Serene’s thoughts: Guantanamera
Every once in awhile you come across a romantic scene out of movies that makes you smile, and something at the back of your mind wonders if it ever happens in real life…Well, Jenny and Yuen Shen were two lucky people whose love story unfolded like those in the movies.
The couple met in Nanyang Polytechnic in 1996 but were of different classes. As such, both have crossed paths in school but never got to know each other. Two years later, fate brought them together when they ended up in the same class for their specialization modules. That is when they started to go out together as a group with some others, watching movies etc. Once, after a group movie outing, the two of them were left having dinner together. That was when both had the opportunity to understand each other better and Jenny then learnt that Yuen Shen is a Malaysian, and developed some interest in this guy who described his Kampong lifestyle to her.
How Yuen Shen got to hold Jenny’s hand…
At one of the group outings, one of Jenny’s contact lenses dropped out causing her vision to blur. Yuen Shen volunteered to send her home. When they jaywalked, Jenny told him that she could not see oncoming traffic, and Yuen Shen reached out his hand and to Jenny and asked her to hold on to him. Jenny realised after they had crossed the road that Yuen Shen was still holding on to her hand and asked him why. Yuen Shen said that he will hold her hand from now on if she agreed. And this was how it all started.
The relationship continued with Yuen Shen furthering his studies in NTU while Jenny worked. Long trips by Jenny shuttling in between Ang Mo Kio and Yuen Shen’s hostel in NTU and watchful planning over finances followed. Finally after 7 years of courtship, the couple registered their marriage in 2005. Yuen Shen subsequently proposed by hiding the diamond ring in the closet and popped the question when Jenny found it. The couple chose to hold their customary wedding in 2008 to celebrate their 10th year together.
It was a cosy affair at the Tudor Ballroom at the Goodwood Park Hotel. Jenny and Yuen Shen were a really sweet looking couple and the immaculate colonial settings of the ballroom made way for a grand but cosy gathering. For the 2nd march in, Jenny looked gorgeous in a stunning red gown. The band enjoyed ourselves thoroughly throughout the night. Special mention goes out to the song “Guantanamera”, a classic Cuban number which was dedicated to the couple’s grandmother. ZQ was seemingly nervous as we noticed Caucasian guests increasing by the minute while we waited for the banquet to start, but delivered he sure did and received warm applause especially from the wedding table!
Our congratulations and best wishes to Jenny and Yuen Shen. May you be blessed with everlasting love and happiness. Thank you for engaging A Little Dream to be a part of your special day and thank you for your kind hospitality which you extended to us!
Band: Serene, Zheng Quan, Matthew
L-R: Zheng Quan, Serene, Yuen Shen, Jenny, Matthew
今天你要嫁给我 (1st March) (Marry Me Today), So Nice (1st Dish presentation), 爱很简单 (Love Is Very Simple), Endless Love, Lovin’ You, Guantanamera (For Grandma), Top of the World, 你是我最深爱的人 (You’re The One I Love The Most), 我只在乎你 (I Only Care About You), 最浪漫的事 (The Most Romantic Thing), Forever Love
Tonight I Celebrate My Love (2nd March), (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, L-O-V-E, Masterpiece, 甜蜜蜜 (Honey Sweet), 就是爱你 (Just Loving You), 給一个吻 (Give Me A Kiss), Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World, The Gift, The First The Last My Everything, That’s What Friends Are For
Compliments from Jenny:
Hi Hsin Yeow,
We would like to say a big thank you to Zheng Quan, Serene & Matthew for the wonderful performance that evening.
You guys are great! We have made the good choice of engaging you all. The singing and the emcee are superb. Thumbs up!!!
You all had made that evening a memorable one.
We have good comments from relatives and colleagues.
Especially, when Zheng Quan sang Guantanamera, which I dedicated to my Grandma. She was delighted and surprised that I dedicated this song to her. When I was little, she used to sing the chorus to me. She told me excitedly that Zheng Quan came up to her and asked her is the song nice.
One of my colleague thought what CD we played, the singing was so nice. She did not notice that there was a live band, until there was loud applause.
When I returned to office, most of my colleagues asked me about the band.
Yen Lin & Yuen Shen