SINGAPORE - After almost two decades of marriage, Mr Terence Ng, 50, and his wife June, 47, will finally be going for their long-awaited honeymoon.
The couple, who will be celebrating their 18th anniversary on May 2, are the lucky winners of a Valentine's Day giveaway for subscribers of The Straits Times. They will be treated to a six-day romantic getaway to the United Kingdom worth about $10,000.
When they were wed in 2000, both were busy with work and had no time for a honeymoon, said Mr Ng, a civil engineer. Then came the children and family trips. But they never travelled alone as a couple as they did not know who could babysit the children. Ryan is now 13 years old and Desiree, 10.
But now, they will finally get to enjoy exclusive time on the trip, which begins in London and will take them through the rolling hills and farmlands of England, and the city of Edinburgh in Scotland.
They will also enjoy round-trip premium class air tickets from Singapore to London, and a two-night stay at the luxury Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Dorset.
The contest is under the "ST+ news with benefits programme" to reward loyal subscribers. The Ngs' trip is sponsored by ST and its travel partners, tour operator Trafalgar, Red Carnation Hotels and Norwegian Air.
President of Trafalgar Asia, Mr Nicholas Lim, said: "Besides showcasing cultural highlights and iconic attractions, Trafalgar will take them deeper into Britain and they will have the opportunity to enjoy authentic experiences and hand-picked insider experiences like our Be My Guest meal where they will dine with a local family and enjoy British hospitality."
When Mr Ng received the good news over the phone on Tuesday (Feb 13), he was in disbelief. "I wanted to shout for joy but I had to keep my cool because I was in public," he said, adding that he immediately called his wife to tell her.
Mrs Ng, who quit her job as an IT specialist two years ago to take care of her children, said she did not believe her husband at first. She was unaware he had taken part in the contest.
She is looking forward to the trip, which is also the furthest the couple have travelled. Their family holidays have been within South-east Asia.
The couple hope to make the trip during the June holidays and leave their children in the care of Mr Ng's parents.
"My priority is to attend the West End musicals with my wife as she is a big fan," said Mr Ng.
He added that he is also hoping to visit Old Trafford, a football stadium in Greater Manchester and home ground of football club Manchester United, which he is an ardent fan of.
"It definitely pays to be a subscriber," said Mr Ng, who has been a subscriber for 18 years and follows the news both online and offline.
"I really want to thank ST and the other organisations for making this possible. It is a great Valentine's Day gift for me and my wife," he added.