29 Questions with Bryan Tan

29 Questions - Bryan

Heartware staff Bryan Tan invites us into the *SCAPE-based office for #29Q‘s. In this episode, Bryan lets us in on secret stories about office life, and eventually unveils the BIG reveal.

1.    What were you doing just before this?

We were having a Volunteers’ Appreciation earlier.

2.    It’s a Sunday! What’s happening today?

Today we are celebrating the achievements and the contributions of the volunteers over the last year, 2017.

3.    So what do you like to do over the weekend?

For me, over the weekends, I spend time with family and friends. That’s about it.

4.    How many volunteers have walked through these doors?

More than I can remember.

5.    This looks interesting (with reference to kitchen pantry items). Can you tell us something interesting about any of this?

If you look here, this is where we collect our food and we stock up all the food. The interesting thing about this is that we have tea time once in a while, and we gather here for food and we talk.

6.    How long have you been working at Heartware?

I’ve been working at Heartware for slightly more than a year.

7.    Do you have a nickname in the office?

Some of them call me Uncle Tan.

8.    What’s the best snack that you can find in the pantry right now?

My best snack is not here. That’s why it is the best, because it is out of stock.

9.    Can you name all the staff that currently works here in 10 seconds?

Ms See Leng, Mr Raymond, Ms Amanda, Keng Hwee, Sammy, Elena, Mira, Elysia, Denise, Bryan, Bryan..

10.  Time’s up! Who is your favourite co-worker?

Are you ready to know? Actually, I don’t have a favourite co-worker.

11.  If you could shift any co-worker to a different seat in the office, who will you shift and where will it be?

Hmm. I wouldn’t shift anyone around.

12.  So what’s your favourite place in the office and why?

My favourite place in the office is the designer computer as well as the pantry. When there’s much work to do and I need to concentrate those are the most quietest places.

13.  Tell us what is a funny experience that happened in there (the storeroom)?

When I was here as an intern in 2015, a staff had her birthday so we shifted all her belongings and setup a table over here to surprise her.

14.  What’s the craziest thing you found in the storeroom?

Umbrellas. Many many many umbrellas.

15.  Who do you think has the most interesting desk?

Bryan Yue. If you look here, he has notes well-organised and pictures! The interesting thing is that he seems to like giving his pictures to the other colleagues as a souvenir.

16.  What are the 3 items that I can find in your desk?

Definitely my pen, marker for writing on the white board, as well as this (lifts up his correction pen).

17.  Show us 1 item in your table that you find the most dear.

(Lifts a box) This is my stash of tea-bags. It is dear because it is prepared by my mum.

18.  If you could trade positions with any colleague in the office, who would you pick and why?

I could, but I wouldn’t want to trade any positions because I believe that everyone is unique and special in their own way.

19.  What is the toughest moment you experienced working here?

Home Team.

20.  What scares you the most?

Time away from my family and friends.

21.  If you can have one superpower what would it be and why?

To be able to concentrate when everything is going chaotic.

22.  What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I heard this from Bryan Yue: Gratitude expressed through words is great, but greater than that is gratitude expressed through actions.

23.  What do you think is the most beautiful thing in the world?


24.  Can you tell us one secret that the volunteers do not know.

(Opens his drawer) Over here is my stash of notes that I collected from past staff as well as volunteers who have crossed paths with me. I keep their notes of appreciation.

25.  What will you miss most about the office?

The memories.

26.  Since it is Volunteers’ Appreciation day, what is one thing that you want to tell all your volunteers?

I want to say a big Thank You to everyone of you, because with you – you make the work here so much more meaningful.

27.  What can the volunteers look forward to in 2018?

New office, new projects, new colleagues, and more fun.

28.  And who do you think can be a Heartware Network volunteer?

Anyone with a heart.

29.  Last question. Complete the tagline: if it is not from the heart?

It is not worth doing.

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