Hajar Ali

For Hajar, there is no mountain too high or a desert too vast to traverse. Hajar’s strength of mind and her multi-tasking abilities amaze us. We live vicariously through this brave lady’s adventures.

What would your completely honest personal profile say?

HA: Work in progress

So I could have a streak of intense travel and be really tired from/of travelling but there's still that sense of anticipation of going somewhere once I'm at the airport.

What do you still get excited for?

HA: Going to the airport. Singaporeans, as someone pointed out, are that rare breed of people who go to the airport for reasons other than to travel or to see someone off. I have memories of family outings to the airport as a child. So I could have a streak of intense travel and be really tired from/of travelling but there's still that sense of anticipation of going somewhere once I'm at the airport. The fact that the Singapore airport is excellent certainly helps.

Your favourite simple pleasure in life?

Can't be limited to 1. I'll go for 3- cuddling with my cat, long drives and a good relaxed canter.

Share a life hack that you think every women should know?

HA: I don't think I have any of the Buzzfeed variety- unassuming, daily objects that have alternative, lifechanging uses. Nor do I have any that are particularly specific to women but I'd say outsource and/or automate as much as you can. We're living during a time when it's become so possible to do just that from food and grocery delivery apps or social media apps that plan when your tweets go live, to machines that minimize your domestic chores. Just got one of those robo vacuums and a separate, dedicated mop- essential items for pet owners. Don't understand why I didn't get them sooner.

 

If you could call yourself 5 years ago and you had 1 minute, what do you tell yourself?

Start developing passive income channels. Sounds trite but so useful.

 
 

What are the good things that happened in 2016 for you?

HA: Finally got around to learning French. Taking the final C2 exam in about 2 weeks from now. Also took part in a horseback archery competition in Korea. Absolutely had no business being there, having done it literally twice in my life but it was a very interesting, fun group of people and I enjoyed it. Wished I'd managed to play a polo tournament this year though. There's one coming up in Buenos Aires end of this year that I'd really like to go for but it coincides with a work trip. That- and not getting my driving licence, would be this year's disappointments :)