I haven't been here since...Friday? And yes, I read all the posts in Penny that I missed. Damn, I need a life.
Let's see...Went to my cousin's pre-wedding party on Saturday, the kind that Chinese brides have at their parents' house the night before the big day. My brother, his girlfriend, and I actually spent most of the morning/afternoon watching Food Network shows. Luckily, they were the "in the kitchen" kind, so we learned a bit about zesting lemons/limes and grilling salmon. The party itself was good.
Sunday was the wedding. Went to the ceremony at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank...where there was a bowling alley/arcade downstairs. I suppose we could have spent the "milling around" time at the arcade, but none of us wanted to face the wrath of the older female cousins who take such formal functions very
seriously. We went directly to the restaurant in Chinatown after the ceremony, spent another hour or so milling around (as well as window-browsing the stores in the shopping center) before the banquet began--which was actually pretty early, compared to other Chinese wedding banquets that generally bring out the food at 8:30-ish.
They started off with a dragon dance (the kind you see at parades), which was different. The maid of honor and best man each spent some time talking about the bride and groom. I hate it how they reassure you that it'll be short and sweet, yet they still end up spending 5-10 minutes on their speeches. You can hear half the room go restless 2 minutes into the maid of honor's speech, and she went before the best man. Then again, half the room were the older relatives of the bride's and her parent's friends, and they have a limited understanding of English, anyway.
Towards the end of the night, they had this "game" where the MC asked questions about the bride and groom (the answers can be convenientfly found on the label of the wine bottle at each of the tables) and you can run up with the answer. Only, it was obvious the game was totally rigged. The MC picks the order in which the players may answer, and whether it's right or wrong, you give an answer and the rest of us can clap if we agree. But see, each person has to give a different answer, so if the first person that the MC calls on gets it correct, that person gets the prize. She (the MC) didn't even go by order of who got to the stage first! Ridiculous game. (My sister was mightily peeved at that...She went up for every question and got passed over for the younger, cuter kids.
The night ended with some dancing, which I took part in. Not much to say about that. (I mean, geez, all the guys on the dance floor were somehow related to me.)
And if two days of partying and good food were not enough, another cousin threw a BBQ on Memorial Day, during which the parents and cousins had a debriefing of the wedding...with some mild trash-talking in between. I mean, people were stressed and over-worked--my dad especially, since he was unofficially in charge of seating, and seating was a major issue even during the preliminary stages of the planning. All that aside, the food was oh-so-good. My family knows how to barbecue.
So that was my weekend. Now...what day is it today? I've lost track again...