A Com­ing Of Age

Prestige (Singapore) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Lau­ren Tan | EDI­TOR

I’M IN­CRED­I­BLY HUM­BLED that you’ve stopped at this page. It gives me the op­por­tu­nity to self-pro­mote and call at­ten­tion to the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work that ev­ery­one in the Pres­tige fam­ily pours into ev­ery is­sue, ev­ery event and dig­i­tal post. It is a big fam­ily and we num­ber in the dozens, right down to the guy (con­sis­tently voted “Most Help­ful” at our oce party awards) who de­liv­ers your ex­tra five copies be­cause you want to share your ar­ti­cle with fam­ily and friends.

It takes such a big team be­cause no one wants to draw the short straw and tell our group pub­lisher: “No, this can’t be done.” It takes such a big team be­cause if you are go­ing to do some­thing, well then, kill it. Make it some­thing you can be proud of.

This is­sue, the edi­to­rial team went all out, con­tact­ing and fea­tur­ing some 100 per­son­al­i­ties within th­ese pages. About 60 were per­son­ally pho­tographed, in what was a co­or­di­nated lo­gis­ti­cal feat. At the same time, our Fairy God­mother and her team were plan­ning the Ball of all balls for 600 VIP guests.

We weren’t gun­ning for num­bers. Rather, our ob­jec­tive is — and al­ways has been — to con­nect with our read­ers; to con­nect with so­ci­ety and high so­ci­ety.

In case you haven’t no­ticed (pos­si­bly dis­tracted by the tac­til­ity of our very first vel­vet-coated, dou­ble-spot UV cover), we’re cel­e­brat­ing our 16th an­niver­sary. It is a com­ing of age; the next big birth­day after cross­ing into our teenage years, be­fore hit­ting adult­hood. It is the year teenagers in our lo­cal schools start con­sid­er­ing their fu­ture — who they are, what they as­pire to be and how do they get wher­ever “there” is. They’re usu­ally not alone in their de­ci­sions.

Nei­ther are we. We have stake­hold­ers in the larger Pres­tige com­mu­nity who lend a guid­ing hand. But that’s not nearly the same as im­mers­ing in the en­vi­ron­ment around us. That’s why we went out to speak to 100 news­mak­ers — to learn about their own jour­neys and in­ter­ests. Be­cause we too are that 16-year-old stand­ing at the cross­roads. And ev­ery­thing they shared with us, we share with you.

For ev­ery in­spi­ra­tional tale and nugget of wis­dom re­ported in th­ese pages, we also have the light­hearted that is sim­ply to make you smile. Be­cause one les­son we’ve also learned is to not take our­selves too se­ri­ously. There’s too much fun to be had. After all, this mag­a­zine was con­ceived to cel­e­brate the very best in life.

In case we’re all still keep­ing count — this is our 193rd is­sue. It’s just seven more to till we hit the big 200 and break out the party hats again. With grat­i­tude,

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