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