Full name: Angela Seah Thulin
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Hobbies: Traveling and Shopping
Platform: Home for the aged
Countries Visited: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, United States
Likes: To eat and cook good food!
Dislikes: Loud and boastful people, dishonesty
1. Please tell us about yourself.
I am a Singaporean born and raised in the west side of the island. I am 38 years old and I have two handsome teenage boys. I am married to a Swede / Swedish man and have previously lived in Sweden for 4 years. I work with HR recruitment in a multinational IT company. I am also the founder of a cooking group in Facebook, with 12,000 members, and as I like to meet people and make new friends I sometimes organize events for members where we cook according to a certain theme or just meet up to celebrate for example holidays like Christmas, Chinese New Year…
2. Please tell us about your pageant history
While I have wanted to do some type of modelling or pageant ever since I was a young girl, it´s only recently that I have made it a reality. I have participated in one pageant (Mrs Singapore World 2017/2018) and was awarded the Mrs. Elegance title.
3. Who is your role model and why?
The late Princess Diana of Britain. Because although she had such a prominent title, she remained true to herself and never changed.
Even though she didn´t quite fit in and was eventually outcast from the Royal family upon divorcing, she continued with her charity work all the way up until her passing.
4. Who inspired you to represent your country and compete in Mrs Asia Pacific Beauty Pageant 2018?
It was both seeing previous winners, how gorgeous they looked and how well they presented themselves, but also the people behind the scenes involved with this pageant who inspired and empowered me, and made me decide to join.
5. what is the first thing you wish to do, if you win the top 5 main international title?
If I win today – I would leverage my title to raise attention to the topic of poverty among the elderly. I always had a soft heart for the elderly, and in Singapore it is challenging to sustain yourself once you reach a higher age.
Many elderly have their children to support them, but a lot of them do not. CPF government support was introduced during my parent´s generation but many are too old to be able to benefit from it.
I would also start visiting more homes for the elderly. Together with the members from my cooking group, we would be able to visit and cook some really great food for them. Good company and good food will hopefully bring them joy.
6) What is the biggest challenge you face as a working woman today?
It is really to be able to balance between performing my best at work, but also ensuring that my sons are well taken care of, that they do well in school and grow up to be good people while at the same time also allow some space for myself. Just as in many other Asian countries, taking care of our parents is important in our Singaporean culture and is also a factor I need to balance in.
7) if you have the power to do anything you wished to improve the status of women in our country, what would you do? And why?
I think that in Singapore we are doing quite well, women are respected and hold a pretty good status compared to men. However there are still inequalities when it comes to the workplace and women usually are not paid the same level as men performing the same job.
I would work to close this gap.