After Lunch we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit. Katelyn was in the room with us and she was EXCITED, lots of screaming, jumping and laughing. But Edwin successfully calmed her down.
Good Job Edwin.
Afterward we got back to the house for the after party.
We went to the backyard where the Henna party was held. After some predrinking (tsk tsk tsk) Gillian finally came out with a whole new outfit.
It’s a white mix champagne with golden beads sari. Absolutely gorgeous =] She also had a band of fresh jasmine in her hair.
Here’s a closer look at the band of flowers. Sooooo pretty =]
We started the evening off with the game Aeki-Beki. It is a tradition Indian wedding game where the couples have to compete each other in finding their wedding ring in a bowl of milk/ cloudy water. It’s said that whoever find the ring 4 times out of 7 will rule the house hold =P.
It sure was fun to watch. They had gotten very competitive. According to G, it’s unfair because Manish has bigger hands.
There were also performances by relatives, both modern and traditional.
After that came dinner =P….. Gawd I LOVE Indian food so much… haha Richard’s happy =D
Lots of chicken, curry, goat cheese, Naan…..MMMmmmmmmMm…
Of course, how can we miss the cake!!
The wedding cake design is very simple, but quite elegant. It’s a nice strawberry cake with a very very sweet candy shell. I love how there are jasmine blossoms everywhere.
Bride and Groom cutting the cake =]
After the cake, we had more party and drinking. Everyone showing off their moves. To my surprise, my Aunt Tina got skillss!! She is a REALLY good dancer =P. Haha
A few hours later (and probably a few drinks too)…. I had gotten more familiar with Manish’s family. towards the end of the night, I started playing beer pong with Natasha, Aman, Alka, Angela and their family.
fun time, fun time =] We used the water beads from the wedding ceremony decoration as balls. (they are quite bouncy =P)
At around mid night. The party was finally coming to an end. It was an amazing time and it’s really my privilege to be a part of the wedding. Not only I had a fun time hanging with my family, I also met new people (who in a way are also my family =P) and Learnt a lot about a culture that’s so rich in history.
To finish this post, here are 2 more photos =]
Nice front view of G and her dress with Aunt Tina.
(Some of the photos are taken by G and Aunt Tina… I didn’t bring mine =/)
The next day it’s finally the ceremony. The weather was amazing. It’s a fine day for celebration.
We arrived the Hindu Heritage Center in Mississauga in the morning. There were 2 sets of stairs in the building. One going up to the gods where you have to take off your shoes. We went downwards to the hall. It was already set up for the wedding.
Again the places is decorated with flowers. See the orange and white bands, those are actually marigold and jasmine rows. The carpet is also covered with rose petals. The structure at the very end is called a Mandap, it is where the ceremony going to be held.
Other flowers included red daisies and lotuses.
These are the ceremonial tools. I am no expert so I can’t really tell you what each of the items are for, but I think the tin foil container on the right is for a fire where it was ongoing through out most of the ceremony. The fire is lit from Ghee, which is clarified butter. According to the internet, it’s a yajna which is a fire sacrifice. That is because, in Hinduism, the primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity (or the Sacred Fire) Agni.
Although I might be horribly wrong, I hope I am not too far off… I am just getting to know the culture.
Manish looking a bit nervous, the ceremony’s starting soon.
haha, I love how clueless my Aunt and Uncle were for the whole time, but they did a good job. The man on the left is the Pujari (Hindu priest). He is responsible for the rituals.
Manish having Panchamrut (the nectar of the Gods). It is a mixture of milk, yogurt, honey, sugar and ghee. It is an important food in Hindu culture.
Gillian coming out.
Accessories detail. =] Pretty pretty.
Yay! Happy Couple.
The tying of the bride’s Sari and the Groom’s kurta. It represents union. Also, interesting fact, Indians have really high family value. They say, when you get married, you marry the family as well.
I think this is Mangal Phera (The Circumambulation of the Sacred Fire)
The ceremony is almost over.
Afterward, everyone comes over and congratulates the newly weds. They would offer them food and also throw flower petals at them. It is a blessing of good luck.
And the following are some photos with the guests.
Bride and the Bride maids.
Huge Chinese Family…. and……
We had lunch after the ceremony, but I didn’t take any photos (Gasp!!! Richard didn’t take photos of his food??? )…haha…. my camera was running low in both battery life and memory, so I took a rest from photo taking.
Now again, stay tune for Indian Wedding part 3- the after party, though it’s probably going to be a lot shorter because I didn’t bring my camera.
Here’s one last photo of Gillian. Sooo pretty =] <3
So following the wedding in Montreal, this week we have the traditional Indian ceremony.
The day before the actual ceremony, we had the Henna Party. Traditionally, the Henna Party is sort of the Indian version of a bachelorette party. The girls would apply henna tattoo to eachother. The bride would have henna on both hands(sometimes up to elbow) and feet.
- G’s Henna.
Fun Fact: Henna is a plant base dye from Lawsonia inermis, also known as henna tree, which has been used to dye skin (including body art), hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool since the Bronze Age. Its dying property comes from lawsone, a burgundy organic compound that has an affinity for bonding with protein.
But since our party isn’t as traditional, boys are also welcomed to the party. some of us even got henna. (eg. me)
That’s “Richard” in Hindi. रिचर्ड Like English, Hindi have alphabets and together, different pronunciations make up words.
The first thing I notice when I arrived the house is that Indian weddings use A LOT of fresh flowers. Whole chains of marigolds hanging on all the door frames, Necklaces of Jasmine and Rose petals over the couple and more jasmine all around the house. Scent of fresh flower flowing all over the house.
Soon after, the Henna artists arrived and started the party.
Aunt Tina looking happy and kind of nervous at the same time =P
Our wonderful Henna artist of the evening working on Gillian’s palms.
And finally, hours later, all the hard work’s done.
However, she’s not allow to use her hands just yet. A mixture of Lemon juice and sugar is applied to seal her Henna.
So meanwhile, Manish being the love and caring husband. =P
Other than that, there are alot of other wonderful moments that evening. I guess I’ll just throw in a bunch of photos.
Jesslyn’s super stare down!!! “what are you doing to my hand?”
All the girls got colourful shiny bangles.
Zane definitely won the most handsome award of the night.
Adrian, Allison and Liz looking fierce.
And who can forget the Yummy, Yummy food…. man I am drooling as I am typing right now =P
Seriously, I have soooo many more photos I wanted to show…but I think the post is getting a bit long….. stay tune for part 2 of the Indian wedding. I think I’ll end this post with 2 more photos.
The Solenodon is a species of mammal which is on the verge of extinction.
The Solenodon is an interesting specie. There are a lot of features making it differs from other mammal.
First of all, it has a special nose. It is long and narrow, in fact, it is around 1/3 of it’s body length. It is used to wedge into crevices to look for preys. Also, to make its nose more mobile/ flexible, the nose is attached to the solenodon’s skull with a ball-and-socket joint (like how our leg bone is connected to the hip), making it able to rotate in different directions.
The Solenodon is also one of the only mammals that is venomous.
It has toxic saliva, which flows down a special channel in the side of its modified second lower incisor. Teeth with grooves like these were much more common in prehistoric animals, which leads many evolutionary scientists to speculate that a lot of early mammals may have been venomous. The solenodon is one of the few that survived to modern times.
Fun Fact: Female Solenodon has two teats located on her butt. When she goes out to forage at night, her babies would follow behind her by attaching themselves to her teats.
Sadly it is almost extinct due to habitat destruction and being killed by introduced species, such as Feral cats, dogs and mostly, small Asian Mongooses.
Today Jenny brought me to Banh Mi Boys Sandwich Shop after convo.
It is located on 392 Queen West, a bit west of Queen and Spadina.
It is a restaurant specialized in Banh Mi, which is a type of Vietnamese sandwich.
The restaurant itself isn’t too big and it’s really busy, but it is also very fast flowing, so it didn’t take long for Jenny and I to find a seat.
The interior design is quite similar to a fast food restaurant, but a tad bit nicer with cool modern light fixtures. It has a nice wall mural which is quite relaxing to look at. =P
Jenny and I ordered 2 different flavours so we can share. We had the Five Spice Pork Belly Sandwich and the Squid Sandwich.
Squid in a sandwich sounded weird at first but it’s actually really good. It’s like calamari and banh mi all in one.
Pork Belly is their no.1 sandwich, it has a strong pork taste to it, but it works well with the salad in the sandwich. The sourness of the vege balanced the taste of pork well. Although I personally like the squid sandwich more.
For those who never had Banh Mi before, you should really try it because it really is a nice inexpensive treat that’s also quite filling. It’s something fast and easy =D.
This review is also brought to you by a very satisfied Jenny =]
Back when I first got my succulent from my aunt early this year. I got interested in them and found out that Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club has a annual show on the first Sunday of June…. and it’s finally the time! (sounded nerdy =P)
it was held at Allan Gardens Conservatory, haven’t been there since my Uni biomimicry class.
There were a lot of unique show plants and nice people who would answer your questions.
The plants there are out of this world. Living rocks, flowering cactus, spiny succulents… It’s really something special =]… if you happen to be in Toronto in June next year, you should totally check it out.
The honey badger is extremely well adapt to its environment. It don’t have a lot of predators and all the other animals fear of it. In fact, even larger predators such as hyenas and lions fear it. It has a couple tools to make it so fearless.
First of all it is one of the few animals in the world which is immune to cobra venom. Snakes are one of its usual snack.
The honey badger also has really thick and loose skin. Because of the thickness of its skin protects it from bee stings, so it can easily raid the African Honey Bees’ hive unharmed. The looseness of the skin allows it to turns around to bite its attacker if it is ever being attacked.
Like skunks, the honey badger has powerful anal glands which can produce a suffocating smell.
Lastly, it has strong claws for digging. Destroying homes of the unlucky preys.
Fun Fact: Some researchers suspect that through evolution, Cheetah babies have developed a set of fur that imitates the fur of honey badger. This increases the survival rate of the cheetah baby because no animal in its right mind would attack a honey badger.