What is one thing that surprises people about you?
That I started working in Singapore in 1994 and am still here.
How did you earn your first dollar?
Doing a newspaper round for my parents’ news shop when I was 10.
What did that teach you about money? That it’s hard to earn and harder to keep.
What was your first love?
A model steam tugboat my parents gave me when I was 9. It was my first fascination with machinery and fired my imagination.
Name someone you admire as a hero.
Franklin Story Musgrave, tractor mechanic, astronaut and brain surgeon extraordinaire who completed the most challenging and remote AOG mission ever by fixing the Hubble Space Telescope.
What is your pet peeve about flying?
Co-passengers who are oblivious to safety briefings and don’t wear durable shoes for take-off and landing. You might just need them to help evacuate a plane one day!
What do you love most about flying?
I marvel at the amazing technological and design achievements that just keep coming.
What do you do for relaxation?
Long walks, family time and playing a game of squash with friends who let me win every now and then. I also scheme and dream about my future restoration projects.
What have you learned to value most in life?
Make the most of the opportunities you pursue, trust your instincts and appreciate the important people that support and guide you. Family, friends, leaders and colleagues — in that order.
Words to live by?
When you wake up, don’t stop dreaming — and start again every day.