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For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll

November 28, 2009
Stephen and Josephine exchanging marriage vows

Hark! The merry chimes are pealing,

Soft and glad the music swells,

Gaily in the night wind stealing,

Sweetly sound the wedding bells.

(Eliza Cook)

My wife and I attended the holy matrimony between my wife’s cousin Josephine Ngieng and Stephen Tan held at 11 a.m. this morning at the St Joseph Cathedral in Miri. How time flies! We used to carry Josephine when she was still a baby…….alamak! This means that we are really getting old, haha!

Stephen and Josephine exchanging marriage vows

Stephen and Josephine exchanging marriage vows

Stephen kissing his bride

Stephen kissing his bride

The holy matrimony was conducted by a personal friend Father Gabriel Chiong.  We got to know Father Gabriel about 20 years ago when he was still a music teacher. He was the piano teacher for my son Clarence for a couple of months and even gave Clarence a violin as a birthday present. My son used to call him Uncle Ding Dong, lol! Gabriel is a person whom I have a lot of respect for as he walks the talk and has such a gentle and kind temperament.

Stephen & Josephine walking down the aisle after the holy matrimony service

Stephen & Josephine walking down the aisle after the holy matrimony service

  • The smiling couple at the church entrance The newly-weds
  • The newly-weds with some of their family members

    The newly-weds with some of their family members

    To the newly-weds, we extend our heartiest congratulations. And may the following quotes be an inspiration to you both as you start out on your journey as a married couple:

    To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up (Ogden Nash).

    A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person (Germaine Greer).

    Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one (Friedrich Halm).

    There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage (Martin Luther).

    The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

    There are three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love ( I Corinthians 13:13).


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