Wednesday, November 18, 2015

[EXCLUSIVE] Interview with Shaun Toh, Manhunt Singapore 2015 Finalist

Manhunt Singapore 2015 Finals will be held at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway on 5 December 2015 and many of you had visited to the various roadshow to support and cheer them on.

I am very honoured to get an exclusive interview with Shaun Toh, Junior Finalist of Manhunt Singapore 2015 to be featured in my blog.

Hi Shaun tell us more about yourself.

Hi I'm Shaun. An interesting fact about myself is that I have a younger brother who is 10 years younger than me, and I spend most of my free time playing video console games with him.

What makes you to join Manhunt Singapore 2015?

Jonathan Sung scouted me. Initially I didn't want to go for it because I felt like I was quite out of shape.

But then, one of my close friend, Dennis who is also a manhunt finalist asked me to give it a shot for the auditions, and here we are!

What have you learnt from this Manhunt Singapore 2015?

I've learnt to better myself, mainly with my confidence. Manhunt Singapore gave me the opportunity to speak in front of a crowd, which helped me a lot with my public speaking considering I have stage fright.

What is your preparation for the final Manhunt Singapore 2015?

Basically to prepare my physique for the competition, I am going on a high protein and low carbs diet. Also, I have to increase the frequency and intensity of my workouts.

I will hit the gym 4-5 times a week. I will start my workout with weighted training for the larger muscles groups for about an hour, followed by a 15 minutes with High Intensity Interval Training for my cardio.

As Manhunt Singapore 2015 is not a competition based solely on your physical appearance, I believe it is also about how one carries himself. Your charisma, how you present yourself are as important.

So what I did to prepare myself in this aspect was to build up my self-confidence and improve on my public speaking skills. I did this by practicing what I have to say on stage in front of the mirror.

You are once a National Rower who represented Singapore in Numerous rower competitions, was there any epic moment, which you cannot forget?

It was a race between Thailand's team in the Men’s Lightweight Double Scull with my partner for the bronze medal to qualify for SEA GAMES 2012.

We were going head to head against the Thai rowers at the last 100m. By then, I was already extremely exhausted and I felt my body shutting down due to heat exhaustion and fatigue. I closed my eyes and pulled my last few strokes as hard as I could.

And when we crossed the finishing line, I heard my partner screaming, it was then I realized we beat the Thai rowers and qualified for the SEA GAMES 2012!

It was an unforgettable experience, I was so happy! Till now I can still remember vividly the whole occurrence of the event.

How do you able to cope with your studies and while represent Singapore for Overseas competitions?

It was really tough to juggle my sporting career and my studies all together. Time management is extremely important; I really had to make sure I have a balanced life.

During your service in Police Force, you and your team managed to detect and intercepted a speedboat carrying 36 illegal immigrants trying to enter Singapore's water and apprehended them.

Tell us what was the most dangerous part when you and your team tried to apprehend them?

As a police, you have to expect the unexpected. During my whole experience with the arrest case, we have to keep our guards up all the time when we are dealing with them.

This is because you will never know when they will retaliate against you. One of them pretended to faint, and when we were not paying attention, he tried to jump off the boat into the sea.

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

Yes I believe Manhunt Singapore stands for a greater purpose, it serves as a platform to inspire others.

And us contestants, we are role models to people who are suffering with self-confidence or weigh issues.

We give them the hope that they too can be like us someday, with the positive mindset and determination, anything can be made possible.

None of us was born fit and confident, all of us had to slowly build our way up.

Who is your most importance person in your life and why?

My mum! She is the one who brought me into this world, without her, I will not even exist.

Also I have to thank my girlfriend, who is constantly a huge pillar of support and an inspiration to me.

Would you believe if I said I owe my abs to her? I hate doing abs exercises; she is the one who constantly push me to do it. Can you do a 4 minutes plank exercise? She can!

If someone approach you to be celebrity in their Entertainment industry, do you think you will accept this offer and why?

Given the opportunity, I will. One of my dream jobs when I was a kid was to become an actor. It will be interesting to give it a shot!

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

Thank you all for your kind support. I give it my all for this pageant, to be the best of what I can be. Hope I don't disappoint you guys :)

Editor's Note

When I first met Shaun and his girlfriend, Adora at Orchard for photoshoot, both of them are quite fun and lovely people that I ever met! I could see that Shaun enjoyed his every single moment with his girlfriend.

We wanted to shoot at Haji Lane but due to downpour, we had to change the location but we still managed to shoot lovely photographs. Both of them are patient and friendly towards me during our photoshoot session as I am quite introverted at times.

Despite Shaun fall sick during our photoshoot, he still managed to follow the instruction that I wanted him to pose. I really admired his professionalism and he did not shown his sick expression or attitude towards me.

I really enjoyed working with Shaun and Adora! Thank you for giving me such a good opportunity to meet up and work with both of you!

Please show your support by voting for Shaun Toh in Manhunt Singapore 2015 in the following website that below. Every vote counts!

1. To vote for Shaun as Mr. Internet Popularity, please click here.
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2. To vote for Shaun as Mr. Puressentiel Well-Being, please click here.
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3. To vote for Shaun as PHYTOgenic, please click here.
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For your tickets to the finals on 8th December, please click here to purchase your tickets online.

If you have any words of advice or kind words to tell Shaun, you may leave down your comments below.

Follow Shaun Toh in the following Social Media:

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Special thanks to 7th Street for sponsoring the outfit in the second photograph. Click here for more outfit from 7th Street.