Director at a family investment holding company
Stephanie Lee is always poised and elegant, even with two young kids – Max, who is turning three, and 16-month-old Isabelle – running around and constantly bombarding her with questions. She and her husband, Choo Ken-Yi, are blessed to have their parents and in-laws, as well as their helpers, to lovingly care for the two tots during weekdays to allow her to concentrate on work.
“I make it a point to see my children before I go to work, and spend more time with them after or between meetings. They are a motivation for me to wrap things up as efficiently as possible, so I can head home to spend quality time with them, reading, singing, walking or having them sit with us during dinner.”
Weekends are almost always spent with the kids before it’s lights out at 8pm; it’s then couple time for Stephanie and Ken-Yi. She shares that “nothing else matters, except for your children’s health and happiness. Seeing them laugh and grow well eradicates all forms of stress and worries. These things teach me to slow down, be present, and embrace all that life and God have to offer. If it is God’s will that I have more, definitely. Children are such a blessing and bring so much happiness to our lives.”
What’s changed after having children?
My priorities changed, and there is a purpose in life – I’m responsible for my children and it’s no longer just about myself. Everything is new again, and I’m continuously learning and re-experiencing things through the eyes of my children. Sure, I have less time to spoil myself – my time is focused on spending quality time with my children and husband – but I would not have asked for anything different.
What does Mother’s Day mean to you?
I used to think of it as a commercialised holiday involving unnecessary gifts and flowers. But since becoming a mother, it’s a day to celebrate my love for and gratitude to all mothers, especially my own, for the sacrifices they have made in their own ways. It also reminds me of how blessed I am to have such a supportive husband and loving children.
How have you been inspired by your own mother, Jessie?
She always leaves the best parts of the food or dishes for us and eats whatever is left! She does not believe in gifts, but in actions – when we were younger, she woke up the earliest to ensure that the household was in order, and was the last to go to bed, just so she knew that everyone was safe. She also taught me to never mix my alcohol and drink on an empty stomach, which I continuously remind myself of to this day!
What will you say to your children when they turn 21?
Happy Birthday! May God continue blessing you with peace, strength, patience, positivity, humility and happiness. We love you so very much.
Art Direction: Audrey Chan
Hair: Ann Lin/Athens Salon
Make-up:TG Goh, using Shiseido