Lost Suriname Wedding Footage 🤵👰

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I recently discovered an SD card that contained footage of @Sreypov and I's wedding here in Suriname, shot by none other than fellow Hiver @FaustoFraser.

😷 A COVID-19 PANDEMIC WEDDING 💒

     It's hard to believe it's already been around a half a year since we got married here in Suriname, and it's even harder to believe we are still trying to get the last of paperwork here that will help us with immigration in a new country.

     With some free time on my hands, I decided to sift through all the footage and make an edit to share with family and friends, and of course you Hivers. Unfortunately I suffer from limited computing power, and this leaves me with a lot of lag when using playback preview to check my edits.

     Ultimately I have to export a video file every time I want to check my edits, and this is very time-consuming. There are definitely some changes I would make if I had more time, especially using time-lapse when the camera wasn't mounted on a stationary tripod. Either way, I hope you enjoy the footage and get a glimpse of this experience through our eyes.

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Dad
@JustinParke
Mom
@SreyPov
Srey-Yuu
@KidSisters
Monkey B
@KidSisters

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Congratulations to you and your family @justinparke. Nuff respect

Give thanks @bearmol, bless up from Suriname. !ENGAGE 10


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That’s incredible! When a man and a woman love each other they can move worlds and pandemics to make it work! Congratulations on this momentous occasion and thank you for sharing it with us! 😄

Thank you for the kind words. It was a good opportunity to work on my video editing skills, which are more than non-existent at this point.

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I chose the #Seven77 Challenge as an opportunity to learn video editing a couple years ago... It was exhausting but very fun as well! Project by project my skills improved. Video editing is something worthwhile to learn. That's wonderful that you chose to edit your own wedding videos. That's a great way to preserve and treasure those memories while learning a new skill set!

Thanks, and yes, it was rewarding doing it myself. My video editing education journal will be a a long and slow one, at least until I get some more computing power to get rid of the playback lag. I'll have to learn more about this #Seven77 challenge.


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I was about to ask you what happened to this footage :) Feels like it was just yesterday :)

Well cameraman, time flies when you're bored and locked down with curfews. Thanks for the informal shooting, it has provided us with a memory to look back on, and a very good one indeed.

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It was an honor JP! and yeah...for almost a month I didnt even have time to get bored while sleeping. Even when I learned that the lockdown time has changed in my favor...lol
We should make more memories before you guys leave for sure!

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Haha, a beard-proof mouth mask... you guys look so cute. I am still so happy for the whole family that you finally were able to marry. Let's hope you can move out of surname soon too.... keeping my fingers crossed for all of you!

Hard to believe it only took three years of trying, I mean to get married of course, not to perfect the beard-proof mask. I never thought South American and the Caribbean would feel too European/western, but it does after living so long in Cambodia. Strangely, moving to Albania will give us a less European and more Cambodian-esque way of life that we miss and long for. We'd love to have 5-10 years of stability somewhere on Earth before we get too old to work, might give us a chance at opening a savings account for the first time in our lives.

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Wasn't Albania too European too? Thought that was the reason you left last time. At the moment we are thinking of Ecuador. I know you didn't like it but I think we might. I remember you posting picks of cheap berries there hehehe. Peru is off the list. They are taxing all worldwide income at 30% now..... tssss.

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Wow... has it been that long already? Feels just like yesterday when you've made the announcement 😊. Glad to get to see more footage of the wedding 😁

Yeah, something like a half a year or so. Time flies when you're bored to death. This footage will will be forever dated by the rona' masks. !ENGAGE 15


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Hahahaa how will you explain this to the grandkids? 😂

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It's a bit sad that your faces had to be covered and we don't get to see your expressions on such a special day.

Definitely not ideal circumstances, but we didn't want to jeopardize anything by de-masking indoors because it's technically against policy. As migrants, rules that locals often ignore are rules that we strictly follow because we live in such a precarious state.

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The main thing is that it finally, officially happened. Hopefully, as they say, this too shall pass.

In an ideal world, what would your plans be for the future, where are you wanting to go from here?

We'd love to return to Cambodia, but the COVID-19 bureaucracy and red tape I'd have to go through to get in, plus the plane tickets would set us back at least $10,000 if not $15,000, money we don't have and not sure we'd spend all that just to go back to be broke on arrival. We also would like US passports for the family, so getting to the USA before the girls turn 18 is a priority too, and living there at least three years so they can get their power passports.

Other than getting passports before they turn 18, we really wanted to buy land on the Thai border in Cambodia, maybe an acre, and build a small house, but that dream is dead thanks to this new strange world we live in.

We have to be realistic now and and go where the doors are open, and that seems to be Albania, a place I have lived and love only second to Cambodia. We could get there and pay our first month's rent with visas included for only $4,000, plus the US Embassy offers immigration from there, allowing us a chance to go the USA when the door opens.

Fingers crossed....


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Fingers crossed for Albania. I hope you can make that work and get the girls to the US.

Thanks, we'll take all the crossed fingers we can get.


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I really miss that day. We have a lot of fun.

I miss that day too, and speaking of past tense, what's the past tense of "have?" We've been working on the past simple for three years, and you shouldn't be making this mistake anymore. !ENGAGE 10


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Past tense of "have" is "had". I will try my best.

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love love love for you guys
💙💚💛🧡❤️

We feel it, giving thanks, and of course the family and I thank your for the continued support you give us.

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Looks like a heartwarming time. Seeing you guys at wedding in mask just really bring back the Covid scenario in my mind, like I was becoming numb to it!

So what kinda ital food they were serving?

And as evident of our migrant struggles, even though the government workers, translator, and locals took off their masks, we were hesitant to do so in case we might jeopardize anything. You never know when the big boss man might walk in the room an cancel the whole thing because we weren't following the "corona rules."

We've had nothing but bad experiences with Babylon, so we chose to do everything by the book and not give the system any reason to refuse us. Living in Cambodia for 10 years though makes this whole mask debacle no big deal to me. I voluntarily put a mask on every day in Cambodian when cycling to the market, mostly to avoid brake dust, diesel soot particles, and road dust.

On the menu was the blandest food I've even yet in Suriname. The broccoli was freezer burnt and flavorless, and the other dishes weren't memorable enough to mention. The bar for good food is very low here, and I've had better meals from shacks in an alley in JA than I have at very expensive restaurants here in Suriname. But we shall make manifest soon and we will be dishing Ital food for the public somewhere again in due time.

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Enjoyed day for us and great memories with good people in Suriname.

This is a video do you make two or three days? I think this video big money because you spend time so much to make it lol. I just joking with you B😁😂.

It was and will continue to be a good family memory. Yes, I know I took a long time to edit this video, but my computer is slow and I have no chair or desk to make my posts from. This causes my back to hurt after 15 minutes, so it takes a really long time to get things done on the computer. I do hope I have an office chair and a desk someday, that would make computer work much less painful.

And what do you know I did make big money with this post, it turns out it was worth the days of effort after all.

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Congrats to you both. 💗🎶

Give thanks, bless up!

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Thank you

Best wishes to you, the bride and of course those two adorable children of yours😎

Thank you, hard to believe it's already been several months and I still have yet to edit the video footage, even though I would still like to make some changes to this edit. Now our mission is to get criminal background checks and our marriage document translated. We had everything ready to translate, but then realized the government declared her nationality as "house" on one of our documents, setting us back many months.

We now have a door open to us in Albania, but the inefficiency of the government here is the only stopping us from leaving. We need to leave with all the documents to give us a proper chance at immigration somewhere on Earth, but I can say the end is in sight.

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but the inefficiency of the government here is the only stopping us from leaving.

Isn't that typical of governments and quasi-governmental orgs. in most countries..? It baffles the mind at times. Someone "In charge" may be targeting you for punishment of some 'perceived' wrong.

Things like this only reaffirm the reaons I gave up the addiction of voting so many years ago.


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I've been on the "inside" to an extent politically that I'll probably never write about on a Social Media platform. The suspicions raised by some individuals that may be a bit more intuitive and/or inquisitive, are for the most part... absolutely true. The deeper you dig and uncover such truths, the more disheartening it becomes. Therefore, I can understand ones decision to not willingly participate/support this mass, convoluted criminal enterprise.

Thanks for your thoughts @justinparke

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Congratulations to you both may you both have many many years of happiness ahead!!!

Give thanks, yes we can see happy days ahead of us, and definitely realize how integral owning a tuk-tuk is to our lifestyle. Change is on the horizon.....

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