Love at first sight for S'porean and Vietnamese
It is a pity if marriage brokers here close down, said one happy groom.
If it were not for these agencies, he would not have met and married his Vietnamese wife, said engineer Wong Chun Long, 32.
Mr Wong wanted to start a family because "at 31, 32, I'm of age". He wanted someone who shared his dream of raising a family.
Mr Wong dated Singaporean women when he was younger but none of his "highly career-minded" girlfriends wanted children.
He then set his sights on women from China but having dated a couple, he felt they were not right for him.
"I wanted the simple life but they wanted more," he said.
Then last year, Mr Wong turned to Ideal Marriage Centre for help and was shown photos of women from Vietnam.
"It was from there that I picked my wife," he recalled.
Pan Thi Thanh Thuy is four years younger than Mr Wong and has a sister who is married to a Singaporean and living here.
"I paid for her to fly in and it was love at first sight. Within a month, we were married," he said.
Her ability to speak Mandarin was a bonus for Mr Wong.
The couple are expecting their first child next month.
THE NEW PAPER