Love truly does bloom in the oddest of places; from romance over bananas to an unlikely bond over business correspondence, and cultures colliding in the western hemisphere. While Valentine’s Day might have come and gone, as we bid farewell to the month of love, we look back at three society couples who share with us their stories of romance, relationships, and their key to ever lasting happiness.
When thinking of famous couples, one of the first duos that comes to mind are the insta-famous Piraya “Pat” Singha, and her beloved Phillip Phenjati. Just as loving offline as they are online, they can often be found keeping the romance strong over moonlit dinners, if not cuddling up on exotic islands on yet another couples getaway. Here’s their take on love.
Saying ‘I Love You’ is nothing to be shy about.
“We aren’t ones to shy away from public displays of affection,” Pat tells us, shooting a sweet glance to her hubby, who finishes her sentence without so much as a pause: “and I’m not afraid to say ‘I love you’ as often as I do. Having dated for years, the couple finally tied the knot back in 2018, and haven’t looked back since.
“Nothing really changed after we got married, it’s just great that I get to wake up to his face every morning,” explains Pat, and Phillip agrees completely.
True love is caring for one another.
While travel is a key part of Phillip’s life and work, Pat has always been a bit more of a homebody. When they first got together, all the jetting around was a bit of a shock to Pat, but it was through those harder times that the duo realised what they shared was true love. Pat recalls travelling with Phillip to Brazil — the furthest she’d ever been from home. “On that trip I realised I could spend the rest of my life with Phillip. He took care of me so well and stayed by my side,” she tells us.
This act of care, to Phillip, was a natural given. “It was natural for me to do that,” he says simply, “true love is about caring for the other person, and being cared for in return.”
Sharing the same values goes a long way.
“I knew it would work because, for one, we really have the same values, and that’s so important if you want the relationship to work,” Phillip explains. “We’re also good at adapting to each other.”
Love at first sight is real — so first impressions matter.
“Phillip was a friend of my brother’s,” Pat muses, when asked about how they first met, “I remember him being so shy.” The two had met at her mother’s restaurant (since closed), and Pat was sipping on a banana smoothie at the time. Little did they know that it was this fruit that would bring them together.
“As you can probably guess, Pat had many admirers,” Phillip says with a small laugh, “I had to do something that would make me stand out, so I made a strategic move.” Said strategic move came in the form of a banana bouquet. “It definitely got my attention,” Pat adds sweetly, “I asked him why he got it, and he said it’s because he knew I liked bananas. That’s when I really fell for him and his sense of humour. Most guys don’t pay attention to what women like. But Phillip did!”
Honesty and understanding are the key pillars of love.
Having to juggle his responsibilities helming his family’s shipping company, among others, Phillip is often very busy. With him always on the go, and Pat preoccupied with being Bangkok’s it-girl and the brains behind fashion brands Jetset and Kimber — the former of which she runs with her sister Sonya — quality time is rare and of essence for the pair. As such, the couple are often seen winding down in Pattaya, where Phillip has two properties — a deer ranch, and a beachfront property near Sattahip.
The two take direct and honest communication very seriously, preferring to nip issues in the bud before they surface. On the one hand, you have Pat’s fun and spirited approach to life, while Phillip is more logical and grounded, with a business-minded personality. The two are basically perfect contrasts for each other. “He’s taught him how to take things more seriously, and I teach him how to be less serious,” Pat tells us, looking lovingly at her hubby.
“Is that right?” Phillip asks with a smile, and Pat replies: “Well, love really is about honesty, so ‘yes’! When I first met him, he was like a closed book. Nowadays he’s so much more open with who he is and his personality shines through.
Find out more about Piraya “Pat” Singha & Phillip Phenjati in our February 2020 issue, available in all leading bookstores nationwide.
Photographer: Vatcharasith Wichyanrat
Videographer: Prach “Mega” Khananuruks
Location: Lady L, Nai Lert Park