Ex-Corporate High-Flyer Is Now A Leading Social Entrepreneur

By Wong Kim Hoh
The Straits Times, Singapore / Asia News Network

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Meet 48 year old Anthea Ong, a former high flying executive who decided to ditch the corporate world for a life of teaching yoga, life coaching and volunteerism.

The Straits Times, Singapore / Asia News Network

Up on the 18th floor of an HDB block in Marine Crescent is a unit which its owner has named The Bliss Loft. The living room is uncluttered, and if you look out of the window, you see the sea.

A smiling Buddha statue sits in a corner. On the coffee table, there are Tibetan prayer bells and a vase filled with, among other varieties, heliconia and sunflower.

Ms Anthea Ong, who lives here, is a free spirit. She teaches yoga, hugs a tree every week, is vegan and can meditate for more than two hours.

Do not, however, write her off as a loopy hippie.

She was a corporate high-flier and a technopreneur. Her last job, which she left three years ago, was as managing director of an international consultancy which paid her more than $400,000 a year.

A series of events led her to junk the corporate world for a life of yoga teaching, life coaching and volunteerism.The 48-year-old pats the couch she is sitting on.

Some eight years ago, she says, she had lain on that same couch, overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness, despair and barrenness. An acrimonious divorce and a failed business had taken the wind out of her sails.

“That same day I checked my bank balance. I had only $16 to my name,” she says. “But I also realised then that I was still alive and breathing. At the point when I completely lost everything, I also found out what I truly am about.”

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