Remember Andrew and Jayen, the very funny couple that took Princess and I around Hong Kong while we were there in December?
The two of them finally tied the knot and last night was their wedding dinner! At my age, all the previous wedding dinners I've had the chance to attend were all from relatives and family friends but this is the first one of a friend that I had ever attended.
Something that a lot of my older seniors tell me that I will experience more and more in the coming years. They say when you're 26-35 you'll be attending multiple weddings a year.
More and more of your friends getting married which puts more and more pressure on YOU to get married and which also apparently encourages you to budget a certain amount for wedding Ang Pows you have to give out every year.
It's like you estimate how many of your friends are probably going to get married this year and you budget for it.
Speaking of Ang Pow, Princess and I went to the wedding proudly armed with an Ang Pow. When we got to the registration table Princess asked me
"What do we do now?"
Ish... silly question from Princess. I confidently walked up in front and told them that we were friends of the groom. They took out a list of names and asked us to mark down which ones were our names. I looked at the list up and down for a full two minutes but couldn't find our names at all. For a minute there I thought that maybe we weren't invited at all.
Then I turned to Princess and asked
"Did you remember to RSVP?"
She did of course. And we eventually found our names on another sheet of paper. Then we confidently walked in and sat down on our table with some of our other friends there.
Then about one hour into the dinner I turned to a friend seated on our table and asked
"Hey.. when are we supposed to pass the Ang Pow ar?"
"Oh you were supposed to do it when you register".
Princess and I were taken aback a little. We let out a big
Then we asked everyone else
"Hey did you guys give your Ang Pow already?"
And they all said
"Yes.. when you register that time you give so they can record you down".
Then I had a flashback. Right after I got our table number the guy who gave it to me was waiting for me for something. I wasn't sure what... but it's like... he didn't exactly quickly move on to the person behind me right after he gave me my table number.
But Princess and I got our table number and proudly walked in... we probably looked like a cheap bastards who came to eat free food.
Aihhh... we're such wedding noobs. It was after all our first wedding of a friend. For all the previous weddings we've been to, our parents always handled the Ang Pow part and we shamefully paid little attention to any of that.
I later ended up passing it to Andrew himself when he came to our table to do the traditional "YAM SENG".
I hope he was sober enough to remember though.
Aihh... goofy goofy us.