Alhamdulillah, on the 7th October 2016 after Asar prayer, I became a wife to a kind-hearted, understanding, caring man. Yes, Abang Abdul Rasyid bin Abang Yusop had taken my hand in marriage and I am so grateful that everything turned out well. :)
On the 8th October 2016, we had our reception at Dewan Perdana Felda and I had an opportunity to express my gratitude to all my friends who have crossed path with me all this while. Glad I have attentive audience that night that I could deliver it well, alhamdulillah!
As I really hope I can remember the things I have spoken that night, I would like to share with all of you the content of my speech. :)
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Assalamualaikum wbt and a very good evening everyone.
Hello, I am Afiqah, the bride for today. :)
I know it is not really a norm for a bride to give a speech in a Malay wedding, but I bet those who know me well are not surprised as I always want to have a few words, and that of course, includes my very own big day.
So… First and foremost, I would like to personally thank all family and friends from far and near for being here tonight. You all have no idea how much I appreciate your time and effort to be a part of this ceremony.
The day I told my close friends that Rasyid’s family was coming from Kuching to meet my family for merisik, I can vividly remember the joy they shared with me. The excitement that they showed was contagious that I think I almost forgot to feel nervous. I think I know why they were simply excited for me. It’s because I’ve never had anyone special in my life before Rasyid. As expected, my friends gave me some tips on what and what not to do on that day. The best piece of advice that still sticks in my mind would be: “Afiqah, whatever it is, just don’t be yourself.“
Hurm~ I think my friends are just scared that I might end up lonely. :P
Anyway, in all seriousness, I really am thankful to have great companions throughout my life. Since my school days, university days and up till now, my working days, those who have crossed path with me have without a doubt made an impact in my life. Please allow me to thank them as a token of appreciation for being here with us tonight.
To my school friends whom I grew up with, THANK YOU for being the best of friends I could ever have. You guys are the ones who really know and understand me well. My ex-classmates, dormmates, and simply my batchmates, THANK YOU for showing what our worth is to our beloved school, Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor. We had gone through so much as a batch and all memories during the trying days especially those days without water, and times when we skipped prep petang or main petang, or curi2 praying in the dorm. Those were the beautiful days which I am quite sure we will never forget.
To my friends from Ambang Asuhan Jepun, AAJ, THANK YOU for being such an inspiration to me. Without all of you, I can’t imagine going through the tough days of having quizzes and tests almost everyday, memorizing all the kanji, and finishing the never ending tutorials. YOU guys are the true definition of determination. Without a doubt, getting the opportunity to fly together to Japan is one of the best memories that we created together.
To my favourite people from Kobe University of Japan, you guys are simply amazing. THANK YOU for showing LOVE like a family when our real families were far away back in Malaysia. THANK YOU for the time well spent cooking, makan2, sightseeing and simply just hanging out together at one another’s house sampai tak reti2 nak balik. Watashiwa itsumo minna no tame ni go ryouri wo tsukuru koto wa zettai wasurenai de kudasai!.... Jyoudan tte, wakaru deshou? :p tonikaku, iro iro tatsudatte kurete, arigatou. Minna ga saikou desu. :p
My friends from IB, although I was there for just 3 months, THANK YOU for accepting me as if I was a real stuff working there. I know that most of the time we were just having fun in ‘bilik crew’, but I have learned so much during the short period of time. And oh, THANK YOU for the free tickets to some shows as well, I love you all. <3 font="">3>
To my friends from King’s College London, you guys simply rock. THANK YOU for all the fun time we shared together. THANK YOU for showing me how much fun a Master’s student can have despite our busy schedule. You guys are the reason I got fat in London, ok! Anyway, I really hope we can materialize our London reunion in the future. :)
Now I am already working in the line of Intellectual Property, I have met so many influential people who have inspired me to become someone in this line in the future. THANK YOU so much for those who have showed me how interesting this line can be. And of course, THANK YOU to my current, as well as ex colleagues, who are super crazy and have been the highlight of my everyday life. YOU guys are the reason why the office is always noisy and never boring.
Last but never the least, my FAMILY. I can never THANK my family enough for simply everything you all have done for me. Since I was just a baby till now that I am a married lady, you are the ones who have never left me, and always believe in me. THANK YOU for your endless support in whatever I do, in my education, profession, and even love life. You all are the sunshine of my life. To all my siblings, thank you for being the best siblings I have ever asked for, for being the shoulder to cry on and for me to pour almost everything on.
To Ayah and Mummy, I am so blessed to have the both of you as my ever loving and at the same time sporting parents. I know the both of you are always worried of me as I am your little baby girl, but I hope you can keep on praying for me just like how you always do in your prayers, so that Rasyid and I will be anak soleh and solehah, and I, from now on to be a good wife to Rasyid. I love you so much and THANK YOU for raising me.
To my beloved husband, THANK YOU for choosing me as your one and only. I can only say that I am very lucky to finally meet my very own Mr. Right. Let’s make this journey of ours a beautiful one. The one we can always cherish till our end of time. I love you.
And with that, I THANK all of you again. Enjoy the rest of your night!
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Yuhuuuuu~~ I have a husband already! hehe.. alhamdulillah! :)