Yvonne’s firsthand experience of the dreaded working mum syndrome
As Yvonne prepares to be sucked into the throes of intensive filming, she’s already been hit with a wave of working mum syndrome on her first day of work.
“AJ is down with a fever and he started vomiting a couple of times this morning. I took him to the clinic and I realised this is exactly what working mums deal with – they have to look after their kids and juggle work at the same time,” she explained. “I really respect all the working mums out there – you guys are really amazing and I now know how difficult it is. I hope that I’ll be able to tide over the next four months smoothly.”
With only a week to spare before she dives into work, Yvonne hopes AJ will recover soon so that she can take him and little sis to the zoo and the aquarium while she still has time.
She shared, “The kids will be with me for two months for now – of course, I hope that the children will be happy and if so, I’ll discuss the extension of their stay with Alex. I’m trying to show them how wonderful Singapore is. I brainwash my kids every day and if you ask AJ where he’s from, he’ll say Singapore.”
(Continued on next slide: Will AJ and Alexa be visiting their mum on set?)
Since he doesn’t know that mum is an actress, it could cause problems if he visits her on set.
“I don’t think he even knows what an actor is,” she chuckled. “I thought of taking AJ on set, but Shaun (Chen) is my on-screen husband so it’s unavoidable that we have some intimate scenes. I don’t know how AJ would react to me being close with another man (other than my husband) and he might be shocked when he sees his mum hugging a stranger.”
“I’ll probably look at the filming schedule and find an appropriate time for them to visit,” she concluded with a laugh.
“Coming back to film this drama is a bonus and reward for looking after our kids for four years. Alex knows that I like working and miss it very much, and that it’s my lifetime passion,” she mused. “As for future projects, everything has to align perfectly for it to happen. Maybe the kids won’t need me as much when they grow older and are more independent, then I’ll be able to come back to film.”
Regardless of whether her kids get a Singapore education, moving back to Singapore for good is something she hopes she will eventually do.
“I’ll come back at some point because I hope my children will grow up here,” Yvonne said. “Especially after the experience with the earthquake, I realised how lucky we are in Singapore to be sheltered from natural disasters and have a safe environment to grow up in. At the back of my head I keep thinking about their safety and I’m worried that I won’t be able to reach them in time should something like that really happen in the future.”