Women hire escorts to beat CNY grilling

Hire a man.

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 nosy parkers."

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 last week, Miss Ng met her new "boyfriend" for a short introduction. She had 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, along with $300 for the introduction session, spending 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.

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