What inspired mum Ng Gim Choo to start EtonHouse International Education Group in 1995?
Her daughter’s experience in kindergarten when they lived in the U.K. “She enjoyed it so much that on the weekends she would put on her uniform and wait for me to bring her to school,” she recalls. Upon returning to SG, Gim Choo wanted to create such a world where learning was such a joyful experience. Today, EtonHouse boasts a stellar reputation and 120 schools in more than 12 countries, including14 around the island. And Gim Choo’s son Yi Xian has since joinedthe family business.
While Covid has certainly been disruptive for their educational group, it’s been a boon for Ng family togetherness. New father Yi Xian is treasuring every moment spent with his 6-month-old twin sons– and enjoys spoiling them, too. He recently purchased a one-of-a-kind Manhattan Skwish wood rattle and teether toy for the boys. Meanwhile, grandma Gim Choo says she has “fallen in love all over again”with the twins.
Gim Choo starts her day with a walk. “I wake up at 5 a.m., take in fresh air and do my thinking.” Yi Xian, on the other hand, likes to do meditation. He has also started a podcast called A Different Path in which he interviews Singaporeans who have “dared to be different”. One last recommendation? Yi Xian enthusiastically endorses Gaijin Japanese Soul Food in King Albert Park mall. “Get the Hokkaido ‘Snow Pork’ Katsu Curry Don!”
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