What’s something most people might not know about you?
I didn’t start off wanting to do fashion. I wanted to go into healthcare. This is actually my first fashion-related job, and I was a graphic designer before this. Before I went into design, I was studying healthcare for a year, and even before that, I thought I would become a book illustrator.
Tell us more about your hobbies—do you have any interesting or uncommon hobbies that you can share with us?
Although my initial dream of being a book illustrator hasn’t actualised, I’ve been trying to sketch in my free time. It keeps me present and aware of my surroundings and off my phone when I’m travelling. I’ve been sketching a lot of details from people’s outfits and architectural structures. An added bonus is that I get to notice little heartwarming interactions between people, which puts a smile on my face.
Is there a big change you’re hoping to make in your life before the year ends?
To get my driving licence! I cannot tell you the number of times I have felt a little helpless and a little bit of an inconvenience when I couldn’t drive myself to a nearby store, or pick someone up when they asked. I’m also hoping this will allow me to get to places that are not accessible by other means of transport when I go on my travels.
Apart from your home, what’s your favourite place in Singapore?
Having been away from home for awhile, I find that there is so much to see, do and eat! One of my favourite places to frequent (especially during the weekends) is the Marina Bay and Tanjong Pagar area. Another place I really like is the Tiong Bahru estate for its eclectic mix of old and new. The hawker center there has the best chwee kueh!
If you could trade lives with someone for a day—either real or fictional—who would it be and why?
Jane Goodall! Have you seen the woman? She looks amazing at 85! She also has such a good heart: I’ve always believed that animals teach us so much about ourselves and can bring out the best in people, and she is a fine example of that.