With decades of experience, Theresa Goh is an undisputed veteran in the hotel industry. From day one, she has been with Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur as its director of communications. At the end of this month, she will bid adieu to the post she has held for 19 years.
“There’s going to be a blank page in front of me and I do love blank pages sometimes,” muses Goh. On what she will do next, she says: “I have always loved the adrenalin that the corporate world gives me on a daily basis and it looks like I am looking at that direction after some rest.” Whichever path she chooses, we’re sure Goh will do it with the same poise and professionalism that has served her well.
What has been the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?
Where my personal life is concerned, I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. In regard to work, I thought I was strong, adaptive and resilient – wow, I have no idea I was all that and even more!
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
It was really challenging in the beginning. When I had to work from home, my hours became longer and I was working nonstop. At least when I am in the office, I can stop at some point, get into my car and head home. Once I reach home, I switch off and reach for my glass of wine, watch some trashy movie and relax.
What advice would you give to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
One has to be very adaptable and embrace change. Change is the only constant and staying positive helps. One also has to know that it is okay when ‘not so good’ things happen to us. I read a quote recently that sums this up: ‘If your path demands you to walk through hell, walk as if you own the place.’ Now that is positive thinking!
What is your beauty routine like?
There’s a lot of DIY involved here. When I have to work from home, I ensure that my toner and moisturiser is applied on my face. I am a ‘whatever takes my fancy’ type of person, so if I feel like some Vitamin C on my face, then I will slap on some as well. What is important are the night serum oil, moisturiser, lash serum and Vaseline for the lips.
What are your must-have products?
Fresh Rose Hydration Toner, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, Urban Decay Fixed Powder Foundation and Nu Skin AP-24 Toothpaste. My new favourite fragrance is Le Labo Santal 33. For bath soap, it’s Hinoki from Le Labo as well. I also have a Santal 33 candle which I absolutely love!
Away from work, what forms of wellness do you indulge in?
I love going for massages and Hammam spa, it is really nice and refreshing. But due to this pandemic and for safety reasons, I have decided not to go until the situation gets better. And I love candles too, it really relaxes me and I always have one going most evenings.
What are your goals for the rest of 2021?
At the end of this month, I will be departing the organisation that I have been with for the past 19 years. So, there’s going to be a blank page in front of me and I do love blank pages sometimes. I have always loved the adrenalin that the corporate world gives me on a daily basis and it looks like I am looking at that direction after some rest.
In the meantime, I would be trying to fulfil a dream. For the past two years, I have been compiling my mother’s recipes for a book. She’s a true Peranakan lady, cooks so well for her family and anyone who enjoys food. This book is not for publication but it will be a gift to her granddaughters, nieces, nephews and for those who remember her through her love for food and cooking.
I always believe that there is no hard and fast rules when it comes to home cooking – food is very subjective and we all grew up loving what we were fed when we are young. As the saying goes ‘my mama cooks it the best!’ If you would a sneak peak, follow @from.my.mamas_kitchen on Instagram. As for what else I will be doing in 2021, I will end with this proverb: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step!’
Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more on Theresa, follow her @theresagoh on Instagram.