Divorce? Time to party

Divorce? Time to party

On the day his divorce became final, Mr Jeremiah Teh invited six friends for an eight-course dinner, followed by a night of revelry.

The total bill came up to nearly $52,000, of which "only $5,000 was spent on dinner and wine" at a classy French restaurant, he said.

The rest of the money was splurged in Tiananmen KTV & Lounge, a popular nightclub at Havelock Road. The businessman told The New Paper: "It's not that much (money) if you work out the sums - $10,000 for each year of suffering."

Mr Teh, 44, had been married for nearly six years by the time the divorce was finalised.

Miss Wei-wei, 28, a mamasan at Tiananmen who helped to host the party, recounted how Mr Teh's friends even ordered a two-tier cake with the words: "Finally free. Ditched the b****."

On the cake were six candles - one to represent each year of his married life.

Miss Wei-wei said: "One friend even requested for the Chinese New Year ditty Gong Xi Gong Xi and had my girls perform it."

Another highlight of the party had Mr Teh placing his wedding ring in an empty whiskey bottle and urinating into it, to the applause of his friends.

While Mr Teh's party was the most elaborate that she has hosted, Miss Wei-wei noted that there has been an increase in requests for divorce celebrations in the last two to three years.

She said: "We used to host only two or three every two months. But we get an average of four parties a month now."

About half of her clients belong to the same circle of friends. Mr Teh had attended the divorce party of a friend on a yacht three years ago.

"My friend invited a whole bunch of people, which included two mamasans from here (Tiananmen) and their entourage, when he got divorced," he said.

"Everyone enjoyed themselves so much, even though they got drunk and puked all over." Three out of five party planners approached by TNP said they are getting more enquiries and requests for divorce parties.

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