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.”