The Most Terrifying Couchsurfing Host… and What He Taught Me, Richard Chong

“Always challenge your teacher. The second your teacher fubar you from challenging him or her. He is no longer your teacher.”
– Richard Chong

Richard Chong retired from the Australian Army at the peak of his military career as a Paratrooper after more than 13 years of service, serving in multiple deployments at several theatres of conflict around the globe.

He is also a practitioner of several martial arts codes including Krav Maga, Silat, Filipino Martial Arts, slacklining and body flying.

In 2010, Richard was my first Couchsurfing host in Melbourne and he had opened up my world. We became good friends and he brought me to my first indoor skydiving experience in KL. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to interview him when he passed by Singapore.

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • Richard stories as a paratrooper in the Australian army
  • How Richard became one of the first person to be paid for teaching slacklining in Melbourne
  • Self-defence advice for solo-travellers
  • and much more…

“The problem with complaining is.. you just piss people off.”
– Richard Chong

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The #1 Dating Expert in South East Asia, Violet Lim

Violet Lim is the co-founder and CEO of Lunch Actually, the largest dating company in South East Asia, which started humbly in Singapore. Since 2004, Lunch Actually has acquired 5 companies and now have offices in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bangkok. She is also the CEO of esync, an online-to-offline dating platform and LunchClick, a dating app that prides itself on disallowing the messaging function.

Violet is also the president of Matchmaking Institute in Singapore and President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Singapore. She is also the first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute, United States (New York).

When Singapore was looking to solve the falling birth rates’ issue, she is one of the “go-to” person to discuss the topic.

For busy professionals who are looking for that special someone, Violet and her team at Lunch Actually will help you. The first consultation is complimentary – contact them here.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • How to increase the odds of successful dates
  • How Violet kickstarted Lunch Actually
  • Violet’s advice on when to commit to a marriage
  • and much more!

Enjoy!

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From Running a Flea Market Stall to a BMW at the Age of 21, Gina Tow

Gina Tow is the founder and owner of Happy Rollies. Happy Rollies was started in 2015 and has since grown from a humble flea market stall selling ice cream at Geylang Serai market to having 20 ice-cream carts and 2 mini-vans now.

Gina Tow has since developed other food items such as Churros, Watermelon Volcano, Toasted Smores and Cheese Chicken Cubes.

If you are heading down to Geylang Serai Bazaar this year, keep a look-out for her stall(s). She is cooking up some excitement for all of us.

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • How Gina Tow earned 10K a month by trading second-hand luxury bags?
  • Gina’s experience of being bullied in school
  • How Gina start a successful ice-cream cart business

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The First All-Inclusive Hawker School for the Disadvantaged, Koh Seng Choon

“Success is a satisfying state of the mind, failure is when you stop trying.”
– Koh Seng Choon

Koh Seng Choon is the founder and managing director of Dignity Kitchen, Singapore’s first hawker training centre for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged. Dignity Kitchen has trained over 400 individuals and successfully given job placements to all of them.

Project Dignity’s mission is to build and return dignity to the disadvantaged and people with disabilities through vocation with passion. Under Project Dignity, it runs several other programs which including Dignity Mama Stall, Dignity Cottage, Lunch Treat for the Elderly and more.

Koh Seng Choon is also the author of 3 books – Elements of Success: Business, Elements of Success: Education and Elements of Success: Living. Elements of Success: Business is a best-seller in India.

Koh Seng Choon is the owner and management consultant of Christopher Benjamin Consultancy Services. 

On the side, he is a professor at SP Jain School of Global Management. 

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • How Koh Seng Choon negotiated a scholarship with William Cook PLC
  • How Koh Seng Choon built a network in India in a record time
  • The difference of teaching entrepreneurship at Changi Prison and SP Jain school of management
  • and lots more

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Adrian Pang – The Singaporean Actor who Waltzed into Hollywood

Adrian Pang is an artistic director, actor and host. He is also the co-founder of Pangdemonium Theatre Company with his wife, Tracie Pang.

He has won “Best Actor” award at the national Life! Theatre Awards and the 14th Asian Television Awards (ATA).

Adrian has appeared in numerous local and international films including Forever FeverThe Carrot Cake ConversationsUnlucky Plaza and Blackhat.

He also co-wrote, produced and starred in Six Weeks, which aired on MediaWorks in 2004.

Pangdemonium is currently putting on a play, The Pillowman” till March 2017.

“A writer of short stories is being questioned by the police regarding a series of child murders. What do his stories have to do with the gruesome deaths? Why is his brother, a gentle man-child with special needs, being locked up in the next room? Exactly who, or what, is “The Pillowman”? And “what’s in the box?”…”

I hope you enjoy this episode with Adrian Pang.

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