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Marie Lim
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Language of love

The New Paper | Marie Lim | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

(Left to right) Julia Nickson, Lin Meijiao with her daughter Chantalle Ng and Maddy Barber.

Cynthia Sng, 47
Managing director for Haba Skincare and Cosmetics

Megan Lau, 13
Secondary 1 student

Cynthia Sng goes against the stereotype of the Asian parent.

She readily shows affection for her daughter, Megan, often stroking the teenager's hair during the interview.

Cynthia even takes an interest in K-pop - going as far as to wade into the mosh pit - just because Megan and her brother like SNSD and Big Bang.

While Megan is shy, she's not afraid to talk about her love for Mummy.

The pair enjoy playing games, pranking Daddy, giving each other makeovers.

Cynthia hopes that Megan will eventually take over her business.

But for now, the Secondary 1 student seems more interested in dancing.

How do you show her you love her?

Cynthia: I hug and kiss mummy in public. When she is free, I ask her to shop with me. I ask her to pat me to sleep at night. I sleep with Mummy, too.

Megan: Every other night, she'd ask if she could sleep with us. If we say no, she'd be an illegal squatter and sleep on the floor (in our room) in a sleeping bag.

Most memorable gift you got from her?

Cynthia: I love her dancing. She's always very shy. Her performing a dance for me in front of all my friends for last year's Mother's Day made me really happy.

How do you plan to celebrate Mother's Day?

Megan: Probably get her a cup. She would always say, 'Please don't get me another cup.' And I would get another just to provoke her. It has become a tradition.

What do you talk about?

Cynthia: She tells me about her friends, gossip, complaints and we discuss how to deal with things.

Megan: Boys, too! (Giggles.)

What's your wish for her?

Cynthia: I wish that she will take over my business one day. She is quite business-minded, so the business might interest her.

Megan: During the holidays, I would ask for a uniform, stand in her shop and ask Mummy to pay me. (Laughs.)

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