THE Love Boat has docked, with Singapore’s own self-proclaimed “sex guru” at the helm.
But Dr Wei Siang Yu’s version will, hopefully, be less of a comedy and more a romance than its 1970s television namesake.
The motor cruiser is part of his plan to steer couples’ love lives to new levels, while helping Singapore fight its falling fertility rates.
The highlight is a one-night stay at a “fertility resort” where the couples get into the mood for making babies.
However, gynaecologist T.C. Chang says of the love cruise: “The couple escapes home and work stress and can bond as a couple. It’s a fun option. But not if you have real infertility problems.”
Dr Wei, 33, is a doctor but not a gynaecologist. He is the president of US-based company Meggpower, a wireless health application provider, which combines health services with technology, like answering sex queries via short message service (SMS).
On the Love Boat programme, before setting sail, couples get lessons in love - seminars on pre-pregnancy planning, hormonal wellness and sexual health, which are supported by the Singapore Planned Parenthood Association.
The seminars start on Feb 8, and the Love Boat is expected to make its maiden voyage later next month. The cruiser can take up to 14 couples.
Timed to coincide with a woman’s ovulation, the cruise climaxes in a chance to put the couple’s new, intimate knowledge to the test, when the cruiser docks at a “fertility resort” for a night.
A couple chooses the night based on the woman’s ovulation cycle.
The resort may be on Batam or Bintan. There, the couple will experience a night designed for passion, with everything from massages and mood-setting music to aromatherapy and aphrodisiac meals.
They will even have a sex counsellor on tap, whom they can approach or send questions to via SMS, on their mobile phones.
The package, including the three seminars, a slow cruise and a night’s stay at the “fertility resort”, costs about S$1,000 (RM2,020) a couple.
A National University of Singapore department of obstetrics and gynaecology study last year found that men and women below 40 have sex only six times a month here. Stress was the culprit most often blamed.
Another survey last year, conducted by condom manufacturer Durex, also rated Singaporeans the least active lovers on this planet. –The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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