IT was the classic love story of boy meets girl, growing up together and then going their separate ways to pursue their careers.
As fate would have it, they meet again and fall in love, with a happy ending.
Such was the love story of businessman Cheng Soo Hun and his sweetheart Nancy Lim, both 31, who grew up as childhood friends in their neighbourhood in Padang Besar, Perlis.
“We first met each other when we were five, as our families knew each other,” said Lim.
“However, we never studied in the same school all through primary and secondary school. Cheng studied in Alor Setar and only came back to our hometown during the weekends, while I studied in Padang Besar.
“However, we kept in touch over the years and remained friends.”
Cheng and Lim were among 19 couples who tied the knot on Valentine’s Day yesterday at a mass wedding registration held at the Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society in Jalan Macalister, Penang.
Lim said she eventually moved to live in Johor Baru for seven years after getting a job in Singapore.
Cheng, she added, also moved to Johor Baru four years ago to pursue his career in the business line.
“We only got together two years ago while we were both in Johor Baru.
“I fell in love with him because he treats me well and is always tolerant even when I’m angry,” quipped Lim.
When asked why they decided to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day, Cheng quipped: “So that I can save on one present!”
“She is very sincere and honest and I naturally fell in love with her,” he added.
Another couple, hawkers Lee Chong Seng, 29, and Thniah Guat Im, 30, also decided to tie the knot after more than seven years of courtship.
“I still remember that day. It was Dec 15, 2009, when we started dating. I will never forget the special day, as we celebrate our anniversary every year.
“I love her as she is very caring and loves my family as though they are her own,” said Lee.
He added that he met Thniah at a restaurant, while working as a kitchen helper.
“She was working as a waitress at that same restaurant.
“I waited for so long before asking for her hand in marriage, as I wanted to strengthen my finances first,” said Lee, adding that he proposed to Thniah on Nov 10, last year.
Valentine’s Day is also an extra special day for entrepreneur Cheah Chun How, 33, and music teacher Jess Chan, 30.
“We decided to get married on Valentine’s Day because it was on this day last year that we started dating,” said Chan.
Cheah said he and Chan met at a gathering through mutual friends.
“When I saw her, sparks flew and it was love at first sight,” he recalled.
The 19 couples exchanged their marital vows before assistant registrars of marriage Yeoh Loy Cheow and Hor Yee Chee.
Present was Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society vice-president Datuk Lim Theng Hooi.