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Recalling that time, Kim Lim’s eyes well up with tears. She says: “That’s the darkest period of my life. I remember when I was in primary school, my brother and I would shuttle between our parents every two to three days.”
After primary school, her parents sent her to boarding school in England to make her more independent. She spent four years at Queenswood School. She returned at age 16 and attended Anglo Chinese School (Independent), Hwa Chong International School and the Singapore Institute of Management.
Many would think that as a rich man’s daughter, she is able to have everything her heart desires and enjoy a life without worries. But Lim disagrees.
She says: “I’ve never felt I was different from other children. My father is very strict with me. We live a simple life, such as going to the hawker centre to eat his favourite mee siam. As a kid, I didn’t have many luxuries. He always told me that whatever I want, I have to get it myself.”
This is advice that she has taken to heart, at least in her love life. When it comes to love, she believes in destiny, love at first sight and being a go-getter.
Lim laughs like a little girl as she says: “I met my husband in a temple in Thailand, I guess that’s destiny.” The devout Buddhist regularly visits Thai temples and believes in fate.
“I was drawn to his tall frame and his ‘bad boy’ vibe. I later found out he was my assistant’s friend. We dated for half a year and, in a flash, we had registered our marriage.”
Continuing with a laugh, she adds: “Our personalities are completely different. He’s very low-key. He’s older than me by one year, but is completely uninterested in social media. Before we met, he didn’t even have an Instagram account. He set one up later just so he could follow me on social media.