09 Jul '11, 9pm

How do you face death when it means leaving behind the people you love most?

To Mrs Phua Lai Yien, 60, he had been her partner in more ways than one. He was a co-worker - they had met on the job in the 1970s. And as a husband, Mr Phua Hock Seng was a reliable, hands-on family man who took pride in his work, his household and his children. Together, they built a simple and contented life together. When he retired at 55 in 2001, the Phuas looked forward to dancing and travelling. Dancing, in particular, was something both enjoyed - and excelled in, thanks to lots of practice and an uncanny instinct to read each other, honed through 36 years of being together. The mild-mannered Phuas showcased a surprisingly passionate side through their favourite dance: The tango. Mr Phua, 62, was in the advanced stages of motor-neuron disease when I met him in mid-2008, to compile their Legacy Album. By then, he had hung up his dancing shoes for good. Unable to move...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sunday/SundaySpecial/EDC110710...

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