A clear distinction
The two have a longstanding agreement that there should be a clear distinction between work and personal lives. “It is of course wonderful to fall in love, but we are both serious about our work and do not want our personal lives to affect our colleagues,” declares Ka Ming. Even when they were dating, the two would rarely re-schedule their holidays with their colleagues just to take days off together. “How can you inconvenience others just because you are dating?” he asks. “Other colleagues also have their own plans.” Even though they work in the same company, they often don't show up as a pair. “Even after our marriage, we don’t see each other at work very much. I still have lunch with my own teammates,” Ida says.
The couple’s lives have changed drastically since the birth of their first child, a son, in 2017. “Taking care of a child is like having a full-time job!” says Ida. Since she wanted to devote as much time as possible to taking care of her son, last year she asked to switch to a part-time role. “I did struggle with this, since I am a career-oriented person. However, you only get to see your child grow up once, and I really don’t want to miss it. Luckily, the company and my boss were willing to accommodate my request and allowed me to choose a work pattern that enabled me to balance my family and my career.” Ida adds: “Of course, my husband was also very supportive during my pregnancy, and remains so when it comes to my job.”
The two exchange an affectionate glance, as if every thought has been silently understood and agreed.