By Roger Valberg
It’s hard to deny that love makes us loopier than usual. But the key to love knowing when and how to seize the moment.
When Taiwan TV host Liv Lo first set eyes on actor Henry Golding at a party, she wanted to talk to him. But try as she did, including a podium dance, the former model-turned yoga instructor couldn’t catch his attention.
As the party wound down, guests started leaving and Golding was right behind her when she turned and said, “Hi, I’m leaving now and you’re never going to see me again.”
That certainly made an impression and one date later, while Lo was modelling in Tokyo, the wave hit. In a scene out of The Last Of The Mohicans, Golding made it to Japan and brought his lady love back to Malaysia.
“At first I thought he was too young for me, but he really stepped up. The demonstration of character proved that he’s a man of his word, that he is serious about our relationship and cares about me,” Lo said.
As for Golding, who played the romantic lead in two movies, Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favour, the rigours of keeping the romance of the relationship going was a bit unorthodox.
“The biggest challenge for me wasn’t the filming. It was knowing that my wife had to see me with someone else onscreen. But she came to grips with it and it was a learning process for both of us.”
Meanwhile, for Miss Malaysia Universe 2017 winner and single lady Samantha Katie James, it can get a bit weird when the question of “When are you going to get married?” pops up. “I’m 25, so it doesn’t come up as much as with some of my friends, but you get the odd ‘Are you seeing anyone?’ every so often,” she says.
“I believe in love, so yes, I’m kind of a romantic,” she says. “I try to keep everything in my life positive. What I really hope for is that people love each other all the time and not just when a birthday or anniversary comes around. We should love all the time and the world will be a better place.”
As for celebrity sports couple Zandra Aziela and Safiq Rahim, their pet peeve is romance is subject to exorbitant prices. “What does it say? That my husband loves me more if he pays excessively for dinner?” Zandra asks. “Or that he loves me less if he refuses to pay preposterous price for flowers?”
For non-sports fans, Safiq is a former Johor Darul Ta’zim (JTD) footballer who now plays for Melaka United. “At least he’s closer to home,” says Zandra, a national bowling champ.
Zandra has nothing against a nice dinner together, just that it shouldn’t cost an outrageous price. It should be about spending time together and having fun. “We’re married but it’s important to keep the romance… and he’d better do that or else!”
For Zandra, their love is a daily motivating force. “City life is hectic, but if you have someone to share it with, it’s much nicer.”