In this latest episode, we had the chance to chat with Conor Mc Hugh, an Irish physiotherapist who has been working in Singapore for the past 4 years or so. He shared his experience of doing voluntary work in Vietnam for Operation Walk Ireland, along with his day-to-day work as a physiotherapist. His perspectives as an expat in Singapore and helping people in need were indeed inspiring. Listen on for more.
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Conor Mc Hugh is from Ballina, County Mayo in Western Ireland
1:05 – Introducing Conor and how Tim met Conor
4:00 – Push and pull factors about migrating to a foreign country for work
5:05 – Losing shyness while growing up
6:50 – Tim’s curiosity about Conor’s “neutral” accent
8:15 – Is it true that fights are common in Ireland?
9:35 – Getting over homesickness
10:55 – Value time with family because of working overseas
11:45 – Finding common ground to build relationships
13:05 – Conor wants to start a conversation-centric podcast too, focused on wellness and health
18:30 – How Conor started volunteering for Operation Walk Ireland
21:30 – Why do successful people want to give back to society?
23:30 – Why did Conor choose physiotherapy as a profession?
24:45 – What kind of advice would Conor give a 16-17yo Conor?
26:35 – Conor had to choose between physiotherapy and marine biology at that time
28:10 – Harder to follow one’s interests for people growing up in Singapore
30:40 – Rogue-learning in modern education
32:50 – Singapore did a lot of things right, nonetheless
34:00 – No right or wrong in terms of parenting; putting ourselves in the baby boomers’ shoes
35:40 – Parents’ intentions come from a place of love; they just want the best for us
37:25 – It’s on you if you choose to stay in a place you don’t want to be in; you have to make your own choices
38:10 – Conor’s plans for the near future
40:25 – Tim meant, “More money doesn’t hurt”
41:45 – The worst thing you can do to a human – put someone in solitary cell
42:20 – When is Conor starting his podcast?
43:40 – The kind of people Conor meet every day as a physiotherapist
Conor mentioned ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) rehabilitation, something related to knee
46:00 – View injuries as lessons to learn from
47:10 – Patients who left deep impressions on Conor
49:30 – “Health is a crown that the healthy wear on their heads, but only the sick can see it.”
50:45 – Physiotherapy teaching Conor gratefulness
51:30 – How Conor convinces people to take care of their health; Conor mentioned “23 and a half hours“
53:35 – The motivation of loss versus the motivation of gain
55:25 – Most of us understand that we need to talk to people before convincing but it’s hard to apply in reality
57:30 – Conor used to take on the problems of others on himself
59:00 – Missing food back in Ireland; fresh vegetables in the backyard garden
1:01:55 – Be grateful for the small little things
1:02:00 – Singapore’s food culture
Conor mentioned Ayam Masak Merah
1:09:35 – theMEATMENchannel
We mentioned Zhenwei, an entrepreneur who started his pop-up shop selling Japanese rice bowls with sashimi (Episode #10)
1:13:25 – Most of our ideas die in our heads
1:14:20 – Short discussion on podcasts
1:18:20 – Episode wrap up
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Audio file size: 80.6 MB