Melissa and Kelly

melissa gan

(daughter, 31)


kelly kek

(mother, 61)




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.







The saying "like mother, like daughter" couldn't be more fitting for Kelly and her daughter Melissa, as they open up about how their shared love for food, fashion, and travel keeps them close and cherished. Melissa fondly recalls their adventures, like a trip to Seoul that, despite its unexpected turns, left a lasting impression. Meanwhile, Kelly finds joy in the simple, everyday moments with her family, including visits to the neighbourhood hawker for her favourite food. Together, they share their story of enduring mother-daughter love, their guiding lights, and the unique ways they remain connected.






what's something your mum does that always makes you smile or feel loved?


M: When my mum cooks or prepares meals for us. My mum is a great cook and I have always enjoyed her cooking. Even though I've since moved out after getting married, she still surprises me by popping over to my house just to drop off some food she's made. Gestures like these make me feel incredibly loved, as it shows that she's still thinking of me despite us no longer living together.



can you recall a time when your mum's advice or example had a big impact on you?


M: My mum has always taught me to be grateful for what I have and where I am in life and to find the silver lining no matter how tough a situation I am in. Her teachings have guided me in life, shaping me into someone with grit and a more positive outlook.




Kelly (left) wears the split hem layered long dress in cool grey, Melissa (right) wears the viscose ribbed tank top in soft sand paired with the deconstructed exposed seam trousers in black


What's one thing you admire most about your mom?


M: Her creativity. She has ideas for things, objects, and paintings that she wants to create in her head, and she is able to somehow figure out how they’re made and go about creating them. As someone lacking artistic talent, I am always in awe when she produces remarkable works of art.



can you share a special memory you have with your mom?


M: Our trip to Seoul, just the two of us, is a memory I cherish. I was very excited about the trip because I grew up with a younger sister, and as much as I love her, it’s rare that I have alone time with my mum. Unfortunately, I fell sick on the first day, and my mum had to sacrifice part of her holiday to take care of me. I was very sick and couldn’t stomach most foods. To this day, I can still visualize the taste of the porridge that she bought from their convenience stores for me. It was the only thing that my stomach could take. Whenever I see it, I fondly remember our time in Seoul and the great care she took of me.



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


K: For them to always be grateful and to always show love and kindness to the people around them.


Kelly (left) wears the split hem layered long dress in cool grey, Melissa (right) wears the viscose ribbed tank top in soft sand paired with the deconstructed exposed seam trousers in black


how do you stay connected with your children, especially as they grow older and become more independent?


K: I stay connected with my children by planning and going on holidays together. We also make sure to get together a couple of times a month for meals. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, we often love heading to our neighbourhood hawker for mala and it’s always such a treat. I have also passed on my love for clothes to my two daughters, and we share IG/Pinterest posts about clothes and styles that we appreciate with each other.


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


K: Elegant and timeless, my style leans towards clean lines and classic pieces. For example, I have a black jumpsuit that I have been wearing for the past ten years. While I used to dress mainly in monochromatic colors, as I get older, I have rediscovered my love for colors and prints and now wear them more often.



Photography Darren Gabriel Leow 

Creative Direction & Styling Daryll Alexius Yeo

Hair & Makeup Hongling Lim

Interviewed by Shenali Wijesinghe

Featuring Melissa Gan, Kelly Kek

Special Thanks Bessie YeSarah Kelly Ng


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