Actor and host
My one takeaway is to always be open to criticism, comments and change because that's the best way to grow.
Tell us your story, how did you get here?
It’s a long winding road! Well, I actually didn’t expect to be doing what I do now. When Hirzi and I first started our YouTube channel, it was really just for fun – YouTube or social media wasn’t quite what it is today. At the same time, I knew I always loved performing and hosting, so I was going for auditions for different opportunities. I’m very grateful for how everything fell into place.
I’ve been doing this for almost 14 years now. Geez, I just said that out loud. How mad! I feel like you never stop learning and evolving. My one takeaway is to always be open to criticism, comments and change because that’s the best way to grow. I love everyone in my team and the people I’ve worked with and who have supported us through the years. We wouldn’t be here without a whole community behind us! So thank YOU!
What impact have you made in Singapore?
I hope I helped in pushing the way forward for creators to be more daring and responsible, for individuals to embrace who they are and for everyone to always choose kindness above anything else.
What does 2022 look like for you?
Live performances! Theatre! I’m screaming because I miss these so much over the last 2 years. Things are really looking up for these industries and I’m hopeful. Something about performing live just brings another level of fulfilment and joy that I miss so much. Apart from that, my team and I are working on some pet projects as well, so I’m excited to finally kickstart some of these ideas that’ve been brewing.
What do you love most about Singapore?
The community spirit. I’ve always known we have that but it was during circuit breaker that we saw so many organisations, communities and individuals work towards spreading kindness and helping one another, even in adversity. It was a really tough time for many people and the fact that we still encouraged each other to lend a hand any way we could – that was beautiful to see.
What’s the quirkiest thing not many people know about you?
I can be a little particular when it comes to organisation: in terms of how my space is arranged. I have my own way of how and where things should be placed. For example, if I check into a hotel room, I’ll rearrange the room a little to make it suit what I think is the “correct” arrangement. And no, I’ve never moved an entire bed from its place. But small things, you know, like phones, toiletries, remote controls, coffee machines, vases, chairs, tables. Ok, I’ll stop!
Who is your Local Legend, and why?
I have so many people in different sectors whom I’ve looked up to my whole life. But can I say, my father? He’s my idol through and through: his work ethic, his sense of responsibility, his street smarts and his kindness and generosity towards people. He didn’t come from an opulent background but he always worked hard to give back to his parents and now to his family.
He was also very fitspo! He was a national player for Singapore back in his early days. He played badminton. Then he pursued business in sports and the rest was history. He’s a good man, and my siblings and I learn so much from him.