Inspired by Moth Story Slam, a storytelling competition in the United States, Ms Elina Lim founded Story Slam Singapore two years ago. The monthly event is a platform for participants to share real-life stories and experiences.
On Jan 29, Ms Lim, 26, and Story Slam Singapore will be holding the inaugural Grand Slam (www.storyslamsingapore.com) at the Esplanade Recital Studio, billed as the first competitive local live storytelling event. Tickets cost $30 online and $42 at the door.
Ms Lim, a project manager for an advertising agency, is based in Portland, Oregon, and is returning to Singapore for the event.
She lives with her partner Orvis Evans, 28, a fabricator for a puppet company, and their two pet rats.
What are your weekends like?
They are very relaxed. Often, I go to Planet Granite in the morning, a climbing gym that has huge rock walls, to work out. After that, I clean up the apartment, buy groceries and catch a movie or attend an event.
What do you do for leisure?
Every Sunday, I go to this place called the Secret Society, a 1907 Victorian-era hall that used to host diverse old-school events. There, I dance the lindy hop, an arm of swing dancing.
Who do you spend your weekends with?
Mostly, I spend it with Orvis, but when I go dancing, I go with Walt Schademan, my lindy hop dance partner.
If you could spend your weekend with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would take the opportunity to spend more time with my friend Nicola Andrews, who passed away last year while climbing Mount Cook in New Zealand. She is a woman I have tremendous respect for and she is a huge inspiration to me. She climbed Mount Everest at the age of 26 and was a good friend of mine in university.
If you could go overseas for a weekend getaway, where would it be?
I would love to go to London for swing dancing.
Complete this sentence: My perfect weekend would be...
Going on dates with Orvis and dancing.