Made in Tai­wan

North Shore Times - - CONVERSATIONS -

DJ Wang is a Fit­ness cult leader from Pri­or­ity Fit­ness gym in North­cote, orig­i­nally from Tai­wan

How long have you lived here and where are you from?

Have been on the Shore for most of my life but have also lived in Asia and the United States dur­ing my younger years. I’m proudly made in Tai­wan.

De­scribe your neigh­bour­hood.

I get my usual cof­fee and smoothie fix down at Lake Rd, and run up and down that in­sane hill on Wood­side Ave with my crew.

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory of the Shore? I ar­rived in the late 80s and we stayed in the mo­tel in Taka­puna. I re­mem­ber go­ing to the su­per­mar­ket for the first time with a big rooster logo on top of the roof. I spoke no English at the time and was pet­ri­fied luck­ily no one tried to have a long con­ver­sa­tion with a lit­tle Asian kid.

What are the great­est ad­van­tages to liv­ing here?

Peo­ple are gen­er­ally very health and fit­ness­con­science, which means a va­ri­ety of ser­vices are read­ily avail­able. Not to be bi­ased, but I find the Shore res­i­dents are a lot hap­pier then the stressed out CBD dwellers.

What is your favourite North Shore beach and why?

Mil­ford, be­cause it’s a good walk there and dogfriendly, and the views are amaz­ing.

What do you like least about the Shore and how can we fix it?

Traf­fic is ram­pant and it can be hard to cross the roads, more pedes­trian cross­ings would be great.

Where is the best place to have a meal?

‘‘I find the Shore res­i­dents are a lot hap­pier than the stressed-out CBD dwellers’’

DJ Wang

Eth­nic take­away shops are my usual first choice. Birken­head’s are awe­some, and North­cote’s food court would be a close sec­ond. What are you do­ing this week­end?

I co­or­di­nate a whole bunch of ses­sions ev­ery week­end, for ex­am­ple, per­sonal train­ing, boot camp, and Lit­tle Nin­jas. So, when I’m not do­ing that, I’m hang­ing out with my daugh­ter, watch­ing car­toons in dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

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