2016 has been a roller coaster. So much has changed in such a short year.
First of all, I've completed one of my bucket list. A trip to New Zealand. What a wonderful trip it was with some of my loved ones. Nothing could prepare me for the beauty of New Zealand. From the North island to the South island, I was constantly mesmerized.
Second, I bought another place. This time in my hometown. It's not a big place but I love that it has a seaview. It won't be complete till 2020 though but I'm already looking forward to it. I'm just hoping I'll be able to cope with the extra burden.
Third, I got married. Yes, finally I found the one and I settled down. Life will change but hopefully for the better. Love is kind of like a double edged sword. You win some, you lose some. Give and take. Forgive and forget. Happy wife, happy life. Those kind of things.
Now that my wedding is over, I can finally pen some of my feelings and thoughts in regards to that one day which every bride looks forward to and every groom dreads.
I'm happy on my wedding day. Mainly because I didn't fuss too much about the small things. I let everything work exactly as it should and if some problems arise, I let some of my friends or family members help with it. I try not to settle problems that other people can assist with. I think that's important on your wedding day. You can plan for a perfect wedding but something will go wrong. The important thing is getting the courage to just say, it's OK. If it's meant to be, it is meant to be. Then smile and still rock on.
I'm grateful to so many people who came to my wedding and also grateful to some who can't make it. It is times like these that you know who you can count on. There are people who cancelled last minute and decided to ignore the whole thing and wish it'd go away. The buggers didn't even have the courtesy to notify me. To them, I say my thanks too. It's all part of knowing who you can count on. Planning a wedding is hard and allocating seats is even harder. There's so many people you would love to invite and there's only limited space. If someone invited you to their wedding, it's definitely not for the money. They sincerely want you to be there. And if they can make arrangements in their limited space for you to be there, please return the courtesy by being there.
Anyway, end of rant.
To the relatives especially those that came from Singapore and some who just finished their vacation, you have my utmost gratitude. I know it's tiring and sometimes troublesome but your presence makes it all the more meaningful. We don't have as much gatherings as we do when my dad was here because as I grow older, my cousins and uncles and aunties are all busy with kids and grandchildren. They all have a small family to take into consideration and I know it makes gatherings more difficult. I remember when Chinese New Year was simpler and merrier. Now that I'm married it gets more complicated because I need to be at my in laws also.
To my friends who came from Johor, KL, Ipoh and some that took leave because a religious person decided the suitable date for me to get married is on Friday, thank you. I only hope that you guys had fun and had a great time connecting with friends. In some ways, all of you changed a part of me. Some more than others but memories are sums of a person. I always had this idea that my friends are better than others. We all didn't do bad. We might not be extra rich or millionaires yet but we're all alive and happy and not in jail. We're all good people and I guess in the end, being good trumps being rich.
To the people who has lend their hand in my wedding especially my best man Julian Yeap, my favourite singer Chelsia Ng and my favourite Miss Hard Rock Ling Wei... Thank you. I owe you guys a debt and if ever you need any help, I'll do my best for you.
Not to forget part of the four horsemen, Vincent, Mars and Abbas. You guys truthfully are some of my closest people. We've been through so much and watched so many movies together. Life is better shared and I'm glad you guys were there to share this occasion.
Last but not least, to my singer Joven Goce with his driver Noel... and my photographers Kitoki and XJun, I am grateful to have you guys as part of the day. It feels a bit easier having people you know and trust to do the things they do best.
2016 has been great. I want to ask for a better 2017 but it just seems a bit too much to ask more from god.
Thank you 2016.
Oh, 2017, new studio in the heart of Raja Uda. :)