varies up and down greatly. Our package includes pick up from your Hotel, Dune Bashing, Camel Farm, Night BBQ Dinner in the Desert with Live Performance. Nice.

Finally arriving in the Desert Meeting Point! The Dune Bashing starts after all drivers and guest arrived.
Here we go! First, Dune Bashing!
Dune Bashing is a form of off-roading on sand dunes! Drifting on sand! One of the main highlight for Desert Safari.



Got the video from youtube, basically shows my overall experience. Didn't have any photo for Dune Bashing as we are in the vehicle and definitely not wise to take pictures while drifting all around. We got a really hardcore driver, he started drifting left and right before we even reach the desert. lol. Believed the good impression and experience from Desert Dune Bashing really comes from your driver.


Next Stop. Meet the Camels!


To be honest, i have only seen camels in zoos and cages since young, they seem boring and dirty. However, here in desert safari, you meet them in nature. Well, they are really beautiful animals. Not only not afraid approaching strangers, they can easily approach you, walk by you, pretty friendly. Unlike horses where they would walk away and get pissed off if you approached them without food in your hands. Well i did horse riding in Malaysia, what i know, they are pretty unfriendly to strangers.

There you go, Mr.Camel... mr?
Friendly and Gentle... Humans
Next Stop, Dinner Time!
Arrived at our dinner venue early, as mom was not well due to the hardcore ride, our driver gives us too much hardcore at the outset, we missed the final Dune Bashing!! Well.. at least we get to pick nice seats close to the food and next to the stage. Before dinner there are many activities too, like, camel riding, sand skiing, buggy driving, enjoying the SAND -.- (just before dinners starts there was a sandstorm and it was awful)


 Before Dinner Starts - After Dinner Starts
 
 Variety of Middle Eastern BBQ Food. Nice. Love she skewers.

First Highlight of the night, Belly Dancing!
Second Highlight, Arabic Cosplay!
Final highlight, relaxing by the side cushion, enjoying some shisha. Have a nice day mates.

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