The Polymath Civil Servant Who Writes Poetry and Innovates, Aaron Maniam

Aaron Maniam is the Director (Industry Division) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore.

He has received numerous awards including (but not limited to), Asia Society’s “Asia 21 Young Leaders’ (2006), Singapore Youth Award (2012), and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013).

Aaron’s poems have won many awards including the National Arts Council’s Golden Point Award  (2003). His poems have been featured in online journals such as Stylus and Softblow and in print publications such as Fifty on 50, From Walden to Woodlands, La Traductiere, Journal des Poètes, and Becoming Poets.

He is also the author of Morning at Memory’s Border – one of the three books shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2007.

In 1995, Aaron was Singapore’s top student in the Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination.

Aaron holds a Master of Arts in International & Development Economics from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Strengths of a Polymath
  • How can introverts develop the skills of an extrovert?
  • Tools for a 21st-century innovator
  • and a whole more!

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Aaron Maniam as much as I did!

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Benny Se Teo – How to Turn Your Life Around From a Heroin Addiction

Benny Se Teo is the co-founder of Eighteen Chefs.

Benny spent 10 years getting in and out of prison. At the age of 45 in 2005, he opened Goshen and started cooking professionally.

Benny is also the author of Honest Good Food – a book where he shares his collection of comfort food recipes that are inspired by his childhood memories and personal experiences.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Benny’s childhood packing opium
  • Why is it so hard to kick the drug habit?
  • Benny’s experience working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation
  • and much more!

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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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