So its time to talk about me, but as blogging is not my forte, I will do a Q&A with myself instead:
Most questions are asked by my clients, and most commonly, this is the first question…
Q: Why are you Chinese but you have angmoh surname ah? Are you Singaporean anot?
A: Oh, that’s because I am married to an angmoh lor. Yar, born and bred. The name “fiona lim” is very common so Fiona Treadwell was chosen just because it has a nice ring to it and our marriage is the reason how it all started…
Q: Wah! You married ang moh ar? So did you have 2 weddings?
A: Indeed! I had 2 weddings, one in New York and another in Singapore! And comparatively I enjoyed the one in New York more simply because it was an intimate garden affair. We had tapas in the garden with a boat filled with fresh seafood, flowers bloomed beautifully in spring and lots of dancing afterwards. Fresh flowers for bridal bouquets and the wedding entourage is a must! Though it was super pretty, I thought my bouquet was too huge and heavy.
wedding in new york – butterfly release. photo credit goes to betsi ewing
And I had a typical Chinese “yum seng” wedding about a year later. The wedding in Singapore was more for my parents, that’s what I felt. It was grand, showy but was no lack of fun. Though married and by then I already had a son, my hubby still had to go through gate-crashing with his diverse entourage against an all Singaporean “jie meis” (bridesmaids). We still pull up that wedding video every now and then and have a good laugh. The flowers however, was a pain in the ass to coordinate. When I had the most beautiful flowers in New York for almost one fifth the price I was quoted here, I was in shocked!!!!
So this is how it all started, I always loved flowers. I always loved receiving flowers, and sorry to be a flower-snob I hate receiving roses with baby’s breath, gerberas or worst carnations when I wasn’t even a mum back then. Whoever dated me back then knew I heart callas. Not any calla lilies, it have to be from Holland and in specific shades. My hubs got yelled at me when he sent me a bouquet of yellow callas with a lot of frills many years ago.
When we came back to Singapore (we were residing in Hong Kong for some time back then) I couldn’t find a suitable florist who would charge me reasonably for a bouquet of exotic flowers for my SG wedding, because everything is EXOTIC IN SINGAPORE! Because we don’t grow any and our neighbors grow chrysanthemums, all flowers are expensive. They are expensive because they have to be air freight and kept in appropriate conditions. The freight charges are why it cost so much! So I took things into my own hands, I made my wedding bouquet, wedding corsages for my entourage by myself. And amidst all the wedding madness, I actually enjoyed it.
wedding in sg – dress by time taken to make a dress and flower bouquet by myself.
Q: So… this is how it started, how did you learn the trade?
A: I learnt by trial and error, I learnt by reading, I learnt by WikiHow, I went to floral classes conducted by local florist, I went to community center every week to join the senior citizens arranging flowers, I went to the countries I visited to talk to like-minded people, I went to flower markets around the world to learn about them (the craziest one is the one in Tokyo!) I learnt by unlearning everything I learnt above and make my own rules as I go along. The technicalities of floristry I retained, but the creative and innovative part I have yet to break out. As you are reading this, I am most probably in class at the New York Floral School.
the tread wells – photo credit goes to framewerks
While business is a part of my life, it is not the entirety of my life. I have a supportive family with a two amazing kids. They are the foundation of it all. I am glad that I can run my business according to my rules and most of the time it’s no holds barred rules. I love experimenting with new things but I do run my shop with a few mottos in life. As stubborn as it is, this is me.
1. Everything happens for a reason
All the good, the bad. the mistakes, the rights, all the mishaps and happenings lead up to one moment in life that we will never regret. The one moment that you live for.
2. Take a stand
Take a stand in life. If you don’t make enemies, you don’t know who are your allies. Burn those bridges, because there are places in life that you don’t want to go back to. Or those people across the bridge to ever come back to your life.
3. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Quoting the bible even though I am not Christian, because I believe the circle of life, karma. Someone said karma has no menu and I believe strongly that what you do comes back at you.
This is what I have accumulated for the past 30 years and it has become an important value in life. Thanks for taking the time out to read this!
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