@ivanagreslikova – WEI, Singapore “Once I saw an older lady in her 80’s praying here. This is a goddess of mercy and love, so I got curious if she was praying for her own relation. I didn’t want to be impolite though, you know what I mean…,” explains Wei while pointing at the statue of goddess. “She giggled, and replied she was praying for her children and grandchildren, wishing them to marry. Her family didn’t grow, so she started to be worry. Nowadays not so many young Singaporeans get married. The government got alarmed too.
When I was 23, I got an email from the authorities inviting me to attend an event for single young Singaporeans. Basically it was a match-date that the government organise for young people so they can socialise and find a partner. We’re the only country in the world where the government organises such an event.
I already had a girlfriend at that time, so I politely replied I was not interested. But they kept sending me the emails with the invitations every month. I wrote a few follow-ups, I tried to unsubscribe, I called them to remove me from the list. Nothing. They stopped sending me the emails only after I got married and our marriage got in the system.”