May 02, 2017
They’ve grown up together and then furthered their education around the world; #legend reunites former schoolmates to find out what they’ve learned, how they earn and why schooldays matter
What were you like at school?: I was definitely not the popular kid. I was quiet and kept to myself. I was petrified of taking drama but always looked up to the kids that did. I would have never believed I’d end up an actor.
Most important lesson: Being popular in high school is overrated. Be true to who you are.
Most cherished memory: Winning the student elections as a member of a fake ticket called Buddhist Funk. Russell, Vishal and I were in on the joke.
Occupation: Guest experience director, The Upper House
Went on to study: Hospitality management
What were you like at school: Much more shy than today and with much longer hair
Most important lesson: Independence and a love of meeting new people
Cherished memory: Winning best dancer at camp
Occupation: Group corporate chef, Maximal Concepts
Went on to study: Culinary arts management
What were you like at school: A cross between class clown and athlete. I soon realised I wasn’t a fan of being told what to do or how to behave. I earned the nickname Angry Child and I think I broke a record for receiving three Saturday detentions in my final year.
Most important lesson: Tolerance
Cherished memory: Realising I was a better chef than my home economics teacher
Occupation: Founder, Katherine Amara
Went on to study: English literature
What were you like at school: A bookworm and a foodie. I loved home economics and put my hand up for geeky activities such as the school quiz or debating team.
Most important lesson: Nurture strong friendships. In a city of transients, it’s important to ensure your friendships are permanent, irrespective of geography.
Cherished memory: I was into music and drama, and sang with Peter Karrie. Singing with the Phantom of the Opera is a special experience.
Occupation: Co-founder, Made in Paradise
Went on to study: Marketing
What were you like at school: I always left things to the last minute and, in some cases, missed deadlines. I soon realised proper organisation was crucial to running a business.
Most important lesson: School taught me to step out of my comfort zone. I built relationships with the jocks, the ravers, the awkward and the over-achievers.
Most cherished memory: Receiving the highest marks for GCSE Drama in Hong Kong. Move over, Dev Patel.
Photography / Samantha Sin
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