Meet the Bestselling Author of The Teenage Textbook, Adrian Tan

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“You can’t see good writing, you can only see what’s behind it.” – Adrian Tan

Adrian Tan is the author of The Teenage Textbook and The Teenage Workbook which were both national bestsellers. The two books sold over 50,000 copies. The books were made into a film – The Teenage Textbook Movie, which topped the box office in Singapore for four weeks. In 2015, The Teenage Textbook was selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 1965–2015.

Adrian is currently a lawyer with Morgan Lewis in Singapore and specialises in intellectual property and information technology law. On his off-duty days, Adrian also judges on the International Emmy Award-nominated debate TV show – The Arena.

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • Argument vs. persuasion, and how he has used the latter in his law practice
  • The writing process for The Teenage Textbook
  • Why he chose law as his career and much much more

It was a really fun and wide-ranging conversation. Adrian is such an insightful and a hilarious guy.

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (How Did Donald Trump Get Away with Half-Truths?)

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The Godfather of Singapore’s Boutique Hospitality, Loh Lik Peng

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Loh Lik Peng is the owner and director of Unlisted Collection. His career began as a litigator during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997. He mainly dealt with company bankruptcy. His transition to hospitality occurred in 2000 when he bought a property, now known as Hotel 1929, on a bargain and treated it as a passion project.

Today, he owns several boutique hotels and restaurants in Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney. Some of these include (but not limited to) New Majestic Hotel, Wanderlust Hotel,  Burnt Ends and Pollen. He also chairs the Shatec Institute and Singapore Hotel Association and holds directorships at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum.

We dived into topics including:
– The economics of the hospitality business
– Why Loh Lik Peng only opens restaurants with a co-chef owner
– Hiring practices in the competitive hospitality industry
– Old barbers’ chairs and lots more

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (Being a Good Chef is Not Enough to Get You That Dream Restaurant)

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The World Renowned Beatboxer from Singapore, Dharni Ng

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Dharni Ng (@dharniofficial) started beatboxing at age 15.

He studied at Temasek Polytechnic. In 2011, he won Emperor of the The Mic in Canada. He is the first person in history to win The Grand Beatbox Battle Championship twice in a row. He has also has opened for artistes like Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and performed during Mariah Carey’s concert.

If you’ve only got 5 minutes, here’s a short video on (Why a Beatboxer can Also BE a Good Businessman?)

And here is the video of the (Final round (Dharni vs TWO.H) at Grand Beatboxing Battle 2014)

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The Radio DJ Who Built a Million Dollar Cupcake Empire, Daniel Ong

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Daniel Ong is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Twelve Cupcakes, with more than 40 stores around the region. He was a well-loved radio deejay from Singapore’s MediaCorp Radio 987FM and won the most popular radio personality awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Daniel also managed the radio station for 15 months. In 2010, he announced that he was leaving the radio industry at large. In 2011, Twelve Cupcakes was born and it has grown to more than 40 stores today.

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The 21 Year Old Founders of Staple Magazine, Emily Tay and Clara Lee

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Clara Lee, Tan Yi Ping and Emily Tay are the 21 year old founders behind socio-culture magazine, Staple Magazine. Their pilot issue is themed Dizziness of Youth, whereby the notion of “arriving to an age” or the awkward manoeuvre between childhood to adulthood is the topic of interest.

We dived into topics including:
– The world of publishing; finding contents, curating and marketing the magazine
– How they started a magazine at the age of 21 while being full-time students who lived in different time zones
– Why one should work before entering university
– Explore being a youth and loads more

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