Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Ordeal Of Ordeals

Ok, this post is for boys only and not girls. Please do not read this post if you're not male.

I just want to rant.

I want to warn every single guy out there who is about to get married, thinking about getting married, or hopes to ever get married.


Today I spent 6 hours with the wifey at the bridal shop. Yes. 6 hours. Almost died. That was a true test of love.

At first I was quite happy to follow since I was told that it was a 2 hour slot to try out and pick 3 dresses: a wedding gown for the march-in, an evening gown for the night and a wedding gown for the photoshoot. How hard can it be, you'd think? 2 hours sounded like alot of time, maybe we could go catch a movie and a nice early dinner thereafter? Maybe if I'm lucky she might pick her clothes fast, and we can go to Pierce Reservoir to catch prawns.


After the first 15 minutes I knew we were in for a tough time. Luckily for me, she had already pre-empted my hopelessness at giving useful opinion. By engaging two very good friends, Simin and Xiaohui, and her sis, my job was effectively narrowed to 'nod if you like' and 'shake head if you don't' type. Easy? No! While all the gowns looked great to me, I still had to pick one that her friends liked, that her sister liked, then that I liked, and lastly (she wants everyone's opinions first) that she liked!

All I had with me to while my time was my crummy handphone City Bloxx game which I intelligently played in between changing of gowns. I played so much of that game that I almost completed a whole city (those who know the game) and almost killed my handphone (no battery). Also sneaked a few photos and videos while the shop assistants weren't looking, until I was caught redhanded and had to be told to stop taking pix. Argh.

It all felt like a marathon. This was indeed a true journey. The first 2 hours, I felt zesty and full of energy, expecting it to be a breeze. Come the 3rd hour, I started wondering why I was here, am I making a wrong choice agreeing to come? Why is that couple who came later, leaving already while I'm still here? The 4th hour was the toughest. Delirium sets in and I was thinking silly, suicidal thoughts. I wasn't quite myself and didn't know what was really going on. People were screaming at me but I couldn't hear them. By the 5th hour (the waterpoint mark), someone brings food and water and things start to perk up when you can see the finishing line. There is light at the end of that tunnel. When the 6th hour comes, relief was all I could feel. And I felt like I'd accomplished something monumental and suddenly, I felt so proud to have gone through this rite of passage.

Actually, I'm quite glad I went through this experience. It felt like a requirement to go through and feels like something I can brag about to my grandkids. "Back in the old days, ah gong, waited SIX hours for your ah mah to try on wedding gowns hor!". And just like any normal guy, it took me only 15 minutes to find the tuxedo I wanted. Haha.

Kudos to the wifey for holding out so long also lah. We literally saw many many couples walk in, try and walk out and we were still there! Aside from one other couple (That dude and I almost became good friends) who stayed longer than we did), we actually made our trip worth almost every single penny we paid. She's so tired from the day's session that she fell asleep shortly after coming home about 2 hours ago.


Men are from Mars and women are from Venus indeed.

At least there's the Singapore Toy and Comic Convention to look forward to!!!!


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