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We presented the team with a list of 40 questions to answer and we picked a few random answers to reveal something about themselves to you:

Syarina The Mastermind

SYARINA THE MASTERMIND

Most Proud Moment and why?

When I wrote, produced and directed a play. It was a dream I had and I declared I would do it and did, against all obstacles. I also felt proud of this time because of the people I got to work on the project alongside with me. All proceeds went to charity.

Who do you look up to (has to be someone you know) and why?

My mother because she is a powerhouse and a gift that keeps on giving.

What are you passionate (meaning a cause) about and what have you done or could you see yourself doing to aid this?

Empowerment of young women and children. I have a child that I sponsor. His name is Tsedalu, he is 5 years old and he lives in Ethiopia. He loves the animals around him, especially Donkey.

If you could leave a legacy behind, what would it be?

Be kind and present in your life. Put the bloody mobile down for a while for Pete’s sake.

Have you been in a play before? If yes, what is your favourite character you have played and why?

Titania from Shakespeares “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” because she was The Queen of Fairies and was gentle and strong.

Halina The Intuitive

HALINA THE INTUITIVE

5 things you love and why?

  • Faith – because it is strong and keeps me holding on when I feel like letting go.
  • Family – because they have been my support and my pillars.
  • Imagination – because without it, we would not be using computers or sitting in houses, basically nothing would exist, without imagination.
  • Love – what an amazing feeling, so unconditional and endless. You never run out of love.
  • Knowledge  knowledge really is power, but not the brutish sort, it enables you to gain wisdom and make better choices.

Have you got any regrets and how would you change them if you were given a chance?

I do have regrets; I would be lying if I said I didn’t. But the thing about life, is you never really know where you would be if you didn’t make all the choices you have made. So as much as I might say ‘darn, wish I didn’t do that’, I like where I am right now and all that I have learnt. I feel wiser and humbler. And regret maybe helps me to say, ‘hey, not today!’. So as much as I say, ‘wish I didn’t do that’, I am aware I am who I am, because of all my accumulated experiences. I guess at the end of day, those choices lead here and at this very moment, I am thrilled to be, here.

If you were a villain who would you be and why?

The Wicked Witch of The West, because she had flying monkeys and she was actually taking revenge for her sister. Who doesn’t want Ruby Slippers?

Favourite cartoon and why?

Calvin And Hobbes – I simply love Calvin, I would love to have a child like him. If I was lucky enough to have him as a child, I would sit and play with him for hours and pick his brain. He is mischievous and just so very smart. And the fact that Hobbes is his stuffed toy, is such a clever idea.

If Aliens landed on our planet and asked us to let them know what is the one trait that humanity have, that makes us special, what would it be?

Imagination is definitely something important, but they must have that too, because they landed on this planet and they clearly are advanced to have a spaceship, so perhaps Empathy? That is something incredible, the ability to feel for someone else.

Nadia The Driven

NADIA THE DRIVEN

Most Proud Moment and why?

My SPM results. The happiness on my parent’s face made me feel super happy and it was just a moment for my whole family to share and cherish. We went out for a celebratory dinner and they even talk about it now.

5 things you love and why?

  • Cars – I love driving and the sound of the engine!
  • Rainbows – So prettyyyy. I m looking at one right now!
  • Headphones – Perfect for listening to my favourite tunes.
  • Gadgets – Everyday there’s something new people are inventing to make life easier.

Who do you look up to (someone you do not know, a Leader, Musician, Actor, Singer etc)?

Stephen Hawking. He showed us that even though you are impaired, if you are determined, you will be able to make it.

What are your Hobbies?

Baking whilst listening to music. This is more of a passion and it feels so rewarding at the end of the process. With the weighing of each gram of flour to the cracking of each egg and just mixing everything together accompanied by the sheer joy of music.

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

Join a start-up company.  It showed me that I am open to taking the risk of start from scratch with strangers and believe their cause and dedicate my time, effort and loyalty to them.

Aiman The Puzzle

AIMAN THE PUZZLE

What is the best thing about working in Managing Prestige?

There are a few things that I like, the ability to create something out of nothing. Our voices are being heard, *We are being watched* our  creative ideas are being taken seriously. It’s a good feeling when people value your opinion, and I feel that Managing Prestige shows exactly that.

Name 3 things that fascinate you and why?

  • Space – we are just a small spec of dust compared to what’s out there.
  • Technology – There are times that things are moving pretty slow, but my mind is always thinking of what will happen in the near future.
  • Earth – I feel that there is so much we haven’t explored yet, besides all the environmental stuff, the history we have left behind always makes me think .. on how far we have come as a human race. *Aiman Preaching*

What would be the title of your Autobiography?

External Memory

Do you believe that everyone is unique or that everyone is the same? And why?

I believe that everyone is the same but unique at the same time, im not sure where im going with this but I think that everyone has their unique points about themselves and that’s what makes every individual stand out LIKE A SUPERSTAR!!

Favourite number and why?

When I was in Primary school, every Monday a prefect would pick random students in assembly  to do multiplications , and there was a point in time where I was praying that it wasn’t me.. but one day , I was chosen… and to my luck… it was a multiplication of 5.

Haniff The Knowing

haniff the knowing

Favourite Country you have visited and why?

I have two favourite countries which is Japan & Thailand. I love Japan because I grew up with all cartoons & games from Japan. It was fun, because I bought miniatures when I visited there and I still own them now. I also love Thailand because of the way they promote their tourism to the world and we feel so welcomed when we are there and I love to see their culture & food as well.

What would be the title of your Autobiography?

A book of Failures. The story of how I cope with every failure.

Favourite fictional character and why?

Inspector Gadget. He has high-tech tools to escape from trouble and complete his missions.

What would be your Theme song and why?

My theme song would be a Gladiator theme song because I believe in every hard time that I went through, there must be a silver lining.

Favourite quote and why?

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. This quote teaches us to help empower someone else.

Khairi The Solver

KHAIRI THE SOLVER

MOST PROUD MOMENT AND WHY?

The moment when I get my first salary and share it with my parents.

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO (SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW, A LEADER, MUSICIAN, ACTOR, SINGER ETC)?

Muhammad Ali – ”To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING IN MANAGING PRESTIGE?

The best working environment I ever have, always help each other and solve problems together even from different department. All staffs are just like family here.

WHAT SONG WOULD YOU PLAY, IF YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY AND NEED TO GATHER SOME MOTIVATION AND HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU PLAYED IT?

The night – Avicii because it’s all about being proud of what you accomplish in life. For me, it’s an important reminder to always strive for the best, and happy with the life you lead.

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN A FICTIONAL WORLD/ WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I’m a spiderman swinging around the city to avoid cost of buying a car.

Shafiq The Wise

SHAFIQ THE WISE

Favourite Animal and why?

Panda – Adorable but naughty

5 things you love and why?

  • Travel – To appreciate life
  • Fitness – Health and appearance
  • Cooking – Happy tummy
  • Art – Creative ideas
  • Sleep – Rest
If your mind were a landscape, what would it look and why?

Beach – Relaxed place and calm. With the breeze, waves and the sound of birds. I need peace of mind. 

Favourite quote and why?

“There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. But if you want those dreams to become reality, you have to take action now!”

Name 3 things that fascinate you and why?

  • Kids – They are adorable
  • Smile – Anyone smiles at me and it automatically makes my heart glow
  • Successful person – The best way to be motivated.
Ammar The Artistic

AMMAR THE ARTISTIC

FAVOURITE COUNTRY YOU HAVE VISITED AND WHY?

Italy. When I was in 16, I went for an exchange student program for a few months where I attended the school there. But me being my naughty self I skipped some of the days to walk around the town alone during winter, discovering places all by myself and it felt so homey!

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING IN MANAGING PRESTIGE?

Managing Prestige consists of people from different backgrounds, which is very unique in my opinion. It’s very enjoyable working as everyone is very friendly and it doesn’t feel like work, rather just doing the stuff you enjoy and explore new things almost every day. Managing Prestige gives you room for improvement without discriminating too, which I appreciate a lot. Nobody is lower than the other.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR THEME SONG AND WHY?

The Struggle by Black Prez. It’s a very personal song to me and I could relate to it a lot.

FAVOURITE CARTOON AND WHY?

A cartoon would be Spongebob Squarepants, because I used to love its comedy, but for Japanese Cartoon (Anime) definitely Anohana. I could watch it everytime and still cry!

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE (MEANING A CAUSE) ABOUT AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE OR COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING TO AID THIS?

I am passionate in films and filmmaking. Since I was in high school, I have been exploring filmmaking to the stretch that I purposely fail my test once as I know I won’t make it that I spent the time in the exam hall writing the script to my short film in which I directed during the exam week with my friends. That short film turns out to be the key to the film industry, as I submitted it to a production company for review and they liked it, resulting in strings of opportunities in the industry after high school. One thing that I think I should do more is making short films every now and then, to keep my vision and sharpen my directing skills as well as exploring new things to keep myself relevant.

Sari The

SARI THE TENACIOUS

Most Proud Moment and why?

When I bungee jumped over a river because the adrenaline rush of falling is exhilarating for a daredevil such as myself.

Who do you look up to (has to be someone you know) and why?

My mother because she has been nothing but insightful about the things in life about a woman. She basically nurtured my mindset of the world and myself which made me the person I am today.

Have you got any regrets and how would you change them if you were given a chance?

Tons! I wouldn’t change them one bit because it wouldn’t make me the person I am today and I wouldn’t have learned what I’ve learned as well.

What is the best thing about working in Managing Prestige?

The people hands down. Work is work, but if you have the right people in there with you, you’ll be fine as a fiddle.

Favourite fictional character and why?

Mushu from Mulan because who wouldn’t want that swag and confidence?

Thoriq The Captain

THORIQ THE CAPTAIN

Most Proud Moment and why?

Passing the training for AirAsia X with flying colours. It taught me a lot about leadership and it made me ready for the next part of my flying career which is being a Captain. This is before the pandemic of course lol.

List 3 strengths:

I am good with people, I give my all when I have to do something, and I am a good listener.

5 things you love and why?

Music. Without it, the world would be so bleak and emotionless. Food, because it’s like music for your taste buds and you can make amazing food yourself. Family, because they’re always there to support me. My cats, because they keep me sane. Video games, because it gives me an outlet to escape, and provides me a way of hanging out with friends in a pandemic.

Which Superhero do you relate to and why?

Spiderman. Balancing everything in your life is hard. You have responsibilities to your family and friends, to yourself, to whatever else it might have. Spiderman always has a good attitude even in the hardest of times.

Favourite Country you have visited and why?

Specifically New York City. An amazing place with tons of culture and good food, and it’s where most of my immediate family live.

Hamizah The Cat Lady

Hamizah The Cat Lady

What Awards have you received/ favourite award and why?

One of my favourite (and random) awards was when I got an award for making the best rice while camping in a jungle.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?

Having the power to incept people’s minds and dreams so I can manipulate their decisions. This world would definitely be a better place.

If your mind were a landscape, what would it look and why?

Two sides, with one being calm and beautiful, with cats, flowers and other animals roaming everywhere, while the other side would be chaotic, terrifying and dark, with burning fire everywhere and thunder. That’s just how my brain is!

Have you been in a play before? If yes, what is your favourite character you have played and why?

I have been in a few, but my favourite one would be when I was in primary school, and I played the fairy godmother. I wore this really pretty puffy dress, and I got a crown

If you could live in a fictional world/ where would it be and why?

I think it would be awesome if I were to live in any setting in Studio Ghibli movies.

Safeen The Enigma

SAFEEN The Enigma

Provide 5 words that describe you

Introspective, funny, curious, loving, caring.

Best advise you have received and what it meant to you/ how did it aid you in your life?

Not everyone is gonna like you and that is okay. Not everyone likes brownies, but there was nothing wrong with the brownies. Some people out there just do not enjoy eating brownies and that’s just them. So not everyone is going to like you and that’s on them.

Favourite fictional character and why?

Mulan because she fought a war, saved the entire China and she went against gender norms. She showed men that women can be bad asses too while still having kindness & empathy.

Name three things that fascinate you and why?

  1. Human psychology
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Art

5 things you love and why?

Delicious food, books because I love reading, taking walks in parks because I love my solitude, scrolling through memes because I deal with life through humour, words of affirmation because it’s my love language.

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