Everyone thought Amber Yong was mad to take her babies to Iceland for a holiday last year. Born prematurely, Leia and Lauren Lok were just five months old.
But in true millennial style, the first-time mum did her own research, then bundled the girls up and survived a 22-hour journey to the land of fire and ice with her husband Peter, 40.
“Everyone thought it was a bad idea. Their worries were well-intentioned, but we’ve seen many infants long-haul travelling with parents, so surely it would have been manageable,” Amber reasons.
“We also consulted multiple paediatricians and made sure their major vaccinations were all done before travel.”
A seasoned globetrotter, the 32-year old marketing manager explored over 20 countries before the babies came along.
Encouraged by the success of their first family trip, she has planned more holidays this year – to Iceland again, Japan, and possibly Hawaii.
“The babies’ well-being will always be our priority, but we don’t see them as a barrier to our travels,“ she says. Her twins, Leia and Lauren, are now 10 months old.
While they will probably not remember a thing at this age, we will have so many stories and pictures to share with them when they get older. That, to us, makes everything all worthwhile.”
Her unconventional views also extend to her everyday parenting approach. She and Peter, who works in the finance sector, have relatively flexible work hours and they take turns to take care of their twins – without a helper.
In between work and baby-care duties, she also runs a hugely successful Instagram account @leialauren.
“All parents want the best for their child, but the approach often varies. I see many parents stressing over the smallest of things. My parenting philosophy is simple – just chill!”
(Video and photos: Young Parents and Instagram)