At the age of 26, being the typical Singaporean that I am, I felt that it was time to pop the question of marriage with my then girlfriend of 10 years. It was none too subtle though, and so I asked, "Shall we register to buy a HDB flat?" I presumed, when she agreed to fill in the forms, she was saying, "Yes!"
As luck would have it, after 7 quarters of balloting, and then at the age of 27, we came to realise that we were completely luckless. So it was with frustration that we jumped into buying a resale HDB flat in readiness for our wedding. The year: 1994.