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Winners of CATS Classified Valentine's Day Lovelines announced

Singapore, 14 February 2013 – For more than a month, readers were invited to send their dedications to their other half to be published in print – for free – in CATS Classified’s Valentine’s Day Lovelines.

The campaign garnered an overwhelming response from readers. A staggering amount of 261 dedications were sent via the CATS website and by post. 

All entries that had a ‘funny’ element were automatically entered for the “My Funny Valentine” contest, this year’s Lovelines theme. The theme, which was chosen because it touches on the importance of humour in a relationship, hoped to inspire readers to share what they find most amusing and lovable about their partner, as well as their funny love story – in no more than 50 words. 

The top two submissions selected from the entries for The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao that best illustrated the theme won a romantic couple’s package each to W Singapore at Sentosa Cove. The package includes a night’s stay at the hotel’s Marvellous Suite, an indulgent experience at Away spa, and a delightful meal at Skirt, W Singapore’s grill restaurant. 

The Straits Times’ winners were delivery driver Mohd Zahid Bin Hassan, 36, and administrative assistant Siti Salena Samat, 35. The couple has been married for eight years. 

Their entry was about how Zahid had accidentally sent a text message that said “Size 2x melah" by mistake to Siti on their first date – that meant she was twice as big as he was. This led to much amusement on her side, and an embarrassment on his end. However, the couple continued dating and eventually got married after two-and-a-half years of courtship. 

Although their first date revolved around size, their love and friendship for each other has made it inconsequential. 

Said Zahid: “We met on a website. We started texting each other, and talked for two months before deciding to meet up. When I first saw her, I had a “whoa” kind of feeling, and then I sent the message.” It turned out that he was 85kg then, and Siti was almost twice his size. He added with a laugh: “Of course, now I am bigger than her!”

The bubbly and jovial Siti chipped in: “When I read the message, I wasn’t angry. I was smiling!” She said of their relationship: “When we first met, we had an interesting way of interacting with each other. It’s not lovey dovey – we’re more like friends who joke with each other. Even now, we are still like that.”

She added that it was her idea to send in an entry to the contest, and that her husband didn’t know until one week later. 

The winners for Lianhe Zaobao were executive Tang Lizhen, 39, and trainer Ang Wee Leng, 48. Elated with her prize, Lizhen shared that it was a friend who told her about the contest, which she found interesting. She remembered a funny anecdote that had happened years back when they were on holiday and decided to send in an entry. 

Married for six years, the two were pleasantly surprised by their win. The two winning entries were published today (14 Feb) along with other selected entries.


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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information and photos, please contact:

Belinda Wan (Ms) 
Communications Manager
Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5984

HP: 9740 0979
Email: 
bwan@sph.com.sg

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5978
HP: 9827 0148
Email: 
kimsn@sph.com.sg

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
Email: 
derorw@sph.com.sg

About CATS Classified

CATS Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through CATS Classified in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, CATS Klassified in Berita Harian & CATS Fastads in The New Paper.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, 
omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times' iPad and smartphone applications. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.

Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.


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