Home base

Home base

LIKE most business travellers, Yoh-Chie Lu would stay in a hotel whenever he came to Singapore for work. Unlike other travellers, he did that for over 30 years.

Finally, the chairman of heart stent-maker Biosensors International has decided he's had enough of living out of a suitcase.

"I am spending more time in Singapore and with a permanent base, my family can come visit too," he says.

His wife, Kimino, and their two younger daughters, Raena and Yuka, live in the United States, and visit at Christmas. Eldest daughter, Julie, who manages her father's investments and assets, lives with him in Singapore.

The family knew what kind of home they wanted to have: not a bungalow because that would require high maintenance, but "something cosy and easier to maintain that would suit our living style," says Mr Lu.

Whereas he would spend about three weeks each time in Singapore, now he stays for "months", spending half the year here.

Their home in Singapore is a four-bedroom apartment in Nassim Road. Apart from the US, the family also has a home in Japan.

"At the end of the day, it is more comfortable to come home and sink into your favourite chair, instead of facing the four walls of a hotel room," says Mr Lu.

Roy Teo, founder of The Mill, a group of interior design companies was brought in to turn the apartment into a home. The look is contemporary, and yet soothing.

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