Annie Cheong found her perfect match in floral arrangements. She now enjoys making all couples’ weddings as unique as possible.

What’s your story?
After graduating with a degree in social work, I worked in a local VWO dealing with family violence. I love my work and I learnt so much but I knew I had to do something on my own after I finished my bond.  I toyed with a few ideas and realised that I was really good with flowers after going to classes as respite from my work. I also got to know a fellow social work classmate’s program who trains low-income ladies in floral arrangement. At that point of time, I just felt like I’d found a perfect match.

What excites you most about your industry?
Working with new flowers, new styles and meeting new people. It’s really exciting and challenging to constantly innovate and think of new ideas to make each wedding as unique as possible for the couples.
Also, it’s really fun to have the daily opportunity to experiment, to create and to develop my own signature style in floral design.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Born and raised in Singapore, I spent almost all my life in Singapore. I love travelling and am blessed to be able to travel to many Asian countries. I especially enjoy my overseas volunteering trips to many SEA countries, India and China.
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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore! This country is full of ideals, dreams and opportunities. I’ve met many like-minded people since starting up and they have never failed to connect me with all the resources that I might need.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal,” Albert Pine.

Who inspires you?
God. There will be days when I’m so afraid that I can’t pay my rent but god will remind me to be patient. I’ve a friend who transferred me money secretly after waking up one day saying that god wanted her to pledge that amount of money to us.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I just watched The Big Short and was blown away by it. It’s really ok to be weird or deviate from the usual path. I feel a particular connection to Christian Bale’s character in the movie.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
There’s nothing that I would do differently. I came to realise that everything happens for a reason. By giving your best in everything that you have committed to at any point of time, then you should have no regrets.

How do you unwind?
Reading, listening to music and catching up with friends. I feel so guilty that I’ve been so busy with my work and I’ve neglected many of my friends.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Thailand. Love the beaches, the food, the people, the shopping and of course, the massages.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Shameless plug for your business:
Whether whimsical or elegant, leave it to us to create the wedding that is uniquely yours. We’re happy to accommodate any ideas, however crazy! -winks-

How can people connect with you?
Website: www.helloflowers.sg
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/helloflowerssg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/helloflowerssg

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia.  He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries.  He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence.  A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is a partner in the Private Equity firm Unity-Group. Co-founder and non-exec director of The Marketing Group PLC and is CEO of Key Person of Influence (Asia). He is author of 'Progressive Partnerships'.

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