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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Undeniably 'Celeb' Personality.

I fetched a 20 year old young Vietnamese lady from Bukit Panjang Plaza taxi stand at about 9.30pm last night, and she wanted to go to Yishun MRT. She told me that she is a first year student studying at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) at Clementi Road. She was carrying a plastic container of fish porridge which she bought for her friend, also a Vietnamese, not her boyfriend but a schoolmate who was having a flu. I told her that she was a very kind and helpful person, and she said her friend is quite lonely and did not have many friends in Singapore. As we chatted, I was very surprised to learn that she is Vietnam's reigning Chess Champion, a Celebrity. I felt excited and honoured to have her company and throughout the journey, I was asking her lots of questions, like a sports interviewer from a media company. At journey's end, after the usual giving and receiving gestures, we bade farewell. As I drove off, I thought, she was such an interesting passenger, not because of her present status, and I admired her when I learnt further that with money she won and saved through Chess competitions in Vietnam, she is able to support and pursue her education abroad independently. She has a compassionate heart, kind and intelligent with an independent and ambitious personality.    

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