Krystal Choo

I had a photo shoot with Krystal Choo back in September and one of the photos was published in the Business Times. It was arranged at the very last minute and it was not easy finding a common free slot in our schedules. With no time to plan, we met, shot and hoped we got some good images to work with.

Krystal is the CEO and founder of Wander, a travel app for singles. She is a passionate tech entrepreneur with a single-minded drive to fulfil her dreams. Her dedication to her dream is a constant source of inspiration for me, and I believe she has inspired many others as a two-time TEDx Speaker.

Wander has been nominated for the Most Promising Startup in the Vulcan Post Readers’ Choice awards 2014. Please help to show your support by voting for Wander.

You do it because you have to, not because you want to. I could not imagine myself doing anything else.—Krystal Choo

Her words made me question what I would do to accomplish my dreams. If they mean that much to you, then why aren’t you doing more to reach for your dreams? If they do not compel you to make sacrifices to attain your goals, are the dreams really that important or are they merely meaningless day dreaming to fool yourself?

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When your dream is a strong calling, you will be more than willing to make sacrifices to chase your dream. Let go of silly indulgences. Simplify your life and focus your energies through minimalism, so that you can channel your resources to achieve your goals. Saying no to material wants and feed your spiritual needs.

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.—T E Lawrence

It is always rewarding to speak with like-minded individuals. They stir thoughts deep within you and make you reflect upon yourself. It is as though they see deeper within you than what most other do. Krystal is one of the several people I have met who spurred me into a self-discovery phase and change my perspective of life.

Thus, it delights me to see the progress that she is making with Wander.

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Despite the frenzy to get the photos out in time for print, things turned out better than expected. It was a case of the stars aligning to make things happen for us. That sounds melodramatic but it describes the immense relief I felt pretty well. We emerged from this battle with my first photo published in a newspaper.

Congratulations to Krystal for getting her photo featured on the front page of the Business Times!

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Last year, I had the privilege of my shots featured in the Pharmacy Week marketing campaign. Aside from being used in posters and information leaflets, those images were placed in the advertising panels on the MRT. It was surreal knowing that photos that I took was traversing Singapore on trains taken by thousands of people in a day. Fast forward to this year and I’ve had my shot circulated in a newspaper. Does that count as progress?

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I am really thankful to the friends who appreciate my work and have the faith in me to give me a shot at such opportunities.

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