From a schoolyard in Tai O, love tale wends its way up to The Peak
The story of Rita Fan, an office worker, and Lo Ka-man, a technician, goes back to when they were small children. Growing up in Tai O, they went to neighbouring primary schools and met when their schools organised a joint trip to The Peak.
'There was a bunch of boys from the other school cheering at me, and I found out later that it was because Ka-man told them that he wanted to get to know me,' Rita recalled.
More embarrassed than impressed, Rita, now 30, had no interest in Ka-man, who is 31. Although they ended up at the same middle school, they barely talked to each other.
Three years ago, by coincidence, the couple bumped into each other, on The Peak again. 'It was totally random,' Rita said. 'I thought he looked familiar but I couldn't remember his name.'
That day, they exchanged MSN and Facebook details. A few weeks later, they began chatting online and had their first dinner date.
'At first I thought I was just thinking too much that he didn't actually have feelings for me,' Rita said. 'But then it was a different story when he visited me in Guangzhou after I got posted there for work.'
It wasn't long before the conversation moved on to marriage.
'He gives me such a great sense of security and I also appreciate that he always keeps his promises,' Rita said.
Ka-man proposed last year on Christmas Eve. He had planned a barbecue dinner with friends so that they could all celebrate after they had become engaged. But as they were driving to the venue the couple got into a big fight.
'I almost cried because I thought he hadn't prepared a gift for me. I didn't know he had got me a diamond ring,' Rita said.
Later that evening, Ka-man gave Rita the best Christmas gift she had ever received.
The couple wed on the auspicious 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 on The Peak Galleria's Green Terrace with another 10 happy couples, as part of The Peak of Love wedding ceremony organised by Hang Lung Properties.
'The Peak is really a magical place for us,' Rita said.
They celebrated again last Monday with about 500 friends and relatives at a seafood restaurant in Tsuen Wan.