Let me introduce you to Merlyn Yip. A new member to BWN who is passionate about health and wellness. Merlyn is determined to grow her business and educate people on how natural therapies is the secret to a long lasting health. I would like to congratulate Merlyn on all her achievements up to now. She is constantly learning and challenging herself and look forward to working with Merlyn and optimal wellness more this year. Read her article below and her next event she is speaking at.
About Merlyn - From Optimal Wellness
I am Merlyn Yip, 51 the founder of Optimal Wellness under the group of Optimal Preventive Healthcare Pte Ltd specialising in detox through natural therapies combining western & eastern remedies to heal the body as a whole.
I am the eldest in the family with 2 other siblings, my father was an ex-SIA Engineer and my mother is a homemaker. I was not born with a golden spoon. My father had to work to support a family of 5 and we lived in a 3 room flat in the past decades.
I had spent 6 years in my secondary levels. Despite of the education background, I gain the experiences through my working life. My first job was Asia Pacific Brewery, the former Anchor Brewery as a Laboratory technician. Thereafter, I joined a Taiwanese Cosmetic company as a chemist which gave me the opportunity to go Taiwan for 3 months to learn the skills of the manufacturing of cosmetics products from raw to finished. In 1997, my husband encourage me to step up of my comfort zone to set up my first Trading company selling cosmetics products and raw materials to the manufacturers. In 1999, we established a cosmetic manufacturing company to provide private label brand for beauty salons and aesthetics doctors. We work with laboratories from France, Italy and USA on the formulations.
As we get to visit many congresses and exhibitions, it opens up the door for us to meet a Taiwanese aesthetics doctor. In 2006 we went into the partnership of setting up our 1st Aesthetic clinic. We also set up an International Distribution Company to distribute aesthetic products to doctors in the Asia Pacific. However, with too many restrictions from the Singapore Medical Council we decided to close the operations of the clinic. As we foresee the ageing population is growing and many people are looking for alternative measures to restore their health we catch the next wave to set up a Naturopathic Clinic with a well-known naturopath in 2010. We took up his franchisee but was cheated by him as he did not keep to his promise of delivering as a franchiser and lost almost $300k.
Despite of this failure, I persevered and set up Optimal Wellness in 2013 with my husband. It is my passion that drives me to move on to help more people. As I see my grandma and cousin in law who died of cancer suffered in great pains. There is no other ways that can help them to ease the pains except of injecting morphine. During the last week of my grandma's death, her pain was so severe that she wanted to knock her head against the wall and had to inject morphine for her. This drives me to research more natural remedies and products to help individuals to regain their health. I always believe that Prevention Is Better Than Cure
currently, I run 2 holistic detox wellness centre. Locations:
1. 249A Victoria Street (Bugis Village)
Opening Hours: 11am to 8.30pm (Mon - Fri), 11am to 6.00pm (Sat)
Bugis Hotline: 6333 4823
2. 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-22
Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm (Mon - Fri), 10am - 6pm (Sat & Sun)
Toa Payoh Hotline: 6369 9681
Why Merlyn Joined BWN
Business Women Network is a good platform to empower business women to meet and support each other on the journey. I also meet like minded female entrepreneurs, exchanging business ideas and sharing our business experiences. Michelle Mcfarlane is also actively in organising workshops for entrepreneurs and mumpreneurs to attend. I look forward in attending some of the workshops in the near future.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Mishell Leong from Milc, a women full of life which really reflects in her paintings. Most of us know her for the beautiful children's artwork but there is more to Mishell then just providing artwork for kids. She is constantly revolving and pushing boundaries to be a more versatile artist for herself and her customers. To find out more information about Mishell's artwork log onto her website www.milcbymishell.com.
Milc by Mishell in the Press Mishell was recently interviewed by Angela from Ordinary People about her story. It tells you more about Mishell and her career path – and how the sudden change all started with a Dream:
“From Chartered Accountant to Management Consultant to… Children’s Artist (Milc by Mishell)
If ever you’ve felt like you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t make you happy and lack the skill or the means to do something completely out of the realm of what you know, then this story is for you.
Click here to read the article from ordinarypeople.ink
Being a BWN Member by Mishell
"I started following the Business Women's Network more than a year ago and I was really impressed by how everyone were so helpful and forthcoming with suggestions and constructive feedback to questions asked by other fellow members of the network on the Facebook page. I tried asking for help myself and the recommendations that I got were solid and reliable - it was then I knew that this was a genuine network of women who are there to help and support one another.
When I met Michelle Mcfarlane one evening in February and seeing how she spoke with heart about her commitment to the BWN moved me and convinced me to finally join as a member. I definitely have no regrets since then!
Being a member has given me so much more access to an amazing network of women and mumpreneurs that are just so genuine and lovely. I absolutely loved how we could talk and laugh over a lunch recently hosted by Michelle Ma, one of the members, and we were next exchanging ideas about how to improve each other's businesses after the lunch - which then led on to a business opportunity afterwards! Amazing how things work!
I feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what's to come for me and I am so grateful to BWN for it! THANK YOU, Michelle Mcfarlane and BWN!!"
Michelle McFarlane Founder of BWNASIA PTE LTD