House of precious memories

House of precious memories

SINGAPORE - At first glance, Tangs chairman Tang Wee Sung's home in Bukit Timah looks like any other bungalow.

With its grey gable-roofed porch and long gravel driveway, it sports a look common among bungalows here.

But Mr Tang, 60, says: "The best part of the house is in the reveal. From the outside, it looks modest, but when you step through, everything opens up."

Indeed, push open the hulking wooden doors and the sight of a koi pond in lush greenery greets you. Water cascades down tiers of rock, pooling at the base of a long slope.

Amid a flourishing garden of flowering shrubs, ferns and palm trees, there sits a bean-shaped swimming pool and a few deck chairs. While the garden is a jaw-dropper, the rest of the house is no less impressive. The first floor is what Mr Tang calls its "public area", where he hosts parties and gatherings for friends and family.

A long living room is divided into two seating areas, so guests can break up into little groups if they want to. A patio outside, separated by doors, also has seats for those who want to catch the breeze.

Mr Tang says the 9,000 sq ft house is built for entertaining.

While he had cut back on the parties in recent years due to various illnesses such as high blood pressure and heart problems, he has picked up his hosting duties again, since returning to the department store as chairman in September.

Mr Tang, who had a kidney transplant in 2009 and is doing much better health-wise now, is the second son of the department store's late founder, Mr Tang Choon Keng, better known as C.K. Tang.

Aside from the big seating areas, he has two dining rooms. One has a long Western-styled banquet table for 12, with additional seats for eight at a separate round table at the end. The other is more intimate, with a round dining table for 10.

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