Arranged marriages in modern Singapore: One couple finds bliss, another woman kicked out of home after wanting divorce

DESPERATE: Madam Vimala (not her real name) and her one-year-old baby daughter.

Arranged marriages still happen in Singapore.

One couple report a wonderful marriage, despite meeting each other just days before their wedding.

But one woman has been forced to leave her family home after trying to end her arranged marriage.

Today, she sleeps on a mattress on the floor of a rented flat.

"I married a monster," she says.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 1.

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MARRIED AT 17: After 14 years, Mr Sanjeev Tiwari and Mrs Rita Tiwari have three children.
MARRIED AT 17: After 14 years, Mr Sanjeev Tiwari and Mrs Rita Tiwari have three children (above).
Arranged marriages are still part and parcel of the milieu of modern Singapore. One couple share their rosy ever-after, while another woman finds herself down and out after trying to get out of hers
Arranged marriages are still part and parcel of the milieu of modern Singapore. One couple share their rosy ever-after, while another woman finds herself down and out after trying to get out of hers
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Kwok's latest stunner

Fabian Kwok playing for Geylang International in May 2014

Oops, he did it again!

The new S.League season has yet to kick off, but Tampines Rovers midfielder Fabian Kwok is already out to impress.

He scored yet another long-range stunner, this time in a 3-0 friendly win over hosts Sabah on Friday night (Jan 30).

The 25-year-old latched on to a clearance just outside the centre circle, took a touch, and blasted an unstoppable 35-metre shot past the Sabah goalkeeper after just coming on as a second-half substitute.

Kwok is fast building a reputation for being a reliable midfielder with an eye for the spectacular strike, after his thumping effort for former club Geylang International last May.

On that occasion, he scored from the centre circle straight off the Albirex goalkeeper's clearance in a league match. That strike won the S.League Goal of the Year award.

Modestly, he told The New Paper: "I controlled the ball with my first touch of the match, and no defender closed me down, so I took a shot. I think I'm just lucky, lah."
He added: "But these goals definitely build my confidence to take more long shots.

"It feels great to score for my new club in only my second friendly for them. I hope to score more in the league and cups."

A video of the goal can be found on the Great Eastern Yeo's S.League Facebook page, and has amassed more than 8,000 views, with some fans clamouring for Kwok to be given a shot at the national team. With the Lions lacking someone who can contribute goals from distance via open play, he could be a much-needed addition.

Watch it here. The goal comes at 4.43.




And here is the screamer from last May.




Singapore swim queen Joscelin Yeo just gave birth!

Singapore swim queen Joscelin Yeo has just given birth to a baby boy.

The 35-year-old sent an e-mail to the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) executive committee soon after her delivery on Saturday (Jan 31), saying: "Hi swimming team! He's out! Michael Joseph Purcell. 3.89kg!

"Thank you everyone for your support, it's gonna be a great year! Let's keep pushing on!"

Yeo, who is the SSA vice-president, is married to Mr Joseph Purcell. The couple already have two sons, one-year-old David and three-year-old Sean.




A photo posted by joscelinyeo (@joscelinyeo) on



Yeo, Singapore's Golden Girl, retired in 2007 after amassing an incredible 40 gold medals at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

During her career, she won two bronze medals at the Asian Games, competed at four Olympics and was crowned Sportswoman of the Year on three occasions.

S'porean actress Jade Seah just got married! Check out videos of her wedding

Jade Seah has just tied the knot!

If you've been stalking her on Instagram, this news shouldn't come as a surprise. 

The local actress has been talking about it on social media the past few weeks.

The 31-year-old married boyfriend Terence Lim in a ceremony at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. 





Photos with the hashtag #terryjade2015 have been popping up on social media today (Jan 31). 


Here's a mini timeline of Seah's big day.

It started with a bachelorette party last week.




No last-minute drama about missing singlehood the night before.




Rise and shine, time to look pretty.



Mum & I. And so it begins! #wedding #weddings #terryjade2015

A photo posted by Jade Seah (@jadeseah) on



Off to the church for the ceremony.




Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.





Here comes the groom.




Now that it's over, time to tuck in and cut the cake.



& the shabby chic dessert table done by @pixiedustevents_ #terryjade2015

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The traditional father-daughter dance.





Followed by a dance with her hubby.




Don't they look adorable together? Congratulations, Jade!

Source: Instagram

Watch: Ted gets married, looks for sperm donor in sequel

Marriage isn't easy ... especially if you're a talking teddy bear. 

In the upcoming sequel to the 2012 comedy Ted, everyone's favourite foul-mouthed teddy bear, gets married to his hot, blonde girlfriend, but it's not quite happily ever after just yet. 

The couple want to have a baby - but obviously (?) they need a sperm donor. 

The obvious person to ask? Ted's best friend John (Mark Wahlberg), though the recently released trailer suggests he bungles the process. 

The problems don't end there, though ... 

Watch the trailer above. 



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Three-month-old baby boy chokes to death on milk in babysitter's home

A three-month-old baby boy choked to death on his milk at the house of a babysitter at Pangsapuri Harmoni in Georgetown, Penang.

Muhd Azfar Zikry Anuar, who had previously been looked after by another babysitter, was sent to a new babysitter by his mother for the first time on Friday.

North East District police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the baby choked on the milk while on the lap of the babysitter at about 1.30pm.

"The baby was confirmed dead while being rushed to the Penang Hospital. The police have recorded a statement from the babysitter, in her 30s," he said in a statement.

A post-mortem revealed that the baby had choked on his milk and there was no injury. 

Source: The Star

Five-year-old kidnapping victim rescued in Port Dickson

A five-year-old kidnapping victim has been rescued after being found in Port Dickson.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted on Saturday that the victim was rescued by the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc) and Selangor's criminal investigation department in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan.

"The victim was found locked up in Port Dickson," he said.

The victim was "safe", he added. 

Five suspects were also arrested in connection with the kidnapping.

When contacted, the five-year-old's uncle who declined to be identified said the family could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

"We were informed by the police around midnight and at the moment, the victim is undergoing medical evaluation and treatment at a hospital.

"After eight days of agony and sleepless nights, all of us - especially my brother and sister-in-law - are able to breathe a sigh of relief.

"We thank the police for assisting us in this matter," he said in a phone call.

Source: The Star