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Tug-of-war over bill

He is a club promoter on a mission - to find pretty girls to invite to the dance club he promotes.

That is how Mr Zach Wen, 29, met and married dance teacher Tracy Zhang, 26. He sent her a Facebook message and they met at the club he was promoting.

But it was not love at first sight. In fact, Ms Zhang says she turned down his dinner invitations because "he was not cute enough".

Mr Wen, who has had one previous girlfriend, was about to give up on asking Ms Zhang out when she invited him to dinner instead.

But it was not a romantic dinner for two.

She and her friends had asked him out to thank him for reserving a table, at the now defunct Supper Club at Odeon Towers, whenever they wanted to party there.

The dinner, however, was the turning point in their relationship.

The group met at a Japanese restaurant and when the bill came, there was a tug-of-war over it.

Mr Wen says his hand brushed hers and at that instant, he thought: "Oh s***, I'm going to get married to her."

Ms Zhang, who has had four boyfriends before, was struck by his gentlemanly gesture in paying the bill, even though she was the one who had invited him to dinner.

Mr Wen says he had always thought church testimonials of true love and "knowing she was The One" were made up.

And he never thought he would get married in his 20s.

But he now thinks differently, saying: "We should never judge. Who are we to judge? We should just be open."

The couple got married in 2011, two years after they met, and are expecting their first child.

Melissa Sim

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