A Friend's Milestone

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I posted my first ever blog post on my first ever blog some time in 2004. I did it because I realised that I loved reading - which probably meant that I would enjoy writing.. right? That proved to be true. By hand, I wrote a story of three imps trying to escape from a hungry, misunderstood giant. Already back then, I knew that my handwriting needed some work, and rather than rewrite the entire story, I decided to type it out. 

My first blog began! 

Since then, I've documented an array of incidences and stories on this site and it has proved such a lovely time capsule of my going-ons, whether mundane or note-worthy, that I want to do more of that again. Beginning with this - I'm going to write about one of my best friend's engagements! 

Ili and I have been friends from 2005 and more than half of our lives have been spent caught up in ridiculous, irrational laughter, taking an astronomical number of selfies and gossiping about anything and everything. In March this year, she sent me a text to tell me the news that every childhood best friend imagines - she was engaged! 

When my sister, Chloe, got engaged, I was beyond thrilled! Her husband (at the time, boyfriend - then eventually, fiance!) had gotten my parents' blessings and was plotting with me on when the best time would be for him to pop the question. There were several botched attempts and I very nearly blew it by calling him when they were together the weekend before he popped the question. Needless to say, when he finally did it and she said the big Y E S, it was an absolute joy that got us glowing with happiness. But in that case, none of us were surprised!

With Ili however, her engagement hit me out of the blue. For starters, we are the SAME AGE. I guess the reality of really being adults came to me all of a sudden. Don't get me wrong - Seth and I have been double dating Ili and her fiance, Reezal, quite a number of times and those two are so incredibly compatible, I knew without a doubt that this pairing was one for the long haul. But to suddenly find out that one of your oldest friends was engaged? I literally squealed aloud in the middle of a work-day to the slight shock of my colleagues. I was so incredibly happy for her that my heart started thudding in excitement. At the same time though, it was a total pinch-yourself moment. Was this real?? Are we really at that age where people get married?!?

Since then, I've come to accept reality and am honoured to be one of her bridesmaids! I mean, she didn't really have a choice in this matter, it was all decided even before we ended up with our partners.

We had a meet up the other day for some of her bridesmaids to get to know each other before the wedding. All of us are people from different phases of her life - some from kindergarten, some from high school, some from college and some from university - but coming together to celebrate the love and happiness of a dear friend is a great way to meet new people and when we met up at a Japanese restaurant in BSC for dinner, we got along so well!

 Put on fancy earrings for work to quickly transition to dinner.
My delicious hot pot. Which I devoured all on my own. Although they gave me two bowls which seemed to imply I should've shared it. I also had a cawanmushi and a plate of deep fried mini crabs. It was AMAZING.

All of us happily cradling our boxes with our bridesmaids outfits and a heartfelt card she wrote for each of us. When I read mine, it took all I could not to tear up and cry, but I looked across the table and one of her other bridesmaids, Syaza, had no such reservations, unabashedly wiping away tears. I now reinforce here that for the wedding day, we will be requiring a lot of tissues.

This is just one of those simple posts for posterity.

I later on had the chance to be a budget photographer for her and Reezal. I had some experience working with couples for Chloe and En Yaw's pre-wedding shoot so this was, as they say, not my first rodeo. That didn't mean it was any easier though! 

The night before the shoot was an absolute crisis! I wanted to charge my DSLR only to discover that my charger was broken! It was the middle of the night, the shoot was early the morning after and I had one flickering bar remaining on the battery meter. With no extra battery to spare, I contemplated calling off the shoot entirely! BUT when I dropped message after message to the couple, they were left unreplied.. They'd gone to bed early to look fresh the next day. I frantically left messages suggesting a postponement to the couple, and woke up early the next morning in case they didn't have available weekends after. And that proved to be true!


So. Without any extra time to find a replacement battery or charger, we forged ahead with one bar on the battery. There was no time to review in between shots and we had to shoot fast fast fast.

It was actually so much fun and I think we did it all in slightly over an hour. Fortunately, we got a couple of great shots in there (in my view heh heh) and I would say it was a day of good work all in all.

I also proceeded to buy a China-made Nikon charger (the last one in the store!) the same day so further crisis averted!

Congratulations, Ili & Reezal! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

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