Halves Of A Whole
The Missing Piece
OM By Ong Shunmugam
I just came back from Japan recently.
I worked there for six years before returning to Singapore, and the most difficult part of the change has been realising how much my family and friends have grown in this time period. It’s not a bad change, but there’s a lot of catching up to do.
Recommend us your favourite spot in Tokyo.
There’s a place called Nihonbashi, which is quite reminiscent of old-Japan, despite having many hints of the new.
What’s the biggest thing you learnt about yourself during your travels?
I have different selves, depending on the country I’m living in. In Singapore, I’m more of a practical go-getter but when I’m in Japan, I find myself having the liberty to explore an adventurous side of myself. As a foreigner, you’re not bound too much to the social system, which is quite freeing.
What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done?
Probably taking up the offer to go to Japan, especially since it was for my first job.
How would you describe your personal fashion sense?
It’s changed quite a bit over the years, but now I’m more into carefully sourcing home-grown labels that align with my taste. I’m trying to cut down on the amount of clothes I wear, so a key factor I’ve been taking into account is sustainability.
If you had to pick a favourite show from the past year, what would it be?
I liked Tuca & Bertie—it’s a pretty random show that describes the friendship between two female birds. It’s a refreshingly female-centric show that caters to very familiar topics.
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