Without good health, you won’t be able to concentrate on your work
Urban Health: What is your health philosophy?
Dato’ Beh Chun Chuan: I think we should have our own regimen to keep ourselves healthy, especially as we grow older. I think eating about one third of the usual portion we used to eat when we were younger is a good idea. We should also exercise every day and sleep.
UH: Do you have a particular interest or hobby?
DBCC: Sports to keep myself healthy but my passion is polo! I love it and I even own a private polo club with horses and everything.
UH: What do you usually choose to do during your free time?
DBCC: I don’t think I ever have free time. I’m always doing something like working, travelling or playing polo.
UH: When you travel, what are the steps you take to ensure that your health is not disregarded?
DBCC: Every few months, I travel to go play polo. Before I get on the plane, I adjust my timing to the country I’m arriving at. I choose the lighter airplane meals, refrain from drinking alcohol and stay hydrated.
UH: Do you have a favourite health remedy and if you do, what is it?
DBCC: It depends on the ailment. For instance, if it’s a cold, going for a run or swim and taking deep breaths are great to open up the lungs. After visiting a friend in Hawaii, I found that seawater is also great for colds because the salt cleans out the nasal area very well.
DBCC: Without good health, you won’t be able to concentrate on your work. It doesn’t matter how much money you have if you don’t have good health. Success is a mixture of having good health, wealth and also achieving your dreams.
UH: What do you usually do during ‘family time’?
DBCC: I’m very close to my family and I always keep my kids in the loop for my business strategies and decisions. I have dinner with my children every night and we almost always eat at home. We all also take frequent trips and vacations together.
UH: What is your advice for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy, happy family?
DBCC: Truthfully, it’s difficult to have both without money! This is why we need to work hard to provide for our family in order for them to flourish.
UH: Can you tell us a little bit about your daily routine?
DBCC: When I’m not travelling, I sleep very early. This is because I wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning, work, and then listen to international news. I go back to sleep, wake up, and then head to the office.
UH: What is your personal motto in life and why did you choose this motto?
DBCC: Keep dreaming and realise your dreams. I want to keep dreaming and working hard to realise my dreams because I thrive on work and achieving my goals and dreams.
UH: Where is your favourite travel destination?
DBCC: Oh, I have many! I love Argentina for polo. The country is beautiful and there are plenty of quality polo clubs, players and horses.
I also love London and I’ve got horses at Royal Berkshire. We have a house in Knightsbridge and my wife and I really enjoy cycling in the park there.
New York is also another favourite. My children studied there so we have a place in Manhattan. It’s such a happening city!
UH: What’s your favourite book?
DBCC: The Last Empress, a biography of Soong Mei Ling, former first lady of the Republic of China. She was the greatest woman in history because she could control the cabinet and make impactful political moves, as a woman, at that time.
UH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DBCC: I see myself being very active and still playing polo. I plan to play more polo as well (laughs).
UH: Who do you admire and try to emulate?
DBCC: Great people have their own distinct qualities. To emulate one specific person wouldn’t be enough. I do admire people such as Soong Mei Ling who had the strength as a woman to go to America and commanded respect.
3 things you didn’t know about Dato’ Beh:
- I love ice cream. We have an ice cream machine at my son’s restaurant so they can make the best ice cream.
- I love top range sports cars and going fast. I also love driving the cars. So, no drivers for me!
- I work hard and play hard. I enjoy the things I buy and my experiences because I know I worked hard for them.