His proposal took place in Australia and was most unexpected. Shuo Xian designed a crossword puzzle and had arranged with the hotel staff to have me fill it up on the pretence that it would entitle guests to a discount. I didn’t think anything was amiss and was brought around to different stations in the hotel that led me to a pavilion on a small cliff overlooking the ocean. Shuo Xian then handed me a bouquet of white peonies and a video with messages from my family. As he popped the question, he presented me with this pathetic-looking green pendant to which I still said “yes”. To my relief, he burst out laughing and placed a stunning sapphire ring on my finger. I had been tricked!