Saturday, July 30, 2016

[EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Stanley Nam, Manhunt Singapore 2016 Senior Finalist

Stanley Nam, 36, standing at 1.72m will be taking part in Manhunt Singapore 2016 under senior category. I am very honoured to get Stanley to be featured in my blog.

Hi Stanley, thank you for accepting my Blog interview!

Tell us more about yourself.

Thank you KentXavier for having me on this interview! 

I am a Marketing and Communications Director at Nielsen, a global Market Research agency. 

My interests are in travelling and learning about numerous cultures and how locals live in different countries as I believe there is so much to learn from each experience. 

I volunteer at numerous charities in Singapore whenever I can as a form of giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. 

Also, I would like to think I’m a pretty good singer!

What made you join Manhunt Singapore 2016?

Manhunt Singapore serves as a good platform for me to learn on how to be a better person. The journey has been very fruitful and enriching and it has been great working with the other 29 finalists. 

In addition, I believe this is a great channel to communicate a positive message about fitness, healthy living and social responsibility to the larger audience and young people. 

What is your preparation for this upcoming Manhunt Singapore 2016?

I am definitely paying more attention to my diet and eating clean than before! I try to work out 4-5 times a week despite my hectic schedule. 

Even jogging on the treadmill for 15-20 minutes on busy days is good enough because consistency is key. Laughter is the best medicine, so when things get a little tough, I will laugh it out over a good comedy at the movies.

Who are your strongest competitors among your senior category? Why? 

Every finalist is strong in his own right but if I have to choose, I would think BenMartin and Deepak. Both gentlemen have great physiques and look good. BenMartin is humble and hardworking, while Deepak has great discipline which is awesome. 

On a special note, I would like to mention Ben Gay who inspires me tremendously with the transformation he has gone through over the last months. He has improved so much on his body through sheer hard work and manages to balance his work and family time well.

What are the sacrifices you have made for Manhunt Singapore 2016? 

Certainly fried foods and my favorite sweet stuffs such as ice cream and desserts! Also, I definitely hope to spend more time with my mom as much as I would wish to but my schedule is more packed nowadays. Thus, I cherish every moment I have with her whenever I have the opportunity.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

Definitely my mom. I grew up in a single-parented family and she has to work very hard and long hours to raise two active boys. There were difficult times and challenging days but never once has she despaired or gave up on us. 

She has always remained positive and in spite of our situation, she made a point to help people around her regardless of how little she can give. Over the past decade, she is living with rheumatoid arthritis and last year, she had a stroke. 

Despite that, she has never stopped helping people and encouraging me to do the same. Her determination and kind spirit inspired me greatly and contributed largely to what and where I am today. 

Because of her, I believe that everyone can make a difference and help those in need, in your own ways. Each of us is a small piece of a bigger jigsaw puzzle and we have a responsibility to make this world a better place for all and our next generations.

Who is that one influential person you want to meet and what do you want to learn from him or her?

There are so many people that I want to meet and learn from! If I can only select one, it would undoubtedly be Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. He is Singapore’s forefather and a great leader who brought us to where we are today. 

This country’s successes including our strong economy and becoming a first- world nation in less than 50 years is indisputably astonishing! 

My first question would be “how did you do all that?” I would also request to learn about his thoughts on managing teething issues such as population growth and lack of sanitary water during our earlier days and also, his fitness regime and diet. 

I’m sure he must have been very disciplined and was in great shape both physically and mentally to be able to accomplish so much!

What skill do you have that can help the society?

My ability to inspire and influence. Growing up from a humble childhood has taught me to cherish and appreciate life. I started working part-time at a very young age to pay for my own expenses as I didn’t want to burden my mom who didn’t earn much. 

There were many ups and downs and valuable lessons which made me mature faster than my peers. Each chapter has taught me to become a stronger person. 

I have also volunteered as a life coach to children. And in my current occupation, I work with many young people daily and I treasure every opportunity I get to spread a positive message to them.

What will be your contribution to mitigate global warming?

I believe the answer lies in promoting awareness about this global issue. 

It is important to inform about the global warming situation adequately as I believe many could be ignorant about the current status. 

Manhunt Singapore is a valuable platform to communicate a positive message such as this and I would utilize my social media platforms to share information such as the organizations people can join and updates on the activities which I’ll surely be involved in.

What do you like most about yourself?

My determination and drive to strive to be the best I can possibly be in everything I do. It is important to put your 101% once you have committed yourself to it and you will do well.

What is your favorite body part? 

Many people tell me that I have a great smile. I tend to carry a smile on my face most of the time and friends would ask me why. I guess I’m generally a happy person and I am grateful and appreciative of the little things in life.

What kind of sport do you like as well? 

I’m definitely into running long distance, especially at night and with my favorite DJ mixset from SoundCloud. It never fails to help me unwind the day’s stress and also clears my mind from the clutter. In addition, I love the cool wind on my skin during the run!

Do you think you can inspire people? Why? 

I would hope I’m certainly that! I have accumulated quite a good amount of life experiences and my daily work requires me to work with people closely. Most importantly, I believe you have to be genuine and sincere so that people would want to listen to you.

What does being a winner mean to you? 

Being a winner takes a lot of humility and openness to learn as the path to success is never easy. The journey doesn’t stop there and you need to constantly sharpen the axe and to challenge yourself to be better than yesterday. 

As what my mom always say - believe in yourself, be kind to others, have ethics and always do the right things. That’s what a real winner should be.

S9 Stanley Nam needs your support!

Please show your support by voting for him as MR. Internet Popularity (Senior).

click here to vote for Stanley.

Do noted that each vote will cost you SGD$11.00.

Voting ends on 27 August, 2- 16, 1200 hours (GMT +0800).

Wonder where you can catch their roadshow/event and photo-shoot with the finalists especially with Stanley?

Visit Manhunt Singapore Facebook page here
Instagram: @manhuntsingapore


If you have any encouragement words that you want to let Stanley to know? Comment in this post now!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

[EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Shaowei Aw, Youth Bodybuilder

Shaowei Aw, 23, standing at 183cm, 83kg. He is into bodybuilding and his dream is to become Personal Trainer to help those who want to get fit and healthy body. Shaowei won 1st runner-up from Junior Class F FM League Physique War 2016, Singapore competition. I am privileged to get Shaowei to be featured in my Blog.

Hi Shaowei, tell us more about yourself?

My name is Shao Wei, currently studying in Republic Polytechnic,  School of Applied Science. I love what I like to do, which is working out (Hitting to the gym). Had been into sports (basketball when I was 10 years old) and bodybuilding since 18 years old. Since last year, I became more serious and passionate towards bodybuilding.

How important is nutrition to you? Will you strongly suggest your followers follow a better diet to improve their fitness goals?

I would say nutrition is very important for me, since I am now a physique competitor and gym junkie. But I will always keep a flexible diet when I am not at my competition period. To be frank, I love to eat and I cannot deny all kinds of food that will enter my mouth.

But, if you are working towards a fitness goals, keep your diet flexible, hit the amount of calories, macros you need per day with quality food. You can afford to eat cheat meal once every week only. From my personal experience, diet will reflect on your body, a lot more than you know. Especially when you are in cutting phase for competition.

For example, the complexity of your skin, the density (appearance) of your body etc. Diet plays a role and a major one.

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

Well, I could not say I am up to date. Google and YouTube will be your best friend when you want information. forum's has a lot of knowledge from people all around the world. Both Platform has their unique ways in what informations you want.

Google- Fact from which exercise work for which body part.
YouTube- Workout plan/ Vlog of diet they eat/motivation.

Why did you decided to become Personal Trainer?

I love to share what I learnt. I love to see the knowledge being pass down. Helping people who will have the same goal with me make me feel pleased.

I was once a lost sheep in bodybuilding. Lacking of knowledge, for example, which exercise target for which muscle group, how to diet and how to bring up my physique. You wont' want to see people with the same position as you back then. It will gain confidence and network. So by helping others, it helps me too.

What are your personal fitness goals?

I do not really have a goal yet. I would rather say vision. I love fitness that it become a lifestyle routine to me. Well, I hope I can influence others in a positive way through fitness. My upcoming goal will be competing in the upcoming competition held by FM League, this September 2016.

Who inspired you to bodybuilding? How long have you been gym/bodybuilding?

I had been into bodybuilding since 15 years old. I only get more serious about it when I am 18 years old.

'The Golden Era' bodybuilders, example Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane. 'Current Era' Ronnie Coleman and Flex Wheeler amazing physique strikes and inspires and motivates me.

It is amazing how much you can change your body in terms of physique and appearance.

What are your favourite machines for cardiovascular exercises?

Personally I love Stairmaster Stepmill and rowing machines elliptical.

In which/what way that you think you can inspire/motivate others who want to gym?

Social media is the big thing now. Sharing what I know on social media is an easy way to reach out to people who wants to get inspired by you.

Making motivation videos, workout videos, post on social media that helps other to get inspired. Or friendly meetup gym session to share more of myself to others.

Recently, you just took part in bodybuilding competition. What makes you to take part in such competition?

Well, I had been training for many years and people did ask me if I interested to join such competitions? Back then, I am not really interested and it is not something that I want.

Recently, I met a group of friends who has the same goals and interest as me. And they really motivates me to compete with them in the same competition. So why not give myself a chance and see where I stand with my current physique. At the same time, I can get a chance to feel the stage.

What had you gain from bodybuilding competition?

Social network grew, more opportunities out there. People sharing on what are my strength and flaws that I can improve on. Bringing people or strangers from the same fitness field and making more friends.

Is there any tips that you would like to share with your followers on their health and fitness?

Well working out is essential, same goes to a diet. A moderate/ flexible on. Working out not only gains strength and endurance, but also boost your metabolism and helps in your skin complexity. You will look fresher and more confident.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

[EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Benny Tan, Cleo's Most Eligible Bachelor 2016

I am very honoured to get exclusive interview with Benny Tan, who will be taking part in this year Cleo's Most Eligible Bachelor (EB) 2016.

Hi Benny! Thank you for accepting my exclusive interview with you. First thing first, could you tell us more about yourself? I am sure many of my readers would like to know you better as well!

I am Benny, currently in my final semester in NTU doing Engineering. During my past time, I enjoy working out and reading.

My favourite sports usually involves water! From Swimming to Canoeing to Dragon boat. If I am not on the water, I will be probably at home chilling with my Kindle. I don't have much night lifestyle as I live it pretty simple. J

I heard that you are taking part in this year Cleo's Most Eligible Bachelor 2016. Now, tell us what makes you interested in joining this Cleo's EB and who actually nominated you to Cleo EB?

I got a few friends who participated in last seasons of Cleo's EB. One of them was my army buddy and other one was a teammate of mine.

They nominated me to give it a try. From what I heard, they enjoyed themselves and they shared their exciting stories like what they did and who they met. It got me interested and I decided to go for the interview!

Are you quite surprised that you made it to the Final of the Most Eligible Bachelors 2016?

HAHA pretty much!

Partially because I am just an undergrad, the other EBs are pretty established in their respective fields. Just going in to enjoy and make new friends. J

During the Final of Cleo’s EB 2016, what can we expected from you?

This I cant share! Gotta RSVP to the finals party to see some exciting stuff! Haha! J

Cool! Readers, you should know what to do during Cleo's EB final which will be held at Zouk!

Understand that you are into Water sports like canoeing, and dragon boat. Did the girls purposely come over to watch you or your team while you guys training? What is your reaction?

Eh, haha the only girls I ever see training with us are my teammates. Never noticed other girls coming down watch us train. Probably we train at 7 plus in the morning! They might be having their beauty sleep! HAHA!

I am sure that your training for water sports are quite tough and tedious. Can you share with us what is your training consist of?

Mostly involves being on the water. When I was still with the team, we train at least 4 to 5 times a week plus additional 3 to 4 times in the evening. Usually in the evening, can be sprints, static or gym work. Depending on the season we are in.

Do you need to be good swimmer in order to join those water sport games? How would you advice those who are into water sport enthusiast?

HAHA! Preferably year. Because you gotta to be water confident. But I came in not knowing how to swim. Pretty scared I might drown. But thankfully, my army bros got me through my fear of water and now I can swim. 

Knowing how to swim in a way allows you to relax. Even when you capsized you will not fear of getting back into the boat and try again. If through many experimentation and failures, then you will get better at what you do.

Do you think that you can motivate and inspire the youth and able to change their perspective in life?

Motivate the youth? Maybe through sports? It really trains you to be discipline with yourself. From diet and not cheating yourself during training.

Hope others can experience what I have gone through and observe the amount of change to what I have achieve today.

Are you interested to join Entertainment industry in the near future if there is any opportunity for you?

Entertainment? Neh… I am pretty stiff in front of the camera. If there is anyone wants to coach me, TELL ME!

Is there anything, which you would like to tell your supporters out there?

HELP #savebennyfrombeinglast HAHA! I am not going into win but more for the experience. More a #yolo moment for me. But really appreciate those who voted for me. Hope I don’t disappoint you guys ☺ #loveyouguysdeepdeep

Please vote for Benny Tan as your Cleo’s Eligible Bachelors 2016.

CLEO Most Eligible Bachelors 2016 Finals Party
Date: March 18, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 7pm -10pm
Venue: ZoukClub^

^Club Rules apply.

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