“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
Friends are such gifts in life.
When we meet friends, we connect with them because there’s often a common thread between us (or multiple common threads), and that reflects a small part of who we are. When we discover those common threads, it’s an unrivalled joy.
We realised that we have some pretty inspiring friends, and so for our blog, we decided to start a series based on our friends. Many of them are very talented, and we wanted to share with everyone who they are, the things they do and thoughts that they have. So we gave them a tote bag, followed them around for a bit, and asked them some questions.
So without further ado, let’s begin the series!
Q: What is your name and what do you do?
Caleb (C): Caleb Ng (Co-founder of PRESET and Interval Coffee Bar, Common Ground).
Shiren (S): Shiren Ho; Interior designer.
Q: What does a day in your life look like? (Feel free to describe a weekday or a weekend)
C: Work, work and work.
S: A typical weekend: Exercise, relax, meeting family / friends, dinner at home made by my husband (if I'm lucky).
Q: What are the items that follow you on a daily basis, or you love to bring on your day off?
C: iPad Pro, Apple watch, iPhone, sun glasses, black t-shirt, reusable straw.
S: Sunglasses and umbrella.
Q: Coffee or tea? What is your go-to order?
C: Morning: espresso, Afternoon: pourover coffee or tea.
S: Coffee; I usually make my own latte or pour over.
Q: What do you love most about the city you live in?
C: The courage to stand against something wrong.
S: The diversity and interesting people.
Q: Share with us one way you express yourself creatively?
S: I write songs (Editors note: Might I add, very beautiful, soothing songs, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/shirenho/)
Q: Introduce us to a cause/belief you care about, and why others should too.
C: Freedom of accepting yourself.
S: Reduce food waste and recycling; We are creating our own future. Don't create it with more garbage!
Q: If there’s a young person who wants to enter your field of work, what advice would you give them?
C: You need to be a workaholic.
S: Be open to failures and challenges.
Q: If you had a free day all to yourself, and could just pick up your bag and leave, where would you go?
C: A hike at Sai Kung!
S: I would go hiking alone.
(I guess they really are made for each other)
Q: Share with us an important lesson you learnt over the past few years.
C: Accepting who you are.
S: Learn better by failing.
Q: What is the most attractive quality of a person?
P.S. If you haven’t noticed yet, Caleb and Shiren are expecting a new addition soon, join us in wishing these parents-to-be a wonderful journey and efficient sleep cycles!