Blooms in every room

Blooms in every room

Wellness and spa queen Mary Chia lives in a full house.

She shares her 11,000 sq ft Chancery Hill Walk bungalow with her semi-retired husband, their two children and their spouses, and six young grandchildren. And the 63-year-old matriarch would not have it any other way.

Ms Chia, whose company turns 30 this year, says in Mandarin: "Nowadays, people do not stay with their extended families. I like to have my grandchildren here so that I can dote on them. If we don't stay together, we won't have a chance to see one another as everyone goes out to work and school and are too busy."

The compound is divided into two separate semi-detached units connected at the back. Her daughter, Wendy Ho, who is in her 40s, lives on one side with her family, while Ms Chia lives with her husband, their son, his wife and their three children in the other. The family has lived there since 2005.

Ms Chia, who is still involved with the company's operations and business development, spends a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys cooking so much that she has two kitchens - one indoors and another open-air one at the back of the house which is about 400 sq ft.

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