My Weekend

Wang Shijia.
Wang Shijia.PHOTO: WANG SHIJIA

Local designer Wang Shijia, 39, is the brains behind Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends, a series of cute characters modelled after local food such as ang ku kueh and curry puff.

In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, Wang created 16 Ang Ku Kueh Girl stickers for messaging and calling app WeChat, which can be downloaded for free. She lives in a four-room flat in Tanjong Pagar with her husband, 42, a senior director in corporate real estate.

What does Ang Ku Kueh Girl like to do during the weekends?

She enjoys doing handicraft or playing games such as hide- and-seek and catching with her friends like Curry Puff and Roti Prata Boy.

What is one must-do activity in your free time?

This year, I picked up ballet again after first learning it when I was a child. Now that I'm older, I want to re-learn skills that I am interested in, but didn't persevere in. I practise for half an hour to an hour on weekends and it helps to keep my mind off work.

The beautiful combination of grace and strength in ballerinas is what I aspire to attain.

Who do you spend your weekend with?

I reserve the weekends for my family. On weekdays, I don't see my parents or in-laws so we make the effort to visit both sides on the weekends and have dinner together. Life is short so I want to spend as much time as possible with the people I love.

If you could jet off to an overseas destination for a getaway, where would it be?

I have always wondered what a weekend would be like in a rural setting in places like Tibet, Bhutan or Norway. It would be an experience to be in a place where there are no high-rise buildings and all you see are wide, open spaces.

What is a good weekend for you?

When there is a good balance between "me time" and family time. I don't want to completely let loose or be working all day, so doing activities in which I spend time with my family and on self-improvement makes for an enjoyable weekend.


Gurveen Kaur

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - GKWEEKEND28'. Print Edition | Subscribe