What lengths would you go to for love?

Man hospitalised after waiting 10 days at airport to meet his online girlfriend.

A Dutch man has been hospitalised for exhaustion after waiting 10 days at a Chinese airport to meet his online girlfriend.

According to The Sun, 41-year-old Alexander Pieter Cirk flew to the city of Changsha to meet Zhang, 26, for the first time.

However, when she didn’t show up, he decided to wait. Photos later emerged of him looking dishevelled in a wheelchair with an IV drip in his arm.

Cirk never confirmed his visit with Zhang, who told CCTV News that he mentioned it in passing but thought it was just a joke.

“We had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous toward me,” she said. “One day he sent me a photo of air tickets abruptly and I thought it was a joke.

“He didn’t contact me later.”

When he tried to call her from the airport, she was in hospital herself – having plastic surgery in another city.

While this story has attracted attention and ridicule, it runs to a deeper issue – isolation can be crushing and the search for love can make people do extreme things. We see it time and time again – lonely hearts meeting someone online and taking the plunge for romance. Sometimes there is a happy ending, but these grand gestures can also lead to heartache. 

How far would you go for love? Would you take a chance on online romance?
 

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    3rd Aug 2016
    10:13am
    In cases like the above, love and stupidity are often confused.
    BundyGil
    3rd Aug 2016
    1:04pm
    I'm in the Philippines for love for the past 2 1/2 years after a 2 year online courtship. A very happy camper, as is my wife. Few long distance romances work out because the usually male first world partner looks down on the third world partner, her family, poverty, and country, thinking that his economic clout in the relationship entitles him to expect that when he asks her to jump, she should politely enquire at all times, how high. Arseholes who come to a third world country looking for a compliant who will accept their totally controlling, usually racist, and very abusive attitudes that very few or none of the women in their own country would accept. Eventually, even the third world partner/wife while compliant will eventually tell him to take a hike back to his own country with his bad attitudes.
    They have no concept that their relatively exalted economic position is purely an accident of birth location.
    BundyGil
    3rd Aug 2016
    1:04pm
    I'm in the Philippines for love for the past 2 1/2 years after a 2 year online courtship. A very happy camper, as is my wife. Few long distance romances work out because the usually male first world partner looks down on the third world partner, her family, poverty, and country, thinking that his economic clout in the relationship entitles him to expect that when he asks her to jump, she should politely enquire at all times, how high. Arseholes who come to a third world country looking for a compliant who will accept their totally controlling, usually racist, and very abusive attitudes that very few or none of the women in their own country would accept. Eventually, even the third world partner/wife while compliant will eventually tell him to take a hike back to his own country with his bad attitudes.
    They have no concept that their relatively exalted economic position is purely an accident of birth location.
    Anonymous
    3rd Aug 2016
    1:17pm
    I feel rather sorry for the women with a non-Asian man partner/spouse, although they did make the choice, as most of the guys I've seen in this sort of relationship look and act like overbearing losers.
    Bletch
    3rd Aug 2016
    4:21pm
    I met my Chinese wife on line,wrote every day for 1 year, spoke on the phone every night, visited China and married her, brought her to Australia to live and we have been married 9 years. We could not be happier and she is wonderful. She is 49 and I am 62.
    It does work for a lot of people. My first marriage I was married to an Australian and that only lasted 6 years. Who knows where love may lead you if you do not give it a try!
    BundyGil
    3rd Aug 2016
    4:35pm
    Exactly! And be open minded about cultural differences.
    Bletch
    3rd Aug 2016
    4:41pm
    We love sharing cultural differences, we both cook and I have visited China 3 times to see her family who are fantastic
    Anonymous
    3rd Aug 2016
    5:21pm
    Nice story.
    MD
    5th Aug 2016
    10:51am
    Queue Tina: "What's love got to do with it, do with it."
    Their search failing to locate the holy grail in their own country, their subsequent search overseas is bound to find a receptive prospect, or fools gold. Either way I guess it's seen as a win win if both parties ultimately realize what motivated them ?
    "We accept the love we think we deserve." S. Chbosky


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