I remember the first time I went interstate to photograph a wedding. I was on my own and my wife and daughter were back at home in Brisbane. I was scared. I flew out a few more times and my feelings towards travelling interstate is now no different to being on my home soil.
But in April, just last month, I went overseas for the first time in about a decade. I went to Singapore to photograph a wedding. Aung and Fel’s wedding. A couple I met when I first started photography at the end of 2012.
I remember waiting at the airport, nervous, then Fel messaged me on Facebook, “We are seeing you today!”.
I was excited and scared. Something that is hard for me to admit.
As I cleared customs and was walking towards the exit at the Singaporean airport, I saw these two people, jumping up and down, waving like they just saw Manny Pacquiao.
I stopped walking and smiled. These two people, still waving at me.
I waved back.
Why was I ever worried? I knew that I was going to meet two of the most beautiful people I have ever come across. Two of the most beautiful people who walk on this planet. People who are welcoming someone they don’t know, into their home.
I was indulged from the moment I landed with a late night dinner and drinks. The day before their wedding, an early morning Singaporean breakfast, two lunches and two dinners. All these foods and drinks I have never had the opportunity to taste before. They are proud of their country and wanted to share everything.
On the odd occasion, I have let a tear go during the ceremony or the mentioning of the passing of a parent. But this time, it was because of what Aung said about me during his speech, which started as, “My special friend who came all the way here from Australia”.
This experience has taught me more on kindness. Thank you, my new friends.
Just as I sit back, thinking I’ve finished writing about Aung and Fel, I hear a call from the lounge room. It’s Yen, “Hey Rich, there is something for you in the mail”. I walk out and see an envelope, with a return address of Singapore on the back.
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