Love story between an Aussie woman & S’porean man married for 46 years will restore your faith in humanity
All hail monogamy.
Correction: Raelene Tan is an Australian who worked in London when she first met Singaporean Tan Soo Ren, according to ANZA magazine.
Here is a video about Singaporean man Tan Soo Ren and his wife Raelene Tan.
It was in a house off Orchard Road, 1970s: “Eating at the table was a bit of a drama for me… because everybody would ask everyone else to eat. Father, mother, grandfather, sister… have your meal. By the time I asked everyone to eat, they’d finished and left the table. I’m still sitting there.” These 30 or so family members who ate meals with Raelene, welcomed her and her Singaporean spouse Soo Ren when they arrived from London five years after Singapore become independent in 1965 – a time when interracial relationships were rare. Is there a pioneer you are most thankful to? Honour their contributions by sharing your fondest memories in the comment section or tag #GreatestGift #sgmemory
Posted by irememberSG on Sunday, April 12, 2015
The couple have been married for 46 years. They tied the knot at a time when inter-racial marriages were highly unusual.
They met in London in 1965 when Tan was studying architecture, and when Raelene was working at the High Commission.
On how he won her heart, in the video, Raelene says to her husband: “I was coming home from work one very rainy day and you turned up at Kilburn Station with a spare umbrella, and you simply said ‘I thought I’d come and meet you so you wouldn’t get wet’.”
“I knew then that this was a really special person.”
They later settled down in Singapore.
The couple have helped each other through their illnesses.
Raelene underwent radiotherapy for skin cancer which damaged her eyes. Tan suffered a stroke which left lasting cognitive impairment.
The 11-minute video has been watched more than 100,000 times on the day it was posted on the official Facebook page of the Singapore Memory Project, irememberSG.
The project aims to capture and document “precious moments and memories related to Singapore”.
Watch video. Try not to cry. Roll over to your side. Cry.