Earlier you said that your dad is a tour guide. We all know that the travel industry has been badly affected because of COVID-19. How has he been coping?
He stopped being a tour guide about two years ago because of the pandemic. He’s now working three jobs: he’s a deliveryman, a private hire driver and a safe-distancing ambassador.
Three jobs? Wow.
Yes. I really respect my dad ‘cos I think he’s such an inspiration, and when I see him work this hard I’m even more motivated to work harder. He is planning on becoming a tour guide again after the pandemic is over.
I’ve always looked up to him, though there was once we had a very petty argument when I was in primary school. Anyway, my dad single-handedly fed the family for years. Actually, now that my parents are almost 60, I feel that I should work even harder at my job so that they can live more comfortably sooner.
Do you remember what the petty argument was about?
I was in primary four and failed all my exams ‘cos I did nothing but play MapleStory for the entire year. So he asked the teacher to put me in EM3, and I was so angry with him that I didn’t speak to him for the longest time. I studied my butt off after that to prove to him that I could be a good student (laughs).
We hear your mum sells her bakes online.
Yeah, she's a homemaker and she became a home baker last year. I was the one who helped her set up her IG store since she’s not very tech savvy. Business used to be pretty good and we sold about 200 containers of cookies every month. But she suffered an injury on her thumb which gets in the way of her kneading the dough, so she can only bake small batches in the coming months until she recovers.
Are you seeing anyone now?
Nope, I've been single for... (laughs) Wah, I can't even remember. Since NS? I don't have time to date and I just want to focus on my career now so I won't actively look for love. But I also won't say no if it comes knocking on my door. Two of my closest showbiz friends are Gavin [Teo] and [Chen] Yixin, and I feel like such a 'lightbulb' whenever I'm out with this couple 'cos they are so lovey dovey. (Sighs)