“Everyone is making [and selling] cookies and brownies, even Jeanette Aw. I’m doing something different,” says Apple Ng, a stay-at-home mum (SAHM) who started The Chinese Potion in May selling tang shui (literally translated as “sugar water” in Mandarin).

Formerly a Global Tender Analyst at DHL, Apple, who’d worked in the corporate sector for 17 years, gave up her job to spend more time with her then 10-year-old son, who was experiencing “social distress” at school. “Even though we were not very financially comfortable, I knew that I wanted to be there for my son whenever he needed me.” As her son’s condition stabilised over the years (he’s 16 now), Apple, who says she enjoys being a SAHM, started toying with the idea of returning to the workforce. “Part of me felt that something was missing,” she says. “I wished that I had a job of my own, but ideally not full-time. That marked the start of The Chinese Potion.”

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