My Watch Story: Ellis TehWritten by Foo Bihzhu
This go-getting entrepreneur makes her memories with watches.
Holding down a full-time job and simultaneously running several businesses dealing in products that span skincare to fintech, Ellis Teh is one go-getter. The 34-year-old attributes her drive to the challenging experiences she endured as a kid.
“I don’t boast an affluent background, and I had to go through a lot of tough times. I fought hard, not only at work, but also to break out of the defeatist mentality of being poor,” she says, adding that each timepiece from her collection represents a challenge conquered.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
“I made a promise to myself that when I earned my first six-figure salary, this would be the watch I would rewarded myself with. It reminds me of the sweet satisfaction of knowing that I earned it, and that I rose above all the times people turned me down and laughed at me.”
Panerai Luminor Marina
“When I wanted to buy this, everyone called me crazy. They said that I could get a small car instead but I ignored all the naysayers because I love this watch, and I worked hard for it!”
“This limited-edition watch represents the beginning of my journey. I was hesitating on making the purchase but I told myself that I could do it and I never looked back.”
Korloff St Louis 1919
“I love this watch! It’s got a dual face and one side of the strap is leather while the other is rubber. A friend who gave me a life-changing advice on time management gave this to me as a present. Every time I wear it, it reminds me of our friendship.”
“I had another friend whom I shared a lot of tough times with. When he also pulled out of the tough times, he bought me this and it touches my heart every time I wear it. It’s a reminder of our friendship how we made it, together.”
Foo Bihzhu, Writer
Before she morphed into an award-winning songstress, Penang-born Nicole was a lifestyle journalist plying her trade with men’s fashion and watch magazines. Her love affair with the written word has certainly impacted her songwriting, with which she has enthralled audiences from Beijing to Seoul.