Tell us more about what you do for work.
For work, I manage a bar at Prinsep Street. I’ve been doing this for about two months, so I’m still pretty new.
Before this, I was working in insurance for about eight months, but I didn’t like it. If you’re wasting your time, eight months is a lot, but if you feel like it wasn’t a waste of time, then eight months is too short. For me, I felt like I was wasting my time.
What pushed me to leave was when I realised that everyone was just trying to follow protocol. There are so many rules and regulations in place holding insurance agents back, and the whole industry lacks creativity, so it felt very mundane and repetitive.
With F&B, I find myself making a lot of new, interesting friends, and we’re able to bond and form close friendships very quickly. As a matter of fact, I’m actually renting a place from one of my customers-turned-friends. He’s got an extra apartment at Marina One Residences, so I’m just occupying the space for now, and we’re drinking together almost every other day. It’s just the kind of relationship where you know you can eventually become really, really good friends to the extent that they’re willing to open up and share their family and personal space with you, you know?
What was the biggest lesson you learnt from your time as an insurance agent?
Never try to fit in. Never try to let others understand you for who you are not. Instead, find somewhere where you’re really, really important to that industry or that job scope. No matter who you are, there’s always going to be that place for you.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy doing whatever I feel like doing. Nothing specific really comes to mind.
I guess I would say that I love bringing people together. I love trying to experience life from someone else’s perspective. I want to live as many different lives as possible, and because that’s not physically possible as humans, I love to meet different types of people to understand their lived experiences, and imagine myself experiencing what they’ve experienced, whether it’s good or bad.