Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

artistic to love people quote

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

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quote on love

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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people who reach out to others

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clues to personality

Pic: (pixabay.com)

“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.”

– Japanese proverb

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choice of friends

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Singapore Malay wedding

Farhana’s henna decorated hands added a traditional touch of radiance.

On my recent trip to Singapore, I was lucky to be able to celebrate with my large, close-knit extended family, the wedding of a niece, Farhana and the engagement ceremonies of two nephews, Cassim and Ebrahim.

The Malay wedding is a bustling affair with hundreds of guests and relatives streaming in throughout the day, enjoying the camaraderie and the briyani rice spread.

The engagement ceremony, according to the Malay custom, usually takes place at the lady’s home. The elders of both families discuss issues such as the date of the marriage and the wedding dowry. The young woman is then presented with the engagement ring, and gifts, beautifully decorated, are also exchanged.

After the formal discussion, there will be lots of food and members of the two families chat and get to know each other.

I’m posting some close-ups of the events.

….Love still makes the world go round.

bridal cupcakes

Putting together the wedding cake.

lovely cake

The wedding cake: a lovely centerpiece.

Malay water jar

A Malay water jar for guests to wash their hands before a meal. (Wedding photos taken by a professional photographer.)

engagement flowers

A man who knows his flowers: Ebrahim hand-picked the flowers for the bouquet to be presented to his fiance.

engagement ring

The box with the engagement ring, decorated by Sarah, the artist in the family.


Cassim’s gifts to his fiance were carefully chosen to reflect her preferences. (Pic by Shireen)

engagement party feast

Fine tableware and a delectable spread graced the engagement ceremony.

For another post on a Malay wedding, please see The Life of a Malay Wedding.

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