Eco-conscious advocate and influencer
Mother Nature, both on land and in water, needs our help to heal. So we all need to do much better for our environment on a social, corporate and policy level.
Tell us your story, how did you get here?
I am Singaporean, so I was born and bred here! Full credit to mum and dad for this one.
What impact have you made in Singapore?
I’d like to think I’ve made a positive difference in various charitable causes and fundraisers in Singapore for a multitude of beneficiaries. I’ve set up several personal initiatives to help people, animals and the environment. Through sport, I’ve played for Singapore at a national level in both rugby and men’s netball. Through work, I’ve made people laugh, or despise me. I’ve travelled all over the world representing Singapore at awards and international events, and have equally travelled as a host for a variety of shows to entertain people in Singapore and globally.
What does 2022 look like for you?
It’s looking fantastic so far. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities to continue to do my work, especially during the last couple of years which have been extremely difficult for many others. Things are thankfully opening up, so there’s more happening, especially with travel. So filming is ongoing, social initiatives are still needed, and more campaigns are starting to come in with a growing focus on sustainability, which I’m super excited about.
What do you love most about Singapore?
The food! I’m a foodie at heart and we literally have every type of cuisine. Amazing chefs and restaurants, local and international, you’ll never go hungry here.
What’s the one thing everyone can do to protect our home planet?
This is a hard one, ’cause the world needs a lot of changes. But Mother Nature, both on land and in water, needs our help to heal. So, we all need to do much better for our environment on a social, corporate and policy level. We have a long way to go, but if we can start making positive changes to lessen our impact, we can start to reverse the negative effects. And reassuringly, we are starting to make some progress.
Who is your Local Legend, and why?
I’m going to say, my mum. From the pioneer generation, mum grew up in difficult times having to help take care of her 12 siblings under a single parent kampong household. She was eventually given into an arranged marriage that didn’t work out. So, after working job upon job to take care of three young daughters, she met my dad for a loving second marriage and subsequently had me and my younger sister.
Unfortunately, we lost my dad when I was 18, and mum had to continue to struggle. But her resilience throughout her entire life is a true testament to how legendary she really is. So as cliche as it may be, I can’t think of anyone else I’d have as my local legend.