Zoe Tay on middle child taking PSLE; eldest son telling her not to wear bikini

October 01, 2019
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    Zoe Tay can finally relax – the all-important Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) ends on Wednesday (Oct 2).

    Her middle son Ashton is sitting the examination where the result determines which secondary school he can enrol in.

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    Speaking to Shin Min Daily News to promote her upcoming drama My Guardian Angels, Zoe, 51, said she had tried to get Ashton, 12, to focus on what is important ahead of the exam.

    “I don’t want him to have any regrets in the future. I told him: ‘I’m very worried for you because you don’t seem worried for yourself.'”

    (Also read: PSLE new scoring system 2021: What every parent in Singapore should know)


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    Like any concerned Singapore parent, Zoe, who has two other sons with her pilot-husband Philip Chionh, made sure that Ashton was up to the test by ensuring that he did not fall ill during the PSLE. The oral examinations for English and Mother Tongue started in August.

    She also brewed herbal soup for him and monitored his work at night when she came back from shooting.

    (Also read: How to support your child so he can do his best for PSLE)


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    But Zoe is careful not to pressure her sons too much. “I always tell him that he has to start revising early and he can’t cram for the exams at the last minute.”

    Her eldest son Brayden is 14 so that leaves only Nathan, eight, still to tackle the PSLE challenge. “I’ll think about that hurdle later,” she said.

    (Also read: Secondary school streaming changes parents must know: No Normal/Express, 4-year curriculum and more)

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    With the year-end holidays approaching, there is time to relax for now but if the family head to the beach, Zoe has to deal with another issue.

    Should she pack her bikini in the luggage?

    (Also read: Here’s how you can afford a family holiday every six months)


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    Brayden has told her that he does not want her to wear the skimpy item.

    He thinks she looks fat in the costume, she said.

    “He kept telling me I was fat and it made me think if I was,” Zoe added, revealing what he said during a family trip to Bali.

    (Also read: 19 countries in 3 years: Holiday packing list #goals from a frequent traveller mum)


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    She thinks that he is getting to an age when he may feel uncomfortable seeing his mother showing “too much skin”.

    Since beach outings are rare for the family, she noted too that her sons “might not be used to seeing me in swimwear”.

    (Also read: 7 best beach holidays in Asia for families)


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    “When we went to the Maldives this year, Brayden also refused to let me put on a bikini.”

    Upon hearing this, Zoe’s co-star, 45-year-old Pierre Png, said in mock anger: “He can’t be this selfish, there are other men out there as well. Besides, I think Zoe is really hot.”

    (Also read: Family travel hacks: Visit Maldives on a budget)

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

    (Photos: Instagram)

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