Lauren Cheung and Nugie

lauren cheung

(mother, 32)







For this mother's day, at r y e, we've been contemplating the timeless nature of a mother's love, carefully passed down through generations. Stepping into the limelight are the narratives of four remarkable mothers in their own right, each gracefully navigating the ever-evolving phases of motherhood. Infused with pearls of wisdom, sprinkles of audacity, and an overflow of tenderness, these tales resonate as cherished heirlooms—eternally bestowed, eternally genuine. From the heart of every mother, always with love. 








Motherhood takes on many forms, and for Lauren, it's a special journey with Nugie. For the past three years and continuing, Lauren has been by Nugie's side, navigating the joys and challenges of caring for her feathered friend. Through the mild chaos of daily routines and baths, Lauren's love for Nugie has only deepened. To Lauren, Nugie is like an eternal toddler, emphasising the distinctive experience of caring for a bird that requires constant attention and nurturing for its well-being. Lauren's journey as a pet mom has taught her patience, the importance of love, and the unique bond that comes from caring for a fragile, non-verbal companion. As Mother's Day approaches, Lauren shares her reflections on this special relationship, the lessons learned, and what motherhood means to her.





do you have any rituals or routines that make you feel confident and empowered as a mother?


L: Watching something that you love grow is a wonderful thing in itself. The daily, mildly chaotic routines—the endless poop cleaning and fighting my bird when it comes to baths—are just surreal reminders that I am actually capable of looking after something that is alive and fragile.



what is something you hope to pass down to your children?


L: If I had kids, hopefully, nothing. Maybe some things I've learned along the way, but I'd like them to be their own person, make their own mistakes, and figure out who they'd like to be. And if we are talking about Nugie... just some basic survival instincts would be great.




Lauren wears the bow tie brocade top in black paired with the relaxed fit pleated trousers in butter


looking back, is there any piece of advice you received about motherhood that has stayed with you?


L: "You do you." Obviously, there is a world of difference between having a pet and raising a child. But being a mum of anything inexplicably puts you in a position where you receive a lot of strange and unsolicited advice... and I kid you not, this applies to birds as well. It's important to remember that motherhood in every form is your own experience and no one else’s.



in what ways do you think motherhood has changed since you became a mother, and how do you see it evolving in the future?


L: The thing about having a pet is that your motherhood style doesn't really have to evolve. My bird is essentially an eternal toddler. But even then, it changes you. It teaches you to come to terms with chaos, to let go of things you cannot control, to be patient. I am able to multitask so much better now... so I cannot even imagine what mothers with kids are capable of.



how do you celebrate mother's day, and has the way you celebrate evolved as your children have grown?


L: I celebrate my mother and grandmother, who are the women who brought me up and are faceted, interesting people in their own ways. I don't know if I am a 'mother', but I pat myself on the back for keeping my bird alive for 3 years - and counting.


Lauren wears the origami cuff oxford striped shirt in light blue stripe paired with the striped boxer bermuda also in light blue stripe


how do you define your personal style, and how has it evolved over the years?


L: I wear anything that’s comfortable and practical—our weather is too unforgiving for anything else. But over the years, I’ve come to really appreciate versatile investment pieces, anything with mileage really.


can you share a fashion moment or trend from your youth that you're glad has made a comeback?


L: Clunky, classic Birks. I was forced to wear them as a kid, and now I wear them in my 30s for my back ailments.




Photography Darren Gabriel Leow 

Creative Direction & Styling Daryll Alexius Yeo

Hair & Makeup Hongling Lim

Interviewed by Shenali Wijesinghe

Featuring Lauren Cheung, Nugie

Special Thanks Bessie YeSarah Kelly Ng


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