The Peak (Singapore) - - The Hot Seat -

com­prises 11 lodges, each with azure views of the Alas Strait and the is­land of Sum­bawa beyond. The iso­lated lo­cale, with its elysian sur­rounds, was not the only lux­ury the cou­ple en­joyed. Wi-Fi was not avail­able in the re­sort. “When you run an on­line busi­ness, there’s so much dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion you have to process each day,” says Eng. “When we’re at Jeeva, we don’t choose to tune out. We’re forced to do so. We snorkel, spend time with each other, and I get lost in crime fic­tion from Hen­ning Mankell.”

In­deed, with six stores in Sin­ga­pore, a re­cent pop-up in Lon­don, a multi-con­cept store cum bak­ery open­ing in Kuala Lumpur this month, and e-com­merce sites in each of these coun­tries, the young cou­ple over­see­ing over 90 staff on pay­roll barely have time to them­selves. Tak­ing mul­ti­task­ing to the next level, they bring their 14-month-old son, Ralph, into the of­fice daily. His playpen, a riot of toys and cush­ions, is sited next to their desk. When the tod­dler is not amus­ing him­self with the of­fice cat, he can count on the staff at Nai­ise to be his play­mates.

Since their first visit in 2015, the cou­ple has re­turned to Jeeva with friends, and a third time with their team. For Tay, the re­mote en­vi­rons re­mains a sa­cred space for him to recharge and re­cal­i­brate: “I don’t get in­ter­rupted here and it gives me time to think, clear my head, and plan the next steps for the com­pany.”

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