Kick starting Vaniday‘s first interview for Vaniday’s inspirational quotes by beauty and wellness leaders, we are delighted to have Chantalle Ng with us.
At a young age of 25, Chantalle Ng is an all round achiever. She is an actress and has been involved in several Channel 8 blockbuster productions such as All Around You (回路网）and While We Are Young (Z时代). Her stellar performance in Z时代 also helped her clinched the Star Awards Best Newcomer when she was only 21. While juggling with her hectic acting schedule, she also managed to complete a diploma and a degree from SMU. Instead of viewing the covid-19 pandemic as a crisis, Chantelle saw this as an opportunity. With superb speed, she co founded a new business and launched it on her birthday this year – Yuan Collagen which serves healthy soups that also rejuvenate skin.
“When the customers give their thumbs up and say that the soup is really good, all of our hardwork becomes worth it :)”
1. What does your typical day look like?
My typical day usually involves a full day of filming. However, during the circuit breaker, all filming stopped. Hence I had time to think about my business and eventually launched it. Nowadays, I also try to deliver Yuan Collagen orders personally whenever my time permits. I enjoy meeting my customers and thanking them for supporting Yuan Collagen. Occasionally, I also deliver Yuan Collagen Soup with my mum and I enjoy spending time with her to chat and catch up on life.
2. What is your business about?
I grew up loving hotpot. I love having my closest friends and family gathering together to enjoy a hot meal. I feel warm and cozy whenever we gather. I have always wanted to prepare a bowl of hot nutritious soup without MSG or artificial flavoring for the people I love. However, I realized that the process of soup making is very complex and time-consuming.
Hence I approached my friend, Minying, who is now my business partner. Her family’s soup is the best I have ever tasted. One of my favorite is their collagen soup made of slow-cooked bone broth that is gently boiled over 10 hours with only natural ingredients. It reminds me of how my grandmother use only the best ingredients to prepare food for our family. This makes me want to do the same for all my fans and let them try it too. We have only one simple mission and that is to bring the best collagen soup to everyone 😊.
3. Why did you decide to launch your business during this pandemic? What were some of the challenges you encountered?
I must admit that starting a new business scares me. When this pandemic occured, there were changes to people’s lifestyle. We felt that the demand will be strong since people stay at home more often. I also stopped filming because of the Circuit Breaker and had more time to crystallize this idea.
Starting up during the Circuit Breaker was challenging as most businesses were closed or not fully operational. It was harder to source for materials that we needed. Costs and lead time were higher and stretched.
Thankfully, I had a lot of support from my friends and family. Special thanks to industry leaders who have been very helpful and been giving us good advices throughout this journey.
4. Did anyone inspire you to be an entrepreneur?
I have always wanted to start my own business. I would read biographies of successful entrepreneurs and surround myself with people who inspire me.
5. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
I love that I am challenging myself to try new things at the age of 25. I always remind myself not to be afraid of failing and if I have to experience it, the best time to fail is now. As a new entrepreneur, I am learning a lot and I am glad to have met many guardian angels who guide me along this journey.
6. If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
In everything you do and every decision you make, your customers should always be your north star.
How does Yuan Collagen Soup benefit health and beauty?
Our soup is cooked with only 100% natural ingredients with zero preservatives and artificial flavorings. We gently boil it over 10 hours to release rich chicken flavours and thick collagen. I am very health conscious and I strongly believe that nutrition from natural food sources is the best.
I often suffer from bloated face after consuming MSG and so I completely abstain from it since I am always filming. YUAN Collagen Soup is what I will go for whenever I feel like having a satisfying bowl of hot soup without feeling guilty afterwards.
Yuan Collagen also has limited edition Essence of Chicken Herbal Collagen Soup has been slow boiled to an even longer 16 hours to extract the essence of chicken and rich collagen. Yuan Collagen then pair it with 7 carefully selected herbs that bring a myriad benefits ranging from immunity boosting to digestive and circulatory system health improvements! Enjoy the benefits of both herbal soup AND Collagen soup packed in this nutritious bowl for you and your loved ones!
SPECIAL GIVE AWAY FOR OUR VANIDAY COMMUNITY!
Win 2 packets of Collagen Soup from Yuan Collagen by taking part in VaniZine giveaway. Enjoy a nice collagen soup steamboat with your love ones and celebrate Singapore’s 55th Birthday. Contest ends on 7 Aug 20 2359. More details can be found on Vaniday instagram and facebook.