Shah Alam, He's in Love
June 07, 2015


When I got married in 2011, Syah wrote about me in his blog. This was a huge deal for two reasons: (1) he doesn’t write a lot and (2) nobody reads his blog.

Anyway, in it, he noted the following, “i grew to tolerate his stupid jokes and lies. and when he took a sip of that Coke mixed with my cigarretes' ashes, I knew that we're gonna be brothers forever.”

For someone who has little expression and bad punctuations, it took some measure for him to write such nice things (by his standards). I felt compelled to reciprocate and today, I finally got the chance.

Syah got married to his fiancee Natasya this morning at the Selangor State Mosque. Witnessed by their beloved family and friends (plus the intern Syah hired to take photos), the two souls were united in marriage.

It was a simple yet blissful ceremony. The weather was perfect, the food was good, and the kadi didn’t talk much because he had to go somewhere. Everyone had a good time especially the ice cream guy who conveniently parked near the bestman who had the groom’s wallet.

Syah met Natasya a few months ago through their mutual friend and award-winning matchmaker Zalekha. But I reckon the cupid didn’t have to do much this time as the two clicked right away. 

For some bogus reason, and if I’m not mistaken, the meet-up took place at Ayam Penyet AP. Why would anyone choose a place with the hottest sambal for a first meet-up is beyond me, but I could be wrong. 

I remember Syah telling us that he didn’t light his cigarette at all throughout the evening. He took one out of the box, placed it in between his fingers, and just held it there for two hours to calm himself down. 

Those who know Syah might identify him as an easy-going and happy-go-lucky guy who likes to crack jokes. I, for one, wholeheartedly disagree with this sentiment. I never find his jokes funny nor do I qualify him as a cool person… far from it.

So I guess Natasya managed to take him out of his element, and prove my theory correct. I can imagine him stuttering through the night during that first meeting and God knows how awkward he was during the ensuing first few dates. 

But what all of these meant was just that she has won his heart. Syah was in love and as friends, we couldn’t be happier for him. He has taught us a lot about life and he deserves all the happiness in the world. 

You know what I take that back. He hasn’t taught us much actually. Maybe a bit here and there about speaking Sabahan, that’s about it.

But he still deserves all the happiness in the world. And Natasya is the just the person to give him that, insha Allah. 

Congratulations, you two.



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