Valentine’s Day is finally here! Have you gotten everything planned out for your boo? We, on the other hand have something special lined up from Tuesday onwards till Valentine’s Day !
In the spirit of cupid’s bow, the team from Sevenpie got out of our way and approached a few couples who are obviously in love and would like to share a thing or two about their relationship to YOU, our dear readers. These couples may be someone you’ve been following on social media, some of them are also average Joes like you and I!
But, regardless of who they are and where they came from, each and every one of them have a story to tell. And we hope that we all can pick up something from them and who knows, this might even shed some new found wisdom about LOVE.
To make things a little more interesting, the couples that we’ve interviewed will share about topics that encompass various aspects, and we must add that some are rather unconventional. So if you’re toying around the idea of dating someone from a different racial background, we got that covered on Tuesday. LGBT? Done that right here! Couples who are influential on social media? THIS. IS. IT (YASSSSS)! And finally, if you’re one of those who have your reservations about marriages, well, we got that covered too and it’s coming your way really soon. Promise!
So, sit back with your boo, relax and enjoy reading because this article is all about influential young couples!
First off on today’s Valentine’s Day special, we have the newly engaged couple, Charis Ow and Daryll Tan! You may have seen them all over social media and they are definitely an inspirational pair. The couple (especially Charis Ow) has been under the limelight in recent years but yet, they have managed to keep their relationship strong and steady. With thousands of followers on Instagram, both Charis and Daryll are indeed a power couple that restores the faith in love for our generation.
Couple #1: Charis Ow & Daryll Tan
1. What was your first impression when you met your partner?
CHARIS: Tall. Very tall. He practically looked like Slender Man the moment I saw him walking in. I remember the first time I met him was in Vietnam Kitchen (that closed, sadly!) and we teased each other A LOT and we also joked around too. He even made fun of me all the way until supper in KTZ.
DARYLL: Great smile / laugh, speaks well, angelic (little did I know ;p). I first saw Charis in an opening act and subsequently viewed her videos on YouTube. I knew she had a great personality and a charming smile. We got along very well when we first met (through a very good mutual friend of ours). I realised that she is a fashionista and has a real loving nature. Our conversations were mostly on the surface at first before going deeper and knowing more of her family and dreams. There were a lot of teasing 😉
2. What is your favourite trait of each other?
CHARIS: He is a man after God’s own heart! I was taught that I should marry a man who loves God and everything else will fall into place. True enough – 7 years later, after all the ups and downs, he still stuck by me. He is obedient, faithful, hardworking and has the heart for the younger generation. He is VERY generous with his knowledge and loves to share it with people – and that’s what I find very attractive as well.
DARYLL: Her humongous heart and dedication to her principles + moral compass. Charis is sympathetic. She feels for others and their hardship. She takes relationships seriously and does whatever it takes to maintain a good one, as best as she can. Despite having a big heart, she knows when to pull out her morale compass and stand by her standards in life; not to judge, but to give tough love. I love that she has a high standard both in life, relationships and at work.
3. How do you cope with your relationship being under the spotlight?
CHARIS: Nothing much, really. Because we haven’t exactly revealed much about ourselves. I think we have a balance of sharing our relationship to inspire/help others, but at the same time, keeping certain things private that we can call our own.
DARYLL: For now, I don’t find there’s much to cope with per se. I try to remind ourselves that whatever we portray online is a fraction of what a true and persistent relationship is. We try to be as honest to ourselves and as transparent as we can in communication; having integrate reality and cloud-9 moments.
4. What shared memory do you love more than all others?
CHARIS: Ah, man! I have so many awesome memories with Daryll! Okay, if I have to pick one, it’ll be the time when he went to Starbucks, bought a pre-loaded card and passed it to the barista. Then, he texted me to look for a barista named, Tim and say the password “sweeten me” (so cheesy, oh my goodness) and said “Lunch is on me!”. #winliao Oh, and there was this time when we laid down in the middle of a street and looked at the stars! I think that was when I knew that this guy is really something.
DARYLL: The most recent time when she said “Yes” to my marriage proposal. It was not all smooth sailing leading up to the proposal, but that was what made it even more special. However, there is another time when we stargazed in the middle of a street in a housing area, that was fun =)
5. What single word would you choose to best describe your love?
CHARIS: Perseverance. To be honest, this is Daryll’s first relationship and my longest relationship – we have had so many challenges along the way. But, Daryll showed me how he fought for us and never gave up on us. Which to me, reflects God’s love for us. How He perseveres and pursues without giving up on His children. When I look at Daryll, I am always reminded of God’s love and that made me fought for us as well.
DARYLL: Relentless. To love is easy; staying in love is a true test of time and resilience. For the past 6 years plus of our relationship, we had our fair share of ups and downs. There were times when the challenges were bigger than us, but I chose not to lose. Nothing is easy in life and keeping the love of your life must be one hell of a journey, but ever so rewarding. I’ve tasted the goodness of this love and got rid of every bitterness that came with it. I know to remain relentless in my love for Charis will get us further than we can ever imagine.
Next up, a young and influential couple, Natasha Alexis and Ian Wan. They both also share over thousands of followers on Instagram and in this segment of the article, they took a trip down the memory lane where they share exclusive details about their relationship that not many people are aware of. The pair of young love also answered some pretty hard hitting questions. You’re about to get a little jelly because Natasha and Ian are definitely #couplegoals!
Couple #2: Natasha Alexis and Ian Wan
1. People say young love never last, what do you have t0 say about that? Do you believe that young love can last?
NATASHA: Well I’ve personally seen it happen, so I do believe that it does! It’s definitely not easy to sustain a long lasting relationship but I believe that if both parties put in enough effort, anything is possible. After all, it takes two hands to clap.
IAN: To me, tolerance between both parties play a big part in maintaining a healthy relationship, be it a young couple or an experienced one.
2. What are some activities that you both do as a couple?
NATASHA: Watching movies. We absolutely love watching movies, be it comedy, romance, thriller etc. We’re a pretty laid-back couple. Quite frankly, we don’t do much, spending time with the company of each other is truly enough for us.
IAN: It’s quite simple but meaningful. We love to blast our music in the car and just sing-along to it. We tease and poke-fun at each other lip-syncing, it’s light-hearted and an overall great time.
3. First dates are usually crucial. So,how was your first date?
NATASHA: Our date was actually really simple & pleasant. We went to a mall for lunch and walked around the entire mall countless of times, just talking & getting to know each other. It may seem like an uncommon and tiring date (HAHA), but it was really sweet.
IAN: When I first asked her out for lunch, we talked a lot which helped us grasp a better understanding of each other. It wasn’t a bad date for two strangers who have just met each other, in my opinion. Shortly after that, she started falling for me.
4. Who came on to whom?
NATASHA: Obviously, he did!
IAN: Yes, I did!
5. As a young couple being in love, what are some couples that both of you look up to?
NATASHA: We’re never really ones to look up to couples, we just prefer do our own thing. I guess you could say that I personally look up to couples that grow old together & still make each other so happy. It’s truly a beautiful sight to know love remains through age and time.
IAN: I look up to people who stay loyal to their partners. They’re such grounded people, and it’s so rare nowadays. Especially in this current era, people often mistreat their partners so much so that loyalty and respect tends to be underestimated and overlooked in the relationship, negligence like that can hurt both parties.
6. What are some tips you would give to couples who are young and in love?
NATASHA: Take it slow and try to be understanding towards each other. People grow up and change through time, however it’s important to understand and accept each other’s flaws. Also, it’s important to communicate with your partner. I can’t stress enough how important communication is, when it comes to any relationship!
IAN: Be tolerant and understanding to each other. Also, be adequately lame towards each other, cause it’s always good to bring laughter to each other and to not take life so seriously all the time!