At the age of 75, Mr Yip Khai Meng is finally getting to see one of his favourite musicians, Sir Elton John, perform live in concert.
He is one of three Straits Times readers who won a pair of tickets each to watch the legendary singer- songwriter perform at Star Theatre tomorrow night as part of his All The Hits world tour.
The ticket giveaway is part of ST170 Treats - an initiative that The Straits Times has been holding since February to give treats to readers in celebration of its 170th birthday year. There were 1,629 entries for this contest.
Mr Yip, who declined to reveal his occupation, says: "I've been looking forward to watching Elton John live since young and hear him perform some of my favourites such as Candle In The Wind and Your Song."
He will be watching the concert with his daughter, Stella Yip, 45. The director of a handicraft company says: "We are very excited to go see Sir Elton John live."
While Mr Yip is taking part in ST170 Treats for the first time, it is second-time lucky for engineer Cindy Leow, 31. She won a pair of Golden Village Gold Class movie tickets in the March round of the contest. Her father also won a three-day, two-night stay on Star Cruises' Super-Star Gemini to Penang as part of ST170 Treats in July.
Ms Leow, who will watch the concert with her husband, commodity manager Mr Andy Ng, 33, says: "This is going to be our first time watching him live and we're very much looking forward to the performance."
After taking part in the ST170 Treats campaign for the last seven months, systems support executive Clive Lee, 36, finally got lucky.
Mr Lee, who will be going to the Elton John concert with his girlfriend, says: "I'm very excited and happy to win. Hopefully, we can see another one of these initiatives with more treats for readers in 50 years."
The final round of ST170 Treats started today and runs till Dec 8. Prizes include a holiday for two to Zanzibar, Tanzania, and also a Christmas dinner for four at Triple Three buffet restaurant at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.
To sign up for the contest, go to 1845.straitstimes.com.