When local actor Pierre Png first met fellow actress-host Andrea De Cruz, he couldn't keep his eyes off her.
The actor first saw her come out of a salon with a new hairdo. But at that time, he was still attached to someone else. Years later, he bumped into De Cruz again at a play and summoned up the courage to ask her out to supper. "Everything...took off from there," the 40-year-old actor said at an event organised by Lux last Thursday.
The celebrity couple were present at the launch of Lux's new collection of body washes and bar soaps. It comprises the Lux Soft Touch, Lux Velvet Touch, Lux White Impress, Lux Magical Spell and Lux Aqua Sparkle.
They shared with the audience secrets to keeping their sparks alive after being together for 15 years in total. While not going into details, the 39-year-old actress revealed how she would take the initiative to spark a romantic physical moment with her husband.
Now in their 11th year of marriage, the couple admit that not everything is always smooth-sailing. In 2002, De Cruz suffered from liver failure after consuming Slim 10 diet pills. Png, then her fiance, saved her life by donating part of his liver to her. Despite the health scare, Png said that it was difficulties like this that united them and "set the pace" for a strong relationship.
Since the transplant, the pair have learned to take things one day at a time, handle disappointments and to be prepared when stuff doesn't go according to plan. De Cruz said: "I planned that by 28, I would be married and have so many kids. But that didn't happen. You can't plan for tomorrow. Disease and illnesses are something that plagues all of us, you plan for that sort of rainy day. It's good to have goals, but you also have to be able to bend with the wind."
For Png, knowing that his wife is happy and healthy is enough to make him happy and satisfied. He said: "Just seeing a smile on Andrea's face, just knowing that she's alright and safe makes me very happy."