The Great November

*** UPDATED 11th DECEMBER 2007: This post will be continuously updated with photos and contents for the next few days… because A LOT had happened in the past week alone! ***

    (Edmund’s Note: This is probably by far the longest post I have made on my Personal Blog to date, because it’s also the most interesting and most life-impacting so far. It’s packed with loads of photos so please be patient as they load on your browser. Thanks and happy reading and browsing!)

This simply has to be the best day in my life! πŸ™‚

Admittedly, I’ve never (yes, never) threw a fancy bash for my birthday.

For the past 20 years.

Truth to tell, I had always wondered, “what’s so spectacular about it?” every time I see photos of other people celebrating their birthday and end the unsaid remark with, “I mean after all, it’s just another day, right?”

Riiight???

Now I know and have experienced first hand the true significance of this particularly special day that comes only once a year. It certainly wasn’t just “another day”. And I came to learn of this only after 2 decades later.

Coincidentally, my friends Khai and Yuenn had their formal marriage ceremony on the same day, and I was their bestman.

And our Internet Marketing friendlies who took the trouble to travel all the way here from both Indonesia and Iran added a lot of spice to The Great November!

It is also funny to note that how I ended up meeting most of the characters that recurringly appear on my homepage’s MyBlogLog… in person – eventually or by any other means!

Without further ado, here is the rich collection of photos taken throughout 24th November 2007:

Hours Before The Wedding – The Little Angels…

… or little rascals who were stopping us guys from reaching the bride’s room. πŸ˜‰

The Little Rascals

And after what seems to be an endless battle of going through hoops after hoops of obstacles as the girls were stopping the Alpha Males from reaching the Bride’s room – being posed with challenges and questions – we finally busted into the room with Khai greeting his merry bride, Yuenn! (Although, at the expense of me being ‘lipsticked’ because Khai answered one of their questions wrongly.)

Bride is Rescued!

Bride is rescued! πŸ™‚

Khai & Yuenn’s Wedding at Damansara Palace Restaurant

The Marriage - Congratulations!

Khai & Yuenn officially wed in the witness of the Pastor. That’s me standing on the far right as Khai’s bestman.

Khai & Yuenn

Newly wed.

Edmund Loh

Sen Ze and his staff attended the wedding too, and commented that he has never seen me in a suit before. Haha, so had everyone else! Truth to tell, it feels alien to see myself wear a suit but then, I admit I look good in it. πŸ™‚

Dee Ferdinand

Dee Ferdinand, fearless leader of Internet Marketing Indonesia and skilled photographer. We met in person for the first time at World Internet Mega Summit, Singapore, and way earlier online. He is a very friendly and nice person – definitely possess the qualities of a great friend!

There’s something big that Dee and his crew are hosting in June 2008, and I look forward to it.

Khai & Yuenn

Khai & Yuenn, the highlight of the day. I am sure you’ve made your parents proud!

The Internet Marketing Crew

The Internet Marketing crew.
L-R: Alfred Ko (Jie Ming), Dennis Sim, Francis J, Matt Ng, Peng Joon, Ben Chin, Cornelius, Semmy.

My Table

My table – another batch of IMers. πŸ™‚
L-R: Vince Tan, June Ang, Me, Ladan Lashkari, Jessica, Sunny Tan. Ladan was teaching me how to write my own name in Parsi.

Bestman Speech

Giving a speech on stage in front of less than 300 guests at the wedding function.

Yuenn

Yuenn in new blue outfit… that was a fast jump!

3 Uncles and 1 Non-Uncle

Our three wise uncles Gobala, Melvin and Steven. That’s me at the far right side of the photo. πŸ˜›

The Batik Boys

In Indonesia, people who wear Batik are seen as highly respected, even more than those who wear tux and suits. It is normal for men, usually Malays, to wear Batik to formal functions. Other than VIPs and high authority individuals, bodyguards also don the Batik. This is also practiced in Malaysia.

Having said that, I got a pair of Batik for my birthday present from the Indonesian IMers. πŸ™‚ Thanks a big bunch!

Taking Pics with Friends & New People At My Birthday Celebration

After the wedding function ended at 3:00 PM, I went home to rest and launch my birthday sale on the Internet.

At night, I found myself walking into The Red Box at The Curve. If it were me anytime earlier, I would find it hard to imagine entering a place for Karaoke since singing isn’t my thing.

But then, I believe I should try it at least once in a lifetime – and I don’t regret the decision. πŸ™‚ In fact, I think I should do it every once in a while.

Most of my friends were there earlier in the Karaoke Room, though a couple of guys like Gobala Krishnan, Melvin Ng, and Steven Wong came in slightly late – but they still made it and added to the fun.

Edmund Loh & Kenny Tan

Me with Kenny Tan. I’ve heard of Kenny only recently and I understand that he’s highly successful in both online and offline business. Way to go!

Edmund Loh & Cornelius

With Cornelius. That’s his Catholic name, though. His buddies address him Sugam Sugeng. (Thanks for the clarification Semmy!)

Edmund Loh & Francis

Francis is a fast learner at Company of Heroes! In the last rounds, his team trounced mine – 4 times in a row! Regret teaching him the strategies – should have just taught him the basics and let him figure out the rest. πŸ˜‰ One thing for sure: we all definitely enjoyed ourselves at the cyber cafe – haven’t had so much fun playing at the cyber cafe in a long time!

Edmund Loh & Semmy

Semmy may be a person of few words but the little remarks and comments he make are hillarious every now and then! Semmy and Cornelius are no ‘small fries’ in the Internet Marketing arena, though – they’re the masters of their own domains, like Adwords Marketing and a slew more to name!

Edmund Loh & Ladan Lashkari

With Ladan Lashkari – thanks for the unique birthday card! πŸ˜‰ Don’t forget to video tape yourself now and then too with your favorite video camera. You will certainly want to see yourself in it years down the line from now.

Edmund Loh & Alfred Ko

With Alfred Ko a.k.a. Jie Ming. He can sing Chinese songs really, really well!

Edmund, Vince & June

Me with Vince and June. Thanks for helping me with the unselfish setup for my birthday sale! πŸ™‚

Peng Joon, Matt and Edmund

The “Adwords in a Box” duo – Peng Joon & Matt Ng and me.
In my opinion, Matt is the best singer that night and it is a small wonder how he won the Cornetto “Sing Your Heart Out” contest!

Edmund Loh & Jessica

With Jessica.

Edmund Loh & Sunny Tan

Attempting to remove Sunny Tan from the picture. Haven’t seen him for months prior to this day – good to know he’s doing really well! Must pick his brains on site flipping one of these fine days. πŸ™‚

With Dennis Sim & Jessny

With Dennis Sim and his girlfriend, Jessny. Peng Joon makes a sneak appearance on the left.

Edmund Loh & Ben Chin

With Ben Chin. Just remembered: he didn’t even pick up the microphone just once!

Edmund Loh & Sherman Yap

Thanks for sending me back home that night, Sherman Yap!

Edmund Loh & Gobala Krishnan

With the great Gobala Krishnan. All the best in your offline book publishing!

Peng Joon

Peng Joon, how many times do you want to appear on my blog?!

John Ng & EdmundÒ€ℒs Hand

With John Ng.
Talk to the hand!” — Terminator 3

Yuenn & Edmund

Just when Yuenn was about to give me a peck in the cheek…

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… her jealous husband just won’t accept it.

Wait… that was a deliberate trap to ambush me!

The Karaoke Battle OR Internet Marketers Gone Wild!

We did what we came here to do – chill, have fun, sing, take photos, and socialize. 3 solid hours of doing all things fun!

Khai Sings His Heart Out!

While it may come as a surprise to many, Khai actually sings really well. I’m personally not surprised by this fact, though: Khai has enrolled himself into singing classes for the past few months in pursuit of his passion. And I think that everyone should pursue their own dreams and explore the limits, too!

Khai obviously loves to sing songs by Linkin Park. πŸ™‚ Way to go!

Steven Wong Sings His Heart Out!

Steven Wong sings his heart out! All that stress from conducting his workshops and seminars must have got to him.

Uncles Singing Their Hearts Out!

Uncles United: Kenny and Steven singing a Chinese song. πŸ™‚

Sunny & Jessica

Sunny waiting for his song to be selected as Jessica looks on.

Edmund Loh Can Also Sing!

Now this is a genuine surprise: I could actually sing! And I didn’t know I could, really. Of course, I am by no means up to par with anyone else in the room when it comes to talented singing plus my “data base” of songs that I can sing is limited.

However, I gave my utmost best in singing the songs I know and join along my friends even in singing songs I’ve not listened to before.

Edmund Loh SINGS!

Oh rest assured, I was NOT screaming or shouting. And no, I wasn’t singing about selling my coaching program.

Screamer!

Now THAT is screaming.

100% SOUND!

And this is what we call 100% SOUND.

Cornelius Sings His Heart Out!

Sentimental Giants: Cornelius sings his heart out too!

Watching OnÒ€¦

Watching on as the screen displays a variety of scenes and lyrics.

Matt Sings His Heart Out!

That’s Matt singing at the back of the room!

Food is Served!

Helping ourselves with the food.

What is Khai Doing?

What’s Khai doing at the back? (Did you notice that he couldn’t keep still in most of the photos?)

The Birthday Cake!

Ahh finally… the birthday cake arrived!

Cut the Cake!

Jamming with Our Indonesian Buddies

The boys spent their first 2 nights bunking over at Melvin’s place, the next 3 nights over Matt’s place and saved the last night over at my humble home! πŸ™‚

The guys had a great time – you should check out their photo album here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/icyguy/MalaysiaTripNov2007

Buying Handbag

Dee making recommendations to Semmy on buying “the perfect bag” for his girlfriend. πŸ™‚

Crazy Boys!

Crazy Indonesian guys taking control of my workstation!

Now believe it or not, we spent a few nights in a row at the cyber cafe into the wee hours of morning (like 3 -4 AM)… playing Company of Heroes!

Company of Heroes

In a nutshell, the game is based on World War II divided between two main forces: The Allies (Americans) and The Axis (Germans). The American forces are versatile and have the benefit of calling in companies like that of Airborne, Armor (tanks) and Infantry.

Whereas the Germans can flex their terrifying doctrines – 2 of which allows you to deploy their deadliest tanks into the battlefield (read: The Tiger Tanks!)

You bet we had plenty of fun working together to blast each other out of the map. I remembered vividly how we played our first round of Company of Heroes when I drove a Stug IV tank right into our enemies’ infantries, and that no amount of Jeeps could take it down *hint: it’s a scissors, paper, stone type of game*

Too bad in the last 4 rounds of the game, it was my team that got the trouncing (but to be fair, I trashed them more than half the time πŸ™‚ ). We shall have a rematch on Jakarta grounds next time!

Khai’s New House Warming

“Let’s finish Semmy off.” — Edmund Loh

Yup, that’s the punch line of the day. πŸ™‚ (Guys, you know what I mean)

Dee, Francis, Cornelius and Semmy spent their last night over at my place in Damansara Kim, whereas for the past several days in Malaysia they bunked over at Melvin’s house and later Matt’s.

I took the Elite Indonesian crew for a shopping spree at 1Utama and later Cold Storage at IKANO because we were to head over to Khai’s new house in Mutiara Damansara, hence the shopping for food too.

Teaching LifeBoats

Khai teaching our Indonesian friends the vicious game of Lifeboats.

LetÒ€ℒs Finish Semmy Off!

The progress of the game where every sailor gets kicked out – one by one. Let’s finish Semmy off. πŸ™‚

The CakeÒ€¦ Again!

At the same time, Khai’s guests came to visit the new house. And coincidentally, Yuenn’s birthday is also around the corner i.e. 29th November! So we pretty much celebrated her birthday in advance. Oh, and I get to help myself with the cake and make another wish for the third time in the last 3 days!

Huuuuff!

Huuuuuff!

Thank you all for making this night an unforgettable, wonderful experience! πŸ™‚

More photos and content coming soon…

Thanks and Credits to Dee Ferdinand for all the cool, professional photos!

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18 comments

  • Ladan Lashkari on November 26, 2007 at 1:17 PM said:

    Hey Edmund,

    Yes, it was a really great day and night. I too had a lot of fun (except the last 2 hours in the wedding when I was doing all kind of crazy things – if you know what I mean πŸ˜‰ ).

    Thanks for posting the professionally done pictures here. I saved them all – great to keep for memory.

    Also your comments for each one made them double fun! πŸ™‚

    As for your suggestion about recording from me too, yeah, everyone finds it so surprising that I always carry my camera around and almost never take pic or video from myself – just other people – which is exactly the opposite to what everyone else does. They don’t take a picture unless they are in it. LOL

    I think it’s because I know I will always be with myself and can see me everyday, but other friends and memories come and go, so I want to store them to treasure for years to come.

    See you later,
    Ladan

  • Ashley on November 26, 2007 at 1:47 PM said:

    Edmund~

    *points at ‘talk to the hand’ picture*
    I was sure you were about to do ‘a certain salute’…
    And in the first picture… Is that a spelling error? The name of the wife, “Yeunn”. So which is? Yuenn or Yeunn?

    Anyway, best wishes to my big brother who has just turned 21st years old! /

    –Ashley

  • Sherman Yap on November 26, 2007 at 3:53 PM said:

    Hi….glad to be your cab driver that night.
    Gosh, you were so tired until I had to wake u up to tell me the direction.

    I was in the privilege to kidnap you for *ahem*, but nah….i’d let you off safely, for now πŸ˜‰ heh heh heh…*slurp*

    So far I think you are the first to post up the pics.

  • Sherman Yap on November 26, 2007 at 4:17 PM said:

    Come to think of it, Sen Ze & his staff were seated at my table. There were TWO table 26, and I had the privilege to get acquainted with him, but I didn’t recognize his face la…he looked a bit older than the pics plus he wore specs! (actually, i was kinda blur so his name didn’t really ring a bell until you mentioned it here)…and he changed to another table when it got too crowded.

  • Matt Ng on November 26, 2007 at 8:38 PM said:

    So many things to blog about and too many pix. LOL. Will update my blog once we get back from Asia Internet Congress in Singapore next week. Great post, Ed. Keep updating the pix. Glad that you enjoyed your birthday.

    Khai and Yeunn, Congrats to the both of you again!!!

    Ladan, call on Ed, ben, peng joon or anyone of us in M’sia if you wanna go out for sight seeing.

    To the Indonesian “treasures”, great meeting you guys and hope that you guys come down again soon. Too bad I missed the pc games session last night. Would have love to see you guys in action in beating *ahem* certain someone. Cya guys in Bali next year!!!

    Matt

  • semmy on November 27, 2007 at 2:16 AM said:

    Oh man, your update your blog so quickly, I think when we were sleep you updated your blog. Hi, Man when you come to Jakarta I’ll make sure you will regret to play COH, because you’ll lose again. wkakwak, just joking my friend, btw Cornelius name is Sugeng not sugem, what the …., I’ll wait you in Jakarta, dude.

  • Edmund Loh on November 27, 2007 at 8:31 AM said:

    Hey Ladan,

    Yes I know precisely what you meant. πŸ˜‰ Comments-wise, I do my best to keep them fun and at the same time, “not too much” (if you know what I meant). Hmm… I still think you should video tape yourself every now and then! I’ll see you real soon.

    Sherman,

    Yeah I am the earliest. Khai’s professional photographer takes up to a week plus to get it all processed and ready. But I swiped Dee Ferdinand’s collection first when he and his gang came over to bunk at my place on their last night here. Btw yes, Sen Ze looked ‘older’ of course! He’s a great local Internet Entrepreneur so count your lucky stars you got acquainted with him albeit briefly.

    Matt,

    Honestly it won’t have been near half as fun without you organizing the Karaoke session – thanks for the effort! And I’m also sure the Indonesian Elites appreciate your generous hospitality the most among the many of us! Btw you are un-doubtly the BEST singer! “Illll Moooondooor~~~”

    Semmy,

    Yeah I updated the blog when you guys were asleep. πŸ™‚ Too bad we got trounced in Company of Heroes in the last 4 rounds but as the hosts, we have to “give you face”. πŸ˜› Mark my words Semmy – when we come down to Jakarta, “let’s finish Semmy off”.

    Oh yeah, thanks for correcting me on Sugeng’s name!

  • Edmund Loh on November 27, 2007 at 8:32 AM said:

    Ashley,

    It’s “Yuenn”. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wishes and also for the MMS of the birthday cake! I’ll return home to see you and mom early next month, ok? Talk soon!

  • Jeremy Gislason on November 29, 2007 at 10:02 AM said:

    Hey Edmund,

    Looks like you had a blast! Weddings very similar to those in Japan where the bride changes several times and very formal receptions.

    You’re lucky I wasn’t there signing Karaoke or your ears would be hurting.:)

  • Edmund Loh on December 3, 2007 at 6:02 PM said:

    Yuenn,

    You sure owe me! πŸ˜‰ You can repay by drinking liquor *ahem*.

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for coming by – haha, I thought I was already bad at singing. I look forward to visiting you when I come to Japan for a holiday some time next year.

    Cornelius aka Sugeng,

    Yeah thanks to Semmy I got your name down pat!

  • Francis J on December 6, 2007 at 8:27 PM said:

    I double semmy’s guarantee that you will lose edmund. Unless you bring uncle melvin to practice with you all day, your malaysian team will fall to the superior indonesian team we have here.

    They have a superb import (me) and keep this in mind. We don’t have COH here so your practice might do you good or… it might mean nothing. muhahaa. Hehe πŸ™‚

    Super time during karaoke though! We’ll see you soon ED. January perhaps?

    Much love,

    Francis J

  • Edmund Loh on December 6, 2007 at 10:42 PM said:

    Francis I have reason to believe you were just… lucky. πŸ™‚ We shall see.

    Yeah we definitely had a blast and we look forward to coming down to Jakarta as soon as possible, my Internet Marketing gang and I.

    “Malaysia meets Indonesia Part II: The Rematch”

    πŸ˜‰

  • Francis J on December 7, 2007 at 4:39 PM said:

    hahaha. We shall see. I will make sure to install COH in our shops then. we’ll make sure that we prove that our luck holds out πŸ™‚