Jocelyn Chng’s voice softens considerably when she describes her poverty-stricken childhood in 1970s Singapore.
Her parents had lost their jobs when the food factory they both worked in shut down, so they started to try to scrape a living making sauces in their back garden, which they would sell to roadside food hawkers.
With money tight, and Jocelyn’s mother and father having to dedicate all their time to the business, they couldn’t look after her.
So she was sent to live with her grandmother in a small village until she was 11.
Jocelyn, today the boss of one of Singapore’s largest food companies, says: “My mum outsourced me… I saw my mum in those 11 years, but I thought my grandmother was my mother. It was very difficult when I first moved back.”