Adventurous spirit brought couple together
SHE was a teacher who quit her job in December 2011 to explore South America on her own.
He used to be a firefighter attempting to set a Guinness World Record for cycling around the world.
Their paths crossed in March 2012, but it was not love at first sight, Jennel Ng admitted.
She first met him when she was passing through Cancun, Mexico, on her travels and while he was doing his cycling, said Madam Ng. Then they went their separate ways.
Despite that, Madam Ng, 39, and Francisco Villa Honotaro, 48, kept in touch with each other via e-mail.
"From our e-mail, he showed that he was a very nice and sincere man," she said.
"I didn't fall in love with him just yet, but I did have some feelings for him."
Then Mr Honotaro asked her to join him on his quest to set a world record by travelling the world on two wheels in August 2012.
"At that point, I was bored of travelling alone," she said.
"I gave him a chance, because I wanted to see where this budding romance would lead us," she added.
As things turned out, their journey took them around the world.
They reunited in Mexico in August 2012 and flew to Zurich in September of that year to cycle around Europe.
It was there that their romance blossomed.
In November 2013, Madam Ng gave birth to their son, Lukas.
The couple got married in April last year.
Five months later, they flew from Chile to Guangzhou to restart their quest to cycle the world, this time with their baby in tow.
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