Sports car for his 29th birthday from doting mum
A SLEEK, yellow Lotus Elise sports car was delivered to Atwell Tay on his 29th birthday recently.
A handwritten note of rules from his mother came with the car: "No driving while drinking, no reckless driving, no racing."
Like Miss Audrey Tay, he took to social media to show his luxurious gift on his Instagram account (@find_tay).
Mr Tay, who works in the auto industry, tells The New Paper on Sunday: "I was extremely astonished because previously, my mother wanted me only to get cars like Lexus and BMW, which (she felt) were safer."
He says: "She was away on an urgent business trip - she has never missed my birthday - and I was really upset."
Then came the $220,000 surprise.
Mr Tay, who is also a broker and deals with oil investments, declines to provide more details about his parents, except that his dad is a businessman and his mother works in the finance industry.
The eldest of four children, he is especially close to his mother.
"She dotes on me a lot," he adds.
But extravagant gifts are "not a big deal", says Mr Tay, who is married with three children.
He reveals that he has 24 timepieces from Rolex, Breitling, Hublot, U-Boat and others, most of which are gifts from his mother and investors. One of the most expensive watches he owns is a Rolex Cellini priced at about $30,000.
Mr Tay says he loves watches and cars but rarely pampers himself with such expensive items.
"That is also why I am extremely thankful to have received these big gifts from the people around me," he says. "I am filled with gratitude and love."