Actress, model and first-time mum Kate Pang tells Delle Chan how she is letting her career take a back seat so she can spend more time with her son.
At first glance, you'd never guess that the incredibly lithe and svelte Kate Pang is a new mum.
What gives away the fact, however, is how conversations with her never stray far from her son, who is now nine months old.
Married to Singaporean actor Andie Chen, the 32-year-old gave birth to Aden last June, and since then has been channelling all her time and effort into caring for him.
"Andie is very busy with work commitments, and Aden is still breastfeeding, so he needs my full attention. And of course, I want to spend as much time as possible with my son - I want to be there for his first step, his first word…everything!" Kate enthuses.
The Taiwanese actress and model first came to Singapore in 2010 to pursue an acting career, but that is now taking a back seat - for the next decade, at least.
"The next ten years will definitely be tough, as I'll have to juggle both work and family. I will still be pursuing acting roles, but only if they do not impinge on my time with Aden," shares Kate.
"It's really strange - before Aden was born, I was so bent on working hard and making lots of money. Now, I just want to focus on developing my son to his fullest potential, and to the best of my ability," she muses.
In fact, Kate has been enjoying her new role so much that she recently launched a Youtube channel with Andie.
Called Kandie Network (a combination of the couple's first names, in case you were wondering), it documents snippets of their parenting journey.
In the riveting first episode, the couple shares their home birth experience, which took place in Taipei with the help of professional midwives.
"Aden grows up a little differently every day, and it's so important to capture every precious moment - for instance, his facial expression when he tries a new food for the first time!" she says earnestly.
Through the channel, the couple also aims to share parenting tips with their followers in future. "We don't have any fixed plans for the channel as of yet; it's really just a casual side project that will develop as Aden grows."
When asked about whether she and her husband have plans for more kids in the near future, Kate says: "I don't mind having more children, but I'm not fussed about it, really. I'm also rather worried that this might mean less attention for Aden. I think I'll just leave it up to fate!"
Lessons in Motherhood
We asked Kate about the three most important lessons she has learnt as a new mum.
• Don't Forget About Hubby
"All too often, mothers focus all of their attention on their newborn, and forget that another member of the household exists. Husbands play an important role in the family, too."
• Take Care of Yourself
"Mothers tend to give their all to their families, but it's important not to neglect yourself as well. Ensure that you take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually."
• A Mother's Love Trumps All
"After being a mum to Aden, I've come to realise that a mother's love really knows no bounds. This has made me so much more appreciative of my own mum, and I thank her for being there for me."
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