What’s in a Name?

My name is Tess@ M@ria Lee Tessi@. I dont know if I should be telling that to you but this story will not be complete if I didnt. Mummy told me that ever since she was 16 years old, she had planned her whole life ahead – yes, including what she was going to call her 1st daughter which I turned out to be.

Talisa. No matter who my future father was and no matter how silly Talisa sounded against my future father’s surname. Even if it was Talisa Tan, Talisa Saw or Talisa Ta. Thank goodness for my Ama’s intervention, I am now called Tessa, which I so aptly fit. When Ama heard that I was to be called Talisa, she went up in arms and gave her reasons:-

1. You cant have a Chinese name with 3 syllables (this was to be my Christian name so what’s the problem?)
2. Talisa, the name translated into Chinese doesnt have good feng shui (Mummy had no experience nor the energy during pregnancy to look into this)
3. Kong Kong’s ex-girlfriend was called Lisa and ‘they’ didnt like her (this I suspect was the real reason)

So out of the window Talisa went. Mummy and Daddy spent the next few weeks tearing hairs over my future name. Tessa came and went many times too but suddenly Mummy decided that she liked the name Tess, of which she only knew one other person with the same name in the whole of KL. And when Ama returned with a name (Mummy’s condition to her was that it started with the letter ‘T’ to have some preservation over her buried childhood dream), she returned with Tessia, meaning ‘spectacular sunset’ in Mandarin and signified that I would have many beautiful dreams.

Next came the middle name. Mummy figured that since her grandma is called Maria and since her Mother’s middle name is Maria, that the name be carried down generationally. Not a name I like, personally, but hey, just as you cant choose your parents, you cant choose your given birth name.

Ama also had a condition that my Chinese name, Tessia, be spelt as one word, following modern China names.

So there you go.

More than a year later, one of Mummy’s old school friends asked if she named me Tessa because it was Asset spelt backwards.

TESSA = ASSET Isnt that so cool?

Mummy hadn’t thought of it when she named me but she now believes that God had something to do with making me her precious little asset.

I love my name now. And so does Mummy…….

Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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  1. This is so interesting!! i was going to wait till i finished reading all your posts before commenting but i couldn’t. i’ve always been so curious about your family! Justin is of little help as he always doesn’t know… more like too lazy to explain!

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