Singapore couple honeymooning in New Zealand die in car crash
By Serene Loo/Julia Ng, Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE: A newly-wed Singapore couple, on their honeymoon in New Zealand, died in a car accident last Friday.
The accident took place near Mangaweka, some 200km north of New Zealand's capital Wellington.
The couple, both teachers, were driving in their rented car when it collided head-on with a truck from the New Zealand Post.
The Singapore couple and the truck driver all died on the spot.
27-year old Ho Poh Yoke and 31-year old John Lim Chih Hong were married on 6 November.
They'd left for their honeymoon in New Zealand on 5 December, planning to stay on there till Christmas Eve.
John was a physical education teacher at Nanyang Junior College for the last four years while Ho taught PE and mathematics at Peirce Secondary.
Those who worked with the couple were deeply saddened by the tragedy.
Richard Chew, principal of Peirce Secondary School, said: "Miss Ho is a very loveable person, well liked by her students, her colleagues. She's very hardworking. She'll always go beyond the call of duty to help her students in their work. Very pastoral in nature."
Tan Hui Miang, vice principal of Nanyang Junior College, said: "A very careful, very good team player. A committed young man. He always volunteers himself for jobs beyond his job scope. All these years, whenever we have urgent matters, John will volunteer himself."
The couple's family members are in New Zealand to bring back the bodies of their loved ones. - CNA
I was shell-shocked when I learnt of the news from the 6.30pm Chinese News Bulletin. All the three of us have known one other since our NIE days and we were in the same FCBC-cell network then, particularly John whom we spent a year as buddies in the same cellgroup. What really broke my heart was that this fatal accident had happened soon after they had tied the knot in November and before my trip to China, I did toy with the thought of catching up with him but it just slipped my mind ...
To those of us who are of the same faith, can I request that we pray for peace and healing for the grieving families that they may be assured that John and Poh Yoke are now resting in the eternal, loving arms of the Lord and that the families will receive favours for their future comings and goings.
An important lesson learnt:
Don't procrastinate ... tell your loved ones how much they meant to us now; begin each day with the purpose of ending it with no regrets and no remorse ...