Hanna Mi Kim has lived many lives — the Korean-born artist, 46, was a yoga teacher, a Korean beauty products distributor, a PR company owner, and even the editor-in-chief and photographer for a Singapore-based K-lifestyle magazine called Korean World. These days, the energetic lady boss is busy with her art and running her three-month-old eatery called Kong Cafe at King Albert Park in Bukit Timah.

“I [want to] do everything before I get too old. Cafes are not only owned by young people,” Hanna jokes to 8days.sg. In 2011, she also opened a tiny cafe called Coffeesmith (no relation to the Korean coffee chain) at the OUE Link bridge. “It was one of the smallest indie cafes in Singapore at 240 sqft,” she recalls. “I sold it off in 2013 ’cos I had to take care of my kids. But [I opened another cafe ’cos] they’re grown up now. I enjoy the work ’cos my customers are extremely loyal. Recently, one of my old Coffeesmith customers flew in from Brazil and he came here [to Kong Cafe].”

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