What’s the hardest thing for you to give up?
Making coffee. Even though I left my former full-time job as a barista and am working in a bank now, I still make coffee on the weekends. Every single cup of coffee I make still gives me the same excitement as the time when I made my first cup of coffee.
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be and why?
The art of cooking hokkien mee. It was the only local dish that I missed and craved when I was studying overseas. There’re no recipes online, and it seems that it’ll take a lot of skill, patience and craft to master cooking it.
If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
It’d be to find out if humans are able to upload their consciousness onto computers and achieve digital immortality in 30 years’ time, just as the scientist Raymond Kurzweil predicts.
Is there a book that really changed the way you thought about something?
Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche, about how human beings generally tread the path of least resistance when they have to make an important choice. We relieve ourselves from the heaviness of choice by blindly choosing something that pleases everyone. The book raised my consciousness on how yielding one’s choices to the opinions and biddings of others is not only detrimental to yourself, but also to those who think they can make your choices for you. It taught me to listen to the nature of my own heart and not the advice of others.
On weekends I’m usually…
Making coffee at Strangers’ Reunion, doing yoga at Yoga Lab, reading my Kindle, and having a drink at Skinny’s Lounge.