As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, managing time is a delicate balancing act for Yolanda Choy-Tang. 'Scheduling is really important,' says the former marketing executive and now co-owner of bridal gown boutique Central Weddings & Occasions. 'Number one is put in your schedule what you can really handle, and make sure that there's some time in between so you're not just rushing around.'
Choy-Tang grew up in the United States and moved to Hong Kong for her first job after university as a broadcast journalist with TVB. After 31/2 years, Choy-Tang moved into producing documentaries and current affairs programming. But she eventually found her true passion in luxury marketing.
'My parents were in the garment trade doing wholesale mainly for luxury brands, so I grew up with fashion all my life,' she says. After several years heading up marketing and communications in Asia for Christian Dior and Fendi - and travelling overseas at least three times a week - Choy-Tang and her husband Hamilton Tang, CEO of investment house Simon Murray & Co, decided it was time to start a family.
But Choy-Tang wasn't ready to settle into a quiet life at home. 'It's really hard going from being in the office every day, being really busy, to waiting at home to have a child. So my mind was really active and I was thinking all sorts of ideas.'
It was during her pregnancy with son Brandon, now six years old, that Choy-Tang started Central Weddings. 'I spent a lot of time starting the business, but now it really runs on its own,' she says. That means she can work from home on brand development and marketing, and plans to expand into the mainland - not to mention overseeing her and her husband's winery in Sonoma, California. The rest of Choy-Tang's time is focused on family, which also includes her daughter of almost two years old, Hayley, and personal interests .'My priorities are just making sure everyone is doing what they should be doing,' she says. 'But I think there should be a balance. Because I should have a life too.'
'My husband bought this for one of my birthdays. These days I'm into pink gold.'
'I wear this when I'm travelling. It has a special technology that helps me sleep better and get over jet lag. It has two time zones, one I keep set to Hong Kong and the other to San Francisco.'