More than a month ago, I suddenly received a note from one Desmond in one of my blog posts comment section requesting for an interview. I told him I would get back to him but kept putting it off until recently I managed to contact him again.
On 3 Aug, 2012, at 11:43, imprfct wrote:
For the interview there’ll only be 5 questions:
1. What do you live for?
2. Why do you live for what you live for?
3. What are some of the best advices in life that you have been given/want to give to our readers?
4. Complete this sentence: Life is too short to … ______
5. Something random you’d like to say?
I’ve previously interviewed several people from Singapore and overseas.. You can check out their responses here: http://www.wdilf.com
Normally I’ve always conducted the interviews over email as it might be easier to type the responses and send over. However I think it’ll be great to be able to meet up with you to get to know you better too!
Instead of conducting the interview over email, I thought I might as well meet up with him. Last Sat, managed to meet up with Desmond for about 35 mins before I left for work.
I answered the five standard questions framed by him. He uses them for interviewing all his subjects. I was the 49th subject to be interviewed. Quite interesting.
I was quite curious why this enthusiastic young man would want to know others’ views on the five standard questions. He told me it’s fun learning experience for him. He wanted to compile a list of as many personalities as he would like to. All responses will be archived on his blog. By doing this, he wanted to leave his legacy behind for all.
The interview is re-produced below.
0049 – Gintai
Interviewer’s Note: According to himself, Alan is currently the only SMRT Train Officer who blogs (he uses the moniker Gintai in his blog, for those who are familiar). Am glad to have met up with him to conduct a face-to-face interview for this. He’s a great person to chat with and I look forward to be able to hang out with him again.
Alan Tang / 49 / Singapore / Train Officer / gintai.wordpress.com / @palmuser_alan
What do you live for?
I’m a simple man who lives for simple things in life.
I belong to that generation that has lived through kampong days where we used to have a hole in the ground, and the night soil carrier would come and collect human waste from it. Back in those days, there were no proper sanitary systems installed for us, nor did we enjoy luxury pleasures. We were poor but also appreciated what we had. Even today, I still do appreciate what I have and live life to the fullest as an independent, non-religious man.
What is some of the best advice that you have been given/want to give our readers?
Don’t envy people nor compare yourself with others. Appreciate and be grateful with what you have. If people can afford a bungalow, so be it! Constantly being jealous of others’ life will only make you feel bitter about yourself at the end of the day.
Complete this sentence. Life is too short to…
… envy others. Live your life fully.
Something random you’d like to say?
Sometimes in life, you have to langgar!