Back in July, Charmaine Hui, daughter of Hong Kong actor Benz Hui, told 8days.sg she had “big plans” for her home-based bakery, Bakeaholic. We’d sampled her yummy lemon cookies and brownie cupcakes at her family’s Upper Thomson terrace house, which serves as their second home outside of Hong Kong (Charmaine was born in Singapore because of her Singaporean mum, while dad is a Singaporean PR). 

Now, the enterprising 23-year-old is already setting those plans in motion — with her own cafe slated to open at year’s end in the northern part of the island. The Hong Kong Baptist University grad had initially planned to visit Singapore with her mum for just a couple of months during Chinese New Year. Instead, she ended up being stuck here much longer due to the pandemic. This also meant she had to shelve plans to pursue a Masters degree in the UK due to safety concerns. To kill time, she started baking and selling her cakes from home.

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