Batam Wedding Ceremony Trip
Last weekend, me and my cha-bo-lang woke up early early and took a ferry to Batam, Indonesia.
My Malay friend, Nizam, was getting married and had invited us to attend his Wedding Ceremony. How could we not go to attend his Marriage Ceremony when lim peh have known him for 20+ years?
As a matter of fact, he has in fact played a rather important role with me especially the following 2 most unforgettable chapters of my life.
1) He helped to drive me to fetch my cha-bo-lang when I got married in 1994 and attended my Marriage Ceremony during our R.O.M.
2) When my father passed away, he was also the one who helped to drive the “灵精车”. (Note: A “灵精车” is the first car which will lead the hearse from the funeral wake to the cremation/burial centre. There has to be an elderly Old man sitting in the “灵精车”).
Anyway, back to our trip to Batam. When we reached there and passed the Customs smoothly, Nizam had arranged for his Kampung friend, Eddie to pick us up from the Terminal.
After waited for a while, Eddie came in his Taxi and with a cardboard showing my name. We boarded his Taxi and off we went to the Wedding ceremony in the Kampung.
At the entrance of the Kampung, there was this beautiful sign board with the Bridegroom’s and Bride’s names.
The yellow noodle on the right which was to be eaten with curry chicken tasted so nice and lim peh actually had 3 servings.
After filling my stomach, lim peh went around and took some more photos. Finally, after a long wait, Nizam appeared in his beautiful outfit.
Before he had the chance to sit down, we quickly took some photos with him.
After the Ceremony, we checked into the Hotel which was booked and paid by Nizam – Pacific Palace Hotel.
The last time we came to Batam was with a tour package and time given to us at each place was really limited. This time round, we visited Vihara Buddhist Temple again.
The main hall of the TempleWhile we were strolling around the Temple, we discovered that there is a hall on the 3rd level – The “弥勒佛” Hall.
I saw a big poster of 弥勒佛 smiling at me.
On the way up to 3rd level, we saw a cute painting of 弥勒佛 (cute version). We have made this cute painting our wallpaper of our work stations.
There’s a Vegetarian restaurant located at the Temple and we bought some bao. What amused us most is the special bao they sell which are in the shape of tortoise.
When we peeled the bao off the piece of paper, it left a beautiful mark.
After we left the Temple, we went to Nagoya Mall to do some shopping and look see look see around.
At night, we went to Winsor Food Court to have our dinner, together with Eddie, our friendly driver.
We did not sleep well that night in the Hotel as there’s a 24-hour Discotheque just below the Hotel.
Next morning, we walked around the nearby area of the Hotel and ventured into the local Pasar.
After looking back where we walked from, we couldn’t believe we actually walked through the dense crowd.
Walking around aimlessly until almost 11:30 am before we headed back to our Hotel to check out.
We reached Singapore at 3 pm and ended our short Batam trip.
lim peh kong wan liao