Thursday, January 15, 2009

travel update - kuala lumpur and singapore

I got to spend lots of quality time with my family in Kuala Lumpur. Most of the time was spent eating (the photos will tell its story)... highlights include us cousins going on a mad hunt to find durian, and screaming across the road at the durian man when we did eventually find him to save us some; roti tisu - a huge and ultra thin roti doused in sugar and honey... so delicious; and going to the pasar malaam where we gorged ourselves silly on pretty much everything there. But honestly the trip to KL was mainly for my cousin Evelyn's wedding which was on Boxing Day, and after Christmas lunch we had the tea ceremony at home with four generations of Ongs represented. The wedding day was very eventful... my family rushed over to Evelyn's house early in the morning to help set up the obstacles for the groom Ben and his groomsmen for the 接新娘. The rest of the day was spent out in a gorgeous resort out in the middle of nowhere. I had the honour of reading a passage of scripture during the ceremony. Highlight of the day was definitely the bollywood dance the bridal party performed at the reception... it was choreographed by my creative cousin Syl. I also experienced my first Malaysian country-styled wedding reception in Taiping where Ben's grandmother is from. The reception was accompanied by karaoke... and I now can not stop laughing everything I hear 'Ave Maria'.

Oh, I also spent one day in Singapore where I stayed and caught up with my uni friend Katie and also managed to catch up with a couple of my high school friends from HK... It was action packed and I was seriously exhausted by the time I got on the plane back to Perth... but I would not want to trade the good times with my friends for anything.

moses and tim + eve ben with my 六姑婆 and uncle at the tea ceremony

spotted the stunning 'ghost' chairs at a mall + at the pasar malaam

neelam ann catherine + katie and ann

nat and ann + durians
More pics: click here, here and here

favs from the trip:
- hanging out with my cousins
- catching up with friends I hadn't seen in years
- the food
- driving in Petaling Jaya at 4am on New Year's Day