Catching a glimpse of Delia Tseng sitting in the dressing room, I was immediately struck by her amicable personality. She slipped into a red dress and patiently waited for our cover shoot to begin. With the casual music playing in the background, she couldn’t help but sway with the upbeat tones, perhaps she had never forgotten the past days when she used to be a dance instructor.
A Heart for Philanthropy
“When it comes to philanthropy, we need to put words into action,” Delia tells me her wish for this new year. Even in the wake of the coronavirus, she still attended Yong Lin Charity Foundation and Tigerair Taiwan’s first collaborated aviation camp two days before our interview. To her, the kids’ genuine smiles and heartwarming gestures are what surprised and touched her the most. Throughout the event, they couldn’t contain their excitement when they first saw Delia and asked her, “Are you Mrs. Gou? Can I shake your hand or get a picture?” She chuckled at their maturity, bent down and smiled at them, “Just call me Delia.” Held in the hopes of allowing the kids to experience and explore, the collaborated aviation camp expanded their imagination with the introduction of different career options, such as the ground crew, flight attendants, and the flight crew. Delia then picks up two postcards from the table, both covered with childish handwriting, tokens representing the most genuine innocence. Upon closer look, I realize they are handwritten gifts from two of the kids from the aviation camp. Eyes beaming, Delia says to me, “The moment when I saw the naiveté on their faces, everything was worth it.” She recalls last year’s birthday, when she visited Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders’s art class to donate books and check up on the children’s learning situation. Delia couldn’t help but smile when she heard the laughter of the kids. Thus, she aspires to put words into actions, and use her own power to give back to our society, an expression of life’s depth and scope.
Slow Savor of Family Time
Perhaps having gone through the peaks and valleys, Delia now enjoys the simple joy of life. She used to spend her weekends with her family hiking and cycling. Now, she spends her family time playing basketball with her husband and kids. Delia reveals that as someone who loves exercising, Chairman Gou often spends his time on the rowing machine. It is exactly these quality time spent together that strengthened the emotional bond between her and her family. Always finding the simple joys in life, Delia mentioned to the press before about how, whenever Chairman Gou was busy with work, the married couple would use documents to communicate with each other to add a little touch of romance and delight. Now, a few years later, he had gone from only using his phone to make and receive calls, to learning how to text and send cute stickers to add a dash of playfulness to their quotidian. And of course, whenever it comes to Valentine’s Day, flowers and a dinner date are also a must. Chuckling, Delia tells me, “We don’t celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day because my husband says it means we only get to meet once a year.” Perhaps happiness is this simple, and the company of family can become this romance that endures no matter how much time has passed.
Best Times of Happiness
Communication is the most effective medicine. As a mother of three kids, Delia understands that her kids all have different personalities and that her education style is very important. Her oldest daughter, Sandy, is slowly growing up and starting to want more personal space—Delia chooses to focus more on her daughter’s relationship with friends and her etiquette. Knowing that her son, Tiger, can be a bit naughty, she always reminds him before he goes to sleep, “You know Mommy loves you a lot, so be a good kid, okay?” I can feel her motherly wisdom and loving tenderness as Delia mentions her youngest daughter, Bella, who was born on the same day as her. A gentle smile spreads on her face when she tells me how, because of Bella’s young age, she gets extra protective when it comes to her mom. Once, the adorable six-year-old even commanded her and said, “Mommy you can’t leave the house, I haven’t seen you in so long!” Speaking of her kids’ kind gestures, Delia’s eyes shine with this gratitude and praise. A few years ago, the kids prepared a Mother’s Day surprise for her and learned the song, “Best Mom In The World” along with its dance choreography. The memory is still so fresh, as if if the tunes start playing again, the scene of the kids huddling in Delia’s embrace will start to play right in front of her eyes. “A lot of people thought I had stopped dancing but the truth is, dance will always be my forever favorite, a part of my life that will never disappear. I’m glad my two daughters are also passionate about dancing and singing, and that they will ask for my advice on it too.” Open-minded and always encouraging her kids to keep learning new things, maybe to Delia, this “dance” is simple, but also the most beautiful scene in the world.
Companionship through Time
In the blink of an eye, time slips through our fingers like an hourglass. Dance was what brought Chairman Gou and Delia together. Looking back at these past twelve years of marriage, the day when they first met is still vivid like it was yesterday. With a brand new year ahead of her, she smiles and wishes to find her truest self. Life is about flexibility, while happiness comes from a grateful heart, so never tire yourself when you are chasing your dreams. Towards the end of our interview, Delia says her guess is that, her genuine and easy-going personality is what her husband likes about her the most. Once, they were watching a Chinese palace drama full of scheming and plotting, Chairman Gou turned to her and gently patted her hair, “Glad that you stayed innocent, it’s better to live a happy, simple life.” Happiness is not complicated because the ordinary companionship settles the heart, so Delia simply wishes to devote more of her time to her family and philanthropy.