I regret that I was so critical of my own mother and my own family. But I think in terms of our relationship, I’m trying to repair that and trying not to do it forcefully. 

Back then, I wasn’t mature enough to realise that. I mean, you grow up in your time, right? 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER – AND CINDY, DID YOU EVER IMAGINE NAOMI WOULD END UP WHERE SHE IS TODAY?

CINDY: We do have nice mother and daughter moments – writing each other notes, encouraging each other, and that helps us build our relationship and faith. 

From a young age, I already knew she was quite strong in language and creativity … so it’s quite easy for me to understand when she said she wanted to work in the media. 

NAOMI: I already knew as a teenager that I wanted to be in the media, so I was trying to get my grades up. I didn’t have the words for it then but I had very big feelings. And those feelings were feelings of anxiousness and a lot of worry about where my life was going to go. 

When I was 14 and about to go into an exam, my mum passed me this note which I still keep to this day. It was a really nice form of encouragement. 

Sometimes you’re not going to say it to someone face to face, and having the means to write it on pen and paper and communicate it – that’s another love language I definitely appreciate. 



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