Entrepreneur just too busy for wedding date
It's full on for Singaporean entrepreneur Yenn Wong (below), whose second Jia boutique hotel is scheduled to open in Shanghai at the end of the month. 'There are two questions everyone keeps asking me,' says Wong. 'One: when is the boutique hotel opening? Two: when's the wedding?'
Wong's engagement finger glitters during yum cha at the Kee Club but there's no date for a wedding, there's just no time, and even if there was, she wouldn't have it in one of her hotels because his family is Chinese and that means it's going to be a big event with a banquet of 10 to a table and about 600 to 700 guests. Her husband-to-be is Singaporean entrepreneur Jeffrey Soh, a school sweetheart she met at 14 and who might have some understanding of her hectic schedule.
Wong has just celebrated the first anniversary of her restaurant Graze (in Singapore) and its listing in Conde Nast Traveller's 'Hot Tables 2007'. The hotel in Shanghai is a 1920s building on Nanjing Road which will have, she says, the same cosy feel that the Jia Hotel has here. 'I think with hotels, sometimes they feel a bit cold. We try to make them cosy.' Touches like adding a kitchenette to rooms, so that if a baby wants hot milk at 3am or you fancy a cheese sandwich, there's no need to call room service.