My Weekend


Singaporean Nicholas Foo, 39, is the only one of 12 Lego Certified Professionals in the world based in Asia. The Lego Certified Professionals programme is made up of adult Lego hobbyists who have made working with Lego bricks their full-time or part-time career.

In 2007, the Lego builder gave up his job as the creative director of a production company to work with Lego full-time. He does private commissions, such as creating Lego wedding cake toppers of the bride and groom, and corporate projects.

The bachelor lives in a four-room HDB flat with his mother, who is in her 60s.

"I wake up at 9am on Saturday. The first thing I do is to have a cup of coffee. I cannot live without coffee.

I will also have something light like bread or cereal for breakfast. I like croissants. Breakfast is a pretty quick affair that will not last longer than 30 minutes.

If I do not have work, I will do some reading. I read anything from scientific journals to cookbooks. My recent read was science-fiction novel The Martian by Andy Weir.

I will fix a simple lunch for myself from 1 to 3pm, which could be rice dumplings or ham sandwiches. The last proper meal I cooked was ochazuke, a Japanese meal with rice, salmon and tea. It's my comfort food.

If I stay indoors, I play video games on my PlayStation 3. The last games I played were adventure games Journey and The Last Of Us. I also own a Nintendo 3DS and I last played Bravely Default, a role-playing game, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, an action-adventure game.

But most times, I go out and meet friends. We do not have a favourite haunt but we like places where we can talk and hear ourselves. I order a Sunrise ice-blended drink when we go to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and a green tea latte at Starbucks.

I go home at around 7.30pm and have dinner cooked by my mother. I enjoy home-cooked food. She has so many specialities from salmon to stir-fried vegetables to omelette. We usually have one meat and one vegetable dish with rice. Sometimes, my mother will make soups like carrot-potato soup or herbal chicken soup.

After dinner, I catch up on television shows such as Hannibal and Game Of Thrones.

I try to catch up on sleep on Sunday though I hardly ever sleep past noon.

If I am not catching up on sleep, I make desserts, which is another hobby of mine. I'm curious and I like experimenting. I have made tiramisu, souffle and creme brulee.

My mother cooks lunch and dinner if I stay home. If I do not work, I spend the day reading or catching up on a TV show."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - DLWEEKEND26'. Print Edition | Subscribe