Friends of Buro: SG50 interview with Rich Herrera

Friends of Buro: SG50 interview with Rich Herrera

Birthday special

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Photo: Vanessa Caitlin

Rich Herrera waxes lyrical on passive aggressive drivers, the most underrated thing about Singapore, and his favourite type of durian

You know you've met a Singaporean when... you're both standing in a queue waiting to order from a famous food stall and complaining to each other about how you've been waiting in line.

My fondest memory from the last five decades is... back in 2007 when I went to the Ministry of Sound in Clarke Quay and saw one of my favourite DJs, Adam Freeland play live. And that I wore running shoes to go there so I could run back home and not spend on taxis. 

I wish Singapore would bring back... Wendy's. Pretty please?

I'm not Singaporean, but I really love to complain about... the way people drive here. It's a strangely slow but aggressive style.

Singaporeans should stop complaining about... not having much to do here. There's plenty, you just need a bit of creativity.

The most underrated thing about Singapore is... the possibility for unlimited time outdoors. Sure, it's mad hot at times, but it's always sunny and never rains for too long.

Every time I return back to Singapore, I appreciate... the city skyline. It looks like one massive modern condominium complex from above. It's the perfect setting for a futuristic sci-fi film with no add-ons needed.

The cost of our country's progress... is making room for those arriving in Asia while remaining warm and welcoming.  

In 10 years time, I would like to see Singapore... be extremely competitive in athletics on the world stage. We have disciplined athletes and the necessary modern facilities. We just need to give our athletes the time and support to shine.

Singapore is uniquely... peaceful. The rules and regulations can be quite strict but they create a serene environment in what otherwise would be a chaotic concrete jungle.

Durian: Bitter or sweet... Bitter. I eat it once every two years. No more, no less.

Rich Herrera

Favourite local TV show: Code of Law

Favourite local brand: Depression and Not Cool Enough

Favourite Singlish word: Swakoo

Favourite hawker centre: Lau Pa Sat

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