20 Years

Twenty years ago, two very young people were joined in marriage.

July 2015 001


This photo was taken at a studio BEFORE the wedding day. We got married in Malaysia and studio wedding photos are part of the Wedding Photos Package Deal.

The photo session is a whole-day affair. Hair and make-up took three hours. Then it was time for lunch. After lunch, it was lots and lots and lots of photos. Two bridal gowns, two evening gowns, one Chinese outfit, one Japanese outfit. The bride gets to rent one bridal gown and one evening gown to wear for the actual wedding day.

The other wedding gown.

The other wedding gown.

Evening Gown no. 1

Evening Gown no. 1

Evening Gown no. 2 (wore this on the Big Day)

Evening Gown no. 2 (wore this on the Big Day)

Chinese Outfit

Chinese Outfit

Japanese Outfit

Japanese Outfit

These are photos of photos so I apologise for the quality. These were the days before digital photos, you know! And many of them are soft focus.

Many thanks to my parents who paid for it all! Many thanks to other family members, in-laws, and friends who helped out in other ways and came and helped us celebrate!

Twenty years later…

Twenty Years Together

Twenty Years Together

We are not very big when it comes to celebrating things. However, Mark did get the whole week off. And we did something as a family together yesterday.

Still, I did some research and discovered that the traditional gift for the 20th anniversary is china. So we went out for Chinese food!

We live in an area where there is no shortage of Chinese restaurants. High quality (read “authentic”) Chinese restaurants, even. We’ve even been to a few and liked what we sampled. But we decided to try a different one tonight. All six of us went out.

My first impression of the place was that it was not very well lit which made me think of the restaurant adage “The lower the lights, the higher the prices.” Another observation: apart from the staff, I was the only Chinese person there. (Not a good look for a Chinese restaurant.)

Still, the table was set with chopsticks, so that was a good sign. I’ve been to ‘Chinese’ restaurants that had knives and forks!

The menu was entirely in English. Not a good sign.

Now some comments about the food. Sorry no photos.

The Sea Perch with soy sauce and snow peas: Was not a whole fish as you would normally get in a Chinese restaurant. That said, it was soft and tasty.

The Sweet-and-sour Pork was okay.

The Kung-Pao Chicken (restaurant special!) was okay but missing cashew nuts and dried chillies, so I don’t know why it’s called kung-pao chicken.

The Roast Duck must have been a really small duck. Still, the skin was lovely and crisp and the meat was tender and juicy.

The Satay Beef was weird.

Portions were small.

We decided we will not go back.

Ah, well!


To end this post on a more positive note, here are some songs that were popular 20 years ago.

The Number One Song when we got married:

Some other songs from 1995:

This last one is new to me. I looked up wikipedia’s entry on 1995 in music and saw some entries under Classical Music. Looked them up on YouTube and was not overly impressed with most of them except this one.




About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, in Celebrations, Family, Life, Love and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Congratulations!

    I’m with you on the food. One of the great things about living in California is that we do have good (and authentic) food available – even in the smaller cities. In Los Angeles, you can find anything you might want. (A personal favorite is the Thai Town area.) And yes, the fish still have their eyeballs. 🙂

    I wasn’t familiar with the Ferrero, so thanks for sharing that one. I was also surprised to find that Sir Michael Tippett was still alive in 1995. You might like his piece from that year, The Rose Lake.


  2. Well, twenty years on! Congratulations!! You both looked so young, too young. You’ve achieved so much in such a short time frame. Look forward to the next 20 years and beyond.


  3. Thank you!

    We were talking about the food afterwards and I made a comment about the fish not being a whole fish. I said that some people might be thinking, “Where’s the head? That’s the best part!” My 13yo picked up on that and said, “Yeah! I want to see eyeballs!” LOL!

    I couldn’t find Tippett’s The Rose Lake on YouTube so I looked him up elsewhere.


  4. Thank you, Guess Who, for your kind comments!


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