Victoria Hoo is only 21 this year, but she owns three successful clothing stores. This is due to her mother's support for her over the years, including working a part-time job just to take over a store for her then 16-year-old daughter to run.
"I don’t know where to start to begin describing to you how my mum loves me or how much she loves me. You’ve asked for an entry to include her love, devotion, care and sacrifices.
"Truth is 1000 words, or 10,000 or 1,000,000 words will not be enough to describe to you what she has done for me, not enough words for me to thank her for all that she has done and sure enough too little for a mum like mine. I’m not sure how much I can write of her which will ever be enough for you to understand the love my mum has for me.
"My mum was not born in a rich family, neither did she have a very glamourous life. She was however, very, very hardworking. She had managed to excel in the areas she was talented in and enjoyed very much what she was doing. She brought home a salary worth of high praises and respect from everyone who knew her. At that peak of her career was when she met my dad. And at that time, her salary was at least five times that of my dad’s.
"The story goes on and they had their first child, me. Earning a lot more than others and a lot more than my dad, she made a noble decision I can never see myself making. She had decided to quit her job just so she could devote all of her time to me.
"She became a full-time housewife and that to me is the greatest, most selfless thing a person can do. I remember her being at home all the time. And throughout all those years, I think the only luxury she had were those rare haircuts she got from a neighborhood nearby salon.
"But because of that, I had the privilege of experiencing what most kids today experience with their domestic helper. I had the privilege of having my mum with me throughout my childhood and throughout my growing up.
"She made sure I had breakfast every morning, made sure I was well-fed and healthy. Made sure I was provided for and I was protected in school. Though my family isn’t rich, I remember celebrating every single one of my birthday with a party. Above all, my mom made sure I was happy.
"I wasn’t exactly a model student or the kid that excelled in academics. Having fun and talking to my friends were like my first priority when I was in school. Looking at most Singaporean parents nowadays, I think many would think my mum wasn’t being a good mum when she didn’t force me to study or didn’t sign me up for endless tuition classes or make sure I did well in school. My mum had always encouraged me and throughout my childhood, my only goal was to ‘just do the best I can’.
"I have never had the fear of bringing back test papers or report books and have never had the fear of a parent-teacher meeting. Instead of forcing me to study, my mum allowed me to explore my talents and creativity and through it all encouraged what she had always believed in me."
Continue reading to find out how Victoria's mum helped her with her successful business.