Dream proposal comes true at Merlion Park

Mr Michael Rush, surprised Ms Andrea Singco at the Merlion Park last night by going down on one knee and proposing to her as bursts of colourful lights brightened the night sky and facades of the Merlion and ArtScience Museum. Light projections on th
Mr Michael Rush, surprised Ms Andrea Singco at the Merlion Park last night by going down on one knee and proposing to her as bursts of colourful lights brightened the night sky and facades of the Merlion and ArtScience Museum. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Mr Michael Rush, surprised Ms Andrea Singco at the Merlion Park last night by going down on one knee and proposing to her as bursts of colourful lights brightened the night sky and facades of the Merlion and ArtScience Museum. Light projections on th
Light projections on the facade of the ArtScience Museum last night during a preview test for the light projection show that begins today for the New Year countdown.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

The Singapore skyline at dusk is among Filipina Andrea Singco's favourite scenes in the country.

And in the two years Mr Michael Rush was courting her, she revealed to him that one of her dream places to receive a proposal was with the skyline as a backdrop amid a pretty view of the Singapore River.

Last night, her beau made her dream came true.

At the preview of the New Year countdown, Mr Rush stunned his sweetheart by going down on one knee and, as bursts of colourful lights brightened the night sky and facades of the Merlion and ArtScience Museum, he proposed.

Said Ms Singco, 24: "My mind just went blank. All I saw was Michael kneeling on one knee and holding up this box with a sapphire ring."

Added Mr Rush, 27, with a laugh: "I am relieved my plans worked out and she said yes."

The couple, who work as performers at Universal Studios Singapore, had met at work over two years ago and began dating soon after.

Beside the brightly lit-up Merlion last night, Mr Michael Florian Rush, 27, surprised Ms Andrea Carmela Tulod Singco, 24, with a marriage proposal. The two performers at Universal Studios Singapore, who have been dating for more than two years, first
Merlion lights up romantic proposal: Beside the brightly lit-up Merlion last night, Mr Michael Florian Rush, 27, surprised Ms Andrea Carmela Tulod Singco, 24, with a marriage proposal. The two performers at Universal Studios Singapore, who have been dating for more than two years, first met as colleagues. "I chose this spot because it was very central, and when Andrea was talking about places where she would like to be proposed to, she mentioned that she wanted the skyline and a pretty view of the Singapore River," said Mr Rush. When asked if he knew beforehand about the light projection on the Merlion, which was in preparation for the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018, he said: "No, but I figured that as it was the end of the year, something would be happening." He added: "I got very, very lucky." ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Mr Rush said he picked the Merlion Park also because it was easily accessible to his friends.

He told a few of them of his planned proposal while Ms Singco thought the gathering was for a belated exchange of Christmas gifts.

As she turned to watch the lights after greeting a friend, Mr Rush did the unexpected.

And friends filmed the magic moment. Said Mr Rush, who is a Singaporean: "Our friends showed us the pictures and the lights made everything so much nicer."

Did he know about the light show? "No, but I figured that as it was the end of the year, something would be happening."

Mr Rush quipped: "I got very, very lucky."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2017, with the headline 'Dream proposal comes true at Merlion Park'. Print Edition | Subscribe