Newlyweds have life well figured

City talk | Siu Sai-wo 14 Jun 2018

The son of Newspaper Society of Hong Kong chairman Lee Cho-jet, Alvin, just got married, and his wedding banquet was held at the Conrad Hong Kong.

Many big names in town were there, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and predecessors Tung Chee-hwa and Leung Chun-ying.

Lawyer and senior politician Maria Tam Wai-chu went on stage to tell everyone the love story of Alvin and bride Aileen, which is also an inspirational Hong Kong story.

Years ago, when Alvin went to study in Australia, his mother chose a school with only five Chinese so Alvin might learn to be independent. He fitted in right away and made a big group of friends.

Like his father, Alvin is very outgoing and has established an extensive social network. He is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for Yunnan and active in the Y Elites Association.

Aileen was a top student in Kunming who came to the SAR on a scholarship to study accounting at the City University of Hong Kong. After graduation she joined one of the Big Four accounting firms, specializing in company listings. It was a high-pressure job that required frequent travel.

She subsequently went to work for insurance guru Samuel Yung Wing-ki in a position that carried remuneration commensurate with the workload.

It was in the new office that she and Alvin met.

The two often worked overtime together and developed feelings for each another, which led to marriage.

Someone observed it was rather unlikely for two people who lived so far apart to have found each other and then fall in love and tie the knot. It goes to show that along with shared interests and matching personalities fate must have played a part too.

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