Two Become One
Tatler Malaysia|November 2021
Three romantic couples on their journey through love, life and marriage
Emmylin Yeoh

DIANNA LEE AND ROBIN ANG

Sixteen years ago, on their first date, little did Dianna Lee and Robin Ang know that the bowl of curry mee shared between them was going to be one of the most meaningful moments of their lives. “He brought me to his mother’s restaurant, and it was the best curry mee I would ever have—this fact is still true up till today! It would be correct to say I loved his Mom first,” Dianna recounts cheekily.

From 16 years of dating, 10 years of marriage, to four kids later, the dynamic between Dianna and Robin hasn’t changed. “I think Robin must have had many girlfriends in the past, that’s why we have so many daughters!” Dianna laughs, giving a glimpse of the fun banter between the couple. They still fondly refer to each other as “my dream come true”, which got us feeling all warm and fuzzy. “I’m thankful to have a partner who just lets me be me. It could probably be just reverse psychology, but because of that, I let him just be him too,” she says.

Citing common traditional values and good understanding of each other as the key to building a solid foundation of their relationship, Dianna and Robin believe that it’s very important to help each other grow as a couple. “We do not shy away from correcting each other (in private). As a couple, you have to agree on the same parenting method and being consistent when fronting the kids as a team. It’s always Robin and I versus the world,” she says.

A loving relationship is built on trust and being there for each other every step of the way, and this is especially true for this couple. “Years ago I wanted to go see the sea turtles, so I took the kayak out to the choppy open water with two kids in the front and back, while being three months pregnant. Rob gave me a ‘you are insane’ look, but then he quietly followed us in another kayak just to make sure we were safe!” she says.

Even as adults, Dianna and Robin still share the same childlike giddiness, excitement and laughter from their early dating days. “Rob doesn’t make me feel like a mother of four at all,” Dianna muses. As individuals from different backgrounds and collectively as a couple, they are still learning about one another, and pushing each other to be the best version of themselves. “To be a good partner and great parent, we have to first be a balanced, independent and happy individual. And to have someone like Rob who gives me the luxury of love and time to grow into the person/wife/mom I’m striving to be is truly the best gift.”

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