Hope the long weekend has put all of you in a well, jolly and rejuvenated state of mind to face the gritty grind once more.

I wish I was in a well, jolly and rejuvenated state of mind. I've had two cups of coffee already this morning just to keep up with the hustling! *yawn*

But that's just the blues talking after a great weekend where I finally popped my Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony cherry! I've never attended one before, usually only the wedding reception so I was pretty psyched to be a part of the groom's entourage to 'pick up' or more bluntly put, 'kidnap' the bride.

Just a little background on the groom - Hong's an ex school mate from Sayfol and we've pretty much known each other our whole lives. So it was only natural that he included girls as part of his heng dai (best men) gang.
From left: Rosie, Sophia, kopsalad, Carmen & Audrey

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All dapper in our suit and tie - at 8am on a Saturday, no less - we looked like a group of sales men, lawyers, stock brokers, bankers depending on your perspective.

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Since we had yellow ties on, one of the guys mentioned we looked like Maybank-ers.

The groom replied, "I don't have a Maybank account".

And another one answered, "That's why we're here!"

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I didn't know what to expect of the challenges, so it was pretty nerve wrecking since I'd heard pretty horrific stories just before we got to the bride's house. Fortunately, the challenges were on a milder scale but no less kancheong (is that how you spell it?), and heaps of fun. One of the challenges included replicating yoga poses that put some of us in very compromising positions, if you know what I mean :)

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Several challenges and bribes (for those who couldn't complete their tasks) later Hong finally got his Chantelle! And thus officiating the hashtag #hongchantelle2013

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Later on that night at #hongchantelle2013's Disney themed wedding reception

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Congrats again to the lovely couple and here's wishing them a long prosperous life together with enough babies to make a football team!

xo Reem