Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Collide

Five minutes in Sonya and Kenny’s company will leave you without any doubt that the two are meant to be together.

I had the pleasure of their company one June evening at Borders, and I was completely charmed by them. They regaled me with the fascinating story of how they met, fell in love, and gained the blessings of both families. This could fill up an entire blog entry, so I shall be brief. They were initially worried about getting the approval of their families, but their fears evaporated when their fathers met by coincidence at a car park, and realised they were childhood friends! Subsequently, they found out that their children were in love with each other, and they could not be happier.

Indeed, Kenny and Sonya’s wedding celebration was a elaborate event, which started with an hour-long Praise and Worship session conducted by their Pastor. During the ceremony, Linus helped to provide accompaniment for three songs: Falling, In You I Live, How Great Is Our God. To make the ceremony even more memorable, Jessica (a sweet girl with blessed with a pure tone) and Aunty Olive lent their talents by performing two hymns.

The dinner itself was marked by surprise performances, touching speeches and boisterous expressions of love. The master of ceremonies was Sonya’s brother Dave, and he did an incredible job stringing the various items together. He had a great sense of humour too, judging by how well he kept the crowd entertained when he gave his speech. For example, he related how Sonya wanted to be a bride at a tender age of 9, and identified her future husband as “Ken” (Barbie’s boyfriend). Amazingly, Sonya was right!

Kenny’s sister, Daphne, also waxed lyrical about her brother, a “natural actor”, and how he kept the family’s spirits up with his ebullient personality.

And how good an actor was Kenny? Just to prove Daphne’s point, Kenny delivered a jaw-dropping, show-stopping rendition of Air Supply’s Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All)! Kenny didn’t just sing, he performed the song, complete with well-placed hand actions and a multitude of vivid expressions to bring out the meaning of the lyrics. Like the rest of us, Sonya seemed in awe of her husband’s talent. When Kenny’s performance ended, Sonya gave him a passionate hug that seemed to last for ages.

Congratulations, Sonya and Kenny, for having found your soul mates in each other! It was a privilege to have performed at your wedding, and may your love for each day grow to be as boundless as the sea!

Band: Hsin Yeow, Hui Bing, Linus

L-R: Hsin Yeow, Kenny, Sonya, Hui Bing, Linus
Photograph courtesy of Jerry. Check out his website!


Praise & Worship:

Falling, In You I Live, How Great Is Our God

Dinner reception:

Love, My Valentine, You Are So Beautiful, Way Back Into Love, Built To Last, Lucky, If, Love Me Tender (dedicated to Kenny’s father, Victor), A Groovy Kind Of Love, I Do (Cherish You), Everything I Do (I Do It For You) (dedicated to “everyone who has coordinated and helped to make this wedding day so beautiful”), Can’t Help Falling In Love (dedicated to “Mum Doreen”), The Young Ones (dedicated to “Mum Doris & Dad Mohan”), Grow Old With You, Earth Angel, Wonderful Tonight, I’m Yours, Collide, Stand By Me (dedicated to”Team from CP Kelco”), You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up), When A Man Loves A Woman

Songs To Recommend:

Thanks, Sonya and Kenny, for choosing so many beautiful songs. Even though we had to learn these new numbers, it was worth it!

You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) – dedicated to Kenny and Sonya’s friends, this haunting song is a welcome addition to my repertoire. Another winning number from Josh Groban.

Collide – by Howie Day, this pop hit grew on me after a couple of listens

Earth Angel – an oldie but goodie

Compliments from the couple:

Dear Hsin Yeow,

I would like to again thank you and your band for the wonderful effort you all put in.

It was really beautiful. Thank you for making it so special and memorable.

God Bless you guys!

Kenny and Sonya