#GlennChelseaWedding: Wedding of the year

This is one of the happiest things that happened to me this year, or maybe even lifetime, to attend Glenn and Chelsea’s wedding in Jakarta.

Both Glenn and Chelsea are well known celebrity couple in Indonesia. They dated for 8 years before tying the knot.

I’ve known Glenn and his family for 17 years. Glenn was still a primary school student when I knew him. I have always been close with his family in one way or another, though there was a period that we lost touch. His family used to be based in Singapore, but they have gone back to Jakarta, while Glenn’s sister is now in Australia!

One day by chance I caught up with him and his mum (Auntie Linda) again. I was so happy for this reunion, we had so much to catch up. Since then, I have flown to Jakarta a couple of times to spend time with Auntie Linda. I’ve grown very close to Auntie Linda, so much so that she’s my Indonesian mama.

Earlier this year, Auntie Linda told me Glenn was (finally) getting married. I was shameless and asked for an invite! Everyday I was counting down to 1 Oct. His church wedding was on 1 Oct, and wedding reception on 3 Oct. However due to work commitments, I had to give the church wedding a miss.

Wedding invite!

Wedding invite!

Wedding invite

I flew in to Jakarta on 1 Oct evening, straight from the office to the airport. On the way from office to the airport, I was scrolling through Instagram for their wedding photos. There were so many of them with the hashtag #GlennChelseaWedding. I had to control my tears in the cab, I was so happy for them.

Auntie Linda was so sweet, she arranged for a makeup artist to come to the hotel and help me do my makeup and hair for the wedding reception. I stayed at Hotel Century this time because it was near the wedding hotel. Room rates in Mulia were too crazy for me to afford.

Ibu Mavis!

Ibu Mavis! Dressed in my favourite Ong Shunmugam cheongsam

I was told by the makeup artist Alvania that Hotel Mulia has a huge ballroom, and the makeup can’t be too light, or I will look too pale. It’s definitely the heaviest makeup I’ve had in my life, with 2 layers of fake eyelashes!

The whole wedding was carefully planned. Everything was so fairytale like! No wonder Singapore newspapers lollipop picked up Glenn’s wedding to compare it with AngelaBaby’s one! White roses, sparkling crystals, unicorns, swans soft music, you can feel the love and romance everywhere!

Large TV screen showing their prewedding photos

Large TV screen showing their prewedding photos

Glenn Alinskie

A selfie against the romantic backdrop

A selfie against the romantic backdrop

Inside the ballroom, everything else was spectacular too. It was my first time attending a wedding in Indonesia, and I’ve learnt that it’s a buffet standing fashion. I quite like it actually, you are free to go around the place, and pick the food you like! Food stations are set up everywhere, each time you meet someone and you like to mingle, you
can just stop anywhere, grab a bite, and chat.

Inside the ballroomHot food stationFoodCakes

The tradition in Indonesia is the couple and their family will be standing on stage to receive well wishes from the guests. I queued for more than an hour to go up! Chelsea is soooo pretty!

A wefie with the couple!

A wefie with the couple!

It was a busy night for the couple and their family, however they provided good entertainment for the guests. The couple had their march in, first dance, video recap of their church wedding. Besides having a good band whom sang whole night, Chelsea sang that night too! Too bad it was in Bahasa Indonesian. I didn’t understand a single word of it.

Awesome band who sang whole night!

Awesome band who sang whole night!

Although I was in a foreign land, but I felt very much at ease. And I was really glad to find some time to catch up with the Alinskie family. I entered the family area to catch up with Quenby (Glenn’s elder sister).

Quenby and I

Quenby and I

A group shot with Quenby's family and relatives. And the little boy is Quenby's son!

A group shot with Quenby’s family and relatives. And the little boy is Quenby’s son!

Auntie Linda and I

Auntie Linda and I

Before I left, I managed to grab a photo with Auntie Linda. Although we didn’t get to talk much that night, but I am really thankful to Auntie Linda for inviting me. It’s such an honour to share their joy. Weeks later, Auntie Linda messaged me to apologise that she couldn’t talk much to me at the wedding because there were so much going on. She really didn’t have to. I am not sure when I will meet her again, but I know we always have each other in mind. Thank you for your love, my Indonesian mama.

Soul searching: Peranakan Museum

Inspired by the book Peranakan Museum Guide, I visited Peranakan Museum on Saturday, 10 Jan 2015. Better late then never, me the hokkien peranakan has never been to this museum. (Visit the museum to find out the different types of Peranakans- Malacca Peranakans, Penang Peranakans, Hokkien Peranakans etc.)

Armed with the guidebook. GO GO to Peranakan Museum!

Armed with the guidebook. GO GO to Peranakan Museum!

In case you do not know, Singaporeans get free entry to museums, remember to bring your identification card!

Admission sticker

Admission sticker

I was first amazed by the different types of Peranakans. So shameful, I didn’t know there are so many types, and call myself one!

Some of the exhibits were familiar to me. Not because of the popular show by MediaCorp, Little Nonya 《小娘惹》, but because my grandmother used to have them at home. My grandmother used to stay with me, until the day she passed away on 17th May 2000. (No way I will forget because my birthday is on 18th May.)

Nonya in Sarong Kebaya

Picture of a Nonya in Sarong Kebaya

This picture reminded me of my grandmother, and she’s fondly known as “Mama”. (Or also known as Satu Ah Ma- because she speaks Malay, and Satu means 1 in Malay.) I’ve seen her younger days photos, and she looked like this! Slim, and gorgeous in the Sarong Kebaya. I’ve worn a Sarong Kebaya before, and it belonged to Mama. That was during my secondary school days in Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, we were celebrating Racial Harmony Day.

Different Sarong Kebayas

Pretty Sarong Kebayas on display

When a Nonya dons her Sarong Kebaya, you can’t miss the different jewelleries and accessories. Even during mourning period, there are silver and pearl accessories to go with the dressing.

I went to the museum alone, but it was not boring at all. I spent a good 3 hours roaming in the museum, taking lots of photographs. It took me more than a week to sort out 300+ photos!

For those who prefer to have a guide, there are free guided tours in the museum at selected timings. You might want to check with the museum for the schedules.

I’ve always been proud of the fact that I am a Peranakan! I think it’s also because I am one, that’s why I am gifted with a taste for good food, and also love for cooking. Pretty sure it’s in the blood that’s why I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and preparing food for people.

I was so intrigued by this scene. A bibik in the kitchen, talking about what to do/cook for that day! Older female Peranakans are called Bibik, and they are very strict in the kitchen! Somehow it reminds me of Mama, her looks.

Bibik in the kitchen

Bibik- what you call an elder Peranakan lady

There are so much to explore, although many familiar sights, but some are completely new to me. Afterall I didn’t grow up in a typical Peranakan family. When I was a baby, I stayed in a Kampong in Yio Chu Kang area with my maternal grandparents, and moved to HDB when I was 18 months. From then on, my life was about the HDB story.

Furnitures like these mirrors are new to me. I’ve never seen them in person before.

Mirror 3

#Mifie, Mirror and Me!

Mirror 2

Another #Mifie. Mirror and Me!

A wedding bed

A wedding bed

If you are interested in finding out more about Peranakan culture, do visit the museum. And you can also read about it, Emily of Emerald Hill is strongly recommended! (And if you are a tourist coming to Singapore, you might be lucky enough to watch it on stage if the timing fits!)

A visit to the museum

This trip definitely taught me a lot, who am I, what are my roots. I hope you enjoy the place as much as I do!