The Orchid Garden

A special space for tributes to the most important women in our lives.
Mothers, grandmothers, nannies, teachers, friends – whoever they are, these are the women who provide the inspiration and guidance in our everyday lives.

Also listed in The Orchid Garden are the women who have been honoured by organisations and publications in annual awards.

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Teo Mee Lan

Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 1995

A devoted mother, who despite the many hardships she faced, raised her children with unconditional love and undying devotion. She moved to Singapore at a tender age of 18 to follow her father and got married a couple of years later. She had nine children and worked tirelessly on a vegetable farm.
In addition, she also took on jobs as a cleaner at a clinic and a caretaker at a neighbourhood community centre in order to support the family financially, putting in above 20 hours daily.
Despite the hardships, she still managed to put five of her children through to university. All of them have been successful in their chosen professions.
As a measure of her success, all of her children have been instilled with good virtues, making them responsible and filial.

  • Ivy Singh-Lim
  • Khatijun Nissa Siraj
  • Neila Sathyalingam
  • Som Said
  • Theresa Goh
  • Teresa Hsu
  • Euleen Goh
  • Tan Yoon Yin