We met... On a plane to Bangkok.
Angela Tang, 42, general manager, and Ari Sengupta, 39, head of global supply chain
By a stroke of luck, I got upgraded to business class and ended up seated next to a cute guy with a kind smile and warm eyes. Like me, he was heading to Bangkok for work, but I found out later that he had also been planning to meet up with a Thai acquaintance he'd been interested in - the trip was to figure out if a relationship would develop with her. Luckily (for me at least!), she wasn't free to meet up with him.
Ari chatted me up over the in-flight meal.
He commented that the chicken rice served wasn't done Hainanese-style, like those in Singapore. I rolled my eyes - why would anyone expect to be served authentic Hainanese chicken rice on board a Thai airline? He later admitted he'd just wanted to strike up a conversation with me. Well, it worked and we ended up talking throughout the flight - we clicked instantly, like two friends catching up.
When he asked me out for dinner that evening, I felt comfortable enough to say yes - and it went well.
But it took a while before I warmed up to him.
Despite our connection, my feelings for him were platonic. We continued seeing each other in Singapore, but I never gave much thought to dating him until three months later, when he left for a work trip. I missed him terribly and we called each other every day, racking up a few hundred dollars in phone bills.
When he came back, our relationship naturally developed.
It just felt so right. Two years later, we tied the knot and now, we have two daughters. I never found out which airline staff member had upgraded me that day, but I would love to show her a photo of our girls and tell her that she did a wonderful thing for me.
"I'm still not sure how I came up with the chicken rice line. But I remember thinking that a cheesy pick-up line probably wouldn't work, so I should try something completely insane. I'm glad it worked!" - Ari