It Changed My Life: Life is full of speed bumps for plastic surgeon Woffles Wu

Plastic surgeon Woffles Wu talks about pursuing his passion for beauty and finding joy in helping to correct cleft lips and palate deformities for underprivileged patients in China.

Woffles Wu on his fatherless childhood, his cross-dressing tutor Miss Vee Vee and his high-octane career in plastic surgery

Dr Woffles Wu is sitting on the patio of his late grandparents' house in Thomson, scarfing down kuih bahulu and kuih lapis, and sipping coffee as he animatedly fields questions about the trials and tribulations in his colourful life.

His feet are shod in plastic Japanese otafuku sandals - available only in Chinatown apparently - and the 58-year-old's white short-sleeved shirt with double chest pockets is unbuttoned, revealing a white Crocodile singlet usually spotted on men a couple of decades older.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 05, 2018, with the headline 'Life is full of speed bumps'. Print Edition | Subscribe