The Architect Behind the Iconic People’s Park Complex, Tay Kheng Soon

Tay Kheng Soon is the founder and principal partner of the architect firm, Akitek Tenggara.

In the span of his career, he was responsible for many iconic buildings around Singapore. Some of these include (but not limited to) People’s park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and KK Woman’s and Children hospital.

He was president of the Singapore Institute of Architects (1991-1993); the founding member and chairman of the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (1970-1971); chairman of The Substation and founding member of DP Architects (1967-1974).

On the side, he is an adjunct architecture professor at the National University of Singapore.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Kheng Soon’s backpacking experience in the 1960s
  • Kheng Soon’s encounter with our late PM Lee Kuan Yew
  • The relationship between architecture and politics

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (The “Funny” Generation of Architects)

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The Head Writer of Esquire SG, Wayne Cheong

“Ownself check ownself”
– Wayne Cheong

Wayne Cheong is the head writer for Esquire Singapore. He is a two-time recipient of the MPAS (Media Publishers Association of Singapore) “Journalist of The Year”, for both 2014 and 2015.

He has interviewed numerous iconic personalities, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Dev Patel, Colin Schooling, “The SMRT Vigilanteh” and Eric Bana, amongst others.

On the side, Wayne performs standup comedy regularly. He has performed at Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival, Talk Cock Comedy 2015 as well as regular improv nights together with other comedians.

In this episode, we talked about

  • Wayne’s interview process: from crafting questions to writing the article
  • Esquire’s hiring process
  • Recommendations for Japan
  • and much much more…

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (How to ‘Not” to get a job at Esquire)

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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!

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (Do You Believe You Can Control your Life?)

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I’m giving away my entire wedding planning business. The link below will have more details on the giveaway and application.

http://www.beautiful-gatherings.com/application/

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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!

Enjoy!

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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

If you’ve only got 3 minutes, here’s a short video on (The Joy and Wonders of Solo Travel)

 

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