Nurturing Young Minds
As educators who champion early childhood education, Angelyn Chong and Shaine Wong have dedicated a significant part of their lives to a meaningful cause, one that is close to their hearts. The duo, who first met through their then boyfriends turned husbands, clicked instantly and a steadfast friendship ensued as they bonded over a mutual interest in beauty and fashion. It is also their fervent passion for education that strengthened their friendship as Angelyn takes up a full-time educator role at a child enrichment centre, while Shaine is a former Montessori teacher turned social media influencer and blogger who has put her education background to good use and shares her knowledge on parenting tips.
From a young age, Angelyn had always leaned towards a corporate banking profession and she reveals that teaching was never a career choice until she took up a part-time teaching stint during her university student days at an enrichment centre. “Children are extremely innocent beings and I learned that no one child is a bad person by nature. Day by day, the responsibility and passion to help these innocent children grow to become better people grew on me. When they achieve well, I feel a sense of accomplishment and genuine happiness,” Angelyn opens up, citing that she left a career in banking behind after one year and took a leap of faith into early childhood education. “Education whether at home or at school is what shapes an individual; social skills, morals, values and beliefs are all garnered through education. Education bridges gaps and prepares a child for the real world,” she asserts, adding that her job is not just a career, it is an outlet for her to give back to society and drives her to achieve more.
“Education whether at home or at school is what shapes an individual; social skills, morals, values and beliefs are all garnered through education. Education bridges gaps and prepares a child for the real world” Angelyn Chong
For Shaine, the birth of her firstborn Jacob led her to give up her Montessori teaching profession though it was not the end of the road as she began documenting her motherhood experience and sharing parenting tips on her blog. “I enjoy spending time with children and observing their emotions and behaviour. Early childhood education experiences play a vital role in shaping their adulthood,” says the mother of two, who uses social media to connect with like-minded mothers from all over the world. Since embarking on her personal motherhood journey, the most important lesson she has learned is that patience is a virtue. “Sometimes you want to give your children so much that you end up burdening yourself which results in you being unhappy. My suggestion would be to slow down, recognise your strengths and weaknesses then plan ahead. Advice from friends and family will be helpful too,” she shares.
What It Means To Be Strong and Successful
As a woman who isn’t afraid to pursue her own passion and live fearlessly, both Angelyn and Shaine have their own ideas on the qualities a strong, successful woman should embody. For Angelyn, the very notion of a strong, successful woman should equate to a well-balanced woman who juggles between career and family. “She would be good in time management and setting priorities in life. She will handle herself well both physically and emotionally. She will be good, do good and equate success with meaning, not money.” On the other hand, Shaine’s idea is an independent woman who knows when to seek help. “A woman who knows her flaws and is not afraid to be true to her feelings, willing to fall from her mistakes and pull herself back up should not hesitate to call herself a successful, strong woman,” she says.
The Secret To Flawless Skin
When it comes to their beauty routine, they tend to look for products that are designed for women on-the-go such as the Dior Prestige range. The premium range harnesses the power of the Rose de Granville and has introduced two new products that cater to busy women such as Angelyn and Shaine.
Not just a foundation, the Dior Le Cushion Teint De Rose SPF 50 also boasts skincare properties and delivers buildable coverage, while the Dior La Micro-Huile de Rose acts as a pre-serum to target tired and ageing skin. For Angelyn, both products are easy to use and fit into her busy schedule seamlessly. She carries the cushion around her work bag and applies her makeup in the car on the way to work, only touching up her makeup base before dinner to freshen up. As for the Dior La Micro-Huile de Rose, she uses it as a booster right before moisturising. “I have sensitive skin and what I like about both products is that they do not leave my face feeling oily or cakey and that the coverage on the cushion is just right,” she adds.
“I like the idea of the rose because it’s feminine and provides my skin the energy it requires, allowing me to power through my hectic schedule every day.” Shaine Wong
Being a public face who meets new people every day has also prompted Shaine to be presentable and confident in her own skin. “I like the idea of the rose because it’s feminine and provides my skin the energy it requires, allowing me to power through my hectic schedule every day. After incorporating the Dior La Micro-Huile de Rose into my skincare routine, I realised that my T-zone does not turn oily at the end of the day. For the cushion foundation, I love how it gives my complexion a healthy and natural-looking effect that makes me feel like I’m not wearing anything on my skin.”