Things They Don’t Tell You is a weekly online column that dives deep into the lives of Prestige 40 Under 40 class of 2020 laureates, where they share little-known stories and offer insights on things that go under-the-radar. This week, we get candid with Serene Chua, banker and founder of Wolf Burgers.
I fell into both my job and business by chance. Talk about serendipity.
Being an avid foodie, I wanted to start a food business. With all stars aligned, my business partner left his job and there was a restaurant space available on the East Coast. His decade-long friend was a private dining chef who also decided to venture further professionally then, hence she became our Head Chef at Carvers & Co.
Carvers was established five years ago and it’s now located at Asia Square. We started Wolf Burgers four years ago after our Carvers burger won a challenge. We now have physical outlets at Funan, Suntec, CT Hub and cloud kitchens at Orchard, Hillview and Tampines.
I was actually a TV host for Channel U, but took a 360-degree switch into banking. That was when there was a merger in TV stations between MediaCorp and SPH Mediaworks, and I decided to leave to become a banker instead.
I never thought one day I’d be able to realise my childhood dream of having my own burger place.
Becoming a mother has been an incredible experience. Children teach you about unconditional love and patience, and they certainly bring out the best in you.
Single mothers are inspiring. It’s never easy being a mummy and daddy at the same time, juggling both work and family. I have quite a few single mum friends who are strong, passionate, driven, intelligent and kind. Besides giving me good advice, they are also brilliant role models.
I’m determined, driven, adventurous and charming.
I tend to do too many things at the same time, like eating the whole cake instead of a slice.
The best thing I’ve heard is my son saying to me, “you’re my hero.”
God forgive me, but I have 11 tattoos and plan to get more!
I’d rather be shot, than to lose my family, dignity and heart.
I’m scared of bungee jumping, eating insects, and swimming with sharks.
Compassion is doing charitable work, and showing more kindness and empathy towards others.
I’d tell my younger self to study less and play more!
But the stupidest thing I’ve ever done is to give up studying overseas for one semester because my university boyfriend told me to stay.
Things that make me feel good: nature, flowers, long walks, burgers, ice cream, chocolates, good food, cocktails, massages, working out, and spending time with my family.
You learn from defeat, but you never really lose. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.
Life is beautiful and you should live every moment like it’s your last. Carpe diem. It’s not how long, but how well you have lived.
It is so important to be able to live, love and laugh.
(Main and featured image: Prestige Singapore; all other images courtesy of Serene Chua)