My Popo continues to inspire me even in spirit. She was a pioneer of her time, in an industry dominated by men. Imagine being...not only Asian or a woman in the but an Asian WOMAN traveling around the world building her empire on several continents. She create tailored leather goods, designed ready-to-wear and custom tailoring and so much more.
I have fond memories playing in her stores and restaurants. My brother, cousins and I caused so much ruckus on the factory floors as the masters manipulated leather. When we grew tired, we would dine on Italian and Indonesian cuisines at her restaurants.
Popo was never a woman of the word "no." She never let fear, the unknown or devastation hinder her target. She raised strong independent women who treasure and instill the same values. Women like my aunts and mother who continue to inspire me on the daily. So much of Popo remains alive in all of us. So much so, that when I look at my cousin, Natasha, I am often reminded of Popo.
My cousin, Natasha strives for excellence, her the dedication is unwavering, she has the "cajones" of a 1000 men and she leads and helps shape a major industry such as Telecommunications. My cousin left a lucrative job with a major telecommunications carrier back at the turn of the century...Many thought she was crazy to set out on her own...a woman running her on company providing wireless needs. Imagine, wireless solutions for BIG BIG corporations?! Unheard of then...now, it is the only thing we know but back then, she was at the forefront. She saw where the industry was headed and she dove in.
I still chuckle when I tag along during work functions and people crowd around her. It's like I am walking into the room with A-list celebrity. I look at my cousin and know my Popo is so proud to know that her legacy continues on. .
@skincareandscrubs and @shimchingmd I wished you could have met my Popo.
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