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13 July 2014

0067 - Eunice

Eunice Lim / 18 / Singapore / Singapore Student Bon Viveur / /
 / @euniceepic

What do you live for?
I typed and backspaced and typed and backspaced for this question a couple experiences? dreams? creation? family? friends? food? learning? ohno! I'm baffling myself. I'd fill up the entire webpage until my answer crams up along the edges of the computer screen... and when it hangs, there'd be some trouble there HAHA. :P I've come to realize then, that I live for life. (It sounds like I'm not really answering the question but I am.)


I can't explain this accurately because attempting to do so is akin to devaluing life. Even if I try to write about it in an epic (let alone a paragraph), it will still be acutely insufficient. To me, the depth and complexity of what life holds is far too beautiful to be described in mere words. It's like the phantasmagorical dreams we only remember snippets of when we wake up, the butterfly that landed softly on our hands for one moment and flitted away the next, the memories from our childhood which we still cradle fondly, our favourite scenes from films or books that never fail to make us laugh heartily or cry intensely, the warmth of the sun or light breeze of the ocean air... something that is constantly mysterious and elusive in a dynamic way.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
- Have immense faith in yourself. Never stop dreaming. Be authentic. Love deeply. 
- Don't be afraid of 'screwing up' because that's the part that is the most fun. 
- Humour gets you through a lot. It's also especially useful if you want to insult someone and avoid being punched in the guts at the same time. 
- Binging on comfort food when you're upset is OKAY. Really. I personally love spooning ice cream from the tub itself. 
- But most importantly, if someone else gives you an advice, and something inside you tells you that it seems like bullshit of sort... then don't take it. DON'T. Trust yourself. It's your life that you've living.   

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to...
Sorry, ahem.. Not trying to be annoying but I actually think life expectancy is quite high now, especially in developed countries with sophisticated medical technology and higher standards of living. I digress oops. The issue here is, life doesn't have to be thought of as short to be cherished...(though it definitely helps because there may be a 'panic effect'). Assuming that there are no threatening diseases, AIDS/HIV, accidents, freak accidents etc happen, it can be long. It's all quite relative really. The more crucial point to me is that it is a continual stream, which means that you will never be the person you are one second ago, again. *Cues music, 'One day' by Kodaline* Rather, life is too fleeting to eat mcdonalds, do stupid, senseless, meaningless things, worry excessively, miss chances, lack courage, repeat the same mistakes, eat mcdonalds... (inserts the various wise advice from other posts and famous figures). We only get one shot at life, so make every moment count as much as possible. 

Something random you'd like to say?
Hold on to the silly little things. :) Oh, and hot chocolate is the perfect remedy for any sort of mess you get into. 

1 June 2013

0066 - Tan Kin Lian

Tan Kin Lian / 65 / Singapore / Founder & Director of Tan Kin Lian & Associates Pte Ltd /

What do you live for? And why?
I use my free time to spread knowledge and help other people to improve their lives, to better face their challenges, and to find innovative ways to improve the environment.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
Attend my talk on financial planning ( so that they can handle their finances better in the future.

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to...
...worry about the material things that we do not have, compared to other people. It is better to appreciate what we have, and make the best use of them. 

Something random you'd like to say?
Look at what is right, not what is wrong
Look at what you agree with, not what you disagree with
Be supportive, and not a wet blanket
Look at what you can do, not what you cannot
Briefly, just be positive.

16 August 2012

0065 - Stefan

Interviewer's Note: Stefan is one of my favourite designers out there. He has his own design firm - Sagmeister & Walsh Inc., and has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, just to name a few. I first got to know about his existence via TED, where he gave a talk about Happiness. Since then, I have been following his updates and understanding/reading about his works. 

Stefan Sagmeister / 50 / New York City, USA / Designer / / @sagmeisterwalsh

What do you live for? And why?
To try to do work that is meaningful, meaning work that either helps or delights people.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
This advice came from Tibor Kalman: The most difficult thing in running a design studio is to figure out how to stay small. Everything else is easy.

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to...
...spend it with nasty people.

Something random you'd like to say?

(image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh)

13 August 2012

0064 - Chin Hon

Interviewer's Note: Chin Hon was my polytechnic classmate many years ago. We studied Animation together. Today, he is a Kung Fu teacher. Pretty big change huh? Life can be really surprising sometimes.

Kwok Chin Hon / 25 / Singapore / Professional Kung Fu Teacher

What do you live for?
Chinese Kung Fu. To bring it back to life. To realize the way of the warrior. To allow modern people to enjoy the benefits of these valuable knowledge and skills.


Everyone has their own unique talents, they should capitalize on these skills to make the world a better place. As for me, Kung Fu is my path. Chinese Kung Fu has elements of Chinese medicine, fortune telling and feng shui, it can also be applied to other areas of life. Gives people better health and better self awareness.

Sadly speaking nowadays there are more Kung Fu practitioners in the West as compared to the East! And also those in the West are much more passionate.

Easterners should learn from the positive mindset of Westerners too. That is why one of my wishes is to restore the balance. There has to be someone to fix things 
which everyone is not happy about but take no action.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
Some people are simply born fortunate, they have no reason to sin. Some are unlucky and their life is full of suffering, making them want to spread the suffering to others and bring more suffering to themselves. Therefore do not believe in karma. Karma does not pay off in your afterlife, it pays off on your offspring and it snowballs endlessly. Try to be good parents, if you wish well for your children. Always empathize with those who are in suffering.

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to... without a goal and realize you lived an aimless life at the end.

Something random you'd like to say?
I believe in miracles. The best way of winning is to win with so much style people cannot accept how you win!

10 August 2012

0063 - Jia Hao

Interviewer's Note: Jia Hao is a little boy who stays 3 minutes away from my house. He loves playing computer games but is also a filial child who helps his mum with her daily chores. Decided to find out what he thinks about life too!

Jia Hao / 11 / Singapore / Student

What do you live for?
Ahhhh.. I don't know..


Because I don't know. I always say that. I cannot answer because I don't know. I'm very simple minded, and I'm still young.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
"Don't give up in your life."

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to...
...I don't know.

Something random you'd like to say?
Dot dot dot...

7 August 2012

0062 - Jonathan

Interviewer's Note: Jon is a young aspiring graphic designer (based in Singapore) who is currently busy with National Service. Love his works!

Jonathan Lim / 20 / Singapore / Graphic Designer / / @whereartjon

What do you live for?
To make good art.


I believe in making the most of what I'm given, and I think I've been giving a small measure of ability in this field. More than that, I think our own lives are our biggest canvasses. So I try to make good of that too.

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference." -Steve Jobs

Complete this sentence: Life is too short to...
...wallow in regret.

Something random you'd like to say?
Hasta la vista, baby.

4 August 2012

0061 - Graham

Interviewer's Note: I've seen Graham on a few occasions during events, as well as noticed his efforts in helping to develop the music scene in Singapore. He's a cool guy! Here's a short description he wrote for himself in his Facebook account: I'm a perpetual dreamer who often gets hurt, but I take a deep breath and pick myself up. I've had a life of ups and downs and the best moments of my life have been on the up curve. I'm at a point in my life where I have found love again and I'm beginning to believe that nice guys can win.

That said. Let's find out what he lives for..

Graham Perkins / Crossed the line of half a century / Guitar Heaven, Singapore / Something new is about to happen and something I'm really excited about. If you're interested, add me on Twitter and all will be revealed :-) @grayperks

What do you live for?
I live in a constant state of hope with conditional dreaming. Sure I get knocked back, hurt, feel the pain, express all emotions, etc., but I always get back on feet. Singer/Songwriter Todd Rundgren writes in his song Fair Warning, "When you lay your life down in them grooves, you know you're bound to get scratched up sometime" and I have taken risks which have created scary moments in my life. But these experiences have made me realistic and pragmatic of what can or might be achieved.

Music is and has been, a central part to my life. I remember at the age of 12, watching artists like David Bowie and Marc Bolan performing on TV which nurtured the starry-eyed look of wanting to be like them. Many artists such as Pink Floyd, Yes, Todd Rundgren, Robin Trower, Nile Rodgers and my music peers, continued to inspire me to pick up a guitar and play. Certain lyrics and music began to mean so much to me as I went through life's rich tapestry of highs, lows, and emotions. I live for music to continue to be a major part of my life and influence what I do.


Because I always want to dream. Another poignant line from Rundgren's song Fair Warning, "I'd rather live by a dream than live by a lie". I have been on both sides of the fence when it comes to deceit and its not a great place to be. I've learnt from these experiences and never want to be there again. I therefore see truth and decency as an important part of hope. 

What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
- Never be a part of someone's troubles or downfall
- Never do something that puts fear in the eyes of a child. 
- Do it right, not right now so take your time.
- Do not do what you do not want to do. 
- Do not think that your plans will ever work out the way you hoped. best thing to do is simply plan to be surprised. 

Something random you'd like to say?
Amazing how life and music can come full circle with the recent release of David Bowie's song, Where Are We Now? If you haven't heard it, find it, listen to it, devour it and reflect on the question, where are you now.