Penny and Giden first met 10 years ago as colleagues at a pharmaceutical company. Far from your dreamy love-at-first-sight narrative, the two seemed an unlikely couple at the start.
"I was actually quite annoyed," Penny
recalls her first impression of Giden, her husband of four years. "He is very chatty and usually gathers a group around him who are also loud and talkative. Being my introverted self, that was annoying to me back then."
Chuckling at her remark, Giden offers a more flattering recollection: "Every year, our company would give out awards and Penny was always winning multiple awards. So, I thought, wow, this girl must be very cekap
It was Giden, then, who made the first move to impress her with voice recordings of him singing with his guitar and invitations to hang out over a meal. Although Penny admits that she initially conceded to his pursuit
out of obligation, his persistence eventually won her over.
"I can't really remember if there was a moment when a spark lit between us. It was all very progressive," she says.
Not long after they started dating,
Giden brought up the prospect of starting a business together. It was an idea he had already attempted twice on his own before, but realised in hindsight that what was missing was a creative eye—something he felt he lacked
but saw in Penny.
Marrying her artistic sense with his entrepreneurial spirit, they embarked on this side project while juggling their full-time jobs. Thus, the seeds for BloomThis were sown