My Weekend


Theatre director Aidli Mosbit (above), 43, will be directing the play Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain, performed as part of a double-bill with another play, Hawa, until Sunday (tickets at $35 from Sistic) at this year's Singapore Theatre Festival. The work was commissioned for and first performed at the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival.

Aidli, who is single, also works as the Arts Division section head of Temasek Polytechnic's Student & Alumni Affairs. She lives in a condominium near Bendemeer with her cat.

What is your typical weekend like?

My weekends are filled with rehearsals for upcoming theatre productions, meetings with actors, collaborators and production folks, doing my Master of Education coursework and research and conducting acting workshops and masterclasses.

When you have a weekend free, what do you like to do?

Fly away for a weekend trip to either Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak or even Langkawi.

Although I always suffer from some separation anxiety leaving my furkid, Ahboy, alone at home, I am glad for inventions such as the drinking fountain and automatic feeder.

My partner is an ardent motorcyclist and he loves taking long rides. Usually, after dinner on Friday nights, he will ask me what the plan is for the weekend. If I happen to be free, you can expect us to be riding across the Tuas Checkpoint just after midnight, all geared up for a road trip.

Sometimes, we'll end up in Malacca or Kuala Lumpur by early morning on Saturday and, if we're confident, we could be having lunch in Ipoh.

Can you describe your perfect weekend?

I have had a perfect weekend, but I don't think I want a repeat of it. It was the weekend after an operation to remove my gallbladder.

It was perfect because I was half-awake and sleeping through a painkiller-induced stupor and was accompanied by my good friends and loved ones. There were flowers and gifts. Everyone fussing over me, that was perfect.

If you could hang out with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

The renowned fantasy author, the late Sir Terry Pratchett of Discworld fame. He was a skilful writer, had enormous humour and was constantly innovative.

If you could go anywhere, where would it be and what would you do there?

Skiing in Switzerland. Give me a few hours on the slopes, I will definitely be skiing in no time.

But the best possible scenario will be sitting outdoors in the snow, eating a plate of piping hot nasi goreng kampung with ikan bilis and extra sambal belacan and a cup of Milo.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe