Boyfriend proposes by renting taxi for a day, gets startup to help
November 9, 2011 by Terence LEE
It started out as a simple message on EatAds.com, an online marketplace for outdoor advertising spaces.
“hello i wish to rent a taxi for 1 day and propose to my girlfriend. the taxi will be decorated with photos of us and wordings of: will u marry me? flowers will be placed on the back seat of the taxi and i will call for the cab. venue will be near central area, to be confirmed again,” the message went.
While some would ignore this plea, EatAds.com CEO John Fearon found an opportunity.
“We thought it was a unique request and wanted to make someone’s dream come true,” he told SGE via email.
So his company decided to go the whole nine yards: They arranged for the taxi, printed and installed the proposal onto the vehicle. John also arranged for a videographer to document the whole process. The proposal happened at the end of July.
Silong, the groom, and Jia Ni got to know each other more than four years ago, while they were taking biking lessons.
“We were in the same class and I just can’t get my eyes off her,” said Silong.
“After the motorbike lesson, I saw her chase after the bus, therefore I chased after her. I went up to her and asked to be friends. So we exchanged numbers.”
Their first date did not begin until about a month later, when he was bored one day and decided to ask her out. They soon went on more dates and the relationship blossomed.
“While crossing the road, I just took the chance to grab her hand and never let go since then,” he said cheekily.
Check out the video on their love story below. Skip to 1.20 if you just want to see how the proposal went!
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Terence writes mainly about technology trends and startups in Asia. He believes in crafting smart content: Not just a regurgitation of text, but well thought-out pieces that serve the reader using a combination of data, design, narratives, analysis, and visual impact. His articles have been published on Venturebeat, Yahoo!, Straits Times, Today, and The Online Citizen. He also co-founded NewNation.sg, a satirical news site covering Singapore affairs. Engage him on LinkedIn and Twitter.Read other posts by Terence LEE