The Ultimate Proposal At Senso Ristorante & Bar
9th March 2014.
My mobile beeped. A text message.
“Hi Ms Han, can I reserve you for dinner this Saturday at 8pm?”
The message was from Ryan.
Vanessa had warned me last year before they left for Korea. “You must have seen it coming, mom.”
“See what coming?”
“They have been together for years!”
Ryan wanted to break the good news to me earlier, in Phuket, but he told Valerie he would wait till we got back to Singapore where he could ask me in a nice restaurant.
“Sorry, no reservations. Sorry, we are fully booked till infinity…” I was running scared!
Yes, I knew… Deep in my heart I knew but I wasn’t ready to let go of my little girl.
“Your little girl who is, now what? 25 years old?”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear you.” That’s what I said to my girlfriend when we had dinner at En Japanese Dining Bar weeks ago.
“She’s not so little anymore. Be happy for her!” My friend begged.
And so I got myself ready for 15th March 2014. That week was an emotional roller coaster ride for me. I would be happy and then sad… Saturday made its entrance unceremoniously.
I woke up late in the afternoon. I deliberately took a long time to shower and change. I intended to text the children to tell them that there’s no cab and that I couldn’t make it on time and after a few minutes, I would tell them that I’d give up calling the cab company and that there’s no way I could go to Senso, the appointed venue.
In order not to feel guilty, I did drag myself to the street and waited for a cab. There were plenty of taxis that evening. Unusual. But the gods are on their side!
I arrived on time and was led to an elegant table near a corner. The cuisine? Italian. Fine dining no less! He’s trying to score points here. Don’t let your guards down now mommy. Dating is one matter but engaged to be married is another!
Since Ryan was trying to win my daughter’s hand in marriage with a dinner, I shall let the dinner be his fate.
“I hope you had bribed the chef, the maître d’ and the sommelier.” I smiled at Ryan from across the table while I whispered that thought in my mind.
The expatriate sommelier (I think he’s from Tunisia) came and chatted with me every now and then. He told me his daughter would be visiting Singapore and he would be having lunch with her at Senso, the very place he works at. He went on to say there’s nothing more important than family, blah, blah blah… A very nice and amiable man. Wait a minute! Was this conversation planned?
Yup, I got all teary during dinner so much so we couldn’t continue with dessert. There goes my panna cotta. The chief waiter came and asked if we cared for some of their delightful brew and sweets. I blushed in between embarrassed sobs and forced laughter, promising to return sometime for their Sunday brunch.
The food was excellent! It has to be in order to convert me… To give Valerie’s hand away, to give Ryan my blessings wholeheartedly. The ultimate proposal at Senso Ristorante & Bar.
Senso Ristorante & Bar
Address: 21 Club Street,
Tel: (+65) 6224 3534.
Happy celebrating 🙂