Good Morning. I wanted to finish writing both days yesterday but the kids came over last night so i couldn't finish it by 0000hrs. But it's okay i'll just spend my Saturday morning writing this today. 👍🏻
And so after tossing and turning for what feels like the entire night with the sounds of laughters coming from the kids and the uncomfortable cold room, i finally fell asleep at close to 5am and woke up 2 hours later, about 730am. So we quickly washed up before the kids got up and talked to my other cousins who got up early too because they were uncomfortable. the room was too cold and we had to cover ourselves with plastic sheets when we were sleeping hahaha
So while the adults chatted noisily in the room, to wake the kids up, some of the kids wiggled in their sleep because we were noisy hahahahahaha. that's what they call it, an eye for an eye? 🤔
The awhile later, around 9, the kids got up to bathe and we got busy trying to dress up and keep the room tidy before our other relatives come streaming in. Oh, and we were also rushing because we haven't put up the fairy lights and the photo booth wall. we were too tired the night before that we just abandoned our lights and photo booth and just went to sleep hahahaha
So we quickly dressed up, and feeling super excited to wear the event shirt that we got customised for all of us!! ❤️
^ This precious one came into our room while we were busy wearing our shawls and stuff with the event shirt ready for the day. Too cute!
So before the guests come in, aka our aunts and uncles, we quickly put up the background and pasted the strings for the photo booths. After which, we got them kiddos to put the names on the pegs for us. So our idea of the photo booth section is to put up the names of the family members, then they would come up to us and take their pics which will then be replaced with their polaroid photos. The cards with their names will used for things like games or lucky draw.
then we tested out the projector, laptops, mics, speakers and most importantly the video that we would be showing to our beloved aunts and uncles as a tribute video. we had about 20 minutes away before the arrival of our aunts and uncles so we were getting so so excited as everyone anticipated their presence in our matching tops! 🤗
^ this was the planning crew behind the scenes, discussing and making sure everything is properly working before more people start streaming in. good job guys! 👍🏻
deco team doing the final touches for the photo booth. we were so excited and impressed at our work of art woohoo!
arrival of aunts and uncles
time check: 11am. our aunts and uncles start streaming in and were ever so astonished seeing us in blue and orange walking around and greeting them. they kept asking why we all have matching shirts for ourselves but why they don't. since it was supposed to be a secret until the end, we told them that it was only for the organising committee and we didn't print out any for them hahahaha we really wanted it to be a surprise till the very end okay!
while we wait for the rest of the family to reach, we gathered in the living room for the opening speeches and for the video presentation. then we all received a message that one of our cousin and his wife couldn't attend because his wife suddenly went into labour that very day. so while we were excited for the event to commence, we were even more excited for the arrival of a new family member. yay yay! ❤️
shortly before the aunts and uncles areived, the bouncy castle crew came in to set up, making all the kids excited and they went to play first before the guests arrived. so many colourful pictures! i wished i was still a kid so that i can play here too pls!
check out them excited kids!
Minutes before the opening speeches, our cousin gathered the kids in the room to brief them about the t-shirt surprise that they were going to hand out to our aunts. they were assigned to work in pairs to hand out the personalised surprise t-shirts that we prepared for the aunts. Our cousin being a teacher in a primary school, led the kids really really well making us so impressed with her, wow. they all listened to her with full attention okay hahaha
t-shirts all prepared to be distributed! 💜💜💜
with everyone finally gathered at about 12pm, we are ready to start the event! \•/
of course, the event commenced with a word or two from our oldest cousin for the opening. he started off with a little quiz to warm up and interact with everyone which took us off by surprise because the aunts and uncles were so so eager to put their hands up to answer the questions and get the prizes hahahaha so cute la aiyo!
Our second oldest cousin stepped up for his speech which he had prepared a 3 page hilarious speech to welcome the aunts and uncles and to commence the event. He entertained us with his very interesting speeches, thanking the cousins who worked so hard to prepare for this surprise event, sharing a thing or two about the funny things that happened during the planning process, how we tried to make it a successful surprise and not forgetting saying our prayers for those who has passed on. 😌
then it continued on with a word or two from some of our aunts and uncles regarding what they have to say, and it was a little heart warming as one of our aunts was closed to tearing up because she was too touched that we prepared all of these for all of us.
After the speeches, we presented a video to everyone, including us who are seeing it for the first time. there were many happy memories included in the video and everyone laughed seeing their old photos and teased each other's pictures. of course, some shed tears too as they remember those who are no longer around with us anymore, so we passed around tissues to those were sniffing during the video. it was a bittersweet feeling, in fact.
On command, the kids went into the room right after the video and the adults handed them the t-shirts to them to distribute it to their grand uncles and grand aunties (which is our aunts and uncles). It was definitely a precious moment for all of us as the aunts and uncles were taken aback by the little gifts handed to them by the young ones following a series of "Thank you, I love you." said from the kids to the aunts and uncles. Definitely a moment to remember, really. 💕
after the gifts were given out to the aunts and uncles, they were so excited about it and some even wore it on top of the clothes that they were wearing hahaha see my uncles and aunts, so excited until forget to open their inner clothing hahaha. we briefed them the itinerary for the day and told them to change their clothes before we start with the games and stuff.
And just nice, the catered lunch came (of course, they were VERY surprised to see the lunch being catered by our family friend) so everyone with our hungry stomachs dug into the delicious foods. yummy! 🤗
Our photo booth was a huge huge huge success. Really. In no time, all of our family members (including our uncles and aunts okay!) lined up in front of the phot booth to have us take a photo of them. Hahaha and they were coming up with all sorts of props and poses for the photo lol so cute can!
My uncle posing for the photo booth! hehehe so cute!
our photo booth corner went from this at the beginning of the day….
… to THIS at the end of the day. i'm so thankful that everyone was so sporting and supportive, and contributed beautifully to our photo booth corner. so much love for all of them la! ❤️
fun in the sun!
the kids were having a blast outside playing with bubbles and bouncy castles. no wonder they all wanted us to hold this every week! hahahahaha
look at their happy faces!!
so so happy!
even this precious little one too is having fun!
the balloon man came at 2pm and all the kids rushed out to queue under the shades to get balloons for themselves. Even that "kid" in the blue category queued up for balloons too! hehehehehe 😝😝
Check out the happy kids and their balloons! 🎈🎈🎈
family photo… with 77 of us.
okay la this one must put disclaimer first okay. 77 because there are 77 of us, according to the T-shirt. but only 69 of us were present for the event because two of them were at the hospital (bc my cousin's wife was in labour) and the family that stays in Johor couldn't come at the very last minute. But still, 90% attendance is really good enough, right? 👍🏻
so the bigger the crowd, the more difficult it is to gather everyone right? yup that was exactly it. we had to gather everyone because not everyone was ready for the photo, so those already outside were frying in the sun waiting for everyone to come out hahahaha but nevertheless, we got perfect shots. love it so much! ❤️
nope, not ready.
kids running around. nope, still not ready.
oops, balloon man caught in our photo?!?!
but finally…. a complete one with all 69 of in one shot, for the first time ever in our lives.
the blue team. a.k.a my cousins and my cousin in laws. grew up together with all 23 of them with me and my siblings being the youngest and look how much this whole squad of cousins have multiplied! love all of them! 💙
my aunts and uncles, the purple generation. the reason why we are doing this surprises and the reason why we are all here together. i can never be anymore thankful to all of them. 💜
so at about 3pm after the balloon guy left, the magician came and set up his things for a while before starting the show. full of laughters during the show even from the adults because they are just as entertained as the kids! hahaha
the magician and his volunteer!
then it was time for lucky draw after the magician cleared up his backdrop and stuff. it was only a lucky draw for our aunts and uncles, so they were guaranteed something to bring home at the end of the day. everyone was so excited to bring something back!
boys will always have time for soccer
shortly after the lucky draw, the boys went down to play soccer at the open field. blue generation versus the purple generation.
and the orange generation,… well, they have their own soccer game between themselves hahahahaha
second day of barbecue. they started cooking the food for barbecue concurrently while the boys were playing soccer. so we girls just hang around the area and watch them hahahaha
lepak time for everyone!
aunt 💜 and cousin! 💙
blue and orange!
time check: 5pm. We followed the itinerary and had to stop the boys who were immersed in their soccer game for us to play the games that we've planned out for them to play. first up- the blanket game. it's a game that we came up for the kids to play because some of them don't really know each other's names unless they are each other's cousins. so it was a good game to test how much they know each of their second cousins and learn new names along the way.
everyone was laughing when the kids were stumped the moment the blankets was put down. even though we always meet and they play together, for some reason they can't remember each other's names well hahahahaha
another game dedicated to them kiddos- the musical chair. one of our nephews was always winning each round that we end up changing for him name even on the last round hahahaha so cute!
This time the contenders are the blue and the purple generation. at first they were reluctant to play but then as the game starts both teams (yes, even the purple team) started to get more and more competitive that they wanted more rounds. so us, the organising committee had to come up with phrases on the spot just for them. they were so hilarious as they pass on the message with very little similarity to the original message because they keep messing things up hahaha
we kept laughing at the purple team because being the older ones, they couldn't remember much due to their age so they kept making things up on their own as they pass down the message hahahahaha too funny la! 😂
time to pack!
we didn't realise that we played games for so long, but by the time we ended the broken telephone game, it was time for all of us to head in and pray. after which, we were already getting ready to pack the food, bring down the deco, clear the tables and chairs, pack our bags and so on. The event was supposed to end around 8 so we all worked together to pack the leftover food for us to bring home.
The closing speech, led by our oldest and second oldest cousins which they thanked everyone for making the event a success, followed by a series of gifts to give away for the best poses for our photo booth and then lucky draw for the three lucky winners. they showed a short video that has been compiled by our cousin and his wife of the day's events. they did it so quickly, wow!
^ the three winners for the best poses! 💥 Congrats guys!
it's a wrap!
after the video ended, we finished up with a short prayer and then we continued packing. it suddenly became chaotic because everyone was moving about, trying to bathe their kids, pack their bags, pack the food, giving out the goodies and things like that. even so, we managed to take a final photo with whoever was around because we wanted to show the bicycle on our backs. we enjoyed our day, we definitely did. ❤️
the event was no doubt a success, our aunts and uncles loved it so very much that they couldn't stop talking about it on the way back. they didn't expect so much from us, since it was our first time organising such events but we surpassed their expectations and we gained that trust from all of them. the planning stages all the way to the end stage was fun. i enjoyed every single step of it and never never regretted anything.
it will probably take a while for us to recover from the amount of happiness from this event but it's okay, it's nice to live with such memory for a long time. we will definitely work closer next time to make better memories in the future. thank you to everyone who have played a part in making this event a success, be it working behind the scenes, working hard on the day itself or just simply having their presence on that day.
i am just way way way beyond thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful family. i can never ask for anything more. 💜💙💛