MELAKA: Every day is Valentine’s Day for this couple in their 80s but it is also nice to be treated specially on the day associated with romantic love.
Tan Chai Hock, 83, and Lim Ah Ler, 80, who tied the knot 58 years ago, have been together since they met in the late 1950s.
Tan and Lim now spend time watching movies together, visiting their children and occasionally going on overseas holidays.
“I love my wife dearly and we have ample time now as all our five children have grown up and are successful,” said Tan.
Lim said she is lucky to have a husband like Tan who has been supportive of her since they met.
“We’ve been together through thick and thin, our love is getting stronger each minute.
“We are inseparable and every day is Valentine’s Day for us but this arrangement by the Settlement Hotel is something we will cherish,” she said.
“It’s really a wonderful Valentine’s Day outing with my wife at a boutique hotel and we really appreciate it,” added Tan.
Hotel owner Billy Leong, a bachelor, organised a lunch yesterday to show his love for the elderly.
“Valentine’s is when we share our love and I decided to do this for Melaka people and my staff.
“Furthermore, Feb 14 is also Ash Wednesday and I want to make people smile on that day,” he said.
Leong offered the couple free accommodation and also gave Chinese New Year gifts and red packets to them and his staff.
Fellow bachelor, Tanjung Bidara Lion’s Club secretary Willis Tang Li Chinn, decided to share his love with the city’s vagrants and foreign workers along Jalan Hang Tuah.
Tang, 36, said Valentine’s Day was not about candlelight dinners but showering love on family members and those who have been abandoned or are away from their families.
“Many ask me why I am still single and my reply is that I have not achieved my desired barometer in doing charitable work.
“I know my fate would bring me to my future wife then,” he said.
Tang, who was accompanied by his club members, also handed out roses.