Lasting love tips from Asian celebs

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we all need to love and feel loved every day of our lives!

Like it or hate it, love has always been in the air. So, only a Valentine’s Grinch would wait to express gratitude, love and affection on 14 February each year.

In the spirit of love and everything worth celebrating among couples, families and friends, we decided to focus on the positives and enjoy the occasion with reminders from Asian celebrities. These words of wisdom–apparently born of experience–touched and inspired us to prepare this article as part of our #relationshipgoals4life.

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee put all husbands to shame when he turned up unexpectedly – and looking rather macho – at a media conference in 2015 (yes, we still remember!) with a bouquet of flowers for Fann Wong. *cue awws* Yes, you may argue that some women don’t like flowers, but it is not the bouquet but the gesture that matters. Guys, are you taking notes?

Love lesson: Don’t stop at marrying someone who makes your heart flutter. Marry someone who will be your personal cheerleader, who will be happier than you at your happiest moments, and sadder than you at your saddest ones. And this sweet post on Chris’ Instagram to the missus on their anniversary pretty much sums it up: “My dearest wife, we’ve been married for six years. Let’s remain loving for 60 years or even, 600 years!”

Priscelia Chan and Alan Tern

Priscelia Chan went through a dark two years when a “massive traumatic health ordeal” made her give up acting in 2016. Due to a suspected imbalance in her immune system, she suffered major skin problems – it was so bad that she thought would be permanently disfigured. It was traumatic to say the least, but even at her worst, hubby, former actor Alan Tern, would still tell her that she’s beautiful and reassured her that she’d recover. She’s finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and has even returned to showbiz albeit behind the scenes, directing a short film as part of an incubator project.

Love lesson: Be your partner’s biggest pillar of support. Just being around, offering words of encouragement and loving them in sickness and in health can do wonders.

Alfred Sim and Tay Kewei

Alfred Sim spared no expense while proposing to his fellow singer and girlfriend of ten years, Tay Kewei. In May 2014, Kewei walked into a restaurant ready to perform for a client’s solemnisation ceremony, but it turns out that the gig was merely a facade for an elaborate proposal, as she was shocked to see about 40 members of her friends and family in the room. And in the middle of them stood Alfred, singing and strumming to her song, So in Love! A few rounds of confetti and poppers later, Kewei was led to a floating stage, where Alfred got down on one knee and popped the question.

But the proposal didn’t end there. Thinking it would be “anticlimactic” to go back to everyday life after getting engaged, Alfred whisked Kewei to Tokyo that very night, where she and Alfred were greeted by three friends who filmed and photographed their mini holiday. And as the final touch, Alfred surprised her with a pre-wedding photoshoot at the end of the trip. The trip cost upward of $50,000.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: how could their wedding possibly top that kind of gesture? It turns out that Alfred had more tricks up his sleeve, as the two enjoyed a gala-themed, star-studded wedding at the Shangri-La Hotel in January 2015.

Love lesson: Money can’t buy you love, but it can definitely buy you a “spoil market” engagement. Don’t ever hold back from your beloved!