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Prestige (Singapore) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Grace Tay | EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF [email protected]

YOU KNOW HOW they say time flies when you’re hav­ing fun? Well, the past few weeks must have had passes for a hy­per­sonic jet ride — ev­ery­thing whizzed by so fast, my mem­o­ries haven’t quite kept up. I must have had a ball.

We did in­deed have our Pres­tige Ball in Septem­ber, cel­e­brat­ing this mag­a­zine’s 18th an­niver­sary. That night, too, seemed to be over in a flash — it was that much fun! I re­call ar­riv­ing at The Ritz- Carl­ton, Mil­lenia Sin­ga­pore, still feel­ing new to the team (it was only Work Day No. 12 for me) and slightly self- con­scious. I re­mem­ber my col­leagues Lion­nel and Choong pin­ning, then deftly sewing me into my gown, which had ar­rived just two nights be­fore af­ter de­lays at cus­toms and turned out to be a dress size too large. No wardrobe mal­func­tions on my part that night and noth­ing ev­ery­one could not un­see, thanks to those amaz­ing guys.

There wasn’t enough time to say hi to ev­ery fa­mil­iar face that night, let alone catch up proper — but we have the weeks and months ahead for that; you know how to find me. It was also lovely meet­ing other friends of Pres­tige for the fi rst time, and truly heart­warm­ing to be a party to the warm con­vivi­al­ity all round.

We’re still por­ing over thou­sands of pho­tos from the night, so please be pa­tient with us and look out for our Ball cover­age in our Novem­ber is­sue. We’ve got some pho­tos and a video up on Pres­ti­geon­line.com and, of course, you can check out # pres­tige­ball2018 on so­cial for pho­tos from the Pres­tige fam.

Fam­ily — it’s the heart and soul of so­ci­ety, and it’s defi nitely at the core of Chloe Tong’s pri­or­i­ties. Our cover per­son­al­ity, who as an 8-year- old de­clared she would one day take over her fa­ther’s busi­ness, stepped o– her own ca­reer track to fo­cus on her young fam­ily. With her at his side, hus­band An­thony Tan can fo­cus on grow­ing Grab, Sin­ga­pore’s top-funded tech startup with a $ 10- bil­lion val­u­a­tion. And that’s the thing about fam­ily, isn’t it — it’s about be­ing there.

As I write this note, it’s been ex­actly one month and a day since I joined Pres­tige. As some of you may know, there’ve been not a few changes in our com­pany, but I’m hum­bled and grate­ful to have been brought on board in their wake. It’s been a busy month. I’ve been so touched by col­leagues and friends who’ve been pa­tient as I find my feet, bought me lunch when I’m teth­ered to my desk, brewed chicken essence when I said I now strug­gle to stay awake past 8pm, promised to sup­port Pres­tige and yes, sewn me into my gown. Thanks for be­ing there. I’m adopt­ing you as fam­ily.

Oh, where are my man­ners — I haven’t in­tro­duced my­self. It’s a plea­sure to meet you. I’m Grace and, to use the words of my pre­de­ces­sor in her farewell note last is­sue, I’m the new cus­to­dian of this mag­a­zine. Some of you may al­ready know me from a pre­vi­ous life, and I look for­ward to re­con­nect­ing and get­ting to know the rest of the Pres­tige clan.

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