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From flatmate to husband

She was looking for a flatmate but what she found was her future husband. Ms Vanessa Tan, 28, owner of Plain Vanilla Bakery in Holland Village, put up a post on accommodation site advertising a room in the private two-bedroom apartment she was renting off Holland Road.

When banking executive Philip Kenchington, 29, responded, she "Google stalked" him and saw a bunch of drunken photographs of him on Facebook. It was not a promising start but she "needed a roommate because of the money", so they arranged to meet at the apartment on New Year's Eve in 2009.

Mr Kenchington, now her husband, says: "When she opened the door, I was struck by how pretty she was."

The British citizen took the room but on the day he was supposed to move in, he did not turn up.

Says Ms Tan laughing: "I called him and he was hung over."

But after the initial hiccups, the two hit it off and became a couple after just six weeks. Within 1½ years, he proposed at the doorstep of their apartment, the place where they first met, and they got married in August last year.

When the two got married, they needed another flatmate and turned once again to the website that brought them together.

Three short-term flatmates were found through the site. Ms Tan says: "The site has been good to us. Maybe we should write them a testimonial."

Melissa Sim

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Vanessa Tan, 28, owner of Plain Vanilla Bakery in Holland Village, and her banking executive husband, Philip Kenchington, 29. (Photo: ST)
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readers' comments

Yes, agreed. Anything can happen.
Posted by bigstick on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 16:29 PM
don't be sooo gullible, don't be soooo optimistic, don't think the world is fairy land hor?

title could be changed to :



Posted by maxmaxmax on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 16:23 PM

It is not that they are smarter. It is because the world give them the advantage. And most stupid of all, Singapore treats them like kings.
Posted by Rraymond on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 16:20 PM
So U stop others from following to increase your chance of fishing one izzit ??? :D :D :D

Dont lah ... married to angmoh is not lucky .... U will regret later on .... :cool:

Posted by Small Fly on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 14:27 PM


Please collect your winning at counter 1.:D
Posted by goondoon on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 09:24 AM

Looking for husband?:eek:
Posted by goondoon on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 09:23 AM

All I can said is that ang mo is smarter than SIngaporeans.:(:mad::D
Posted by goondoon on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 09:22 AM

Why you said they luckly leh!!!! Not yet la. Your statement can only used when they die at old age together.:D
Posted by goondoon on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 09:20 AM

Good luck to her...she can have his cream pie. :eek:
Cheap drunk in a bun with vanilla icing :cool:
Posted by johnnykwek on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 08:33 AM

Don't know who is cheaper: the doggie or the drunk?
Posted by Twitters on Sun, 20 Jan 2013 at 16:56 PM


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