Charmaine Seah-Ong on Instagram

Charmaine Seah-Ong on Instagram

Visual Ephemera +65 Co-founder of @Elementary.Co Wife to @dercong, Momma to #CharlieRoseOng & #DahliaJaymesOng

(Warning: this is a very long post, so please bear with me) . . 218- that s a number that I ve not forgotten for the last 23 years. I felt nauseas when I opened my PSLE results slip, and was certain my parents would be furious. Instead they hugged me and told me they were proud of me for doing my best, which made me cry and even feel a bit worse because I didn t think I deserved such love. . . But it s exactly that - their unwavering love and belief in me, their fuck-up of a Daughter (at least that s what I thought I was in my teens), that made me all the more determined to make something of myself. . . I worked through Polytechnic where I studied Design, finally did well enough to land a full-time job immediately after graduation and spent the next 5 years working in production when a chance meeting at the soon-to-be-opened first IR in Singapore landed me a job offer. Why would you work for a Casino? You don t even gamble. my then Boyfriend, now Husband asked. But I decided to take a chance with the unknown, and that leads us to this picture - my time at RWS, which was a defining point in my life. . . Who would ve thought that a person with barely any marketing experience and no degree would be on the marketing team that opened Universal Studios Singapore, and would get to work with her big childhood and film school heroes like Sesame Street, DreamWorks, Transformers or Steven Spielberg?? . . 12 year old me certainly definitely didn t think she d get to NAME the world s first Transformers ride, or help write the script to a TV commercial that Sesame Street characters would star in, or help transform an entire theme park for Halloween Horror Nights. . . Neither did I think that one day I d be running a company that we built from nothing but our own blood, sweat and tears. But all that I did. And it s because I refused to let that 2-1-8 define who I was, and what I was capable of achieving. . . Without that failure, would have never come the determination to do better, be better. Every child develops at a different pace, and some children have talents beyond the classroom. (cont d)

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