Actress Priscelia Chan on the art of positivity: Page 2 of 3

Actress Priscelia Chan on the art of positivity

Bad Times Aren't Worth Remembering

"I have a short memory for bad times. My younger sister calls me Dory (the absent-minded fish in Finding Nemo) - I take that in a good way," she says. When she has bad days, her remedy is simple: exercising, savouring a cup of her favourite coffee or listening to music.

"I also look at motivational quotes on Instagram to remind myself to keep my chin up."

All in Good Time

Whenever the topic of not having a bun in the oven comes up, Priscelia tells herself that God has a better plan in place. But she and her husband were actively trying for a baby about two years ago, and have gone through their fair share of pain.

"It took a while for us to learn to let nature take its course; we still talk about it now and then, but we don't linger on the sadness or disappointment. I simply spread all the love that I have to give to my nephew, my friends' kids and Twinkle, my cat!"

Flower Power

Priscelia knows all about the therapeutic effect of flowers. "I've occasionally bought flowers to make my own arrangements at home, but it was after playing Xiuxiang in The Voyage: A Journey that I turned to them as a perk-me-up to purge the negativity of the role."

To help Priscelia perfect her arrangements, we got Jaclyn Lim, owner of The Bloom Room, to teach her how to arrange beautiful floral designs in simple household containers.

PART 1

Hand-tied posy in a glass jar

1 Pick & mix

Flowers are not cheap in Singapore, so Jaclyn suggests mixing premium blooms like dahlias or peonies (from florists) with more affordable ones like lilies, sweet williams or spider chrysanthemums, which are easily available at wet markets and supermarkets.

For the first arrangement with her own recycled coffee bottle, Priscelia chooses pink dahlias, champagne eustomas, pink astilbes and yellow craspedia (billy buttons).

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