Monthly archives: May 2019

Celebration of Love: Garnette & Ayrton

The long-awaited forehead kiss.

Dear friends, 

How was your week? How are you feeling now? I hope you are having a good time and have a good weekend with your family and loved ones, because this life is too good to be wasted by dwelling on negative thoughts. People has been posting images about the Miri’s sakura, and about the spring is coming to Miri. I find it amusing though, never in my life I heard about it before in Miri.

As for me, 18 May was spent immortalising memories for both Garnette and Ayrton, and their family and friends at St Francis’ Chapel, Miri, gathering together for their wedding blessing with celebrant Father Martin Vincent Sta. Garnette is a friendly person and she get along with everyone easily and she is truly an expressive person, with the ability to speak more than 5 languages. The warmth that radiates from her caught the attention of Ayrton, whom has a cooler persona, a bit like a Malaysian oppa, but equally friendly as well. Like the old adage said, opposite attracts. Both of them complements one another, and that is the reason why they are meant to be together, as it was written by God, somewhere inside His master plan up high in heaven.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning where everyone dresses elegantly to celebrate the big day between these two hearts. It was not an easy journey for them as they faced their own fair share of hardship, but that does not matter because two hearts in love can overcome all odds.

There is also a reading that keeps on playing in my mind whenever there is a wedding blessing, from Genesis 2:18-24:

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, 

“This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

This verse explained about the origin of woman from Christian’s perspective, which is the one that completes a man. So is Garnette to Ayrton, and together they will embark their journey in the new chapter of their lives. Not as two, but as one. In Catholic, a person can only marry once because Sacrament of Matrimony is “covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring”, and which “has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptised.” (CIC can 1055). Therefore, it has to be honoured as such, and every faithful Catholic should uphold this at all time, throughout their lives.

As for the wedding ceremony, praise the Lord, it went on smoothly without any hiccup. The event was continued with the long, awaited photoshoot between the families and friends, with second part of the event at St Joseph’s Multipurpose Hall. After the lunch, there was a cake-cutting, wedding bouquet tossing event as well as toast to wish the best for the newlyweds.There was an audio system around, where Ryan and I did not waste the opportunity to sing a couple of songs to entertain the crowd.

Congratulations to both of you and as usual, always remember this: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” – (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

With this, I end my post and may God bless the two of you, Garnette and Ayrton!

Your Tukang Rantek,

Claudius Weson

© Claudius Weson Photography (2019). All rights reserved. 

Engagement of Dennis & Valerie

Dear friends,

Happy Mothers Day to all of you and all of the wonderful mothers all around the world. Without the sacrifices, the unforgettable 9 months and many more years that follows, through joy and sorrow, your selfless contribution is a big reason why we managed to gain our current altitude in life.

Congratulations Dennis & Valerie!

Back to the story, the story now is about Dennis and Valarie, where their love blooms around 7 years ago. They met through the Catholic Student Society (CSS) GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) of UTM Skudai. God done their magic, and thus the two has fallen in love with one another, and the rest is history. Dennis, hailing from Kpg Bayur, Padawan, or should I call, Braang Boy, is around 800km from Valerie, whose hometown is Miri. However, God’s miracle can work in many ways, and the distance does not stop the two from forming a serious relationship that leads to 11 May, their happy day.

The celebration of engagement begins with the arrival of guests, as far as Kuching, particularly Dennis’ side, with some from Limbang. Since both families are both Catholics, the ceremony is done in accordance to the Catholic’s way of engagement, which was lead by Cathecist Janet from St Dominic Taman Tunku. The intro song is one of the most recognisable of all, which is commonly known as “Hari Ini” (Today) by Sarawak Christian community, or originally titled as “Kasih Yang Mempersatukan” (The Uniting Love), written by Kretarto Hendro Wibow & Niken Woro Wulandari from Indonesia. The lyrics with its literal translation are as follows:

Hari ini ku rasa bahagia (Today I am feeling happy)
Berkumpul bersama saudara seiman

(gathering with brothers & sisters of the same faith)
Tuhan Yesus mempersatukan kita (Jesus’s Love has united us)
Tanpa memandang di antara kita (without looking into us)

Bergandingan tangan dalam kasih (holding hands in love)
Dalam satu hati (in one heart)
Berjalan dalam terang kasih Tuhan (walking in the light of His Love)
Kau sahabatku, kau saudara ku (You’re my friend, you’re my brother)
Tiada yang dapat memisahkan kita (nothing will separate us)

After the words of advise from Catechist Janet, it was followed by the ring-blessing and the passing of the ring into one another before the event take its pause to give opportunity for everyone to have their dinner and a bit of entertainment by yours truly before proceeding into the next session – which is the advise session by the elders from both sides. Then there was a cake cutting ceremony as well as the non-stop music, intermixed with Poco-Poco and ngajat performances.

The blend of the audiences is a mix of mainly Bidayuh, Kayan and Melanau (from Valerie’s side), but that doesn’t stop Sarawakians from being Sarawakian, where there is a free flow of beer, open-mic session and open dance floor, where you are most welcomed to dance. Even the sudden haze from Kuala Baram road also can’t stop us from having fun in the evening.

Once again, congratulations to Dennis and Valerie for the engagement. Always remember this: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” – (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Dennis with his nervous face.
Catechist Janet
Starting them young (drinking tuak)
That’s a lot of cake.
Payback time.

One for the road.
How low you can go?
I walk alone, I walk alone.

Your Tukang Rantek,

Claudius Weson

© Claudius Weson Photography (2019). All rights reserved. 

Bonus: 3D Taruh Dari

Started as an ordinary bidayuh boys who love music, these ‘taruh dari’ (three boys in Bidayuh language) then formed a band, known as ‘3D’ (short form of ‘taruh dari’, also taken from their nicknames initial, Del, Dennis & Dio). Initially they cover Muse songs. But then, inspired by the Bidayuh headhunter spirit, they came out with their first song, Headhunters of Hornbill Land. This was followed by ‘Dayung Salau’ (beloved girl in Bidayuh, ), ‘Buran’ (Moon in bidayuh, reference to a lost lover), I Don’t Care (hate version) (a song about frustration) and a song to our Creator, In Lord I Trust. After a break for about four months, 3D is ready to rock and unleashing their fury as what they always did during any gig or battle that they have participated in. Currently, they have recorded a new version of their beloved songs, including Dayung Salau, Buran, I Don’t Care and In Lord I Trust. Yakinlah Oh Sayangku is their latest song ever recorded and it was planned to make it’s debut during MJCC Film Festival (MJFF). YOS is a song about a promise of a boy to his girlfriend. During the MJFF Award Night, some technical problems occur, where the bass drum lacks of grip, thus kept on moving on its own. The last performance was during Hornbill Night 2012, where there were no performances after that.

3D – Taruh Dari – Dio, Del, Dennis
Suria Showdown Feb 2011
Rock Performance at SCC – 2012
Best Bassist, Best Rhythm Guitar & Second Runner Up
BOTB UTM International Johor Horse Show 2011
Finale – Hornbill Night 2012
GIFT Christmas Celebration 2011
Fenomena Art Festival 2011
“Joget” with Rayner and Alvin
Malacca-Johor Coordinating Council (MJCC) BOTB and Choir Festival 2012

One thing that I learned from running a band is that first and foremost, you have to love the music, you have to really love what you are doing. The music has to come from the heart. Most of the time in our performances, we improvise. There are no similar performances. We fall in love in performing to entertain ourselves, as part of our self-expression. Then, regardless of the crowd’s reception to our music, it doesn’t matter because we love what we are doing. That is the fuel that we need.

Even if now we are no longer active, but who knows, in the future, 3D will be revived, or make our next performance. In the meantime, I’ll express myself using my Leica. 😉