Am I lucky or it merely a coincidence? Yvette was sleeping not once but twice on the time slot where I needed most by my brother. I was the witness for his solemnisation tonight and my husband was chosen by my SIL to be her. So there will not be anyone to take care of Yvette. (Or maybe my sister…) But well, she slept!
But when the time moving very near to the solemnisation, my nieces who had agreed to come at 5 plus were still MIA (Missing in Action.)
Perhaps due to it was Christmas today, I just couldn’t get any of them. Phone lines were soooo busy.
While my brother was hurrying me, they finally appeared.
Solemnisation in hotel is equally formal as compare if you sign off your marriage certificate up the Fort Canning Hill… It’s so emotive to witness this solemnisation. Honestly I almost tear, witness my own blood brother moving to his next important chapter of his life is one of my biggest consolation.
After this solemn ceremony, I went up to the room and check for Yvette. I decided to wake her up so that the night will not be affected due to long nap time in the evening. Unfortunately, she was really tired. She even can sleep in the ballroom with an “unacceptable noise level”.
I took this chance to mingle around and snap some photographs.
Despite efforts made by the government to encourage Singaporeans to be early for wedding banquet, still fail badly. The dinner didn’t get to start till 8.30 pm and luckily our stomach was filled up before.
Yvette fussed when she didn’t see me when she was awaked. I brought her down to the lobby to get some “fresh air”. She had fun playing with the ornaments tied on to the Christmas tree.
Hubby called informing me that the dinner going to start in next 10 mins time. We hurried up and seated accordingly.
Yvette was fascinated over the “March-in” and the way they served the First Course of the dinner.
In the past, “March-in” was only the bride and the groom. Times have changed. I remember 3 years back when I was attending my girlfriend’s wedding, their parents were the one to march-in. In my brother wedding, he had arranged “his brothers & his sisters” to do the march-in. My youngest sister and her boyfriend joined in the “fun” too.
I carried Yvette up and moved nearer to the “March-in” area. She saw bubbles at the entrance where my brother & SIL marched in. She was really energized. Then we saw “the brothers & sisters” tossed the rose petals on to the bride and the groom before they moved up to the stage for cake cutting. Then they moved to our table and get seated before the dinner commenced.
And Yvette eyes were still fixing on the spot light even after the first dish was served.
To our surprise some of the dishes served during the dinner tasted nicer as compared to what we have tried during the food tasting. Thumb up to Meritus Mandarin.
Yvette couldn’t sit thru, after the second dish; she made me walked up and down, in and out the ballroom. And due to the setting of the ballroom, (many many stairs in this room), I felt extremely tired. Especially I was on heel.
Arrr… this little girl really know how to torture her mum!!!
I missed plenty of happening during the dinner. I missed the speech, the performance, and video they done up. I missed the second “March-in” too. But I was still on stage for the “Yam Seng Ceremony”.
Yvette was in my niece’s arm below the stage. Yvette still ok with the first and second cheer, but when came to third cheer, she was shocked and started to cry. (My niece said the third cheer were really loud.) I quickly rushed down the stage after the tossing and pacify her. And I finally found something that interest her. It was the venetian blind in the function room that made Yvette smiled again. Unfortunately this happy moment was captured in my niece camera.
Finally the dinner came to an end. And I was right to let Yvette to attend this wedding banquet only. I have several invitations to wedding, I turned it down. Kids really can’t sit thru the entire dinner. Being the youngest host and the youngest kid in the ballroom, she was considered well behaved. But I was the one who suffered…
At the end of the dinner, I walked around in hoping the guest didn’t bring the door gift back home so that I can have a few more pieces of the coaster but my hope was vanished. (This was the first time I encountered all the door gift was taken away by the guest.)
P/S: 25th Dec 2009 was further proven an auspicious date because there were 4 weddings going on in Meritus Mandarin including my brother’s wedding.