A big yes to on-air proposal
Richmond’s Jason Feng knew if he was going to propose to his girlfriend, he’d have to do it in a big way.
After all, he’d been dragging his feet for a couple of months after asking—and getting—her parents’ permission, and she’d been nudging him about taking the next logical step in their two-year relationship.
Enter the radio personalities from QMFM 103.5.
On Friday morning, listeners of the soft rock station heard as DJs Mike Shaeffer and Tara McGuire dialed up Burnaby’s Amy Mak at her office and told her she’d been entered to play the Beat the Bank contest.
It was all a ruse, of course, and Feng was hiding out of sight while Mak played the game, and then heard Feng’s touching speech about how much she means to him.
“I’ve known you for more than two years now, and we’ve had such great memories together, from that first coffee at Starbucks to that first date...to all our movies together and all of our hideaways and all our vacations together. I’m so happy when I’m with you and I just want to spend the rest of my life with you. There’s nobody else in this world I want to be with. So Amy, will you marry me?”
He then materialized at her desk, got down on one knee, and asked for her hand in marriage.
Feng said Tuesday that his friend knew the producer at QMFM and early last week pitched the idea. In the matter of a few days, it was all set up.
The proposal actually took place last Thursday morning, and was “made to sound live” as it played over the air on Friday during the morning commute, Feng said.
Mak said she knew something was up after she opened the first vault in the radio contest, and the prize was a coffee with Feng, rather than money.
She didn’t get emotional until he made his grand appearance.
Mak, a 41-year-old interior designer, met Feng, a 44-year-old casino floor manager at River Rock Casino Resort, via the online dating service PlentyofFish.com.
She’d been a member for some time, and he was encouraged by a friend to consider online dating.
Mak said she was the brave one who took the first step to e-mail Feng for a coffee date at the Starbucks on Bridgeport Road, near the IKEA.
A week or two later, they went for dinner in Downtown Vancouver, and soon after began dating.
Asked about the promise of online dating and her reaching out to Feng, Mak said: “It does happen, but I guess you have to leave it in the hands of fate sometimes. Nowadays, women are brave, what can I say?”