My Weekend


Mr Christopher Ho (left), 43, general manager of Mint Museum of Toys, is the organiser of the upcoming Mint Carnival.

There will be games, food and craft activities at the event to mark the end of the Make & Play series of workshops which encourages parents to bond with their children over art and craft projects. The workshops started in March. The carnival takes place tomorrow and on Sunday and admission is free. Coupons, at $10 for a set of 10, are available at mintcarnival.peatix. com. They can be exchanged for games, activities and food at the fair.

Mr Ho, a bachelor, lives in a condominium near Braddell.

What do you do when you have a weekend free?

Sometimes, I have to work on Saturdays, so I like to have some me-time on Sundays and stay at home. I recently subscribed to Netflix, so I can laze around and watch television shows.

Otherwise, I meet friends and we go cafe-hopping or catch a movie. Sometimes I go to MacRitchie Reservoir and take a walk to enjoy the peace and quiet, which is a nice break from my hectic life.

Do you have any favourite restaurants?

There's a family-style Indian restaurant called Chat Masala in Upper East Coast Road.

It's not very fancy, but the food is authentic. I usually order the butter chicken. I go there only about once every two months because the food is so rich, it's sinful.

What do you do to relax?

I play tennis every Tuesday with friends. I used to head to Johor Baru to get body massages, but I don't like the massive jams at the Checkpoint so I stopped going. A friend recently introduced me to this massage parlour called Green Apple Spa in North Bridge Road. The price is quite reasonable and I don't have to deal with the jams and spend too much time travelling.

If you could hang out with anyone for a weekend, who would it be and why?

I'd pick my best friend Maye. We can talk about anything under the sun and just chill. After a long week of dealing with clients, letting loose and being yourself is important. Or else it would be my colleague Aisya, who's my marketing executive. We meet outside of work and make it a point when we hang out to not talk about work.

Where would you pick if you could travel anywhere for the weekend?

Japan or anywhere with cold weather. I like to go to places where you don't speak the language because it pushes you out of your comfort zone. You have to figure out how to put your message across and I find that really interesting.

I went to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo recently and really enjoyed the experience of living in capsule hotels and exploring different places. When I travel, I like to experience how the locals live.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe