She's the One
It was easy for Syarif Sleeq to see Malaque Mahdaly as The One.
"She's one of a kind. We really connect with each other and truly understand each other. She's the most patient girl I've ever known.
"And through all obstacles, we surpassed them, which proves that we can spend our lives together," Syarif told The New Paper in a phone interview the day before his wedding.
So how did he propose?
Not on bended knee, according to his new wife.
"We were at Gardens by The Bay and he had asked me when I wanted to marry him and if I was sure he was The One. Then suddenly, he took out this ring," she told TNP at her dinner reception.
Malaque, meanwhile, was won over by Syarif's love for his mother.
"He knows how to treat his mother right and it became clear to me that this man knows how to appreciate a woman," she said.
She also revealed that Syarif is quite the romantic, to a point - she joked - that it can become quite "puke-worthy".
"One of the most romantic things he has ever done for me was ganging up with his family on our third anniversary to serve me a meal. He cooked nasi goreng, which was actually quite good, and had his brothers act as waiters. That was really sweet," she said.
Sleeq has enjoyed growing popularity across the Causeway in recent years and the pair have been in a long-distance relationship. Syarif travels to Malaysia often for work and Malaque has a Singapore business.
Now that they are married, they will spend more time together in Singapore and Malaysia.
Said Syarif: "We're renting a house in Kuala Lumpur, but when we're back home, we'll stay with my family or with hers."
He also revealed plans to purchase their own BTO (Built-To-Order) flat here.
The busy singer and rising actor cannot catch a break - he jumps straight into work today, filming for local Malay mini-series Saga.
He stars as Rudy, the younger brother of ex-convict Andy (played by Aaron Aziz). The series airs on Suria on Jan 7 at 9.30pm.
In between, he will whisk his beloved wife to Greece and Dubai for their 12-day honeymoon next month.
To Syarif, Malaque is his "perfect match".
"She complements my flaws and I do the same. She accepts me for who I am, she's there for me when I am happy or sad. She's the same girl I knew from the beginning - hard-working, passionate and not materialistic," he gushed.
When asked about baby plans, Syarif said: "We don't want to plan because to plan is to hope and we might end up disappointed. It's a gift from Him and we will take it as it comes."
But he said that three children - two boys and a girl - would be ideal.
"It's easy to fit them all in the car," he joked.