A recent story about how a 37-year-old Hong Kong man spent HK$400,000 (US$51,600) on a proposal to his 30-year-old girlfriend has gone viral on the internet.
Online opinions about the couple are mixed.
Male netizens, usually on hkgolden.com, generally criticized the man for setting a “very bad example” for other “brothers”, a term they usually call themselves.
They also lambasted the couple for the “promotional stunt” after their pre-wedding photos, taken in Iceland, were uploaded by the studio on Facebook two months before the proposal.
“How could someone take pre-wedding pictures before a proposal?” they asked.
Female netizens, usually on babykingdom.com, have a different view.
They said the guy is romantic but he should just have given her cash and stocks, rather than spending a lot of money on a proposal.
Some female netizens said they welcome a “grand and official” proposal after the wedding.
Perhaps this is why women are from Venus men are from Mars.
In fact, people will never know whether any commercial motives were behind these gestures.
Nor is there a point in judging how people spend their money.
Still, people want to know how they can blow that kind of dough on a proposal.
Actually, it’s a no-brainer.
The besotted man, named Victor Tang, who works in Hutchison Global Communications Ltd., spent more than HK$200,000 on a 1.5–carat diamond engagement ring, HK$150,000 on an hour-long helicopter flight with a proposal banner, HK$26,000 on a luxury hotel suite in Ritz Carlton and HK$15,000 on camera crew.
As a diamond is a tradable item that can store value, it’s worth buying an expensive one from an investment perspective.
Hotel suites and camera crew are fixed costs but the key expense is the helicopter.
But no worries.
Uber has just launched a special service, UberChopper, which can take a couple from anywhere in Hong Kong to the Peninsula Hotel.
The charge is HK$1,800 for a 15-minute service.
Take note, brothers.
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