Reception – Part 2 – Booking day
Initially, I planned for us to camp overnight outside the CC at 2am since that was around the timing my cousin queued last year. When the Lad first heard of the timing, he said it was too early? I insisted that it wasn’t and that we could have our dawn meal there. Lo and behold, he was the one who was paranoid and called the CC’s office at 6pm on 31st May and texted me ‘I don’t want to take the risk bb. I’ll queue at 9pm.’ AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I literally burst out laughing at the airport, while waiting for my aunt with my mother. Showed my mother the text and she stifled a laugh too. #itoldyouso
He was really queuing there while the office was still open at 9.30pm. The officers even gave him a chair to sit on. I only came around 11pm after visiting the maternal grandparents. I came with Mcdonalds and Fluff’s cupcakes for supper & dawn meal. Picnic mat as suggested by one of my closest colleague & my mother and my trusty small neck pillow. The Lad actually brought a small pillow/blanket. HAHAHA. #sodamnprepared. While on the way there, he was scaring me telling me the CC has posted certain dates that were already blocked. Thankfully, the first and second week of December weren’t affected. There was also another lady who came down, saw him and got a shock and went off.
So basically we were alone and first in line till about 3am when another friendly couple came. They too told us that it was conveyed to them to come earlier to queue as it was a first come first serve basis. Lucky for all of us, our dates didn’t clash. The fiance of the couple even told us that if our dates were to clash, they would have walked away and queue up at their second choice of venue. There was another pakcik who came around 5am to ask us about our dates. He was so thankful and immediately called his daughter up to queue at the next venue quickly. YOU SEE HOW EVERYBODY HAD THIS MENTALITY? See, this is where I was really grateful that they had such thoughts and really humbled by their honesty because what happened next was quite ugly if I can be honest.
At around 7.45am, a makcik came with her daughter. She didn’t tegur or say anything to us or the other couple. She just laid her mat and sat down. I was shocked lah tbh. The Lad was napping and I didn’t want to wake him up just because I was having anxiety issue. The fiancee of the couple looked at me and gave me the :O face hahahah and we were so clueless as to what’s going to happen next.
My dad came down at around 8am to accompany us for awhile and finally the makcik said something to us. She first asked me when’s my date and after I told her the date itself and the date before for set-up she said okay. She asked queue since what time? I told her 9.30pm la (the Lad’s timing what) She was shocked and laughed. She then asked the friendly couple what was their date and lo and behold they had the same dates. The makcik asked what time did they start queuing and the fiancee said 3am to which I nodded when the makcik looked at me for confirmation. Okay so this is where I would think that if anyone who is understanding enough or humble enough would at least have the decency to back off, and go to another venue, right? NOPE. She stayed right there, trying to figure out the loophole with her daughter which was….BALLOTING. I mean…the audacity? But guess what….15mins before the opening time, another lady came alone. The makcik asked her what’s her date and….I guess HE was testing the Lad and I, it happened to be our dates. So the makcik showed this other lady about the loophole of BALLOTING. The dengki is real guys…..
The Lad could already sense the anxiety in me building and the fiance was trying to reassure his fiancee. When the office opened, I guess it was already customary of the officers to have the first two applicants because they immediately only asked for the first two forms. And the fiance was whispering to us 3 ‘things are going to get ugly…’ and true enough the makcik went ‘Hey, but it is stated here if we enter the office at the same time for the same dates, there will be ballot’ to which this other lady (I really had a good name for her until what happened later on okay) added ‘yeah, it’s stated here balloting will be done. The officers replied yes balloting will be done only if the first two who queued and walk in are of the same dates but now it is different dates so it is fine. THE MAKCIK AND THE LADY NOT HAPPY LA. The Lad and the fiance was quiet all the while keeping their cool know. I was already boiling and I was fasting?! The makcik insisted and her soon to be son-in-law also stepped in and pointed out the black and white. WHICH I DO NOT UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THE FIRST LINE CLEARLY STATED ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’
They were relentless, I kid you not. I was already shaking with anger, disappointment that such characters existed (tak berhati perut langsung ke dah tahu orang queue semalaman). I really think the officers felt intimidated because they wanted to give in. They were already preparing balloting envelopes to which I couldn’t take it anymore and softly say while shaking, I even apologized to them behind me?! ‘I’m sorry, cik, I’m sorry but may I just say something?‘ Did I continue? Nope. Why? because girl here cengeng and was on the verge of crying right there right then. The Lad had to hold my hand to calm me down and finally he voiced out calmly (I love my lad so much) ‘To be fair, whatever was conveyed to us and whatever was conveyed to them were different, but at the same time, we bothered to queue up from 9.30pm while they’ve only waited for a mere few minutes. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have queued and spent my time sleeping on the floor‘. When I heard that, I was really floored because yes, this Lad gave up the chair for me to be comfortable while he napped on the hard floor. He gave up some of his nap time so that I could nap and he could look after our belongings. But did that change things? NOPE. Now this is where I’m sorry but I have to say this b* of a lady raised her voice at us and said ‘We are not trying to start an argument here.’ ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY THAT WE WERE?! It took every ounce of me to stay calm and not lash out. Boleh batal pe puasa…..
The fiance also finally spoke up to which he calmly asked this Indian officer who came to the rescue of the two others ‘If I may ask, what is the common procedure for your bookings?’ to which the Indian lady officer replied ‘first to walk in the door’ ‘Okay so if you don’t mind, may I know what’s the problem now?’ to which the makcik and lady chipped in ‘Ballot’. *inserts jkafjdsafuesagfsk here guyssssssss*
So the Indian officer told us that she’ll take all the forms, ask her supervisor and will get back to us. So us 4 (lad & I and friendly couple) went out while the makcik and the lady were pleading their case still. Seriously….I know venue is an important place but don’t la until like this. The Lad and I waited around till about 10.30am to which the Lad said he will ask whether decisions have been made at 10.31am hahahahah. And alhamdulillah, praises to Allah, we managed to secure a deposit to the place. The cobaan, mashaAllah.
The moment we stepped out, I cried tears of joy hahaha who wouldn’t after all that mess.
So yes, alhamdulillah, venue woes are settled. I do however pray that the other lady managed to get another venue to her liking because I know how it feels like and I really honestly will never pray for someone to be in such predicament.
So future bride-to-be(s), if you’re reading this, and if you’re planning to secure a CC. Please endlessly go down to the CC and double triple confirm with them with what is conveyed and what is written in black and white. I sincerely pray that no one has to go through that level of anxiety and momentary hatred for others for such things. In shaa Allah amin.
A wedding is not a competition, it is never to judge who has it better or who has it lesser. A wedding is just a formality for everyone to come together to enjoy the happy occasion for the reunion of 2 people.
In shaa Allah, may the rest of the process be more smooth sailing and whatever trial awaits us, we will be as humble and grateful still.