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The lighter side of Cherie Lim

Wife of billionaire Peter Lim, CHERIE LIM discusses the importance of charity and…having longer legs

The lighter side of Cherie Lim

You're a committed volunteer, giving free food to the elderly every Chinese New Year. What have you learnt from your experience?
Humility and human mortality.

Why do you do what you do?
It gives me the opportunity to inculcate, educate and pass on the torch of giving to our young volunteers. I hope that our little spark is able to start a fire with our future generations.

What inspires you?
Things I see, hear, feel and smell, and of course, the family and friends who surround me.

Describe your typical day.
I wake up, go through messages and emails, read the news, exercise (I either hit the gym or the golf course), eat, run errands or attend meetings for my charity projects, have dinner, have supper, sleep.

What gets you going?
Screams from my husband when I'm running late.

What's the most surprising thing in your bag?
I don't carry bags. My hands are my handbag.

Your most used expression or emoji?
Fighting!

Your guilty indulgences are…
Food and fast cars.

Your favourite foods are…
Japanese, Italian, nasi padang, Chinese, Spanish, and so on. Food is my weakness and trust me, I can eat! I can make a couple of dishes, but my friends say my pork chops and chicken cooked with beer are my best dishes. I have even learnt how to make Chinese rice wine from my mom.

What about travel?
Once a year, I travel with my girlfriends for golf. We have visited key golf clubs in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Scotland, Spain, the US and Canada.

Your dream job as a kid was…
To be the president.

You de-stress by…
Going out with friends. It's always therapeutic to have tea and talk about nothing.

What advice would you pass on to your kids or your 20-year-old self?
To eat anything while you can at that age, because if you eat whatever you want now at my age (she's 45), your tummy shows up almost immediately!

Your greatest fear is…
Cockroaches.

Your happiest moment was…
When I got my first car, a Suzuki GTi. I got it with my hard-earned cash from hair endorsements and savings from my acting — it was a mark of achievement for me.

Your pet peeve is…
Rude people.

Your greatest success is…
Being happy and contented.

Your best habit is…
My three-step facial beauty routine — cleanse, tone and moisturise. I have added sun protection to the daily ritual as I play a lot of golf, I even put on full "ninja gear" when I golf to protect my skin.

Your best tips on keeping fit and looking great?
There's no shortcut. So exercise, exercise, exercise. They say 30 percent depends on exercise and 70 percent on diet, so go easy on the sugar and carbs. Keep hydrated, it makes a huge difference to your skin. I must give credit to my mum, perhaps it was her daily soups that did the trick.

Your worst habit is…
Poor time management.

Describe yourself in three words.
Down to earth.

What would you change about yourself?
I would love to have longer legs.

Get the December issue of Prestige for our exclusive interview and photo spread with Cherie Lim, where she shares about beating the odds, courage and resilience, and the joy of giving back.
Cherie Lim is wearing a high jewellery set from Etourdissant Cartier. More glimpses into the French Maison's new high jewellery collection in the December issue.