For the latest part in our Hedge Funds Club Good Life Interviews, HFC boss Stefan Nilsson checks in with Corina Quah of Solas Fiduciary Services in Singapore.
From where and how do you get your daily general news updates?
I get my news generally from a few common sources. My day starts with Channel News Asia for some local news highlights as well as international and business news. Throughout the day, I get feeds from CNBC, CNN, SCMP and various posts on my social media accounts to keep me updated.
What do you do to unwind on a weekend?
Starting slowly in the mornings of the weekend, lounging at my balcony over coffee and breakfast. This is my weekly “look forward to” activity. Thereafter, it is a mad race just following through the teenagers’ schedules!
Can you name a great book you have recently read?
I do not read as much as I used to – which is unfortunate! When I do read, my preference is to pick up the latest book from my favourite author Danielle Steel. Of late, to enhance my bond with my teenage daughter, I started reading books which she recommended. Once she proposed to me to read up on this series on teenage crushes by author Jenny Han and I ended up finishing all three books in the series that weekend! It did bring back my memories as a teenager – wasn’t that bad after all that I can feel young again!
Your soundtrack of choice?
Modern jazz is currently on my recently played list on Spotify. The music I listen to depends a lot on my mood and who I am with.
What drink do you start the day with and what drink finishes it?
Lemon water to wake me up in the mornings, followed by coffee to perk me up for the day. Water before bedtime.
What’s the worst money mistake you’ve made?
Not investing my money and making it work for me!
Have you ever had a great mentor and what did you learn?
In my life that I have met many mentors and many people of various characters – more good ones than bad in my life and career path. The good ones – I remember their kindness, humility and honesty and try to emulate their leadership to be a better person. As for the not so good ones, they serve as reminders to me not to be like them when I am a leader. The most important things I learned are: From my parents – Simple things in life can make us happy people. From a work mentor – Always have a generous heart and be kind to others. Kindness begets more than kindness; it earns respect too!
What gives you energy?
Taking in lots of fresh air, going for walks, spending time with the family and being able to give back to the society gives me energy to keep going.
How do you stay grounded and focused as a person in these turbulent and fast-changing times?
To remember to count my blessings! This keeps me grounded and pushes me to get going with the challenges that come my way.
Can you name a terrific restaurant that you love?
Basically, I “eat-to-live” since I am not fussy with food whilst many of my good friends ”live-to-eat”! Hence, through them, I have been introduced to many great cuisines and restaurants, but one restaurant that I will always return to when I am there would be something close to my heart and connected to my roots! I love Peranakan food and there is a Peranakan restaurant that I visit whenever I stop by Malacca for my short trips. Manis J serves very authentic and home-cooked Peranakan dishes which brings back lots of memories from childhood.
What’s your favourite museum in the world?
Museums are just not my cup of tea.
Are you active on social media and what do you actually use it for?
I do not have a lot of social media accounts and not particularly active. LinkedIn is used mostly for my business needs to keep up with industry friends and news. Instagram is used to bond with the teenagers! I use WhatsApp more often as a form of keeping in touch with friends and family.
Do you have any secret guilty pleasure that you are prepared to reveal here?
I love to buy and keep a stash of chocolates at home and in the office even though I do not eat all of them!
What kind of battle dress do you normally put on for work?
A simple black dress with my pearls – it just gives me the confidence to walk through my day.
Do you celebrate your wins? If so, how?
Yes! It’s a must to celebrate wins! It is usually celebrated with the team over a good meal. Team effort is an important factor in most wins.
What makes you happy?
To be able to know I have been of help to others and to make a difference in their lives makes me happy.