The beginning of yearly is all the time thrilling, and our two cowl personalities, Dorothy Ng and Lim Ai San, have had an excellent begin to 2020, and at the moment are making ready themselves for the upcoming Lunar New Yr celebrations.
The beautiful entrepreneurs took outing of their busy schedules to get glammed up for our Chinese language New Yr challenge, arriving punctually and immediately charming us with their nice demeanours.
To offer our cowl that “Previous Shanghai sophistication” really feel, Peter Lum who styled it put collectively a number of seems with stylish ensembles from designer Melinda Looi. For the images on the within pages right here, he selected extra up to date outfits that also had oriental touches to them.
Complementing their totally different personalities and the outfits, A Minimize Above’s Anita Tang and Yunn G whipped out the purple lipstick, blusher and modern eyeliner for his or her faces, and styled Lim’s hair in a straight bob and Ng’s with 1920s-style curls.
Each women have been excited to check out this totally different look, because the model professionals often costume in comfy apparel of their every day lives.
Ng, the managing director of Xeoul Clinic, usually wears shift clothes that are each comfy and provides out an expert vibe for the workplace.
“The times of bodycon clothes are over, ” she mentioned, laughing. “I’m usually fairly female, I’m not a sneakers sort of individual, I’m all the time in some form of heel, however I like issues which might be comfy.”
“I feel I do have a sure model as a result of individuals all the time are likely to level out that I like clothes and I put on loads of prints. Nevertheless, I feel consolation is vital so so long as it’s comfy, that’s my model “ says Lim.
Welcoming the Lunar New Yr
As they sat having their make-up completed and posing for images in our studio, each women chatted excitedly about their plans for the festive season.
Ng, who comes from a really conventional household, might be visiting the temple and celebrating along with her household in Melbourne.
“I’m the oldest of three women, and we now have a convention the place we kneel earlier than our mother and father, ” defined Ng.
“I’ll kneel to every of them with oranges, after which give them needs, say auspicious issues for the brand new yr, and thank them. I advised my sisters that we now have to do that yearly, and my nephew now follows the identical custom.”
She completely believes within the Chinese language horoscope, and will get a bespoke studying completed for herself yearly, to see what’s in retailer for her and the way she will pray to the deities on tips on how to enhance a probably dismal yr. “My household is extraordinarily superstitious and very conventional within the sense that we comply with loads of Chinese language traditions. No sweeping the ground on the primary day, no washing your hair on the primary day, no shouting, no screaming, no arguing… it’s crucial, ” says Ng, who was born within the yr of the canine and identifies with the zodiac’s traits of being loyal, family-oriented and heat.
Lim then again, doesn’t comply with traditions that a lot however utterly respects them.
“I used to be born within the yr of the pig and sure, I don’t utterly comply with them however I do respect them for what they’re. I by no means often take them critically however once you don’t pay attention and issues occur not as soon as, not twice however extra, you’ll be able to’t assist however simply comply with, imagine and respect them, ” mentioned the jovial mother-of-four and director of the Robson 7 group area.
She is wanting ahead to spending the eve of the celebration, in addition to the primary day, along with her household and in-laws.
“I by no means needed to miss the primary day with my mother and father so that’s great. We by no means journey, nevertheless, this Chinese language New Yr for me can be totally different as I might be leaving for Langkawi on the fifth day to conduct a training and mentoring session for the ladies of Picha Eats and their group, ” mentioned Lim, who enthusiastically entails herself in various initiatives.
“It’s a fairly nice technique to begin a brand new yr for me as my plans for the yr forward are all about connecting, rising, working with totally different teams with the group in thoughts and studying new issues which might take away self-limiting beliefs.”
Reflecting on 2019
Final yr was definitely a very good one for each women, as each has a set of achievements they’re happy with.
Lim sat down and wrote down all of the issues she was grateful for, selecting 13 issues that have been the spotlight of 2019.
“These 13 issues have been additionally my achievements and to share a number of, I began a group area and workplace known as Robson 7, turned a Licensed Affiliate Coach, carried out a motivational speak, determined to revisit my creative facet by portray and had individuals shopping for them (some even got here to me with a request), after which had my work auctioned to lift funds for a group venture known as GoCommunity powered by Robson 7 x GoCar.”
Aside from this, she additionally raised RM100,00 for kids’s schooling beneath GoCommunity which she partnered with GoCar, PichaEats, Fashion Hyperlink, Bravoeventz and Minnamarina.
“And for the love of oneself and my well being, I ought to embody being fitter and stronger, ” she mentioned, including that she has one other venture up her sleeve which might be revealed quickly.
Ng, who’s the managing director of Xeoul Clinic, an aesthetics clinic, did her firm rebranding and launched the primary product from our skincare vary, Aegis Solar Suds, a singular 3-in-1 shampoo, face and physique wash sunscreen with solar safety.
For this yr she hopes to deliver extra fascinating and new aesthetics plus well being biotechnological-based merchandise and choices from abroad, and to additionally launch different thrilling skincare merchandise.
Each women imagine that whereas striving to problem themselves of their skilled lives is vital, they need to additionally give again as a lot as they’ll.
Lim, who grew up with mother and father who all the time give to and help the group, discovered the significance of serving to these round her from them.
“It is usually by them that I discovered that serving to these in want shouldn’t be about charitable work however constructing the muse of a group. Charity work isn’t just about supporting these in want however it’s about elevating as a lot consciousness for these you might be supporting.
“We’re in spite of everything, a group and no matter race, intercourse, faith and age, we should always all the time help each other for we’re chargeable for one another. An excellent nation doesn’t stand on secure politics or a flourishing economic system alone. The individuals, the group is what makes the nation nice and protected and that to me is essential, ” she explains.
For Ng, who has the sources to vary individuals’s lives by serving to them construct their confidence by their look, recurrently seeks out shoppers that want intensive reconstructive work and who could not have the means to take action.
“One consumer had a extremely dangerous accident, her face was all smashed in, and he or she misplaced imaginative and prescient in a single eye, ” defined Ng. “We introduced her in and made her a bit extra stunning once more. For her, it had come to some extent the place she was so badly broken that individuals didn’t recognise her, and he or she wouldn’t go up and admit to people who it was her as a result of she simply felt like she didn’t need them to know.”
One other case which Ng and her group took on concerned an 18-year-old lady who was run over by a lorry as she was using her bicycle, and there are different instances the clinic has generously helped.
As well as, Ng quietly visits and helps welfare houses that don’t get a lot publicity, and he or she goes throughout non-peak seasons.
Philosophy in life
With a lot going for them professionally and of their private lives, what values or beliefs do they stay by?
Lim, an upbeat character with loads of sensible cracks and jokes up her sleeve, is a cheerful one that tries to unfold happiness wherever she goes.
She says that her intention is to undertake kindness. “To be sort particularly to oneself and to not let others’ judgement outline or get to me, ” mentioned Lim. “To all the time develop and never be afraid of attempting once more.”
Her recommendation on being completely happy is that “being completely happy” is about being current, accepting and having fun with one’s flaws, weaknesses and energy.
A meticulous perfectionist, who enjoys baking (she believes it’s extra a science than an artwork type given the acute precision required to provide the proper cake or pastries), Ng believes that something is feasible when you attempt laborious sufficient.
Photographer: Yap Chee Hong/The Star
Styling: Peter Lum
Ai San’s hair and make-up: Anita Tang/A Minimize Above
Dorothy’s hair and make-up: Yunn G/A Minimize Above
Attire: Melinda Looi