Mum guilt is real and mothers experience it from time to time regardless of whether they are new to motherhood or not. Just ask Malaysian actress Angelica Lee, who is mum to four-year-old twin boys, Jiyun and Ziran.
We would be reluctant to leave these cuties too
Angelica, who is married to Hongkong director Oxide Pang, took to Instagram last week to tell her followers about how “heartbreaking” it was when she had to say goodbye to her kids before she left for a long work trip.
“This morning, when I sent my sons to school, my two precious boys cried until it broke my heart. From the time I was pregnant till they are four years old, we have never been apart from each other for so long. I was really reluctant [to leave them],” she lamented.
Wallowing in mum guilt
We don’t blame her. After all, travelling in the time of COVID-19 can be very stressful, or, in her words, “gruelling”.
First, she had to apply for a work permit to travel abroad, then there’s the dreaded COVID-19 swab test, which we all know is super uncomfortable and invasive.
“When the swab was inserted into the depths of my nose, I really let out a sigh from my heart. It really isn't as simple as pain,” wrote Angelica.
Angelica at last year's Golden Horse Awards
Though Angelica didn’t mention where she was headed, judging from her post, which she hashtagged "my big day", she was most likely making her way to Taipei for the upcoming Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards.
Abang Adik, which is her first project as an executive producer, is one of four Malaysian works that has been selected for the Golden Horse Film Project Pitching (FPP).
The FPP takes place from November 17 to 19, and if Angelica were to return to Malaysia after the Golden Horse Awards ceremony on November 21, by the time she sees her kids after her 14-day quarantine, it would be more than two months later in December.
It’s no wonder she said that the well wishes she received from her friends and family felt like those “you get when you are heading off to college abroad for a few years”.