Monday, November 28, 2011

ABC Wednesday: T for Toast and Toastmaster Mr. Ting Ming Siong

In 1991, when i was living in Singapore, I was very surprised and proud that a man from my home town Sibu, Mr. Ting Ming Siong held a Guiness World Record. I read with pride that he held the record for being a best man for the most number of times.

That Christmas, I returned to Sibu to visit my relatives. My aunts treated me to a restaurant at the See Hua Daily News factory at Sungai Antu. Lo and behold, who did I see seated at the next table? I asked my aunt if he was who I thought he was. My aunt said yes, and asked how I knew. I told her I read it in the Newspaper in Singapore.

I asked my aunt why he was so popular. She said he is very eloquent in his speech. He was not just a bestman, people requested his services as a Toastmaster and his toasts.

I went to congratulate him and asked if I could have a photo with him and his lovely wife and family. He was very happy to oblige and that the news paper in Singapore published an article about him.

Last evening, I made a new Facebook friend orignally from my home town, but now workinging in Miri. Christopher Gan is a Wedding Planner at Grand Palace Hotel, Miri. His friend commented that he must have organised so many weddings that he could be in the guiness records, I asked Christipher if he knew about this Best man.

Christopher said yes, and told me that Mr. Ting runs a coffee shop called Delta Cafe in Sibu. He sent me a photo of that important document.

Thank you Christopher for the Coffee Shop photos and his own with the chef.

Here's another of my bucket list ticked. To be photographed with a famous person, a Guiness World Book record holder. It pays to be shameless and ask to have a photo taken with famous people.



Sciarada said...

Ciao Ann, interesting story that, before you knew him, and then you're also able to know him, he was in your destiny!
Have a good day!

TexWisGirl said...

that's pretty interesting! i bet his wedding toasts are the best of anyone's.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

How interesting, Ann... For him to be Best Man at tons of weddings and then to be a great speaker also????...... That means that he must be a remarkable man...

Great "T" words for ABC Wed.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Goodness, everyone must love this man, wonder what his secret is? Were you the only one there to recognize him? You are very sharp and observant, and got a good picture from it!

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting guy.
my mother-in-law belongs to Toastmasters; she's a believer.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Chubskulit Rose said...

I can only wish to know his secret.

Tooth Fairy please come and see it when you get a chance. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

We must raise a toast in his name too :)

Pheno, ABCW Team

Penelope Notes said...

How eloquent this man must be. And how very interesting that he was in your mind all those years ago to eventually materialize in person by your side. :)

Kim, USA said...

That is very interesting Ann. Thanks for sharing!

Christmas TREE

photowannabe said...

What an interesting story Anna. Sometimes mixing with celebrities is fun.
He must be an amazingly eloquent man to be at so many weddings.

Wanda said...

Oh Ann, that is so cool.... How fun to check something off your bucket list..

Carver said...

Interesting story and great idea for T day.

magiceye said...

hey that is so nice!!
good on you!!

Al said...

That's an awesome story. Sunday Scans doesn't have to be on Sunday, I open it up on the first Sunday of each month and leave it open until near the end of the month. And lightning shots are all about long exposures and patience!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Now this was a most interesting and enjoyable read sweetie!!

Shall we toast??? Heeehehehe!!!

God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

Suzy said...

A very interesting take on the theme and a great story. Thanks for sharing.

lina @happy family said...

Very interesting story and experience, Ann :)

Gattina said...

Is it his job ? lol

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Gattina asked if it was his job, in Chinese custom, bestman are not paid. (Groom's best friend???) but the groom's family usually gives him a HONGBAO, a red packet which has a cash gift.

I guess in his casem since he became so famous, the HONGBAO will be very big. I only guess. I will ask friends from Sibu.

EG CameraGirl said...

Mr. Ting must be an amazing speaker,

FYI: The southernmost place in Canada is Point Pelee, which is a peninsula that just into Lake Erie. :)

The Poet said...

lol...this sounds like something I would do...approach someone famous for their autograph/photo while my wife is dying of shame in the corner!
Nice photos & post.

Thanks for sharing & visiting. Your comment had me laughing too...you said the flowers looked like an Indian woman doing pooja!

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