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The Couple

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About Gavin

“I’ve lived in Melbourne all my life, graduating with a double degree from Swinburne University at the end of 2005. Before my final exams were over I was fortunate to have got into the graduate program at Ericsson. Since 2006 I have worked as a 3G WCDMA Engineer. I have been very fortunate that my work has taken me to different parts of the world, from Asia to Europe, but I always like coming home. Another huge part of my life has been music. From a young age I learnt to play the cello, and have been involved with many different orchestral and theatrical organisations over the last 20 years. My favourite is playing in the orchestra for musical theatre companies, including shows such as Chicago, West Side Story, Les Miserables, and many more. I am also a bit of a gadget person, always helping with any tech problems around the house.”

About Mable

“I first came to Australia in 2001 to study. I had just turned 20 and it was my first time away from home. I was terribly homesick most of the year but when I graduated, I loved Australia so much I wanted to stay! I went home to Malaysia to be with my parents but not before lodging an application to become a permanent resident. After three years of working as a journalist in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia my application was approved. I’ve always been an artsy person, always doodling, philosophizing, taking pictures. My job in K.L. was my ideal job – working with fashion, beauty and at the same time, meeting people from all sorts of backgrounds and culture. It was very hard work, often late nights and deadlines to chase but it was also extremely rewarding especially when a reader writes to the magazine saying something nice about the article I wrote.”

About Us

From Gavin:

“Mable and I first met at a seminar series in Melbourne. A small group of us met up for dinner at a cafe after one of the seminars. We all got talking, and I kept catching Mable’s eye, but I was a bit shy to say much. I was then invited to attend Mable’s final seminar session, however I couldn’t make it. So we arranged to meet for breakfast one morning. I was quite nervous, but somehow I was able to open up and we talked for ages. Mable was so easy to talk to, and her smile made me feel all warm inside. Yet it was only after another group dinner, when I took Mable home afterwards, that I plucked up enough courage to ask her to go out with me. As they say, the rest is history. We are quite different people in many ways, yet we found so much in common too. I love learning about the cultures of Malaysia and Mable’s family, and likewise I have been able to share with Mable my passion for music. We are both easy going people but we also know what we want from life and each other, and we both feel we have found the right partner in each other. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for both of us.”

From Mable:

“Gavin and I met in 2007 while I was doing a lot of soul-searching. Having just moved to Melbourne I was exploring a new chapter in my life. During that seminar series I discovered that I have been pushing away thoughts of being in a committed relationship for almost all my life. So I set myself straight and told myself that I deserved a kind, intelligent, funny man, who would love me and accept me for who I was. They say one should be careful for what they wish for. I developed a crush on Gavin during the seminar series. In the past, I wouldn’t do anything about a crush. This time I wanted to break the pattern. So I decided to ask Gavin out. And I did. Twice. Which he turned down. Twice. Ah, but in the end, the man asked me out for breakfast and last February, he asked if I’d marry him. So all is forgiven.”

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I’ve lived in Melbourne all my life, graduating with a double degree from Swinburne University at the

end of 2005.  Before my final exams were over I was fortunate to have got into the graduate program at

Ericsson.  Since 2006 I have worked as a 3G WCDMA Engineer.  I have been very fortunate that my work has

taken me to different parts of the world, from Asia to Europe, but I always like coming home.  Another

huge part of my life has been music.  From a young age I learnt to play the cello, and have been

involved with many different orchestral and theatrical organisations over the last 20 years.  My

favourite is playing in the orchestra for musical theatre companies, including shows such as Chicago,

West Side Story, Les Miserables, and many more. I am also a bit of a gadget person, always helping with

any tech problems around the house.