I only got to know about Tony Chi when he designed the Ritz Carlton in Singapore and that was about the time I left Singapore and migrated to Canada. And if you’ve ever been to the Ritz in Singapore, you will know that Tony Chi is not an ordinary interior designer. Hotels built by him are known as the Tony Chi’s hotel to folks who worked in the hotels before and the Ritz is not only beautiful but very classy.
Inspired by his work, I too stole his idea for some sliding door for lofts that we have in Canada , that we were renovating for rental. This interior designer started designing restaurants and then moved to hotels in Asia after the stock market crash. And of course, Asia benefited from his expertise In fact, Tony Chi started with small jobs like designing a restaurant in a hotel in Jakarta. And even though he has been awarded into the Hall Of Fame Inductee for Interior Design, in 2009, he still kept his company small, with only 50 employees. I am inspired by Tony Chi and even though the spouse’s business is doing well, I too am pleased to do it small like Tony Chi.
You don’t need to be super rich or someone who have done a lot of good to inspire others. And why I feel that everyone will be inspired by Casey Neistat is because after watching his youtube videos for months, you cannot help but feel this very, very strong and positive vibe that anything is possible. If it isn’t – look at Casey Neistat, only 34 yrs old, this guy definitely has done more things and accomplished more than most of us have in a lifetime.
This guy is a dare-devil and even though he is from a very normal family and didn’t finish his high school, a school drop out at 15, he definitely, definitely is an inspiration to everyone out there as someone who is motivated and hard work and willing to try anything, you will get somewhere.
I love this guy and I highly recommend everyone to watch his youtube channel – oh did I forget to tell you that he is also a film maker, an entrepreneur and co-founder of a social media company that introduced an app called Beme.
Dutch born DJ named by Forbes as the most paid DJs in the entire world making up to $22 million ! And I’m sure a lot of young men and women are inspired by it and wants to get all the dj equipment speakers that he is using and learn all the trades that he might have.
Born in Netherland in 1969, Tiesto founded the label Black Hole Recordings, voted world’s #1 DJ , he is well known for the remixed of John Legend song – All of me at the Grammy’s. I don’t think he is ever married but there was an engagement that was broken.
Times named Jorge Ramos as one of the 100 most influential people around the world. Well known for speaking up and for the immigrants , you can count on Jorge Ramos to right the wrong. Born in Mexico but is an American now , Jorge Ramos is a journalist and author.
One very notable interview he had was with President Obama about immigration. He confronted him on his broken promises and in the meantime, letting him know because of him, many latino families were put out and broken.
Telling the President that a promise is a promise and that he broke his promise was definitely a very brave thing to do ? But Jorge Ramos claims that he is not afraid to confront and find out the truth for the people. My Hero !
When I saw an interview that Jorge Ramos did with times, I wished that our journalist back home and here in Canada would be more like him. Instead of just reporting what they are fed, I wished they would go out and question/s the information given to them.
Our journalist here in Canada and back home in Singapore are not journalist, yes, they are reporters but no journalist. A true journalist finds out the true, a true journalist brings the truth to its people and not just report the information that were given to them. For all those reporters who are doing just that, I say shame on you. Take a page from Jorge Ramos.
We watched Aligi Voltan played in a concert in Italy many years ago and our kids were interested in learning all about oboes & basoons after being so inspired by Aligi Voltan. He was playing the Mozart : Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major. My kids were definitely in awe after the concert because he played the bassoon so well. Actually, it was our first time being introduced to the bassoon and now whenever we go to the symphony, we look out for people who plays the bassoon.
Born in 1920, P.D. James was a famous crime novelist. I read her first novel The Private Patient and thought that P.D. James was a man . Born in UK, England, P.D. James was actually Phyllis Dorothy James and some of her novels were turned into tv shows in the early 2000.
P.D James was very famous when she died but she had a really hard life when she was young. Having to leave school early to support her family and then got married and had 2 children but had to return to work when her husband died in 1964. James began writing in the mid 50s but worked in the civil service till she retired. I haven’t read all her novels but now I intend to read all of them slowly.
Ben Bradlee was best known as the Legendary Watergate editor. When I read that he passed away last month, I was quite sad. What a great lost , an amazing man he was but he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia for the longest time.
Harold Hamm came from humble beginnings and with only a high school diploma, you must be wondering how he became one of the most successful and richest man in USA. His net worth is $18.7 billion and is the 76th richest man in the world. I’m sure you and I would like to know how he did it. Currently 68 years old Mr Hamm is a entrepreneur and best known for his involvement in oil and gas.
Coming from a huge family, his parents were cotton share croppers and only a high school diploma, Mr Hamm worked his way up from pumping gas and car repairs to owning his billion dollar company. Very impressive right? how many of us can come from nothing and becoming one of the richest man in the world. No easy feat and whatever he had been doing or is still doing , I would want to know the secret too. Mr Hamm is also a huge contributor of a diabetic center in Oklahoma as he himself has Type 2 diabetes. His company is also a major oil distributor/producer.
Cate Nimanya is the Country Director for Water for People in Uganda, born in Uganda and raised there, she was very fortunate that her parents made sure that she gets an education. Life must have been really hard for Cate and her friends, firstly being a girl in Uganda and secondly the condition for living must not be the best. I read that Cate had to wake up as early as 5am to collect water first before walking to school at 7am. And in order not to get their uniform dirty, they had to take them out 50 meters away from school because of the filthy toilets.
Life didn’t get any easier for Cate but she did manage to finish university and further her studies in Netherland after which she got married and had a child. She could have stop and just stayed home but Cate chose to work in the mission to bring clean water to the people of Uganda and even though she has 3 children and a career, Cate is up for any challenges.