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When cupid strikes: Jessica Tan, 43, and Alphonsus Pang, 47
by Laura Tan

Jessica Tan, 43, and Alphonsus Pang, 47

Tan, the managing director of Microsoft Singapore, is also an MP for East Coast GRC. She has been married to Pang, a public servant, for almost 20 years. They have three children aged 18, 16 and 14.

How did you meet?

Tan: We met in 1985 while studying at NUS. I was introduced to Alphonsus by a mutual friend in the canteen. I don't quite remember what I said but I do remember he was in the middle of eating yong tau foo.
Pang: I remember saying "hi" and trying to be polite while swallowing a piece of chilli I had in my mouth.

Who made the first move?

Tan: He did, but he always claims that I did. I must confess that it wasn't love at first sight but he seemed like a really nice guy.
Pang: It wasn't love at first sight for me either but after getting to know her better, I found her to be a friendly and warm person. I made the first move. I sent her a card with a picture of a rose. It was just to say "hi".

What do you like most about your partner?

Tan: He allows me to be me and he pampers me from time to time. I guess it’s the little things that he does.
Pang: She has such a generous heart.

What is the best thing your partner has ever done for you?

Tan: He does too many things for me to name just one. I guess you could say he is my best friend.
Pang: She cooks amazing meals. We still go on dates once a week and have great conversations over coffee. She’s also given me three wonderful kids.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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