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Woman knocks out husband's teeth in Chinatown brawl

Couple brawl at Chinatown food centre

HURT: The husband was taken to the Singapore General Hospital with injuries to his face and head.
AFTERMATH: Blood stains on the floor of the food centre after the fight.

In an argument over a radio, one man lost two of his teeth.

The 62-year-old cleaner, who works at Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, suffered injuries to his face and head when he got into a fight in front of a lunchtime crowd on Saturday.

His opponent? His 57-year-old wife, who witnesses say was twice his size and unhappy that he had been listening to the radio.

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Viet woman saves up for a year to fly to Singapore in hope of finding a husband

22-year-old Viet bride wants a fairy-tale ending to her search for S'pore husband

HOPEFUL: Mr Mark Lin, owner of Vietnam Brides International Matchmaker, with Vietnamese women hoping to find a husband here.
Seated on a worn sofa, Miss Tran Thi Kim Giau (second from right)

Seated on a worn sofa, Miss Tran Thi Kim Giau fiddles with her smartphone.

Her make-up is thickly piled on, perhaps a tad too much for the 22-year-old from a farming family in the Tay Ninh province in Vietnam.

But she wants to look her best for any prospective groom who calls at the fluorescent-lit office on the second storey of Orchard Plaza.

"I want to find a Singapore husband. They are dependable," the beauticiantells The New Paper on Sunday in Mandarin.

In the past, Miss Tran wouldn't have needed to travel all the way to Singapore to find a husband.

Ten years ago, Singaporean men looking for brides would flock to Vietnam on tours organised by dozens of Singapore-based matchmaking agencies. But business has dried up in recent years. (See report)

Prospective brides like Miss Tran now have to pay for their own passage to Singapore to meet their match.

They do it because they believe that Singaporean men can give them a much better life than those from their country.

Miss Tran was only 10 when her elder sister married a Singaporean man.

"They have been married for 12 years and are still very loving," she says, adding that she has visited them at least four times over the years.

"I want to have the same life."


Miss Tran says she has given up on Vietnamese men, claiming that men from her home country "tend to be lazy, do not have job security and tend to beat their wives".

Obviously, her views are coloured by her sister's "match made in heaven".

Her sister was 18 when she married her Singaporean husband, who was then in his late 20s.

And Miss Tran knows her time here is limited. She has been in Singapore for a month and has 60 days left to find a good man.

She paid about $160 for her airfare here - money she saved for about a year. But she feels luckier than the other hopeful girls because she has her sister's home to stay at. The three other girls at the agency are putting up at the spartan office.

When TNPS visited the office, there were toiletries on the table, and towels and clothes hanging by the side.

The girls also had their luggage with them.

They, too, are hoping to meet their Prince Charming in Singapore, but the odds may be stacked against them.

None of the other women speak English or Mandarin, making communication difficult with potential husbands here who are unlikely to speak Vietnamese.

Time is also not on their side - with a social visit pass, they can stay in Singapore for only 30 days.

Miss Tran is luckier. She has 60 days more than them because she has a relative here.

Last month, a 51-year-old man expressed interest in her and wanted to get to know her better but Miss Tran rejected his advances, citing that he is "too old".

She is holding out for someone younger.

But she is worried that it won't happen. And if it doesn't, she will return home only to come back again - once she has saved enough money.

For them, it was love at first flight

If it weren't for these agencies, he would not have met and married his Vietnamese wife, says engineer Wong Chun Long, 32.
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