Boyfriend for hire

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Photo illustration of a girl hiring a boyfriend for the Chinese New Year

That's what some Singapore women do during the Chinese New Year period to avoid the inevitable question: When are you going to settle down?

One of these women is a regional sales director who wanted to be known only as Miss Ng.

She requested that we do not use her full name as she does not want to risk her relatives uncovering the truth.

The petite 44-year-old, who described herself as "average-looking", told The New Paper: "I can afford it.It's easier to hire a man than to tackle the nosyparkers."

It is also an easier way of managing her aged parents' constant fussing over their only daughter.

"I think it's natural for parents to worry over their children's marital status, and my parents happen to belong to the traditional type who think that a woman's job is to marry and have kids," she said with a wry smile.

"So being successful in your career and being self-sufficient mean nothing to them, unfortunately."

Just a few hours before our interview on Tuesday, Miss Ng had met her new "boyfriend" for a short debrief.

She booked him for the first three days of the Chinese New Year and paid the male social escort agency $2,500 for each session of four hours of dating and $300 for the introduction session, making a total of $7,800.

"I've got myself a new boyfriend this year and I needed to share 'notes' on basic details such as how we met and how long we have been dating," said Miss Ng, who is hiring her second boyfriend in four years.

Her experience in hiring a boyfriend taught her that it is important to establish rapport with the escort.The male social escort she had booked for the previous three years has quit.

She said: "I miss him so much this year. We had actually hit it off quite well. I think my parents, especially my mum, liked that 'boyfriend' of mine, even though he is four years younger."

But it had been a rocky start initially, Miss Ng recalled with a chuckle, that nearly "had my game exposed".

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