Friday morning I woke up toâ€¦you guessed it- rain! It was nice to not be in a rush and be able
to hang out until the rain cleared. Then
I found a mini van and headed up to Lahad Datu.
Ben walked up right as I was waiting to get picked up by Ken (Elaineâ€™s
brother). The timing couldnâ€™t have been
better. We walked to the hotel and I got
settled. Everyone else was already
there. We had some time to relax before
getting picked up to go to Elaineâ€™s for dinner.
There was tons of food- pig and lamb on the BBQ as well as rice, curry,
sweet and sour fish, tofu, and lots of other things. We all hung out and enjoyed each others
Saturday morning we were up
pretty early to head to the church for the wedding.
It was a traditional Chinese wedding- Elaine
is half Chinese half Malay.
was a little religious for my taste, but was still very nice.
After the wedding there were lots of
pictures, tea, and some snacks to hold us over.
Then we headed back to Elaineâ€™s for the traditional tea ceremony.
The ceremony allows Ben to be accepted into
the family as well as the family to give their gifts- typically gold and
After the tea ceremony there was a
nice lunch and some down time.
Around 4:00, Martin, Ben, Jessica, and I went to play a game
of basketball with some of Elaineâ€™s family and friends. We played a nice game of 5 on 5. It has been forever since I have played ball,
but it was a lot of fun and nice to get a little exercise in.
Once we finished our basketball game, we
headed back to the hotel to clean up and get ready for dinner.
Dinner was held at a Chinese restaurant.
Elaineâ€™s family is pretty wealthy and well known in the area- hence the 500
people at the reception!
restaurant was two stories and it was more Chinese style than American
I mean that we had a family style
dinner, with a toast, the cake cutting, and a dance by the bride and groom.
Dinner was really good for the most
The first course was lobster and
seafood in all kinds of ways.
shark fin soup, which most of us didnâ€™t eat considering we donâ€™t approve of
(They cut off the fin of sharks then
throw them back into the water to die.)
Next was grilled chicken in sweet chili sauce.
Then we had fried rice and a pork dish.
After that was vegetables and then dessert
which Iâ€™m not a fan off.
It is so funny,
because as soon as people are done with the last course they leave.
We hung out for awhile so people could enjoy
the free beer and wine as well as have a little time to visit with Ben.
It was a nice evening and a blast to be all
I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve laughed so
hard in a really long time.
Sunday morning we were up super early to head to the airport
in Sandakan. We made it back to Bangkok around 5pm and I was home by 6. After a frustrating beginning of the week,
the trip was an overall success! Things
were a little crazy in Bangkok
while we were gone, but I donâ€™t feel in danger at all and I know what areas to
stay away from. I was ready to come home
and am excited to be back at school.
There arenâ€™t many teaching days left, but Iâ€™m hoping they will all be
fun (most at least!)