Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: It Had To Be You

It helps if you have funny friends. To liven up a wedding, I mean.

Grace, Pei Joo’s friend of two decades (yes, that’s right, they knew each other in primary school), impressed us all with her language prowess by speaking in impeccable English and Mandarin. At the start of her speeach, she described her friendship with Pei Joo and listed her many positive traits (her generosity of spirit, intelligence, etc). Then she took a jibe at Aloysius, “Many say a woman would be shy around someone whom she finds attractive. Knowing how Pei Joo behaved when she met Aloysius, I could only conclude she didn’t find him attractive at all!”

Two of Aloysius’ friends took the stage after Grace, and they kept people rolling at the aisles with well-timed punchlines. One began drolly, “As the best man, I’ve been told I should be saying good things about Aloysius. Which means I shouldn’t be telling stories of wanton drinking, relentless skirt-chasing, and waking up on the roadside after being robbed!”

Another quip I remember: “Aloysius, I heard from Grace that she’s looking for someone whom she will love, cherish and look up to. I’m sorry to say, Grace, that, on account of the height difference, you just have to be satisfied with the first two!”

Another way to liven up a wedding is to hire a live band, of course. Hui Bing, Sharon, Boon Chye and I performed a mix of English and Mandarin numbers to warm response from the guests. The table next to us, in particular, applauded after every song!

Congratulations, Pei Joo and Aloysius! Thank you for having us and we wish you happiness and bliss in your journey ahead!

Band: Hsin Yeow, Hui Bing, Sharon, Boon Chye

L-R: Boon Chye, Aloysius, Pei Joo, Hui Bing, Hsin Yeow
Thanks Gabrielmendes.com/blog for the beautiful photos above!


Pei Joo and Aloysius wanted a mix of English jazz and Mandarin pop. What’s the correct mix, they asked me? This is the mix we agreed upon.

At Last (1st march-in), I’m Yours, Yellow, It Had To Be You, 爱很简单 (Love Is Very Simple), The Way You Look Tonight, The Time Of My Life, 恋爱ing, Lucky, 屋顶 (Rooftop), 恋爱频率 (Love Frequency), Something Stupid

Unforgettable (2nd march-in), Fly Me To The Moon, Kiss Me, 我的愛 (My Love), 小手拉大手 (Small Hands Hold Big Hands), 我喜歡 (I Like), 我愿意 (I’m Willing), Way Back Into Love, 你最珍贵 (You’re The Most Precious), 爱得正好 (The Right Kind Of Love), 小夫妻 (A Couple)