Passionate, fun, sporty and hardworking – Patsy Ong-Hahl loves a good laugh as much as the other person, but is dead serious when it comes to work. She has a global beauty and wellness company to show for it. The keynote to her success has been her ability to remain positive even when faced with failure. “There are good days and bad days. To me, good days give happiness, but bad days give experience,” she says.
SWITCH ON, SWITCH OFF
Patsy looks for balance in everything – even within work. “I am passionate to a fault (some might say). It is a good balance that I am also very analytical – I am very numbers and data driven,” she explains. “I love to work but love to spend time with my family as well.” And dinner with family tops that list. “Home with my husband, son and the dog is very important” – where she slips into “family” mode. “Very often, people get home and bring their work and problems home. They forget to really enjoy the simple pleasures of just doing nothing, but being home with loved ones.” This means, from dinner dates every Friday with husband, to family hikes to Singapore Botanic Gardens every Saturday with their dog in tow and every other time in between, she is mentally and physically present.
"To me, good days give happiness, but bad days give experience"
ME TIME, EVERYDAY
Being in business means being on the pulse of things all the time: Patsy’s workday resumes after dinner when she also keeps up with industry news. And to wind down: “I have my ‘ME’ time usually from midnight till about 2 am or 3 am. That’s where I get to our dedicated gym room where I will run for 45 minutes, do my Pilates before the run and stretch out and finish on the spine corrector. Usually this is about one and a half hours.” Why such weird hours? Patsy claims this peaceful time alone is when she is at her most creative to engage in critical thinking and strategies. A soak with Epsom salt and essential oil afterwards gives her just the calm she needs to retire for the day. “I love to exercise, especially running. It gives me the energy and stamina to work very hard, and not be tired,” says Patsy. Always a beauty guru, she never misses her daily skin regime, of course.
SHAPE THE FUTURE
“It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle, and that can happen at any age or stage in life,” she says. “Looking and feeling your personal best is when your true inner beauty shines through and becomes outer beauty you can see.” And as they say, the universe will pitch in. With a future chock-a-block with plans, she has to take her own advice to heart. Patsy sees herself being busy travelling and expanding her business even five years hence; while finding time to paint, read and cook – “It is really very therapeutic to cook” – and play golf with her husband. As for exercise: It’s a given. Another thing “that will never stop – it’s the sharing of beauty wellness”.
VERA BREUER 40s, Global President, Kipling