At 18, Jilly Wang left Shanghai for Singapore to study mass communications. Back then, she dreamed about working in the media, maybe as a TV programme anchor. Student life in Singapore was carefree. “I met a lot of friends in college and we hung out after class. There were always different activities going on and it was an exciting time. On my 19th birthday, my classmates surprised me with a party at the roof deck of the house I was staying in. They did up the place, organised games and got me a cake. That was the first time I celebrated my birthday in Singapore. Although my family was not with me then, my heart was filled with so much love and friendship. I’m still friends with them to this day,” Jilly shares.
Favourite song/band/singer that year?
I was in love with Jay Chou. At that age, we were all so emotional, and his music perfectly reflected those tumultuous teenage years.
Advice for your teenage self?
I think I didn’t spent enough time studying. At that age, we thought we were better and smarter. Looking back, I feel that I should have attempted to learn more things. Now, with a family and kids, my energy and time are limited; it’s much more difficult for me to learn new things or study…
If you were to relive your teenage years, what would you change?
I’d talk less and observe more, wear less make-up and eat less junk food. Oh, and I’d have started going to the gym.
Is there an item of clothing or accessory from that time that you still have today?
I have a funny habit: I don’t like to keep things. I prefer to give away any clothes or accessories I don’t wear anymore. Every two months, I clear my dressing room and storeroom.
Art direction: Audrey Chan
Photography: Joel Low
Hair: Christvian Goh & Zoel Tee, using Revlon Professional
Photography assistance: Alfie Pan