School sweethearts marry in Cebu after decade of dating

Christopher Ng wooed Elizabeth Chan by skipping out of school to buy her doughnuts. A decade later, his gallant efforts paid off

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 2:25am

She was the new girl on campus and he was one of the cool kids. But when Elizabeth Chan met Christopher Ng in the college cafeteria, the seeds of love were immediately sown.

Christopher, an aeronautical engineer, and Elizabeth, a speech and language therapist, tied the knot on October 20 at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, the Philippines, where Christopher had proposed in 2011.

A week after celebrating there, the couple held a banquet for 500 friends and relatives at the InterContinental hotel in Hong Kong.

The pair met at Epsom College in southern England. Christopher had already been studying there for a year when Elizabeth arrived.

"It was my first week when I met Chris in the cafeteria," she recalled. "Chris and his friends came over and introduced themselves. We girls used to call them 'the gang' because they acted like the kids from Slytherin in Harry Potter."

Unlike his outgoing friends, Christopher was quiet and revealed a sweet side of himself to Elizabeth.

"As overseas students, we often got homesick and what I missed most was the food. So Christopher offered to make me Japanese-style grilled eel with fried rice," Elizabeth said.

Christopher was so busy chatting to Elizabeth that he burned the eels, but the effort paid off. Before the school year ended, they had become girlfriend and boyfriend.

Elizabeth said she was won over by Christopher when he broke the college rules to sneak off campus to get her some jam doughnuts.

"The funniest part was I dropped half the doughnuts in front of him as the box they were in was too flimsy and it slipped out of my hand," she said.

Although they had been dating for almost a decade before tying the knot, their love was still as fresh as on day one.

"I love her kindness and family values. I also love seeing her with kids," Christopher said. "I can't pinpoint a date, but I knew she was the one I wanted to marry a long time ago."

During Lunar New Year in 2011, the couple spent their break lounging in the sun in Cebu. Christopher organised a candlelit dinner for them on the beach. During dinner, he got down on one knee and asked Elizabeth to marry him. "It was very romantic and exactly how I would have imagined a perfect proposal," she said. "I was laughing so hard and crying at the same time. Chris had to shush me so he could finish his proposal. It was beautiful.

"I love his kindhearted personality, and most importantly, he loves me just the way I am."