21 May 2012, Singapore – As part of our dedication to mothers in the month of May, we interviewed Mrs Kim Marie Thng, who won the Mrs Singapore World 2012 title and a 34 year old home-maker from a bi-racial marriage. Her father is Caucasian (American) and her mother is Peranakan (Singaporean). Kim Marie has been married for 9 years to her first boyfriend and now husband Leslie Thng. He works in a major international airline. They have two daughters, Desiree age 5 and Beverly age 4.
Kim Marie helps out at a Catholic home for children from needy and troubled families. She believes that with God’s grace, determination and hard work, we can conquer all and make the needy in society feel loved and appreciated.
What do you usually do to celebrate Mother’s Day… as a mother yourself as well as with your own mother/mother-in-law?
KIM: We are a very close knitted family. To an extent that even our in-laws get together. So for Mother’s Day, we would all come together for a feast. At times, the invitation would even include my aunties and my 85 year old granny! A small gift and bouquet of flowers would often be prepared for us as tokens of our selfless contributions to our family.
What are the qualities of a good mother and which of these qualities do you display more prominently to your children?
Kim: I feel that every mother wants what’s best for her children. But in order to do her job well, there are some pre-requisites I feel that are crucial to help her along. Apart from providing constant unconditional love, the two main qualities would be patience and wisdom. I may have to work on being the most patient mother in the world but I can proudly say I am certainly one of the most affectionate and loving one!:-)
How has life changed after winning Mrs Singapore?
Kim: Winning Mrs Singapore World 2012 has left a very deep impression and has been one of the most exciting times in my life. This competition has taught me strength of endurance andcertainly made a boost on my confidence. I am honoured to be part of this industry which works so closely with several charity organisations. I look forward to contribute as much as I can to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Any words of inspiration for mothers?
Kim: Being a Mother is such a joy and at the same time, it can also be the biggest sacrifice you ever make. Many a times, you find yourself putting ‘yourself’ last on your list of things to do. At times, when the going gets tough, it may seem that your whole world is crumbling down. But from one Mother to another, watching my children develop into confident little girls and knowing that I had some part to play in it is priceless. I find comfort in knowing that my children feel secure and loved because of me. Motherhood is certainly one roller-coaster ride but at the end of the day, it is worth every effort. So breathe, focus, ride out the storms, savour your victories and enjoy every minute of it!
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