Gigi Lai's fiance spends millions to charter private plane so injured brother can witness her wedding in Sydney
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Gigi's fiance Ma Ting Koeng
Gigi with Ma
Gigi's brother Lai
private plane that Ma chartered
Last October, 38-year old Gigi Lai suddenly announced retirement from the entertainment industry. Besides her wish to take care of brother Lai Ying (黎嬰) who was injured in a car accident, her decision had to do with her upcoming marriage to wealthy, disabled 52-year old Ma Ting Koeng (馬廷強). Their marriage ceremony will take place next month on the 22nd at Ma's mansion located in Sydney, Australia. Ma dotes on Gigi and spent NT$4.33 million to charter a private plane, hired nurses and physiotherapists, so that Lai Ying can attend to witness his sister's wedding.
In order for Lai Ying who was seriously injured in a car accident to fly to Sydney to attend her wedding, earlier this month Gigi and Ma flew to Sydney. Besides preparing for their wedding, they also delivered Lai Ying's medical records to a hospital there, in case it will be needed. Since it takes 8 hours to fly from Hong Kong to Sydney, worried that injured Lai Ying may feel uncomfortable, Ma generously chartered a private plane and arranged nurses and physiotherapists to accompany him during this flight.
Sydney was chosen as the wedding locale not only because Ma prefers to keep a low profile and likes to avoid the media, the Ma family also has a lot of real estate in Australia. The wedding will take place in a manor-style mansion, fewer than 50 relatives, close friends and friends outside the entertainment industry have been invited to attend.
Gigi's father is worried about exposure of the wedding to the media, earlier when asked about the plane charter and wedding details, he constantly dodged: "Don't ask! I won't say anything."
According to reports, Gigi will wear jewelry worth nearly NT$100 million dollars, she asked Bonita who designed Michelle Reis' wedding dress to create a palace-style, crystal wedding gown and also five evening dresses, with a total value of approximately NT$21 million. After her wedding, Gigi will live in a luxurious duplex apartment in Hong Kong worth over NT$400 million.
Translated by: travelbug @ AsianFanatics