Honeymoon on the house
Nine lucky couples enjoy a memorable start to their married lives with sponsored honeymoon to Singapore
Issue: Feb 2010
The 9 pairs of newly-weds who won a honeymoon to Singapore
It was a trip that was gastronomically satisfying for newly-weds, Hong Jungwu, a 30 year-old newspaper reporter, and his 29-year-old wife, Wu Xiaomin.
“We both love to eat! We had the famous chilli crab, bak kut teh, and really nice Indian curry rice in Singapore. It was simply delicious!” exclaimed 30-year-old Hong.
And what made it more special was their entire honeymoon trip to Singapore was sponsored. Nine couples, including Hong and his wife, were given a treat to start off their married lives by CapitaLand, who sponsored their air tickets and accommodation at the Ascott Raffles Place Singapore.
Most votes win
Hong Jungwu and his wife, Wu Xiaomin, capturing a moment of their honeymoon against the backdrop of Singapore’s merlion icon on DUCKTours
The entire campaign started in Foshan, Guangdong. Organised by CapitaLand China in conjunction with its 15 years in China anniversary event, couples who were married before September 1, 2009, were eligible to send in their photos online for a chance to enjoy a 4D3N honeymoon in Singapore. And the top 9 couples with the most public votes as the most loving and romantic were sent on the plane to the sunny island.
“It was a very big campaign. We basically mobilised all our families, friends, relatives and everybody we could think of to vote for us!” recalled Hong.
Hong and Xiaomin garnered more than 9,000 votes. Another couple, who also made it to this trip, was 26-year-old Lu Shan and her husband, 30-year-old Chen Hong Guan. They had more than 10,000 votes.
“I thought it was rather well-run event and I had a lot of fun. We had our pictures taken in some of CapitaLand’s beautiful showrooms. Besides knowing CapitaLand better, it was an event that bonded the community together,” said Hong.
Treats from Singapore
The couples arrived on the eve of Christmas and for the next 3 days, they were treated to what most Singaporeans love: food, entertainment and shopping!
“We shopped at the famous Orchard Road and Little India. Little India is unique and I liked it there. It’s different from the rest of Singapore – the people, the shops. I bought a few pieces of jewellery from there,” said Lu.
Apart from getting their dose of retail therapy, the couples also managed to soak in the sights and sounds of Singapore, not only from the ground but from a nice vantage point as well.
Newly-weds Lu Shan and Chen Hung Juan on a “high” on their recent honeymoon in Singapore.
“The view from the Singapore Flyer was fantastic. The weather was bright and sunny that day and we could see almost all of Singapore from up there,” said Lu.
The couples rode on the amphibious Vietnam warcraft known as the DUCK for a Singapore city and harbour tour
The couples were also thrilled that they experienced an amphibious touring adventure, famously known as the DUCKtours.
“It’s quite unique because it’s a bus and a boat all in one. We rode on land and then the whole vehicle went into the water. We really enjoyed it!” said Hong.
The tour round the city was also a special time for the couples to truly feel the romance that was in the air during Christmas. To add to their magical experience in Singapore, they were treated to an award-winning musical extravaganza with dramatic effects, pyrotechnics, water jets, brilliant lasers, special computer imaging, captivating music and stunning flame bursts at Sentosa.
“We were really amazed by Songs of the Sea. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything so spectacular,” said Hong.
And to top it off, Singapore Tourism Board sponsored all the couples’ tickets to the show, the Singapore Flyer as well as the DUCKtours.
It felt like Home
Couples stayed at the heritage serviced residence, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
What made their trip memorable, too, was the stay at Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. Set in the heart of Singapore’s financial cityscape, this heritage building was restored from its 1950 splendour.
“I really like the décor of this serviced apartment. It gave my wife and I a homely feel,” remarked Hong.
Besides the décor and architecture, Hong and his wife also felt comfortable at the Ascott Raffles Place Singapore because its service staff was always approachable and ready with friendly tips, chats and a helping hand.
“There was a mainland Chinese housekeeping staff. We chatted with her and she was ready with advice on where we should go to eat or shop. It made us really feel like we’re home and not in a hotel,” said Hong.
Lu and her husband shared the same sentiments. She, too, found the environment of a serviced apartment ideal and homey.
There is a kitchen and a place you can do your laundry within the apartment. So it made me feel like I was home. I really enjoyed the experience at the Ascott Raffles Place Singapore.”
For Hong and his wife, cooking may not be on their mind even though they loved to eat. They were just thrilled to find the eatery haven, Lau Pa Sat, a stone’s throw away from the serviced apartment.
“It’s so convenient. The Singapore Flyer’s nearby and so is Lau Pa Sat. The Indian food there is great!” said the foodie.
Back for more
Be it food, shopping or the entertainment, both couples said they would like to return to Singapore someday.
For Lu, who did not quite get her full dose of retail therapy, said that she would like to come back for more of Orchard Road and Sentosa. As for food lovers Hong and Wu, they will be back when the durians are in season!