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The last song I listened to
시작 (Start Over) by Gaho - the theme song of Itaewon Class. It’s been my not-so-secret hype up song for a couple of years now, and it just gets me so energised and ready to take on the world.
The last series I watched
Spy×Family. It’s an anime about a top spy who has to ‘build a family’ with an assassin-wife and a telepathic little girl as a cover for a mission, and is probably the funniest and most wholesome story I’ve ever seen.
A book I’d really recommend
Handmade Shoes for Men. Not because I think most people could learn anything mega valuable or deeply relevant, but I think sometimes people should just read for fun and to be exposed to something new.
My favourite quote
“A well-dressed man with ugly shoes is nothing but a man with ugly shoes.”
Because why do something if you’re not ready to slay all the way? Also because I love shoes.
The place that means a lot to me
My hometown in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. I’ve been in Singapore for 11 great years now but there’s no place quite like the chaos and comfort of home.
In my fridge you’ll always find
Eggs because they’re amazing for a quick snack; orange juice because I need sugar and it might as well be ‘natural’; and Korean sheet masks because they’re great and I always buy too many.
I have a collection of
Spectator dress shoes. I love a good dress shoe, and I especially love spectators. The different two-toned colours and textures make them look just that little bit ‘different’ but still sharp.
I’ve recently discovered
The comfort and elegance of more classic high-waisted, straight cut, pleated trousers. I now believe fast-fashion pants are unwearable and unflatteringly tight, but that might just be for my body type haha.
The best bit of advice I ever received
“If you’re going through something (difficult), then go through it—don’t hang around.”
It’s important to process and learn from hard times, but life is much nicer when you don’t dwell and find your joy.
As a child my dream was
To be a wizard and go to Hogwarts with people like Harry Potter. These days I’m still a muggle, but at the very least I still try to make every day magical for me and the people around me.
A memory I’d like to relive
The first time I surfed a long wave to shore. There’s nothing quite like the rush of accomplishment you feel when you succeed at something after repeatedly wiping out for an hour.
My ideal house pet would be
A cat with some of the affectionateness and loyalty of a dog. Cause I want it to love me occasionally but also be happy to just do its own thing most of the time.
If I could live in a fictional universe, I would pick
The Jurassic Park/Jurassic World universe. I loved dinos as a kid, and as much as the velociraptors scared the hell out of me as a kid, I’d be curious what it’d be like living with dinos.
I want to be remembered for
Being a positive presence in people’s lives. People may not remember what you’ve done with or for them, but they will remember how you make them feel. I certainly hope people associate me with some positive emotion.
I am most looking forward to
Spending the next year in Florence learning bespoke shoemaking. Working on marcomm and content insights for entertainment has inspired me to continue to develop my own story, and I am itching to take the first steps.