crossrisk
30Islington, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Born, bred and soldiered in Singapore. Now in my 10th year living in London.

I deeply believe in developing mastery. Pick a handful of fields and get good at them. And I mean really, really good. The older I get, the more I've come to believe that balance is overrated - especially when you want to be excellent.

I travel a lot, most of it for work, and to the same handful of cities most of the time. The truth is, I don't enjoy that as much anymore. Unlike the vast majority of people here, I don't want a 'partner in crime'. I want someone I'd stick around for. A partner, period.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a portfolio manager at an American hedge fund. Basically, I take calculated risks for a living.

I generally prefer the two extremes: metropolis or wilderness. These days I think about cities and urban planning a lot.

I organize my life around maximising my energy levels - I eat well, sleep enough, work hard but not too hard, habitually work out, and stay close to family.
I’m really good at
Being either really intense or really relaxed, with very little in between. I try to be a barbell - being medium/average just doesn't work.
The first things people usually notice about me
They can't figure out where I'm from.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
I read about 50-70 books a year. Some of my favourites:

Atul Gawande: Being Mortal
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: Everybody Lies
Andy Weir: The Martian
David Foster Wallace: Consider the Lobster

Old school cultural food that grandmothers can recognize, wherever it's from. Our current processed food environment has done more damage to public health than any single disease carrier ever found.
Six things I could never do without
Family - They're all back home in Singapore, but we're close. I love my 4-y/o niece to bits.

Comfort food. None of that fancy specks on big plates with unpronounceable dollops on top.

Friends - you're the average of the 5 people you spend most time with. I curate them.

Sports - Crossfit, Gymnastics Strength Training
Fitness begets energy, and energy is happiness.

Nature - my first ever vacation job was as a volunteer assistant zookeeper at 16. Lesson learned: warthog crap stinks the most, and you don't want to piss a hippo off.

Books - physical, audio, Kindle. All of them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The epic Harvard 75-year longitudinal study that concluded with:
'Happiness is love. Full stop.'

... And when someone finds out the proportion of douchebags in the politician population.

... And why there's a Soho in NY, London, HK, and they all feel so similar.

... And whether chihuahuas suffer from inferiority complexes if they realized they evolved from wolves.

... And how people can stand ties (for the dudes) and heels (for the gals) all day long. Voluntary choking and immobility are beyond me.

... And what people think they can possibly get out of getting dead drunk apart from a much elevated risk of dying in various retarded ways.
On a typical Friday night I am
Crossfitting/running then having dinner with friends
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think we disagree on what 'private' means...
You should message me if
You agreed with the Cheshire Cat when he (she?) told Alice that if she didn't know where she was going, it didn't matter how she got there.
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