Instead, it was the fact that her business partner “was agreeable to lose their money in order to make me suffer”, which boggled her mind.
It was unthinkable for Amelia, who was in her early 30s then, “that someone would throw away profit because of an emotion”, especially when the project was just six months shy of completion.
“I underestimated the irrational nature of human beings in general,” said the now-45-year-old, who also shared that she scored in the top five per cent for the PSLE in her year and was the typical high achiever growing up.
The Dunman High School and Victoria Junior College alumna found herself working at the National Arts Council after graduating from the National University of Singapore. She eventually struck out on her own in 2003 by setting up an events company, before going into the food business.