Jo and co-founder Agnes Chin had worked together in the past. ‘COVID gave Agnes the time needed to really plant this idea,’ she says. Images by Lightseed Studio
Your passions are eating and cooking! Do you have any favourite restaurants in our neighbourhood?
I really do love eating and cooking. When it comes to eating, it’s definitely Salisterra and the Island Shangri-La’s Petrus — the chefs at both hotels are extremely talented and passionate. They’re also very giving of their time to the community, and The Upper House has a very similar training programme to ours, so we feel very blessed to have Swire’s support.
You’re a mother of three. How will you be celebrating the holiday season with your family this December?
My children and I lead a quiet and simple life, but we do enjoy our time at home immensely. My eldest will probably spend a lot of her time taking photographs and supporting me at my pop-ups, the younger two will be at a whole bunch of playdates and we’ll do some candle or soap making workshops. We’re also planning on visiting Santa’s Lodge here at Pacific Place and finishing our Christmas shopping. On my list are MUJI, Kelly & Walsh, Great Food Hall, JOYCE and Lane Crawford.
What does the spirit of the holiday season mean to you?
The holiday season is a time for family bonding, renewing friendships, exchanging gifts and feeling grateful for all those relationships. It’s a time to celebrate, and a time to give back to the local community and reflect on what’s truly important in life, showing gratitude and compassion. It’s also a time to bring a message of peace and hope, and of course a time for us to spread Cookie Smiles!