Queenie Rosita Law’s nearest and dearest gathered for an intimate cocktail party at Pacific Place’s Above VIP lounge to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated book, Dear Life. Queenie is already a published author, with both her Hong Kong and Singapore City Books receiving critical acclaim, but Dear Life is a more personal project for the artist and entrepreneur, as it focuses on the lessons she learned during her kidnapping ordeal in April 2015.

In an address to the gathering during which she thanked her family and friends for their support, Queenie said, “I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason—and most importantly, it’s not what happens to you, but how you move forward and what you take from it that matters.”

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Covered by: Christian Barlow