Amber Yong, 32, head of marketing. Married to Peter Lok, 40, CFO of a multinational company, for four years. They have a pair of nine-month-old twins, Leia and Lauren.
Q: You have two babies, a full-time job and no helper – that must be tough!
“My husband and I are uncomfortable with the idea of having strangers in the house, so we decided from the start to do without domestic help. I didn’t even have a confinement nanny! We ordered confinement food from Thomson Medical Centre. We learnt to let certain things go, because it’s impossible to keep your house super-neat with two babies. While both of us hold fulltime jobs, Peter mostly works from home; my company offers flexi-work arrangements, so I can take time off when he travels for work.”
Q: We can’t get enough of Leia and Lauren’s cute OOTD posts (@leialauren)! Tell us about their Instagram journey.
“I started the account when they were two months old. They now have more than 192,000 followers! My husband and I have always enjoyed photography, and we have a lot of fun coming up with quirky ideas like dressing them as Cup Noodles or Wonder Women.”
Q: There was a big hoo-ha over blogger Xiaxue perming her toddler’s hair. Have you been criticised for the way you style your daughters?
“I haven’t, but I did receive comments accusing me of force-feeding them because they are so chubby. It’s crazy, because babies eat what they want – they each have 150ml of milk a feed, five times a day, and stop when they’ve had enough. I just ignore haters.”
Q: What advice would you give to other mums?
“Motherhood is life-changing, but it doesn’t define you. It’s okay to want to focus on your career and pursue other things that make you happy, like travelling. My husband and I recently took our twins on a 12-day trip to Iceland. People thought we were crazy, but the key is to do a lot of research and preparation, like packing extras of everything (clothes, antibacterial wipes, milk) in your hand luggage, reserving baby car seats, and working your itinerary around their feed and sleep breaks.”
Q: Is there pressure from your social circle to be a yummy mummy?
“Not really! But looking good is important to me because it gives me confidence. I go for manicures and pedicures, as well as massages once or twice a month to relieve backaches from carrying my babies. I also squeeze in aerial yoga classes twice a week during lunchtime.”
Photography: Winston Chuang
Art direction: Alice Chua
Stylist: Tok Wei Lun
Hair: Vincent Phua/Air Salon
Makeup: Marie Soh, Using Givenchy
On Amber: Outfit Ch Carolina Herrera
On twins: Dresses Burberry