Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean
This is the podcast where I speak to the trouble makers, rebels and mavericks. These people are the folks who see things differently, who have gone off the beaten path and found their pursuit. All living under one roof, Singapore.
info_outline #39 The 25 Year Old Doctor that Amassed a 500K YouTube Following, Ali Abdaal 03/16/2020
#39 The 25 Year Old Doctor that Amassed a 500K YouTube Following, Ali Abdaal Ali Abdaal, is a YouTuber and junior doctor in the UK. His YouTube channel has more than 30 millions view and 500K subscribers.
info_outline #38 The Decision Coach from the Inaugural Team of Seth Godin’s altMBA, Michelle Florendo 12/30/2019
#38 The Decision Coach from the Inaugural Team of Seth Godin’s altMBA, Michelle Florendo Michelle Florendo, is a coach for Type-A professionals and executives. She has served on the inaugural coaching team for Seth Godin’s altMBA, guest-taught on Stanford’s famous Design Your Life course, and is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Michelle is also a mother of 2, admits these achievements.
info_outline #37: Remote Work, Learning to Code & Happiness – Steph Smith 10/25/2019
#37: Remote Work, Learning to Code & Happiness – Steph Smith Steph Smith (@stephsmithio), 25 is a senior analyst working on , tracking up-and-coming trends. After less than a year of learning to code (while having a full-time job), she has won the Golden Kitty for inclusion, on Product Hunt. Steph writes a about remote work, women in tech and learning to code. These days when she is not at work, she is building , a tool connecting indie publishers with their readers. In this conversation, we spoke about: Things women face in the tech industry Steph’s transition from consulting to remote work The ups and downs of remote work and much more!
info_outline #36: Khailee Ng — Conversation about Necker Island, Marriage and the Gig Economy 06/24/2019
#36: Khailee Ng — Conversation about Necker Island, Marriage and the Gig Economy Khailee Ng is a managing partner of , a venture capital firm. He has led more than 180 startup investments, with a few “unicorn” successes such as and . Khailee has previously founded Groupsmore which got acquired by and which got subsequently acquired by , Malaysia’s largest online media company. BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups, this episode is well worth the time. This is really about the habits and beliefs of a successful (and fun) person. Enjoy this conversation with a curious character! In this conversation, we spoke about: Lesson learnt at Richard’s Branson Necker Island How does Khailee study and prepare for marriage Principal to a kick-ass pitch
info_outline #35:The 34 Years Old Internet Millionaire Who Sold Everything Away, Alvin Poh 05/05/2019
#35:The 34 Years Old Internet Millionaire Who Sold Everything Away, Alvin Poh Alvin Poh is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Vodien, a cloud hosting company. Vodien was founded in 2002. It was later acquired by Dreamscape in 2017, and was valued for S$ 30million. Shortly after being a millionaire at 33 years old, he sold most of his belongings (including his Lamborghini) and embraced minimalism. Alvin holds a masters in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon. He is now travelling and snowboarding around the world. In this conversation, we spoke about: Why Alvin sold his Lamborghini and embrace minimalism The evolution of Alvin’s fitness routine How Alvin apply the 80/20 principle to business Links Mentioned Connect with Alvin Poh: | by Justin Vanderstraaten by Alvin Poh by Mo Gawdat by () Accumulating Capital Class Withholding tax on ETFs for Singaporeans by Gary Chapman by Derek Sivers (Andriod) (Andriod) (Mac OS and iOS) by Osprey Show Notes How does Alvin network during his time at Vodien? [02:48] When did Alvin know he was an entrepreneur? [24:21] Alvin sharing how his childhood influence his outlook on materialism [27:08] What does happiness means to Alvin now? [30:05] What did Alvin do after exiting Vodien? [44:23] Why did Alvin decide to drop out of Junior College and enrol in Polytechnic? [56:01] What is one thing Alvin wished he learnt earlier as a leader? [01:05:18] How does Alvin identity and form his inner circle? [01:14:15] What are the pro & cons of SAXO and InteractiveBrokers? [01:17:09] What is the evolution of Alvin’s fitness routine? [01:20:48]
info_outline #34: Conference Hacking, Self-Awareness and Personal System with JR Hinds 07/29/2018
#34: Conference Hacking, Self-Awareness and Personal System with JR Hinds JR Hinds is the owner of Hinds and Associates, specialising in employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Today, over 90% of his business is developed through referrals. He has a private pilot’s license and flies a Cessna 172. He also jumped out of an airplane twice (but never one that he was flying). JR rappelled down the building the day before his wedding day and threw a surprise wedding for his 50 guests. One of his favourite things to do is to spend time with his 4 nephews and his niece. In this conversation, we spoke about Learnings from the World Domination Summit Conference hacking JR's personal mission statement and much more! JR apologise for the wrong mention of "Yes Marsha Marsha". It's . There was a lot of nervous laughter in this episode - mainly from me. Listen to the podcast to know why. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
info_outline #33: The Magician Behind the Higher Education Revolution, Michelle Jones 07/15/2018
#33: The Magician Behind the Higher Education Revolution, Michelle Jones “I don't think we ask deep enough questions and give young people enough credit for being able to have those answer within themselves.”– Michelle Jones Michelle Jones is the founder of a higher education institution, Wayfinding Academy. It is a new 2-year college aiming to revolutionize higher education. They have been approved to offer Associate’s degrees by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. She has taught in traditional colleges for 15 years. Some of the institutions include (but not limited to) Boston University, University of New Mexico and Concordia University of Portland. Michelle is also the organizer of TEDx Mt Hood for the last 8 years. Wayfinding Academy is currently having a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign from June 17th - July 27th to raise $60,000. Thier goals are to double their student body size, launch a second program, and impact twice as many lives. . In the podcast episode [02:40:00], you can listen to a conversation with a student (Meg Lamberger) of the Wayfinding Academy about her experiences. Enjoy this incredible conversation! It was very eye-opening for me. In this conversation, we spoke about How Michelle started Wayfinding Academy with a personal budget of $15,000 for 2 years Why Wayfinding Academy doesn't have grades The importance of guides in a student's growth and much more!
info_outline #32: Building a Million-Dollar Design Agency, Daniel Lim 04/21/2018
#32: Building a Million-Dollar Design Agency, Daniel Lim “It is not a failure if there are lessons to be learnt from it.” – Daniel Lim Daniel Lim is an entrepreneur and business coach. His coaching and training practice aims to help people to redefine success, build businesses and do work which is aligned with their values and purpose. Daniel's former design studio, Studio MDS work with clients such as Capella Hotels, Singapore Flyer and National Heritage Board. In 2017, he designed and ran a retreat called #howtohuman for DesignSingapore Council. In this conversation, we spoke about The story of Daniel's burnout Toxic behaviour in the workplace Characteristics of people that who should not be an entrepreneur and much more!
info_outline #31: The 25 Years Old Kid that Took the AI World by Storm, Annabelle Kwok 03/01/2018
#31: The 25 Years Old Kid that Took the AI World by Storm, Annabelle Kwok Annabelle Kwok, 25 is the founder of , an Artificial Intelligence company that specialises in vision analytics. She consults with companies on A.I. driven solutions and was previously the founding CEO of SmartCow. At 20, she travelled alone for 6 weeks to Togo, West Africa. She has witness people fainting from malaria, getting robbed at knife-point, and balanced buckets of water on her head. At 22, she met U.S. President Barack Obama under a youth programme representing Singapore. Annabelle is a black-belt in Taekwondo, a licensed windsurfer, and an avid runner. In this conversation, we spoke about Why did Annabelle has joined the 10 days silent retreat, twice Why she decided to run a marathon in North Korea Her experiences of travelling alone in Togo, West Africa and much more! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. --- In 2018, I am getting my health in order. I have already lost 5kg in one month. If you have similar goals, and tried a bunch of diet and regime that didn't help. I want to work with you. I have enough time for 3 people at the moment to help achieve their health goals. The session would be free of charge, as I learning and testing things out. I also ask that you only sign up if you are really ready to make some changes. I will motivate you and keep you accountable, but you'll get the most out of my time if we can spend the bulk of our time analysing what you've done and implementing changes. If you are interested, please email me a little introduction of yourself and your goals. Amongst potential candidate who I think we are a good fit, I'll accept people first come first serve. Get in touch by emailing to ask [at] bryanvictor.com.
info_outline #30: The Psychiatrist Who Started the Addiction Management Department at IMH, Dr Munidasa Winslow 10/11/2017
#30: The Psychiatrist Who Started the Addiction Management Department at IMH, Dr Munidasa Winslow "No one says that decided to start drinking because my ambition in life is to be an alcoholic. It’s rubbish.” – Dr Munidasa Winslow Munidasa Winslow is a psychiatrist and the executive director of Promises Healthcare. He has been practising psychiatry since 1988 and is known for his work in addiction medicine and impulse control disorders. He was also responsible for the setting up the Addiction Management Department at the Institute of Mental Health. His last appointment at IMH was the Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine Department at IMH Singapore. Dr Winslow is accredited as a master addiction counsellor and a clinical supervisor. In this conversation, we spoke about Simple yardstick to test if one has an addiction The framework recovery process for addictions Dr Winslow’s views on ADHD and much more!
info_outline #29: The Couple that Built JobsCentral and Cashed Out, Lim Der Shing and Huang Shao-Ning 09/24/2017
#29: The Couple that Built JobsCentral and Cashed Out, Lim Der Shing and Huang Shao-Ning Lim Der Shing is currently a private investor, Venture Advisor with Jungle Seedplus and board member with several organizations. Huang Shao-Ning is the Managing Partner of Hub Ventures Fund and a Partner at Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading company builder.
info_outline #28 - From Building the Red Rhino to Creating an Iron-Man, Peter Ho 09/11/2017
#28 - From Building the Red Rhino to Creating an Iron-Man, Peter Ho Peter Ho is the CEO of , an engineering company specializing in Unmanned systems, Defence, Bio-medical, Smart Logistics and Special Vehicles. The company has delivered over 400 projects across 18 countries to date and projects included (but not limited to) the last 4 versions of for the (SCDF). HOPE Technik was awarded the Most Technologically Disruptive Collaboration () from in 2017. Peter is an adjunct professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Peter is also a board member of and . In this conversation, we spoke about The story of how Peter brought the rarest vintage car in Singapore How did Hope Technik clinch the Red Rhino project? Why did Peter leave his job as a Chief Engineer at Petronas? I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
info_outline #27: The Singaporean Toymaker Who Kickstarted to the Global TED Conference, Michael Sng 07/23/2017
#27: The Singaporean Toymaker Who Kickstarted to the Global TED Conference, Michael Sng Michael Sng is the principal designer of . He is the creator of the Codename Colossus - a Walking War Machine with 435 individually 3D-printed parts. Michael is the first Singaporean who spoke on the main stage at the Conference (2016) in Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor of Graphic Design (Advertising) from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000). In this conversation, we spoke about: Tools and skills to design and build a 3D printed & moving toy Hacking Kickstarter to conclude a 442% funded Campaign Michael’s experience preparing for TED and much more!
info_outline #26: Claire Chiang - The Woman Behind the Banyan Tree Resort Group 07/09/2017
#26: Claire Chiang - The Woman Behind the Banyan Tree Resort Group “If you allow all these barriers and challenges around you to impact you, you’ll never walk out of the house and have terrible mental health. So, get over it.” – Claire Chiang Claire Chiang is the co-founder of . She was the Singapore's Woman of the Year (1999). She was the first of two women who to break the long-standing tradition of an all-male member of (SCCI). Claire is the chairperson of the Conservation Fund, the and the (NBDCS). She occasionally contributes to and leads various committees in the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Arts Council and Raffles Girls’ Secondary School. In this conversation, we spoke about How to deal with the "glass ceiling" How to be a mum while running a business What Claire learnt from the study of Sociology and much more! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I do.
info_outline #25: ShiGGa Shay - The Hip Hop Artist From Singapore Who Made It 06/25/2017
#25: ShiGGa Shay - The Hip Hop Artist From Singapore Who Made It Pek Jin Shen, 25, better known by his stage name ShiGGa Shay is a Singaporean hip-hop artist, songwriter, director, and music producer. In 2012, ShiGGa was named the "Unsigned Talent of The Week" by . He was the first Singaporean hip-hop Artist that made it to top chart with his song, . In 2016, ShiGGa Shay was invited by the US Ambassador to perform at the White House State Dinner after-party. ShiGGa is also a founder member of hip hop group Grizzle Grind Crew, as well as production company Grizzle Films. He films and art-directs most of his music videos. In this conversation, we spoke about ShiGGa Shay's vision for his career How ShiGGa Shay dealt with the passing of his father ShiGGa's advice for young budding artists
info_outline #24: The Architect Behind the Iconic People's Park Complex, Tay Kheng Soon 06/11/2017
#24: 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 (1991-1993); the founding member and chairman of the (1970-1971); chairman of and founding member of (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
info_outline #23: The Head Writer of Esquire SG, Wayne Cheong 05/26/2017
#23: The Head Writer of Esquire SG, 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...
info_outline #22: The Polymath Civil Servant Who Writes Poetry and Innovates, Aaron Maniam 05/14/2017
#22: 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 and and in print publications such as , , La Traductiere, Journal des Poètes, and . He is also the author of - 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!
info_outline #21: Benny Se Teo on How to Turn Your Life Around From a Heroin Addiction 04/30/2017
#21: Benny Se Teo on How to Turn Your Life Around From a Heroin Addiction Benny Se Teo is the co-founder of . 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 - 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!
info_outline #20: The Most Terrifying Couchsurfing Host… and What He Taught Me, Richard Chong 04/16/2017
#20: The Most Terrifying Couchsurfing Host… and What He Taught Me, 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 , 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...
info_outline #19: The #1 Dating Expert in South East Asia, Violet Lim 04/01/2017
#19: The #1 Dating Expert in South East Asia, Violet Lim Violet Lim is the co-founder and CEO of , 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 , an online-to-offline dating platform and , a dating app that prides itself on disallowing the messaging function. Violet is also the president of in Singapore and President of (EO) Singapore. She is also the first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute, United States (New York).
info_outline #18: From Running a Flea Market Stall to a BMW at the Age of 21, Gina Tow 03/19/2017
#18: 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 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
info_outline #17: The First All-Inclusive Hawker School for the Disadvantaged, Koh Seng Choon 03/03/2017
#17: The First All-Inclusive Hawker School for the Disadvantaged, Koh Seng Choon "Success is a satisfying state of the mind, failure is when you stop trying." - Koh Seng Choon Koh Seng Choon is the founder and managing director of , Singapore's first hawker training centre for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged. Dignity Kitchen has trained over 400 individuals and successfully given job placements to all of them. Project Dignity's mission is to build and return dignity to the disadvantaged and people with disabilities through vocation with passion. Under Project Dignity, it runs several other programs which including , Dignity Cottage, Lunch Treat for the Elderly and more. Koh Seng Choon is also the author of 3 books - Elements of Success: Business, Elements of Success: Education and Elements of Success: Living. Elements of Success: Business is a best-seller in India. Koh Seng Choon is the owner and management consultant of Christopher Benjamin Consultancy Services. On the side, he is a professor at SP Jain School of Global Management. In this conversation, we spoke about: How Koh Seng Choon negotiated a scholarship with William Cook PLC How Koh Seng Choon built a network in India in a record time Teaching entrepreneurship at SP Jain school of management, Changi Prison and lots more
info_outline #16: Adrian Pang - The Singaporean Actor who Waltz into Hollywood 02/20/2017
#16: Adrian Pang - The Singaporean Actor who Waltz into Hollywood Adrian Pang is an artistic director, actor and host. He is also the co-founder of Pangdemonium with his wife, Tracie Pang. He has won “Best Actor” award at the national Life! Theatre Awards and the 14th Asian Television Awards (ATA). Adrian has appeared in numerous local and international films including , , and . He also co-wrote, produced and starred in Six Weeks, which aired on MediaWorks in 2004.
info_outline Ep15 - Bjorn Shen: Singapore's Most Rebellious Chef 02/04/2017
Ep15 - Bjorn Shen: Singapore's Most Rebellious Chef “Chefs need arrogance, business that wants to build a brand needs arrogance” – Bjorn Shen Bjorn Shen (IG: ) is the chef-owner of , and an ice-cream brand, - their Instagram feed make my stomach growl. Bjorn Shen is also the author of the Artichoke cookbook and writes a monthly column titled “Bjorn says” for . On the side, he also is a lecturer at . In this conversation, we spoke about: Story of Bjorn getting robbed while working in a 7/11 store Advice on structuring rental agreement How Bjorn lost $230,000 in 3 months with OverDough Why does Bjorn insist taking his staff on oversea trips and lots more
info_outline Ep 14 - How to Live Thoughtfully with Passion, Kuik Shiao-Yin 01/21/2017
Ep 14 - How to Live Thoughtfully with Passion, Kuik Shiao-Yin Kuik Shiao-Yin is the co-founder and creative director of . It is comprised of various companies – , which offers tuition for General Paper and Language Arts; , a socially ethical restaurant chain and , a branding and content curation agency. She is also a two-term Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).
info_outline Ep 13: Jack Sim, The Sh*t that Put Him on the United Nation Map 01/07/2017
Ep 13: Jack Sim, The Sh*t that Put Him on the United Nation Map Jack Sim is the founder of the (WTO), Base of Pyramid Hub (), World Toilet College (WTC) and the . At the age of 40, he attained financial independence after creating a series of 16 successful businesses. Thereafter, he decided to retire and devote his life to social work. Jack has been named the and is an . Jack also sits on the ’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.
info_outline Ep 12 - Meet the Bestselling Author of The Teenage Textbook, Adrian Tan 12/17/2016
Ep 12 - Meet the Bestselling Author of The Teenage Textbook, Adrian Tan Adrian Tan is the author of and The Teenage Workbook which were both national bestsellers. The two books sold over 50,000 copies. The books were made into a film - The Teenage Textbook Movie, which topped the box office in Singapore for four weeks. In 2015, The Teenage Textbook was selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 1965–2015. Adrian is currently a lawyer with in Singapore and specialises in and law. On his off-duty days, Adrian also judges on the International Emmy Award-nominated debate TV show - .
info_outline The Godfather of Singapore's Boutique Hospitality, Loh Lik Peng 12/03/2016
The Godfather of Singapore's Boutique Hospitality, Loh Lik Peng Loh Lik Peng is the owner and director of . His career began as a litigator during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997. He mainly dealt with company bankruptcy. His transition to hospitality occurred in 2000 when he bought a property, now known as Hotel 1929, on a bargain and treated it as a passion project. Today, he owns several boutique hotels and restaurants in Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney. Some of these include (but not limited to) , , and . He also chairs the and and holds directorships at the , and the .
info_outline Ep 10 - The World Renowned Beatboxer from Singapore, Dharni Ng 11/19/2016
Ep 10 - The World Renowned Beatboxer from Singapore, Dharni Ng Dharni Ng (@dharniofficial) started beatboxing at age 15.He studied at Temasek Polytechnic Singapore. In 2011, he won Emperor of the The Mic in Canada. He is the first person in history to win The Grand Beatbox Battle Championship twice in a row. He has also has opened for artistes like Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and performed during Mariah Carey's concert.