“I believe in not sticking to one thing for a long period of time”
“Make the best out of any situation and enjoy the moment”
Avid reader . Skiing enthusiast . Family man
Urban Health: What is your health philosophy?
Chris Lim: There needs to be balance between mental and physical health. Good physical health comes in the form of diet and exercise and keeping a healthy mind by reading and constantly learning and improving ourselves. Mental health is something that people take for granted and I think health really does come from within. I believe that a healthy mind leads to a healthy body.
UH: Do you have a particular interest or hobby?
Lim: My hobbies are quite varied because I like learning new things. I believe in not sticking to one thing for a long period of time. That being said, I do enjoy playing badminton and tennis with my friends and I go skiing once a year.
UH: What do you usually choose to do during your free time?
Lim: Free time is family time. Family comes first and foremost. In addition to that, I love spending time reading books of all genres.
UH: When you travel, what are the steps you take to ensure that your health is not disregarded?
Lim: I often bring my gym gear and almost always work out in the hotel gym. I also try to eat as healthily as possible and be mindful of what I eat. My Kindle e-reader is a must as well so I won’t miss out on my reading.
UH: Do you have a favourite health remedy? And if you do, what is it?
Lim: Whenever I’m not feeling well, I’ll drink a few litres of water to improve my hydration.
UH: What is your advice to our readers when it comes to juggling your health and career?
Lim: At the end of the day, we have to enjoy what we do. If we don’t enjoy what we do, it may affect our mental health and lead to us feeling physically drained. Make the best out of any situation and enjoy the moment.
In my line of work, I tend to play to my strengths which is business development in order to improve my company.
UH: What do you usually do during ‘family time’?
Lim: Family time includes travelling together or just hanging out and having a meal together. We usually get together at a Japanese restaurant because it’s healthy and we enjoy it.
UH: What is your advice for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy, happy family?
Lim: Balance is key. Find a balance between work, family and personal time. Personal time can be any activity you enjoy which can be physical activity or just some quiet reading.
Lim: On weekdays, I’ll have breakfast in the form of a big glass of blended fruits and vegetables then brave the traffic to work. After work, I’ll have dinner with my family, read, relax and then go to bed. I hit the gym twice a week during the evenings as well.
As for weekends, mornings are for family and we always run our errands and get groceries on Saturday morning. Sundays are when I play tennis and badminton with a few of my friends.
UH: What is your motto in life and why did you choose this motto?
Lim: I subscribe to the acronym, KEEP in my career and it stands for:
K – Knowledge of the subject matter which needs to be varied.
E – Experience in the workplace, thus, I never say no to learning something new.
E – Engagement of other facets of a business to help it grow and also to learn more.
P – Passion for what you’re doing and also to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
I believe that KEEP needs to be adopted as one unit in order to have a successful career.
UH: Where is your favourite travel destination and why?
Lim: Every year, I go to Los Angeles (US) to visit my sister along with the rest of my family. There, we have great fun together.
UH: What’s your favourite book, movie or music?
Lim: I really enjoyed reading Michael Gates Gill’s book, ‘How Starbucks Saved My Life’ because it really puts things into perspective. I also enjoyed Peter Buffet’s ‘Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment’.
As for movies and music, I like many different genres and am comfortable listening to hits from the 80s to the popular music on the radio now.
UH: What is your tried and tested remedy for stress?
Lim: Find some personal time and enjoy what you like, be it sports or reading. This not only de-stresses but also increases our experiences. You need to find the right work-life balance and there’s no need for a rigid line to separate what’s work and what’s personal as there are elements that may overlap.
UH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Lim: I try to set general goals for myself so as not to restrict myself. I believe that it really is the journey to a goal that matters more than the end point. In about 10 years, I would like to mentor the younger generation who are about to enter the workforce.
UH: Whom do you admire and try to emulate?
Lim: It may sound very cliché but I really do admire and try to emulate my parents. They taught me the values in life that I practice to this day, such as staying humble no matter how many achievements you’ve had.
5 things you don’t know about Chris Lim
#1: Lim is actually a trained accountant.
#2: He loves learning to cook and he thinks of it as a science.
#3: Every time he goes overseas, he will look out for different bottle designs that could inspire the packaging of his company’s products.
#4: He is a dog person.
#5: He loves all things tech and is an early adopter of new technology.