Just a week before she was due to make her big move to France to be with her boyfriend in May 2020, Singaporean Lee Sihan felt the proverbial door slam shut in her face and on her future.
With an escalating number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the French government declared a lockdown and closed its borders, imposing a travel ban on non-European Union (EU) visitors.
Sihan, too, shared her predicament and frustrations on social media.
“I had to stay put in Singapore with the hope that the borders would re-open. After three months, hope was diminishing so we had to work on an alternative plan for us to be reunited,” the 34-year-old shared with AsiaOne.
She met Mathieu Musnier, 37, in her line of work as a food writer and he was the then-manager of a whisky bar in Singapore.