13 years of mar­riage

Blissful Brides - - LOVE MATTERS -

Jeremy was voted Cleo’s Most El­i­gi­ble Bach­e­lor. How did you meet and what at­tracted you to each other when you were both sin­gle?

Jeremy: We first met each other when I had to swing by Jamie’s house to de­liver a prize that she had won on-air. It was a ra­dio con­test called, On-air, On-line and On-site, where the win­ner of the night show had to be pre­sented with the prize by the DJ.

I reached Jamie’s house and she was very hos­pitable and of­fered me a can of soda and some tis­sues as I was per­spir­ing.

From there, we spoke the week­end af­ter. I called her again and we met for the first time of­fi­cially, for our first date in Or­chard.

Ev­ery re­la­tion­ship has its ups and downs – tell us about one of the most chal­leng­ing mo­ments of your re­la­tion­ship and how you man­aged to over­come it.

JR: Just months be­fore the birth, we discovered that our first-born had de­vel­oped a cyst in her brain. This broke our hearts, be­cause if the cyst is tested to be per­ma­nent, it would be fa­tal to our child.

It was a very trying time for the both of us. We went for a sec­ond opin­ion and to our sur­prise, the gy­nae­col­o­gist then was very en­cour­ag­ing and said, that this oc­curs all the time dur­ing preg­nancy and al­most al­ways noth­ing hap­pens to the child. How­ever, there was a slight chance that the cyst would re­sult in Edwards Syn­drome.

True enough, we re­ceived a let­ter two weeks later and af­ter an am­nio­cen­te­sis test, the hospi­tal con­firmed that cyst test re­sults were nega­tive. It felt like our prayers have been answered.

How does hav­ing four chil­dren change the na­ture of your re­la­tion­ship?

JR: Hav­ing four beau­ti­ful chil­dren has in­creased our love for each other and even more im­por­tantly, the abil­ity to im­part knowl­edge to each of them.

Iron­i­cally, it was a lit­tle more hec­tic with one child, be­cause with four chil­dren, each child can help the other out. This leaves us enough time for other tasks such as pre­par­ing them for school, plan out­ings and even em­bark on stay­ca­tions.

How do you keep the ro­mance alive, with your busy jobs and chil­dren to take care of?

JR: We are very for­tu­nate as al­most ev­ery month, my wife and I would at­tend events such as gala pre­mieres and com­pli­men­tary din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. It is a great rea­son to leave the kids with their grand­par­ents (who love them just the same) be­fore we “es­cape” for a cou­ple of hours.

Jeremy, you’re a DJ so tell us a lit­tle about your wed­ding song, and what you love about love songs!

JR: Our wed­ding song was Michael Bu­ble’s The Way You Look Tonight. For the march in, it was one of my songs from my de­but al­bum, I Love You. One other song that we con­sider our song is Daniel Bed­ing­field’s If You’re Not The One. Love songs are time­less, and to a cer­tain ex­tent, you could lis­ten to a love song over and over again and not feel tired.

From Kool and The Gang’s Cher­ish to Per­fect by Ed Shereen – these are the songs that will with­stand the test of time and you can­not re­ally go wrong with them – es­pe­cially in our re­gion where the ten­dency to swing to­wards bal­lads is high.

How has mar­riage changed the both of you in­di­vid­u­ally as well as a cou­ple?

JR: Mar­riage has not changed us at all! Right from the be­gin­ning of the re­la­tion­ship, we knew ex­actly what we wanted. Hav­ing four kids is a bless­ing and shar­ing our love with them is al­ways spe­cial.

If you could dish out a piece of ad­vice to new­ly­weds-to-be, what would it be?

JR: En­joy the bond you share and build on it – this is so you can better face po­ten­tial chal­lenges as a cou­ple.

And yes, al­ways re­mem­ber to say “thank you”, and re­spect each other.

But I guess the ul­ti­mate ad­vice is to al­ways re­mem­ber how the both of you met for the very first time, and to think about re­liv­ing that moment.

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